Designing artificial molecular machines to execute complex mechanical tasks, like coupling rotation and translation to accomplish transmission of motion, continues to provide important challenges. Herein, we demonstrated a novel molecular machine comprising a second-generation light-driven molecular motor and a bistable rotaxane unit. The molecular motor can rotate successfully even in an interlocked rotaxane system through a photoinduced cis-to-trans isomerization and a thermal helix inversion, resulting in concomitant transitional motion of the rotaxane. The transmission process was elucidated via H-1 NMR,H-1-H-1 COSY, HMQC, HMBC, and 2D ROESY NMR spectroscopies, UV-visible absorption spectrum, and density functional theory calculations. This is the first demonstration of a molecular motor to rotate against the appreciably noncovalent interactions between dibenzo-24-crown-8 and N-methyltriazolium moieties comprising the rotaxane unit, showing operational capabilities of molecular motors to perform more complex tasks.
- ROTARY MOTION
- DYNAMIC CONTROL