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A light-driven molecular pump

A macrocycle can transit unidirectionally along a molecular axle under light irradiation dissipating a constant amount of energy per cycle.

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Figure 1: Working principle of assembly/disassembly of a pseudo-rotaxane under thermal equilibrium and in a photostationary state.


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Sevick, E. A light-driven molecular pump. Nature Nanotech 10, 18–19 (2015).

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