ARAMENDIA Pedro Francisco
congresos y reuniones científicas
In Cage Mobility in Thin Polymer Films Probed by Single Molecule Spectral and Orientational Fluctuations
Sarasota, Florida
Congreso; 22nd IAPS Meeting; 2013
Institución organizadora:
Inter-American Photochemical Society
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