Synthesis 2005(11): 1789-1796  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2005-869954
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Synthesis of Functionalized Molecular Motors

Matthijs K. J. ter Wiel, Ben L. Feringa*
Department of Organic and Molecular Inorganic Chemistry, Stratingh Institute, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands
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Received 19 October 2004
Publication Date:
20 June 2005 (online)


Synthetic routes to two molecular motors are reported. The sterically hindered central olefinic bond connecting the two halves of these C 2-symmetric molecules was prepared by a McMurry reaction. In this way, a motor with two five-membered rings and a motor with two six-membered rings were prepared, both with two versatile methoxy substituents at positions not interfering with the rotary behavior.


ter Wiel, M. K. J.; van Delden, R. A.; Meetsma, A.; Feringa, B. L. J. Am. Chem. Soc., submitted.


This work is in progress.