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Special Issue "Interlocked Molecules, Molecular Machines, Motors and Muscles"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Frédéric Coutrot

Institut des Biomolécules Max Mousseron (IBMM), Supramolecular Machines and Architectures Team, UMR 5247 CNRS — Université de Montpellier — ENSCM, case courrier 1706, Bâtiment Chimie (17), 3ème étage, Faculté des Sciences, Place Eugène Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier, France
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Interests: molecular machines, molecular muscles, interlocked molecules, rotaxanes, lasso, double-lasso, glycorotaxanes, peptides, template driven reaction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Nobel Prize for Chemistry, 2016, awarded to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, James Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Lucas Feringa, has contributed to highlighting the research field of molecular machines. Despite the numerous appealing and very sophisticated examples of biomolecular machines that one can find in nature, and which are essential for life, synthetic laboratory-made molecular machines are still in their infancy. Since the first interlocked molecular machine was described in 1994, numerous systems of stimuli-responsive molecular machinery and motors have been reported around the world. The possibility to change, with control, the properties of a molecule, depending on the machinery, confers growing interest for these intriguing molecules in a wide range of fields, such as nanomaterials or biology.

This Special Issue aims at covering the field of interlocked molecules, molecular machines, motors, and muscles. Researchers in these fields are, therefore, warmly invited to propose relevant state-of-the-art reviews, perspectives, and research papers to be published in this Special Issue of Molecules.

Dr. Frédéric Coutrot
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • molecular machine
  • molecular motor
  • molecular muscle
  • molecular shuttle
  • molecular switch
  • molecular device
  • interlocked molecule
  • templated reaction
  • molecular station

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