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Interview with bionanotechnologist Viola Vogel

Earth & Sky’s David Portree conducts an interview of bionanotechnologist Viola Vogel of the University of Washington’s Center for Nanotechnology:

“Engineers who learn how to work at the nanoscale start getting a different view of the principles that Nature evolved. Nature never microfabricated anything, but all organisms, humans included, are assembled from the bottom up using molecular building blocks…

“For example, we take motor proteins, which move around in every single cell in our body by converting chemicals into mechanical force. We use these to build tiny trains at the nanoscale. Maybe in the future we can build an assembly line to assemble nanosystems into working devices, like a car assembly line, but at the nanoscale.” Sounds good to me. —Christine

One Response to “Interview with bionanotechnologist Viola Vogel”

  1. eoin clancy Says:

    I have an interest in the work of Viola Vogel, particularly some of the work that she has done with Henry Hess with kinesin motor proteins on microfabricated surfaces (see here for an example

    FYI Since this interview (2003), Viola is no longer at UW and has moved to the ETH in Zürich, Switzerland (


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