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Scientists craft electric motor from single molecule

Posted on Monday, September 05 2011 @ 22:14:57 CEST by


BBC News reports researchers succeeded in creating an electric motor from a butyl methyl sulphide molecule:
The minuscule motor could have applications in both nanotechnology and in medicine, where tiny amounts of work can be put to efficient use.

Tiny rotors based on single molecules have been shown before, but this is the first that can be individually driven by an electric current.

"People have found before that they can make motors driven by light or by chemical reactions, but the issue there is that you're driving billions of them at a time - every single motor in your beaker," said Charles Sykes, a chemist at Tufts University in Massachusetts, US.




 



 

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