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No turning back for motorized molecules

Two molecular motors have been developed that use chemical energy to drive rotational motion in a single direction. The findings bring the prospect of devices powered by such motors a tantalizing step closer. See Letter p.235

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Figure 1: A unidirectional molecular motor incorporating a rotating axle.
Figure 2: A unidirectional molecular motor incorporating a ring travelling round a track.

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Clayden, J. No turning back for motorized molecules. Nature 534, 187–188 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/534187a

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