And yet it rotates: The starter for a molecular wankel motor

Gabriel Merino, Thomas Heine

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Gentlemen, start your engines! A starter system for the smallest molecular motor known so far, B 13 +, has been prepared. An external laser field of circular polarized light with a tuned frequency is used to trigger the rotation of the inner and outer rings of the planar π-aromatic double-ring system (see picture). Can this idea be transferred to other systems in nanotechnology?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10226-10227
Number of pages2
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number41
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct 8

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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