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Keywords:

  • Advanced Functional Materials;
  • Biomimetics;
  • Molecular electronics;
  • Nanotechnology;
  • Rotaxanes;
  • Supramolecular chemistry

This Special Issue on molecular machines and switches is dedicated to Prof. J. Fraser Stoddart on the occasion of his 65th birthday. As well as giving a brief summary of Prof. Stoddart's work, this Guest Editorial provides an overview of the contributions to the issue, selected to give a quick yet authoritative look at the field of molecular machines and switches as it stands now, and its direction for the near future.