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Force probes in a bottle

A rigid molecule that changes shape when exposed to light can be used to explore the influence of mechanical force on chemical reactions involving small functional groups.

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Figure 1: Molecular force probes are synthesized by forming a relatively unstrained ring that is then photochemically switched into a highly strained state.


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Lenhardt, J., Craig, S. Force probes in a bottle. Nature Nanotech 4, 284–285 (2009).

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