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ESiM kickoff meeting - group photo of the project collaborators
ESiM kickoff meeting - group photo of the project collaborators

From Wednesday, 22 June until today, the collaborators of the ESiM Project (Energy Storage in Molecules) came together in Dresden for their initial meeting. The project partners from Germany, Spain, France, and The Netherlands presented their individual work packages and discussed the roadmap of the 4-year project.

The European Pathfinder Open project ESiM, led by cfaed SMM Group Leader Dr. Francesca Moresco, aims to use intramolecular properties (rotations, conformational changes) for energy storage. ESiM investigates storing (and releasing) of energy in a few specific intramolecular degrees of freedom. The project combines theory and simulation, molecular design and synthesis, scanning probe microscopy and manipulation, solid-state physics and nanotechnology.

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In March 2022, the international "NanoCar Race" will take place for the second time. A science event of a special kind: Eight teams from three continents will compete to 'speed' their self-developed molecular racing cars over a surface of gold for 24 hours. The size of the race cars: a few nanometers, 50 to 200 atoms. The length of the race track: around 200 nanometers. The venue: Toulouse, but strictly speaking, only the drivers sit there, while the 'racetracks' are in eight different remote laboratories around the world - including the only German one at TU Dresden.

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The EU HORIZON-EIC-2021-PATHFINDEROPEN proposal Energy Storage in Molecules (ESiM) was recently approved and will tentatively start in April 2022.
ESiM aims at creating the scientific basis for addressing the pressing challenges of a scalable clean energy storage. The ESiM strategy makes use of the conformational degrees of freedom of organic molecules, which will be arranged in dense molecular arrays on a surface. This concept circumvents the limits of battery technology which is based on ions flow and on environmentally harmful substances.

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The Single Molecule Machines Group is participating in the International Nanocar Race II on March 24-25, 2022 in CEMES-CNRS Toulouse. The Dresden team GAzE (German Azulene Explorer) includes Dr. Franziska Lissel and Oumaima Aiboudi (IPF Dresden) for the chemical synthesis, Dr. Dmitry Ryndyk (TU Dresden) for model calculations, and the complete Single Molecule Machine group as pilots and coordinators.
The race will be live broadcasted via the cfaed YouTube channel.

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Congratulations to Tim Kühne, who defended on 2 December 2021 his PhD thesis!

Title: “Inelastic STM as a tool for the electronic manipulation of single molecules”

Tim will remain at TU Dresden in the Single Molecule Machines group as a postdoc.

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The C’NANO Conference 2021 will take place in Toulouse from 23 to 25 November 2021 with a MEMO satellite workshop entitled "Single molecule mechanics on a surface: gears, motors and cars". On 23 November 2021, 6pm all the Nanocar Race II teams officially registered will present their first molecule-car prototype to the public. Follow their presentations life via YouTube! Prior to the general presentation, the MEMO project coordinator Dr. Francesca Moresco from cfaed (Single Molecule Machines Group, TU Dresden - cfaed, Germany) will give a talk on “Mechanics with molecules: motors and gears working under the STM tip”.

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We have a vacant Research Associate / PhD Position in the field of on-surface synthesis and investigation of functional molecules by scanning tunneling microscopy at low temperature. For more information follow this link!

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Congratulations to Frank Eisenhut, who defended on July 11, 2019 his PhD thesis!

Title: “STM investigation of model systems for atomic and molecular scale electronics”