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Artificial molecular motors

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Abstract

Motor proteins are nature's solution for directing movement at the molecular level. The field of artificial molecular motors takes inspiration from these tiny but powerful machines. Although directional motion on the nanoscale performed by synthetic molecular machines is a relatively new development, significant advances have been made. In this review an overview is given of the principal designs of artificial molecular motors and their modes of operation. Although synthetic molecular motors have also found widespread application as (multistate) switches, we focus on the control of directional movement, both at the molecular scale and at larger magnitudes. We identify some key challenges remaining in the field.

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The article was received on 04 Apr 2017 and first published on 20 Apr 2017


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00245A
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, Advance Article
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    Artificial molecular motors

    S. Kassem, T. van Leeuwen, A. S. Lubbe, M. R. Wilson, B. L. Feringa and D. A. Leigh, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00245A

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