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Nanomotors in the Fast Lane - Moving from science fiction to reality: chemically driven micro- and nanomotors

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Nanomotors in the Fast Lane

Moving from science fiction to reality: chemically driven micro- and nanomotors.
At least since the movie “The Fantastic Voyage” in 1966, in which a submarine is shrunk down and injected into the blood stream of a human, people have been toying with the idea of sending tiny “micromachines” and “nanorobots” into our organs or individual cells to carry out delicate “repairs”. This is now beginning to approach the realm of possibility. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, scientists from Stuttgart present the current state of research in the area of catalytic micro- and nanomotors.

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Nanomotors in the Fast Lane
Moving from science fiction to reality: chemically driven micro- and nanomotors

Chemically Powered Micro- and Nanomotors

Samuel Sánchez, Max-Planck-Institut für Intelligente Systeme (Germany)


Fuel from Carbon Dioxide Coming Soon?
Efficient catalytic system for the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to hydrocarbons

Photocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide by Hydrous Hydrazine over Au–Cu Alloy Nanoparticles Supported on SrTiO3/TiO2 Coaxial Nanotube Arrays

Jinhua Ye, National Institute for Materials Science (Japan)


A Magnet Made of Paddlewheels and Pillars
Magnetic layers and chains combine to form three-dimensional magnetic framework

Magnet Design by Integration of Layer and Chain Magnetic Systems in a π-Stacked Pillared Layer Framework

Hitoshi Miyasaka, Tohoku University (Japan)


Entering the Nano Era
From basic research to fad: nanomaterials are on the rise in our day-to-day lives

Are We Entering the Nano Era?

Younan Xia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (USA)


The Smallest Marches to a Different Tune
Fundamental change in the nature of chemical bonding upon isotopic substitution

Fundamental Change in the Nature of Chemical Bonding upon Isotopic Substitution

Jörn Manz, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)


A Matter of Preparation
Reactivity of glucosinolates and their breakdown products in foods

Reactivity and Stability of Glucosinolates and their Breakdown Products in Foods

Franziska S. Hanschen, Leibniz-Institut für Gemüse- und Zierpflanzenbau, Grossbeeren (Germany)


Carbonic Acid—And Yet It Exists!
Preparation and characterization of gas-phase carbonic acid and its monomethyl ester

Gas-Phase Preparation of Carbonic Acid and Its Monomethyl Ester

Peter R. Schreiner, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen (Germany)


All-Purpose Glue for Wet Conditions
Incorporation of DOPA into engineered mussel glue proteins

In Vivo Residue-Specific Dopa-Incorporated Engineered Mussel Bioglue with Enhanced Adhesion and Water Resistance

Hyung Joon Cha, Pohang University of Science and Technology (Rep. Korea)


Sorting Water Molecules
Separation of para and ortho water

Separating Para and Ortho Water

Jochen Küpper, DESY, Hamburg (Germany)


What Holds Phosphorus Together?
Computation of the stabilities and crystal structures of known and new phosphorus allotropes made of nanotubes

The Extended Stability Range of Phosphorus Allotropes

Richard Weihrich, Universität Regensburg (Germany)


A Small Golden Cosmos
Planet–satellite nanostructures from gold nanoparticles and RAFT star polymers

Planet–Satellite Nanostructures Made To Order by RAFT Star Polymers

Philipp Vana, Universität Göttingen (Germany)


From Termite Fumigant to Molecular Coupling
Sulfur fluoride exchange—a powerful new reaction for click chemistry

Sulfur(VI) Fluoride Exchange (SuFEx): Another Good Reaction for Click Chemistry

K. Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla (USA)


A Larger Pocket
Reprogramed nonribosomal peptide synthetase incorporates amino acids with reactive sites for “click” chemistry

Reprogramming Nonribosomal Peptide Synthetases for "Clickable" Amino Acids

Donald Hilvert, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)


Textile Solar Cells
Affordable and inexpensive: flexible fiber perovskite solar cells

Integrating Perovskite Solar Cells into a Flexible Fiber

Huisheng Peng, Fudan University, Shanghai (China)


Hope for the Honey Bee?
Peptide-polyketide antibiotic from the pathogen that causes American Foulbrood

Paenilamicin: Structure and Biosynthesis of a Hybrid Nonribosomal Peptide/Polyketide Antibiotic from the Bee Pathogen Paenibacillus larvae

Roderich Süssmuth, Technische Universität Berlin (Germany)


Dating by Electrode
Voltammetry of microparticles used to date archeological artifacts made of copper and bronze

Dating Archaeological Copper/Bronze Artifacts by Using the Voltammetry of Microparticles

Antonio Doménech-Carbó, Universitat de València (Spain)


Cholera: Fighting Fire with Fire
Binding at five sites: effective cholera inhibitor based on cholera toxins

A Protein-Based Pentavalent Inhibitor of the Cholera Toxin B-Subunit

W. Bruce Turnbull, University of Leeds (United Kingdom)


A Sink for Signals
Triplex RNA motif binds cellular cGMP after expression in mammalian cells

Endless: A Purine Binding Motif that Can Be Expressed in Cells

Clemens Richert, Universität Stuttgart (Germany)


Follow Your Nose
Odor code for food is based on a few volatile substances

Nature's Chemical Signatures in Human Olfaction: A Foodborne Perspective for Future Biotechnology

Thomas Hofmann, Technische Universität München (Germany)


Drug Sensing by a Synthetic Receptor
Nanomechanical detection of methamphetamines and designer drugs

Cavitand-Grafted Silicon Microcantilevers as a Universal Probe for Illicit and Designer Drugs in Water

