We are happy to announce our participation in the world wide first NanoCar Race. It is an unique competition hosted by CEMES-CRNS, Pico-Lab, Toulouse. Molecular machines from different international research institutions are going to compete on a nano-sized track in 2017.
STM image of our car
Our nanocar consisting of four non-covalently bonded acetylbiphenyl molecules converts applied electrical energy into a motion.1 By applying voltage pulses with the tip of an scanning tunneling microscope (STM), the windmill car is moved in a precise and controlled way in all directions. Furthermore, the car can transport a load like a single atom or a small molecule, thus performing work.2
At the moment, our team is working hard to be well prepared for this unique competition.
See this short movie of a driving sequence.
A DRIVING SEQUENCE OF OUR MOLECULE IN STM
Our driving team, lead by Francesca Moresco, is part of the chair of Materials Science and Nanotechnology at the Institute for Materials Science at TU Dresden.