Volume 93 Issue 19 | p. 27 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 11, 2015

Molecular Shuttles Get Organized

Nanotechnology: Incorporating a sliding crown ether within a metal-organic framework moves chemists closer to turning molecular shuttles into solid-state nanoscale devices
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: molecular shuttle, metal-organic framework, MOF

With their ability to switch between two states, the mechanically interlocked molecules known as molecular shuttles hold much promise as components for data storage or nanoscale devices. But organizing these structures so that they might be used practically has been a challenge. Chemists led by Stephen J. Loeb and Robert W. Schurko of the University of Windsor, in Ontario, saw an opportunity to transfer molecular shuttles from . . .

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