The Kinetics of Aggregating Dyes
Donor: Petroleum Research Fund, American Chemical Society
Award Date: 6/10/2011
The spontaneous aggregation of molecules in solution is an important process, both for the creation of many biological structures and for the formation of complex fluids like emulsions and liquid crystals. Understanding the aggregation process represents an active area of interdisciplinary research, with biologists, chemists, physicists, and engineers among those involved. Most of the research to date has been the study of the aggregation process under equilibrium conditions. This work has revealed a great deal about both the nature of the process and the types of structures formed. The goal of the grant is to study the aggregation process as it approaches equilibrium. Such studies should be able to uncover the pathways that allow the molecules to join an aggregate and shed more information about the structure of the aggregates. Since many aggregating molecules happen to be strong absorbers of visible light, the systems to be investigations are food, textile, and laser dyes.
Project End Date: 8/31/2015