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Unidirectional Light-Driven Molecular Motors Based on Overcrowded Alkenes

  • Arjen Cnossen
  • Wesley R. BrowneEmail author
  • Ben L. Feringa
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Part of the Topics in Current Chemistry book series (TOPCURRCHEM, volume 354)

Abstract

Over the last two decades, interest in nanotechnology has led to the design and synthesis of a toolbox of nanoscale versions of macroscopic devices and components. In molecular nanotechnology, linear motors based on rotaxanes and rotary motors based on overcrowded alkenes are particularly promising for performing work at the nanoscale. In this chapter, progress on light-driven molecular motors based on overcrowded alkenes is reviewed. Both the so-called first and second generation molecular motors are discussed, as well as their potential applications.

Keywords

Helicity Molecular devices Molecular motors Nanotechnology Photochemistry Photochromism 

Abbreviations

CD

Circular dichroism

DMAP

4-(Dimethylamino)pyridine

ee

Enantiomer excess

EPR

Electron paramagnetic resonance

EXSY

Exchange spectroscopy

LC

Liquid crystalline

PSS

Photostationary state

STM

Scanning tunneling microscopy

TEMPO

2,2,6,6-Tetramethyl-1-piperidinyloxy

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arjen Cnossen
    • 1
  • Wesley R. Browne
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ben L. Feringa
    • 1
  1. 1.Stratingh Institute for ChemistryUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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