Dr Beatrice Collins

Phd (Cantab.), MSci (Cantab.), BA (Cantab.)

  • BS8 1TS

20102020

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Autonomous molecular-level motion is ubiquitous in Nature, and will be a key constituent of the artificial complex molecular systems which will form the basis of future technologies. While many artificial molecular systems have been reported that exhibit large amplitude conformational changes in response to external stimuli (e.g. light irradiation, change in pH), systems that operate under out-of-equilibrium regimes, i.e. continuously converting energy to work or motion, have remained elusive.

Our research is focused on the design and development of artificial molecular machines that exhibit autonomous chemically-fuelled directional motion at the molecular level. We are exploring a new approach to such molecular behaviour, which will take the power and sophistication of modern synthetic chemistry, in particular transition metal-based reactivity platforms, and apply it to the fascinating challenges posed by complex molecular systems. The diverse reactivities of transition metals have transformed our approach to complex molecule synthesis and yet their use in the pursuit of artificial autonomous molecular-level motion remains limited. By drawing on the fundamental reactivities of transition metals, we aim to develop a new strategy for autonomous molecular-level motion.

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