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Nature. 2006 Mar 9;440(7081):163.

Molecular machines: nanomotor rotates microscale objects.

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Department of Organic and Molecular Inorganic Chemistry, Stratingh Institute, University of Groningen, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands.


Nanomachines of the future will require molecular-scale motors that can perform work and collectively induce controlled motion of much larger objects. We have designed a synthetic, light-driven molecular motor that is embedded in a liquid-crystal film and can rotate objects placed on the film that exceed the size of the motor molecule by a factor of 10,000. The changes in shape of the motor during the rotary steps cause a remarkable rotational reorganization of the liquid-crystal film and its surface relief, which ultimately causes the rotation of submillimetre-sized particles on the film.


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