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Nature Materials volume 11, pages 10081009 (2012) | Download Citation

The release and self-assembly of peptides from metal–organic frameworks creates surface tension differences that can fuel the cruising motion of the framework, and a microscale 'boat' wrapped around a framework particle, at the air/liquid interface.

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  1. Laurent Courbin and Franck Artzner are in the Institut de Physique de Rennes, Unité Mixte de Recherche CNRS 6251, Campus Beaulieu, Université Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes, France

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