A second generation motorized nanocar was designed, synthesized, and imaged. To verify structural integrity, NMR-based COSY, NOESY, DEPT, HSQC, and HMBC experiments were conducted on the intermediate motor. All signals in 1H NMR were unambiguously assigned, and the results were consistent with the helical structure of the motor. The nanocar was deposited on a Cu(111) surface, and single intact molecules were imaged by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) at 5.7 K, thereby paving the way for future single-molecule studies of this motorized nanocar atop planar substrates.
The original publication is available by link DOI: 10.1021/nn203969b