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UCI chemistry center awarded $20 million from NSF

Summary: UCI chemistry center awarded $20
million from NSF
Scientists seek to video the inner workings of
single molecules
-- Irvine, Calif., August 17, 2009 --
A UC Irvine center that aims to make real-time videos of
single molecules in action has been awarded $20 million
over five years from the National Science Foundation.
UCI's Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit is one of three
NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation. Its scientists hope
to become the first ever to record time-lapse images of
single molecules - a feat that has proved elusive because
size and time scales are so small. Success would greatly
accelerate the pace of nanoscience, which is driving the
miniaturization of technologies ranging from computers to
radios to satellites.
"If you can see a single molecule in action, then you can
intervene, control and direct what it does," said UCI
chemist V. Ara Apkarian, center director. "UCI is ahead of
the curve. We're starting to image the motion of molecules,


Source: Apkarian, A. Vania - Department of Physiology, Northwestern University


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