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Issue 2, 2014
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An ultrafast surface-bound photo-active molecular motor

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We report the synthesis and surface attachment of an ultrafast light-driven rotary molecular motor. Transient absorption spectroscopy revealed that the half-life of the rate determining thermal step of the rotary cycle in solution is 38 ± 1 ns, the shortest yet observed, making this the fastest molecular motor reported. Incorporation of acetylene legs into the structure allowed the motors to be grafted to azide-modified quartz and silicon substrates using the “click” 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reaction.

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02 Jul 2013
11 Sep 2013
First published
04 Oct 2013

Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2014,13, 241-246
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An ultrafast surface-bound photo-active molecular motor

J. Vachon, G. T. Carroll, M. M. Pollard, E. M. Mes, A. M. Brouwer and B. L. Feringa, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2014, 13, 241
DOI: 10.1039/C3PP50208B

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