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Transition metal complexes as molecular machine prototypes

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The field of molecular machines, i.e. multicomponent systems able to undergo large amplitude motions under the action of an external signal, has experienced a spectacular development since the beginning of the 1990s. Transition metal complexes have played an important role in this context, often as components of catenanes and rotaxanes. The present tutorial review will discuss a few systems of this type, taken from the contributions of our group or from others. The stimulus responsible for the controlled motion of the machine can be chemical, electrochemical, or photochemical. Examples of these three categories will be considered.

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Submitted
14 Jul 2006
First published
08 Nov 2006

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2007,36, 358-366
Article type
Tutorial Review

Transition metal complexes as molecular machine prototypes

B. Champin, P. Mobian and J. Sauvage, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2007, 36, 358
DOI: 10.1039/B604484K

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