The Nanobobcat is synthesized by the Masson group of Dr. Eric Masson (Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry) and driven on surfaces by the group of Dr. Saw Wai Hla (Department of Physics and Astronomy) using a scanning tunneling microscope (STM)! The team will participate in the 1st International Molecular Car Racing Contest organized by the Centre d'Elaboration de Matériaux et d'Etudes Structurales of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Toulouse, France.
Our goal is to develop molecular transport systems on materials surfaces that can be controlled with the atomic scale precision. For this, we have designed and synthesized supramolecular pseudorotaxane nanocars. Our nanocars, nicknamed the “Ohio Bobcat Nanowagons”, have been designed with two conditions in mind: (1) the structure of the nanocar should resemble a typical 20th or 21st century car, with a chassis and 4 cylindrical wheels, and (2) the wheels should not be covalently linked to the chassis thereby enabling actual rolling motion. Moreover, these technomimetic nanocars are designed to be driven by electrical energy supplied from a scanning tunneling microscope tip. The nanocars are synthesized by Masson group at Ohio University, and their mechanical properties are currently being tested by Hla group at Ohio University with the support of Center for nanoscale Materials at Argonne National laboratory.
Dr. Saw Wai Hla
Professor of Physics and Director of CMSS, Ohio University & Head of the Quantum and Energy Materials Group, CNM Argonne National Laboratory
Dr. Eric Masson Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of Chemistry, Ohio University
Ryan TumblesonEngineering Physics Honors Tutorial College, Ohio University
STM Operation Manager
Kyaw Zin LattPhD Researcher, Physics, Ohio University
Sanjoy SarkarPhD Research Physics, Ohio University
Argonne Support Team
Dr. Yuan ZhangCenter for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory
Yang LiPhD Researcher, Ohio University and Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory
Brandon FisherEngineering Specialist Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory
Chemists who synthesized the OU Bobcat Nanowagons:
Dr. Karthi Perumal, Kondalarao Kotturi, Mersad Raeisi, and Ramin Rabbani Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio University