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Motion control at the nanoscale.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20013944     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Synthetic nanoscale motors represent a major step in the development of practical nanomachines. This Review summarizes recent progress towards controlling the movement of fuel-driven nanomotors and discusses the challenges and opportunities associated with the achievement of such nanoscale motion control. Regulating the movement of artificial nanomotors often follows nature's elegant and remarkable approach for motion control. Such on-demand control of the movement of artificial nanomotors is essential for performing various tasks and diverse applications. These applications require precise control of the nanomotor direction as well as temporal and spatial regulation of the motor speed. Different approaches for controlling the motion of catalytic nanomotors have been developed recently, including magnetic guidance, thermally driven acceleration, an electrochemical switch, and chemical stimuli (including control of the fuel concentration). Such ability to control the directionality of artificial nanomotors and to regulate their speed offers considerable promise for designing powerful nanomachines capable of operating independently and meeting a wide variety of future technological needs.
Joseph Wang; Kalayil Manian Manesh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Small (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany)     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1613-6829     ISO Abbreviation:  Small     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-03     Completed Date:  2010-04-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101235338     Medline TA:  Small     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  338-45     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Nanoengineering, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Molecular Motor Proteins / metabolism
Nanostructures / chemistry*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Molecular Motor Proteins

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