Acoustic Alignment of a Supramolecular Nanofiber in Harmony with the Sound of Music
Invited for this month’s cover is the group of Prof. Akihiko Tsuda from Kobe University and Kobe City Collage of Technology. The cover picture shows the alignment of a supramolecular nanofiber, composed of an anthracene derivative, while the Kobe University Symphony Orchestra was playing classical music. Read the full text of the article at 10.1002/cplu.201300400
What was the inspiration for this cover design?
1234Kobe is a beautiful city having a unique style with the exotic ambiance of Japan. Artistic illuminations and music form the characteristic cultures of Kobe. The idea of this study originated from such cultural pursuits. On the cover we present the physical and artistic interactions between our supramolecular nanofiber and the sound of classical music.
In one phrase, how would you describe your research?
“Musical Chemistry”: we have successfully developed a supramolecular nanofiber that can dynamically align in solution in harmony with music. In the present study, our chemistry fuses with music.
What prompted you to investigate this topic/problem?
Music is an art form consisting of sound and silence expressed through time. The question of whether music can cause any kind of molecular or macromolecular event is controversial. We previously reported that our designed supramolecular nanofiber shows the acoustic alignment in a solution under exposure to an audible sound wave with sinusoidal frequency. This finding then prompted us to develop the supramolecular nanofiber capable of sensing the sound of music resulting in its acoustic alignment. We are interested in the potential physical interactions between the molecules and the music.
We gratefully acknowledge a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) and a Challenging Exploratory Research from the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports, and Culture, Japan, as well as a Toray Science and Technology Grant.