This book is a timely review of recent advances on the construction and functions of organic thin films by a variety of techniques. The component molecules are relatively simple ones with self-organizing properties, i.e., ordered molecular assembly characteristics. The contents are arranged from the fundamental concepts of molecular assembly of self-organizing molecules to the potential biological applications of protein assemblies, supramolecular species.

Recently, many promising applications for new electric, magnetic or optical devices, biomimetic membranes etc. have been the subject of investigation. However, fundamental studies on molecular assembly characteristics and functions for mono-, bi- and multi-layers, Langmuir-Blodgett films are indispensable to future technological innovations for molecular electronic devices and biological sensors.

Table of Contents

1. Novel concepts of aggregation structure of fatty acid monolayers on the water surface (T. Kajiyama, Y. Oishi). 2. Crystal engineering of synthetic bilayer membranes (K. Okuyama, M. Shimomura). 3. Control of molecular orientation and packing in monolayer assemblies (H. Nakahara). 4. In situ characterization of Langmuir-Blodgett films by using a quartz crystal microbalance as a substrate (Y. Okahata). 5. Application of vibrational spectroscopy to the study of structure-function relationship in Langmuir-Blodgett films (T. Takenaka, J. Umemura). 6. Construction of well organized functional Langmuir-Blodgett films by mimicking structures and functions of biological membranes (M. Fujihira). 7. Nonlinear characteristics of thin lipid films (M. Makino, K. Yoshikawa). 8. Molecular control of photoresponses of LB films containing redox chromophores (T. Nagamura). 9. Design of the non-linear optical films by Langmuir-Blodgett technique (M. Era, T. Tsutsui, S. Saito). 10. Protein assemblies for information transduction (M. Aizawa). Subject index.


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