Interlocked molecules

Moving into another dimension

Molecular daisy-chain structures are typically made up of two interlocked components and can exhibit muscle-like contraction and extension in one dimension. Zinc-based multicomponent systems that can operate in two and three dimensions have now been designed and synthesized.

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Figure 1: Schematic representations of rotaxane dimers and molecular muscles reported so far.
Figure 2: The assembly and switching of three- and four-component daisy-chain molecular muscles.


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Fournel-Marotte, K., Coutrot, F. Moving into another dimension. Nature Chem 9, 105–106 (2017).

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