Molecular machines: Nanomotor rotates microscale objects

@article{Eelkema2006MolecularMN,
  title={Molecular machines: Nanomotor rotates microscale objects},
  author={Rienk Eelkema and Michael M. Pollard and Javier Vicario and Nathalie Katsonis and Blanca Serrano Ramon and Cees W. M. Bastiaansen and Dick Jan Broer and Ben L. Feringa},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2006},
  volume={440},
  pages={163-163}
}
Nanomachines of the future will require molecular-scale motors that can perform work and collectively induce controlled motion of much larger objects. We have designed a synthetic, light-driven molecular motor that is embedded in a liquid-crystal film and can rotate objects placed on the film that exceed the size of the motor molecule by a factor of 10,000. The changes in shape of the motor during the rotary steps cause a remarkable rotational reorganization of the liquid-crystal film and its… Expand

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