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How to build and race a fast nanocar

Nature Nanotechnology volume 12, pages 604606 (2017) | Download Citation

The first NanoCar Race was an opportunity to see how far we have come in manipulating single molecules. As the team with the fastest molecule in this race, we share the synthetic challenges to building a fast nanocar and the experimental approach needed for rapid translation across a surface.

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Acknowledgements

We acknowledge financial support from the Graz University Rector's office and thank S. Jaekel, C. Nacci and M. Schied for experimental support. The work at Rice University is supported by the Discovery Institute.

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  1. Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Graz, Heinrichstrasse 28, 8010 Graz, Austria,

    • Grant J. Simpson
    • , Philipp Petermeier
    •  & Leonhard Grill
  2. Departments of Chemistry and Materials Science and NanoEngineering, and the Smalley-Curl Institute and NanoCarbon Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA

    • Víctor García-López
    •  & James M. Tour

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