The Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Molecular Machines, Explained – Speaking of Chemistry

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir Fraser Stoddart, and Ben Feringa. Read all about it.

In this episode of Speaking of Chemistry, we look at how three molecular machinists earned this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Apologies to our international posse: All times referenced in this video are based on us being in the Eastern Time Zone.

For more information on the prize check out:
1.) C&EN’s coverage

2.) Nobelprize.org’s announcement

Videos of the 4-wheeled molecule were used with permission from Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Kudernac, T. et al. 2011, Nature 479, 208–211

Want even more molecular-mechanical goodness? You are in luck, my friend. Here are some more great references.

Rethinking Molecular Machines | C&EN

Nanomachinery Gets A Lift | C&EN

Nanocar Research Rolling Along | C&EN

A Nanocar With Four-Wheel Drive | C&EN

Molecular Pump Mimics Natural Carrier Proteins | C&EN

Transition Metal-Containing Rotaxanes and Catenanes in Motion | Accounts of Chemical Research

A molecular shuttle | JACS

Light-driven monodirectional molecular rotor | Nature

A [3]Rotaxane with Two Porphyrinic Plates Acting as an Adaptable Receptor | JACS

A Three-Compartment Chemically-Driven Molecular Information Ratchet | JACS

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