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Nano Lett. 2005 Nov;5(11):2330-4.

Directional control in thermally driven single-molecule nanocars.

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Department of Chemistry, Center for Nanoscle Science and Technology, Houston, Texas 77005, USA.

Abstract

With the hope of directing future bottom-up fabrication through bulk external stimuli (such as electric fields) on nanometer-sized transporters, we sought to study controlled molecular motion on surfaces through the rational design of surface-capable molecular structures called nanocars. Here we show that the observed movement of the nanocars is a new type of fullerene-based wheel-like rolling motion, not stick-slip or sliding translation, due to evidence including directional preference in both direct and indirect manipulation and studies of related molecular structures.

PMID:
16277478
DOI:
10.1021/nl051915k

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