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Meccano on the NanoScale:
A Blueprint for Making Some of the World's Tiniest Machines

J Fraser Stoddart*

California NanoSystems Institute/Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles,
Los Angeles, CA 90095 USA

This is an abstract for a presentation given at the
11th Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology

 

The lecture will highlight how the emergence of the mechanical bond in chemistry during the past two decades has brought about with it the real prospect of integrating a bottom-up approach, based on the self-assembly and self-organization of motor-molecules, with a top-down approach based on micro- and nanofabrication to (i) construct molecular electronic devices to store and process information at very high densities using minimal power and (ii) to create NanoElectroMechanical Systems (NEMS) in order to harness, manipulate, and transfer energy on the nanoscale level. It is an integrated systems-oriented approach to nanotechnology that finds its inspiration in the transfer of concepts like molecular recognition from the life sciences into materials science.


*Corresponding Address:
J Fraser Stoddart
California NanoSystems Institute/Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095 USA
Phone: 310 206 7078 Fax: 310 206 1843
Email: stoddart@chem.ucla.edu
Web: http://www.chem.ucla.edu/dept/Faculty/stoddart/stoddart.htm



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