physica status solidi (a)

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Editor: Stefan Hildebrandt (Editor-in-Chief), Sabine Bahrs (Deputy Editor)

Online ISSN: 1862-6319

Associated Title(s): physica status solidi (b), physica status solidi (RRL) - Rapid Research Letters

203_06/2006Carbon nanotubes and nucleic acids: tools and targets

Nucleic acids are playing an important role in the rapid development of nanotechnologies. Our Editor's Choice [1] discusses the use of nucleic acids to disperse and sort single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). The cover picture shows a two-dimensional photoluminescence (PL) spectrum of highly purified (6,5) SWNT:DNA hybrids. The fine resolution of the PL peaks displays photo-excited intermediates in a range of energies between ES22 and ES11 transitions revealing for the first time specific phonon-assisted optical absorption and energy relaxation mechanisms.

The first author, Bibiana Onoa, has been working on carbon nanotubes and nucleic acids in the molecular electronics group of Dupont Central Research and Development. Her current research focuses on the development of nanotechnologies that allow fast and economical detection of pathogens.

This special issue of physica status solidi (a) presents representative contributions and main topics on “Trends in Nanotechnology” from the TNT2005 International Conference in Oviedo (Spain).

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