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Thomas Singleton

Dr Thomas Singleton

Research Fellow


University of Manchester

Research summary

The widespread use of molecular-level motion in key natural processes suggests that great rewards could come from bridging the gap between the present generation of synthetic molecular systems and the machines of the macroscopic world, which utilize the synchronized movements of smaller parts to perform particular tasks. The aim of this project is to invent a new class of synthetic molecular machines capable of performing sophisticated tasks in chemical synthesis. In other words, to make molecules that make molecules. Its successful demonstration would give mankind the beginnings of a potentially game-changing new approach for the synthesis of molecules and materials.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Making molecules that make molecules

Scheme: Newton International Fellowships

Dates: Jan 2015 - Jan 2017

Value: £101,000

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