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Molecular Machines and Motors

Recent Advances and Perspectives

  • Alberto Credi
  • Serena Silvi
  • Margherita Venturi

Part of the Topics in Current Chemistry book series (TOPCURRCHEM, volume 354)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Alberto Credi, Serena Silvi, Margherita Venturi
    Pages 1-34
  3. Stéphanie Durot, Valérie Heitz, Angélique Sour, Jean-Pierre Sauvage
    Pages 35-70
  4. Akihito Hashidzume, Hiroyasu Yamaguchi, Akira Harada
    Pages 71-110
  5. David A. Leigh, Urszula Lewandowska, Bartosz Lewandowski, Miriam R. Wilson
    Pages 111-138
  6. Arjen Cnossen, Wesley R. Browne, Ben L. Feringa
    Pages 139-162
  7. Ke Zhao, Paul I. Dron, Jiří Kaleta, Charles T. Rogers, Josef Michl
    Pages 163-211
  8. Gwénaël Rapenne, Christian Joachim
    Pages 253-277
  9. Fuan Wang, Bilha Willner, Itamar Willner
    Pages 279-338
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 339-342

About this book


The cutting-edge advances in this research field are nicely pictured in the chapters of this volume. They come from world’s leading laboratories engaged in the development of molecular machines and are authored by some of the most respected scientists in the field. This volume shows, on the one hand, the level of ingenuity and technical capability reached in the construction of artificial nanomachines roughly two decades after their inception. On the other hand, it conveys the excitement about the enormous opportunities as well as the challenges this research area presents, as the interest of researchers is shifting from ensemble to single-molecule measurements and from homogeneous to heterogeneous environments. Indeed, as Feynman said “when we have some control of the arrangement of things on a molecular scale, we will get an enormously greater range of possible properties that substances can have.” Although the answer to the “when” question is not easy to find, there is no doubt that artificial molecular machines and motors will lead to a wide variety of applications which we cannot even envisage today.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 was awarded jointly to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa "for the design and synthesis of molecular machines".
Both Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Bernard L. Feringa contributed to this volume.

The goal of each thematic volume in this series is to give the non-specialist reader, whether in academia or industry, a comprehensive insight into an area where new research is emerging which is of interest to a larger scientific audience. Each review within the volume critically surveys one aspect of that topic and places it within the context of the volume as a whole. The most significant developments of the last 5 to 10 years are presented using selected examples to illustrate the principles discussed. The coverage is not intended to be an exhaustive summary of the field or include large quantities of data, but should rather be conceptual, concentrating on the methodological thinking that will allow the non-specialist reader to understand the information presented. Contributions also offer an outlook on potential future developments in the field. Review articles for the individual volumes are invited by the volume editors. Readership: research chemists at universities or in industry, graduate students.

Editors and affiliations

  • Alberto Credi
    • 1
  • Serena Silvi
    • 2
  • Margherita Venturi
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of Chemistry “Giacomo Ciamician”University of BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Dept. of Chemistry “Giacomo Ciamician”University of BolognaBolognaGermany
  3. 3.Dept. of Chemistry “Giacomo Ciamician"University of BolognaBolognaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Molecular Machines and Motors
  • Book Subtitle Recent Advances and Perspectives
  • Editors Alberto Credi
    Serena Silvi
    Margherita Venturi
  • Series Title Topics in Current Chemistry
  • Series Abbreviated Title Topics Current Chemistry
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science Chemistry and Material Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-08677-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-34345-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-08678-1
  • Series ISSN 0340-1022
  • Series E-ISSN 1436-5049
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 342
  • Number of Illustrations 112 b/w illustrations, 137 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Microengineering
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