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The Choreography of Dancing Molecules

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Photo of hands holding conjugated polymers that change color and intensity when excited by light.

Conjugated polymers don't come in all colors of the rainbow, yet. The idea is to get the chemicals to change color and/or intensity when excited by light (left) or electric current.

Credit: The College of William and Mary


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Photo of Elizabeth Harbron demonstrating the dance of conjugated polymers.

Elizabeth Harbron, a photochemist at the College of William and Mary, demonstrates how conjugated polymers "dance" through cis-trans isomerization.

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Photo of Deana Hadley displaying bottles of conjugated polymers.

Deana Hadley, a member of the William and Mary class of 2007, displays bottles of conjugated polymers.

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