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Molecular Rotor Workshop 2019

21 November — 22 November 2019
IOCB Prague
Molecular Rotor Workshop 2019
This meeting is dedicated to fundamental research in the field of molecular rotors, motors, and switches, with special focus on their 2-D and 3-D assemblies. Plenary lectures will consist of experimental and theoretical contributions from organic, supramolecular, physical, and theoretical chemistry and physics.

Due to the limited capacity of the conference room, all non-registered participants should contact Jiří Kaleta in advance to make a reservation:

List of invited speakers

Scientific program

2019 MRW Program PDF (221 kB)

Thursday, 21 November 2019

9:00 – 9:10
Conference Opening
9:10 – 10:00
Fraser Stoddart: The Growing Impact of the Mechanical Bond on Polymer and Materials Sciences
10:00 – 10:50
Mir Wais Hosseini: Molecular Turnstiles
11:40 – 12:30
Angiolina Comotti: Rotor and Gas Dynamics in Porous Materials
12:30 – 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 – 14:50
Charles Rogers: Thin Film TPP-Rotor Inclusion Materials
14:50 – 15:40
Josef Michl: Inclusions of Dipolar Rotors in TPP
15:40 – 16:20
Coffee Break + Poster Session
16:20 – 17:10
Rainer Herges: Molecular Rotors on Surfaces and in SURMOFs
17:10 – 18:00
Wataru Setaka: Chemistry of Molecular Gyrotops

Friday, 22 November 2019

9:00 – 9:50
Ben Feringa: Exploring Rotary Molecular Motors
9:50 – 10:40
Miguel Garcia-Garibay: Crystalline Molecular Gears: Correlated Rotations by Mechanic and Dipolar Forces
10:40 – 11:20
Coffee Break + Poster Session
11:20 – 12:10
Jiří Kaleta: Molecular Machines in 2D Assemblies
12:10 – 13:40
Lunch Break
13:40 – 14:30
Alberto Credi: Molecular Switches, Machines and Motors Based on Rotaxanes
14:30 – 15:20
Ivan Aprahamian: Hydrazone-Based Switches and Functional Materials
15:20 – 16:10
Coffee Break + Poster Session
16:10 – 17:00
Patrick Batail: Materials Chemistry and Physics of Crystalline Rotors
17:00 – 17:50
Michael Schmittel: Stand-alone and Networked Multicomponent Catalytic Machinery: From Fundamental Aspects of Catalysis to Information Processing in Rotating Systems
17:50 – 18:00
Closing Remarks


  • Guillaume Bastien & Carina Santos Hurtado: Surface Inclusions of Molecular Switches
  • Abir Goswami & Indrajit Paul: Multicomponent Rotors: Playing with Hydrogen Bonding, Fluxional Axes and Negative Allostery 
  • Sebastian Hamer: Dipolar Molecular Rotors in SURMOFs 
  • Václav Houska: Macrocycle Assembly on Graphite: AFM and Molecular Dynamics 
  • Marcus Jellen: Template-Directed Synthesis of Macrocyclic Molecular Spur Gears Utilizing Gold-Phosphorus Coordination Chemistry 
  • Jindřich Nejedlý: Single-Molecule Conductivity of [19]Helicene and its Synthesis 
  • Zbigniew Pianowski: Photochromic Peptides for Visible-Light-Triggered Hydrogels and Beyond 
  • Igor Rončević: Achieving Dense, Strongly-Bound Regular Triptycene-Based Arrays on Gold 
  • Nachimuthu Santhanamoorthi: Design Strategies for Light Driven Molecular Rotors: Effects of Substitutions and External Electric Field 
  • Lukáš Severa: Synthesis of Molecular Switches for Self-Assembly on Surfaces 
  • Stefan Thumser: Hemiindigo a Forgotten Chromophore – Highly Bistable Photoswitching in the Red Part of the Visible Spectrum 
  • Edgar Uhl: Integrated Hemithioindigo Based Molecular Motors – Transmission of Directional Motion and Potential Energy

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