Rice scientists build world’s first single-molecule car

January 1st, 2006

Rice University scientists have constructed the world’s smallest car — a single molecule “nanocar” that contains a chassis, axles and four buckyball wheels.
The “nanocar” is described in a research paper: Shirai, Y.; Osgood, A. J.; Zhao, Y.; Kelly, K. F.; Tour, J. M. “Directional Control in Thermally Driven Single-Molecule Nanocars,” Nano Lett. 2005, 5, 2330-2334.

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