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Hydrogen-bond geared Mechanically interlocked Molecular Motors

Hydrogen-bond geared Mechanically interlocked Molecular Motors

Objective

Hy3M will create new types of synthetic molecular motors - fuelled by energy in the form of light, heat, electrons, etc. - that transmit effects of mechanical motion at the molecular level through to the macroscopic world. The project will (i) explore a nd develop new methods and mechanisms for controlling the directionality of sub-molecular translational and rotary motion, principally through manipulating hydrogen bonding interactions, and (ii) find out how to link such movements to the outside world i n order to do useful work. The focused program of targeted multidisciplinary research with groups from Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering involves complementary synthetic, spectroscopic, computational, structural and fabrication studies. Six workpackage s are aimed at obtaining an assessment of both the static and dynamic influences of mechanical interlocking at the molecular level, the ability to assemble the structures into films or polymers which must be engineered into a useful material, and an unde rstanding of how key proximity effects could be designed in to tailor specific properties. The knowledge generated from these workpackages is employed to produce materials that exhibit various types of macroscopic responses from mechanical motion at the molecular level (surface- property change, shape-change, movement of object) as well as a synthetic molecular motor coupled to the outside world to do work. Appropriate compounds will be produced on a practical scale and fabricated to produce a material that will permit evaluation for efficacy and device applications. Increasingly tougher performance, economic, and environ- mental requirements for materials necessitate the development of new approaches. Manipulating material properties by controlling mo lecular architecture, such as that envisaged in this project, is a promising emerging technology in this regard. The prospects for economic development are thus strong.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Address

Spui 21
Amsterdam

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Wybren Jan BUMA (Prof.)

Participants (6)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

ITS TESTING SERVICES (UK) LTD

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF ANGERS

France

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITÀ DI BOLOGNA

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 13525

  • Start date

    1 April 2005

  • End date

    31 March 2008

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 536 564

  • EU contribution

    € 2 199 962

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands