Molecular recognition by molecular monolayers, bilayers, and films

Toyoki Kunitake

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Molecular organization in surface monolayers, aqueous bilayers and related systems provides unique advantages for molecular recognition. Monomolecular layers on water are capable of conplementary hydrogen bonding with aqueous guests in spite of surrounding bulk water. This feature was applied to multi-site recognition of mixed monolayers and template-directed molecular patterning. Specific peptide-peptide interaction is also a result of this unique interfacial feature. Effective hydrogen bonding at the macroscopic air-water interface is much reduced at the microscopic interface of micelles and vesicles. The alternate adsorption of linear polyions was extended to globular proteins and a large variety of designed protein/polyion layers were produced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-12
Number of pages4
JournalThin Solid Films
Publication statusPublished - Sept 15 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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