Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2010, 11(6), 2453-2472; doi:10.3390/ijms11062453
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Advances Towards Synthetic Machines at the Molecular and Nanoscale Level

1 School of Chemistry, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, 3800, Australia 2 Centre for Strategic Nano-fabrication, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, West Australia 6009 Australia
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Received: 25 May 2010; in revised form: 9 June 2010 / Accepted: 10 June 2010 / Published: 11 June 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Molecular Machines and Nanomachines)
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Abstract: The fabrication of increasingly smaller machines to the nanometer scale can be achieved by either a “top-down” or “bottom-up” approach. While the former is reaching its limits of resolution, the latter is showing promise for the assembly of molecular components, in a comparable approach to natural systems, to produce functioning ensembles in a controlled and predetermined manner. In this review we focus on recent progress in molecular systems that act as molecular machine prototypes such as switches, motors, vehicles and logic operators.
Keywords: molecular machines; devices; switches; catenanes; rotaxanes; nanovehicles; rotary motors

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Konstas, K.; Langford, S.J.; Latter, M.J. Advances Towards Synthetic Machines at the Molecular and Nanoscale Level. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2010, 11, 2453-2472.

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Konstas K, Langford SJ, Latter MJ. Advances Towards Synthetic Machines at the Molecular and Nanoscale Level. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2010; 11(6):2453-2472.

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Konstas, Kristina; Langford, Steven J.; Latter, Melissa J. 2010. "Advances Towards Synthetic Machines at the Molecular and Nanoscale Level." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 11, no. 6: 2453-2472.

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