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Mini Motor: Synthetic molecule yields nanoscale rotor

9:19am, March 17, 2004

Over the past several years, researchers have made great strides in creating synthetic molecules that act as rudimentary computer switches (SN: 9/20/03, p. 182: Available to subscribers at Molecular Memory: Carbon-nanotube device stores data in molecules). But making something that produces motion—a motor—has proved much trickier.

Now, a team of chemists at the University of Colorado at Boulder has taken a step in that direction by creating rotors out of individual molecules mounted on gold surfaces. Besides transferring their motion to other parts of a nanomachine, their rotors could lead to new t

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