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Electric Motors from a Single Molecule

Posted December 24, 2010 7:00 AM by Sharkles

Researchers in the Netherlands have proposed a conceptual design of a molecular motor. Although it currently only exists on paper, it is based on "electric field actuation and electric current detection of the rotational motion of a molecular dipole embedded in a three-terminal, single-molecule device."

The design consists of anchoring groups that connect the backbone to the loads, which allow for the measurement of low-bias conductance. A dipole rotor is driven by an oscillating gate field located underneath. The rotating moiety outfitted with a permanent electric dipole is part of a conjugated molecule that is suspended between two metallic contacts above a gate electrode.

Do you think this idea is realistic?

Source: Nanowerk

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Re: Electric Motors from a Single Molecule

12/25/2010 12:12 AM

Not for powering my car.

(I play competition Scrabble, so I know what a "moiety" is, but wasn't the whole language of this article a bit too precious?)

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