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Web Date: November 9, 2011

A Nanocar With Four-Wheel Drive

Molecular Machines: Motor-driven molecule paddles its way across a copper surface
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Nano SCENE
Keywords: nanocar, molecular machine, molecular motor

There’s a new electric car driving off the lot. Because it’s only a few nanometers long and operates at a chilly 7 K (about –447 oF), this little automobile is unlikely to cause any sleepless nights for electric car makers. Even so, it’s pretty souped-up as nanocars go, boasting four molecular motor moieties that propel the tiny vehicle along a copper surface with a paddle wheel motion (Nature, DOI:10.1038/nature10587).

Unlike previous versions of nanocars, . . .

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