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Ferrocene-containing non-interlocked molecular machines

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Ferrocene is the prototypical organometallic sandwich complex and despite over 60 years passing since the discovery and elucidation of ferrocene's structure, research into ferrocene-containing compounds continues to grow as potential new applications in catalysis, biology and the material sciences are found. Ferrocene is chemically robust and readily functionalized which enables its facile incorporation into more complex molecular systems. This coupled with ferrocene's reversible redox properties and ability function as a “molecular ball bearing” has led to the use of ferrocene as a component in wide range of interlocked and non-interlocked synthetic molecular machine systems. This review will focus on the exploitation of ferrocene (and related sandwich complexes) for the development of non-interlocked synthetic molecular machines.

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The article was received on 19 Nov 2015, accepted on 23 Dec 2015 and first published on 23 Dec 2015

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC09569G
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Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 2451-2464

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    Ferrocene-containing non-interlocked molecular machines

    S. Ø. Scottwell and J. D. Crowley, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 2451
    DOI: 10.1039/C5CC09569G

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