Nanoscience’s Master Mechanic

Posted on May 16, 2005  Comments (0)

Nanoscience’s Master Mechanic by David Pescovitz (from the University of California – Berkeley’s excellent Science Matters Newsletter):

The Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems (COINS) aims to develop a storehouse of mechanical components hundreds of times smaller than the diameter of a human hair.

“Right now, we make most nanodevices one at a time, sometimes as laboriously as atom by atom,” Zettl says. “That approach can prove a concept, but if you can’t scale up then it becomes a curiosity instead of a viable technology. We need automated assembly at the nanoscale.”

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