Light-driven monodirectional molecular rotor

@article{Koumura1999LightdrivenMM,
  title={Light-driven monodirectional molecular rotor},
  author={Nagatoshi Koumura and Robert Wiebo Johan Zijlstra and Richard A. van Delden and Nobuyuki Harada and Bernard Lucas Feringa},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1999},
  volume={401},
  pages={152-155}
}
Attempts to fabricate mechanical devices on the molecular level have yielded analogues of rotors, gears, switches, shuttles, turnstiles and ratchets. Molecular motors, however, have not yet been made, even though they are common in biological systems. Rotary motion as such has been induced in interlocked systems and directly visualized for single molecules, but the controlled conversion of energy into unidirectional rotary motion has remained difficult to achieve. Here we report repetitive… Expand
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