UMass Amherst chemists develop molecular switch for on-demand cargo release

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(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) In an unexpected finding, chemist Sankaran 'Thai' Thayumanavan and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst show for the first time how movement of a single chemical bond can compromise a membrane made up of more than 500 chemical bonds. Their system uses light as a switch to create a reversible, on-demand molecular control mechanism.

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