Special Issue "Molecular Devices and Machines: Cooperativity and Multifunctionality"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2012)
Prof. Dr. Ken Sakai
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Kyushu University, Hakozaki 6-10-1, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-8581, Japan
Phone: +81 92 642 2596
Interests: artificial photosynthetic molecular devices; multi-electron redox catalysis; water splitting into molecular hydrogen and oxygen
Many important biological activities are controlled by enzymatic reactions which are quite excellent in many viewpoints. Such biological processes are often carried out in a relatively large peptide molecule, in which several successive processes as well as transportation of input and output molecules are rationally orchestrated. In other words, several key components installed in such enzymes cooperatively drive the processes in a highly sophisticated fashion. The best example is the photosynthesis in nature. Two photosystems, called PSI and PSII, are installed in green plants and are cooperatively working together to photochemically generate high-energy electrons and molecules as well as proton gradient energy, which is ultimately used to drive the ATP synthase. In this context, substantial efforts should be further made to develop artificial molecular hybrids in which more than one key components collaborate to provide some important outcomes.
Studies of sensors and molecular devices in view of such issues are yet to be explored and are expected to provide new directions for devising artificial molecular hybrids with superior overall performance. The present topical issue focuses on the molecular hybrids, such as sensors, molecular devices, molecular machines, etc., that give a response to input stimuli, like light, electron, temperature, pressure, magnetic field, electric field, etc., as well as input chemical stimuli, like gas molecules, substrates, high-energy molecules, etc. Special attention is paid to the cooperative behaviors of several different key components installed within a single molecular hybrid. Realization of a new physical or chemical property arising from the cooperative phenomenon within such hybrids is another issue to be focused.
Prof. Dr. Ken Sakai
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- molecular devices
- molecular machines
- molecular hybrids
- ion sensors
- gas sensors
- optical response
- response materials
- energy conversion and storage
Sensors 2012, 12(3), 3669-3692; doi:10.3390/s120303669
Received: 10 February 2012; in revised form: 9 March 2012 / Accepted: 13 March 2012 / Published: 16 March 2012| Download PDF Full-text (1356 KB) | Download XML Full-text |
Sensors 2012, 12(4), 4479-4492; doi:10.3390/s120404479
Received: 15 February 2012; in revised form: 17 March 2012 / Accepted: 20 March 2012 / Published: 10 April 2012| Download PDF Full-text (297 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Sensors 2012, 12(5), 5966-5977; doi:10.3390/s120505966
Received: 14 March 2012; in revised form: 13 April 2012 / Accepted: 3 May 2012 / Published: 9 May 2012| Download PDF Full-text (1120 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Sensors 2012, 12(6), 7259-7298; doi:10.3390/s120607259
Received: 16 April 2012; in revised form: 15 May 2012 / Accepted: 17 May 2012 / Published: 30 May 2012| Download PDF Full-text (663 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Sensors 2012, 12(7), 8438-8446; doi:10.3390/s120708438
Received: 8 May 2012; in revised form: 11 June 2012 / Accepted: 12 June 2012 / Published: 25 June 2012| Download PDF Full-text (831 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Last update: 23 March 2012