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Nature Nanotechnology volume 6, pages 610611 (2011) | Download Citation

Electrons from the tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope can be used to drive and monitor the directional rotation of a single molecule on a metal surface.

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  1. Steven De Feyter is at the Department of Chemistry, Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven (KULeuven), B-3001 Heverlee, Belgium

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