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Water lubricates hydrogen-bonded molecular machines

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Chemistry, September 2013
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Water lubricates hydrogen-bonded molecular machines
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Nature Chemistry, September 2013
DOI 10.1038/nchem.1744
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Matthijs R. Panman, Bert H. Bakker, David den Uyl, Euan R. Kay, David A. Leigh, Wybren Jan Buma, Albert M. Brouwer, Jan A. J. Geenevasen, Sander Woutersen, Panman MR, Bakker BH, den Uyl D, Kay ER, Leigh DA, Buma WJ, Brouwer AM, Geenevasen JA, Woutersen S


The mechanical behaviour of molecular machines differs greatly from that of their macroscopic counterparts. This applies particularly when considering concepts such as friction and lubrication, which are key to optimizing the operation of macroscopic machinery. Here, using time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy and NMR-lineshape analysis, we show that for molecular machinery consisting of hydrogen-bonded components the relative motion of the components is accelerated strongly by adding small amounts of water. The translation of a macrocycle along a thread and the rotation of a molecular wheel around an axle both accelerate significantly on the addition of water, whereas other protic liquids have much weaker or opposite effects. We tentatively assign the superior accelerating effect of water to its ability to form a three-dimensional hydrogen-bond network between the moving parts of the molecular machine. These results may indicate a more general phenomenon that helps explain the function of water as the 'lubricant of life'.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 2 2%
Switzerland 2 2%
Ukraine 2 2%
United States 2 2%
Spain 1 1%
France 1 1%
Lithuania 1 1%
Japan 1 1%
Korea, Republic of 1 1%
Other 1 1%
Unknown 80 85%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 32 34%
Student > Ph. D. Student 26 28%
Student > Bachelor 8 9%
Student > Master 7 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 5%
Other 16 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Chemistry 66 70%
Physics and Astronomy 10 11%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 5%
Unspecified 4 4%
Materials Science 4 4%
Other 5 5%

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