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Volume 14 Issue 5, May 2019

Motorized crystals

Unidirectional molecular motors can already perform tasks at the molecular scale, but in order to harness their properties at a larger scale, scientists are working to devise ways in which to make them work in a coordinated manner. Feringa and co-workers now show that they can embed molecular motors in the scaffold of a metal–organic framework (MOF) and that the rotation of the motor within the MOF crystals in unhindered. The cover image is a microscopy picture of MOF crystals that contain molecular motors in their structure.

See Feringa et al

IMAGE: Wojciech Danowski, University of Groningen. COVER DESIGN: Bethany Vukomanovic


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  • Built-in molecular motors in a porous crystal show unidirectional rotary motion fuelled by light.

    • Hubiao Huang
    • Takuzo Aida
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Review Articles

  • Until recently, the family of 2D materials was missing one crucial member — 2D magnets. This Review presents an overview of the 2D magnets studied so far and of the heterostructures that can be realized by combining them with other 2D materials.

    • M. Gibertini
    • M. Koperski
    • K. S. Novoselov
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  • Under the application of a magnetic field, the 2D electron gas in a gated MoS2 monolayer becomes spin-polarized, the Coulomb interaction probably being key to the symmetry breaking.

    • Jonas Gaël Roch
    • Guillaume Froehlicher
    • Richard John Warburton
  • Instead of using capacitively coupled charge sensors, which imply additional complexity in the device architecture, radiofrequency reflectometry on the gate defining the quantum dot can read out the spin state of a double quantum dot in a single shot.

    • Anderson West
    • Bas Hensen
    • Andrew S. Dzurak
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