Enrico Dalcanale, Università degli Studi di Parma (Italy)


A Battery up Your Sleeve
Elastic wire-shaped lithium ion batteries with high electrochemical performance

Elastic and Wearable Wire-Shaped Lithium-Ion Battery with High Electrochemical Performance

Huisheng Peng, Fudan University, Shanghai (China)


Go with the Flow
Flow-through peptide synthesis and cell-based assays on Teflon-coated paper

Flow-Through Synthesis on Teflon-Patterned Paper to Produce Peptide Arrays That Can Be Used for Cell-Based Assays

Ratmir Derda, University of Alberta, Edmonton (Canada)


Carbon-Based Electronics in Sight?
Triazine-based, graphitic carbon nitride as novel two-dimensional semiconductor

Triazine-Based, Graphitic Carbon Nitride: a Two-Dimensional Semiconductor

Andrew I. Cooper, University of Liverpool (UK)


Effective Cesium Radioisotope Removal
Novel vanadosilicate is potential decontamination agent for cesium-tainted water

A Novel Vanadosilicate with Hexadeca-Coordinated Cs+ Ions as a Highly Effective Cs+ Remover

Kyung Byung Yoon, Sogang University, Seoul (Rep. Korea)


Wearable Solar Cells
Solar cells based on stacked textile electrodes for integration into fabrics

Wearable Solar Cells by Stacking Textile Electrodes

Huisheng Peng, Fudan University, Shanghai (China)


Beyond Elastic
Organic crystal demonstrates superelasticity

A Superelastic Crystal of Terephthalamide

Satoshi Takamizawa, Yokohama City University (Japan)


Clear Pathways
A potential candidate for more efficient solid oxide bismuth and iridium fuel cells

A Metallic Room-Temperature Oxide Ion Conductor

Michael Ruck, Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)


Nanoparticles Replace Needle and Thread
Wound closure and organ repair with nanoparticle solutions

Organ Repair, Hemostasis, and In Vivo Bonding of Medical Devices by Aqueous Solutions of Nanoparticles

Ludwik Leibler, ESPCI ParisTech (France)


Pearls to Prevent Relaxation
Additive stops aging in super glassy polymer membranes

Ending Aging in Super Glassy Polymer Membranes

Matthew R. Hill, CSIRO Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Clayton South (Australia)


Versatile Capsules
Multifunctional microcapsules made from metals and tannic acid

Engineering Multifunctional Capsules through the Assembly of Metal–Phenolic Networks

Frank Caruso, University of Melbourne (Australia)


From Stench to Resource
Production of sulfur and hydrogen: splitting hydrogen sulfide with solar energy

An Integrated Photoelectrochemical–Chemical Loop for Solar-Driven Overall Splitting of Hydrogen Sulfide

Lianzhou Wang, University of Queensland (Australia)


Swelling Stacks
Optical components made of multiresponsive microgels

Optical Devices Constructed from Multiresponsive Microgels

Michael J. Serpe, University of Alberta, Edmonton (Canada)


Tracking Down the Ash Tree Killer
Volatile lactone of Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus inhibits germination of ash seeds

A Volatile Lactone of Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus, Pathogen of European Ash Dieback, Inhibits Host Germination

Jeroen S. Dickschat, Technische Universtiät Braunschweig (Germany)


Spinning Drops of Blood
Better diagnosis of parasitic infections: rapid, simple enrichment of rare cells by using ultrasound

Rare-Cell Enrichment by a Rapid, Label-Free, Ultrasonic Isopycnic Technique for Medical Diagnostics

Jonathan M. Cooper, University of Glasgow (UK)


Gel Filled Filter—More than a Pore
Microgel-based thermoresponsive membranes for water filtration

Temperature-Modulated Water Filtration Using Microgel-Functionalized Hollow-Fiber Membranes

Matthias Wessling, RWTH Aachen (Germany)


Molecular Hinges Open Pathways
Exchange of bismuth atoms for chloride ions with retention of structure

The Topochemical Pseudomorphosis of a Chloride into a Bismuthide

Michael Ruck, Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)


Iron Oxide as an Ultralightweight
Iron oxide frameworks with hierarchical pore structure from pyrolysis of Prussian blue nanocrystals

Ultralight Mesoporous Magnetic Frameworks by Interfacial Assembly of Prussian Blue Nanocubes

Dongyuan Zhao, Fudan University, Shanghai (China)


Chains of Gold and Palladium
Copolymerization of metal nanoparticles for the production of colloidal plasmonic copolymers

Copolymerization of Metal Nanoparticles: A Route to Colloidal Plasmonic Copolymers

Eugenia Kumacheva, University of Toronto (Canada)


Micro-Patchwork Family
3D construction: microparticles made of three chemically independent patches

Chemically Orthogonal Three-Patch Microparticles

Joerg Lahann, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA)


Color without Dyes
New non-iridescent structural colors cover the whole spectrum

Full-Spectrum Photonic Pigments with Non-iridescent Structural Colors through Colloidal Assembly

Vinothan N. Manoharan, Harvard University, Cambridge (USA)


Overcoming multidrug resistance in cancer cells by silencing genes with RNA

Biomimetic RNA-Silencing Nanocomplexes: Overcoming Multidrug Resistance in Cancer Cells

Xiaoyuan Chen, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda (USA)


A New Approach to Malaria Treatment?
Halogenated natural alkaloids show herbicidal and antiplasmodial activity

Pseudilins: Halogenated, Allosteric Inhibitors of the Non-Mevalonate Pathway Enzyme IspD

François Diederich, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)