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Optically Switchable Material Could Solve Sticky Problem

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Troy, N.Y., June 19, 2006 -- Changing a surface from sticky to slippery could now be as easy as flipping a molecular light switch. Researchers have created an "optically switchable" material that alters its surface characteristics when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. The new material could have a variety of applications, from a protein filter for biological mixtures to a tiny valve on a "lab-on-a-chip." Synthetic polymer membranes are used in a variety of applications based on the science of "bioseparation" -- filtering specific proteins from complex liquid mixtures of biological molecules. But proteins often...Read full article

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