#NewsPaper -- Oct. 28, 2020 Light-controlled molecular motors can be used to create functional materials to provide autonomous motion, or in systems that can respond on command. A complex sequence of events that sets the motor in motion takes place over a very wide range of times, from picoseconds (10-12 s) to minutes. First, the antenna captures two near-infrared photons. This is followed by the energy transfer that initiates motor motion. Fortunately, the design worked very efficiently.