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The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir Fraser Stoddart, and Ben Feringa. Read all about it: http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/web/2016/10/Molecular-machines-garner-2016-Nobel-Prize-in-Chemistry.html
↓↓More links and references below↓↓

In this episode of Speaking of Chemistry, we look at how three molecular machinists earned this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Apologies to our international posse: All times referenced in this video are based on us being in the Eastern Time Zone.

For more information on the prize check out:
1.)C&EN’s coverage: http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/web/2016/10/Molecular-machines-garner-2016-Nobel-Prize-in-Chemistry.html

2.)Nobelprize.org’s announcement: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/2016/press.html

Videos of the 4-wheeled molecule were used with permission from Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Kudernac, T. et al. 2011, Nature 479, 208–211 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature10587

Want even more molecular-mechanical goodness? You are in luck, my friend. Here are some more great references.

Rethinking Molecular Machines | C&EN
http://cen.acs.org/articles/90/i14/Rethinking-Molecular-Machines.html

Nanomachinery Gets A Lift | C&EN
http://cen.acs.org/articles/82/i12/NANOMACHINERY-LIFT.html

Nanocar Research Rolling Along | C&EN
http://2015.cenmag.org/nanocar-research-kept-rolling-along-html/#.V_UovvkrJQJ

A Nanocar With Four-Wheel Drive | C&EN
http://cen.acs.org/articles/89/web/2011/11/Nanocar-Four-Wheel-Drive.html

Molecular Pump Mimics Natural Carrier Proteins | C&EN
http://cen.acs.org/articles/82/i12/NANOMACHINERY-LIFT.html

Transition Metal-Containing Rotaxanes and Catenanes in Motion | Accounts of Chemical Research
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/ar960263r

A molecular shuttle | JACS
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja00013a096

Light-driven monodirectional molecular rotor | Nature
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v401/n6749/abs/401152a0.html

A [3]Rotaxane with Two Porphyrinic Plates Acting as an Adaptable Receptor | JACS
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja7110493

A Three-Compartment Chemically-Driven Molecular Information Ratchet | JACS
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja302711z

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