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Prototype quantum computer gives small molecule quantum simulation

By | October 9th, 2017|Categories: Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Computational nanotechnology, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Research, World-Shaping Technologies|

Optical micrograph of the superconducting quantum processor with seven qubits. Image credit: Kandala et al. Nature We have pointed to examples of how atomically precise nanotechnology might open the road to developing quantum computers [...]

Molecular robot builds four types of molecules

By | September 30th, 2017|Categories: Artificial Molecular Machines, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Foresight Kudos, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Productive Nanosystems, Research, Roadmaps, Robotics, World-Shaping Technologies|

Since winning the 2007 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, Theory category, Professor David Leigh FRS FRSE FRSC MAE, and since 2012 at the University of Manchester, has continued to achieve major milestones on the [...]

USA-Austrian and Swiss Nanocars finish first in first Nanocar race

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: About Foresight, Artificial Molecular Machines, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Foresight Kudos, Foresight News, International organizations, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Transportation, World-Shaping Technologies|Tags: |

If the current is high enough, the molecule starts to move and can be steered over the racetrack (University of Basel) Our previous post announced a race around a 100 nm course of [...]

First International NanoCar Race showcases molecular vehicles

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: Artificial Molecular Machines, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Foresight Kudos, International organizations, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, News, news, Transportation|

Six NanoCars, each a unique concept created from only several dozen atoms by one of six teams representing six nations, and powered by electrical pulses, will compete to complete a 100 nm course within 38 hours.

Precisely removing individual atoms with microscope creates novel molecule

By | March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Computational nanotechnology, Foresight Kudos, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Research|

A molecule with two unpaired electrons too unstable to be made by chemical synthesis was fabricated using a scanning probe microscope to remove two hydrogen atoms from a single molecule adsorbed to a copper surface at ultra low temperature and ultra high vacuum.

From de novo protein design to molecular machine systems

By | January 30th, 2017|Categories: Artificial Molecular Machines, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Bionanotechnology, Computational nanotechnology, Foresight Kudos, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanobiotechnology, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Productive Nanosystems, Research, Reviews, Roadmaps|

A review from the group leading recent rapid progress in de novo protein design describes the successes, identifies the remaining challenges, and heralds the advance "from the Stone Age to the Iron Age" in protein design.

Two-component, 120-subunit icosahedral cage extends protein nanotechnology

By | January 28th, 2017|Categories: Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Bionanotechnology, Computational nanotechnology, Energy, Foresight Kudos, Future Medicine, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanobiotechnology, Nanodot, Nanomedicine, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Productive Nanosystems, Research|

Ten designs spanning three types of icosahedral architectures produce atomically precise multi-megadalton protein cages to deliver biological cargo or serve as scaffolds for organizing various molecular functions.

Cleanly placing atomically precise graphene nanoribbons

By | January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Computational nanotechnology, Foresight Kudos, Molecular Electronics, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Research|

Atomically precise chevron-shaped graphene nanoribbons were purified after solution synthesis, cleanly placed by dry contact transfer on a hydrogen-passivated Si surface, imaged and manipulated by scanning tunneling microscopy, and covalently bonded to depassivated surface positions.

Designing novel protein backbones through digital evolution

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Bionanotechnology, Computational nanotechnology, Foresight Kudos, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanobiotechnology, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Research|

Computational recombination of small elements of structure from known protein structures generates a vast library of designs that balance protein stability with the potential for new functions and novel interactions.

Adding modular hydrogen-bond networks to protein design

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Bionanotechnology, Foresight Kudos, Foresight News, Foresight News Articles, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanobiotechnology, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Research|

Computer designed networks of hydrogen bonds allow programming specific interactions of protein interfaces, facilitating programming molecular recognition.

A brief history of nanotechnology

By | January 3rd, 2017|Categories: About Foresight, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Government programs, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Nanotechnology Politics|

A historian looks at nanotechnology as utopian or dystopian vision, real-life research and development, and why emerging technologies are such compelling topics.

New Funding Opportunity from U.S. DOE

By | January 1st, 2017|Categories: Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Economics, Energy, Foresight Kudos, Government programs, Meetings & Conferences, Memetics, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Productive Nanosystems, Roadmaps|

A new funding opportunity from the Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy, incudes a subtopic on Atomically Precise Manufacturing

DOE office focusing on atomically precise manufacturing

By | December 31st, 2016|Categories: Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Economics, Energy, Foresight Kudos, Government programs, Meetings & Conferences, Memetics, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Productive Nanosystems, Roadmaps|

Longtime Foresight member Dave Forrest is leading DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office in advocating atomically precise manufacturing to transform the U.S. manufacturing base.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry recognizes molecular machines

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: About Foresight, Artificial Molecular Machines, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Foresight Kudos, Foresight News, Foresight News Articles, Meetings & Conferences, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Productive Nanosystems|

Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, winner of 2007 Foresight Feynman Prize for Experiment, shares the 2016 Chemistry Nobel for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.

Assembling a large, stable, icosahedral protein molecular cage

By | September 9th, 2016|Categories: Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Bionanotechnology, Computational nanotechnology, Foresight Kudos, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanobiotechnology, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology|

A trimeric protein was designed to self assemble into a 60 unit icosahedron with a roomy interior that might find use to ferry molecular cargo into cells or as a chemical reactor.

Chemical fuel keeps molecular motor moving

By | September 4th, 2016|Categories: Artificial Molecular Machines, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Research, Robotics|

Removing the necessity of providing several different chemical fuels in a series of distinct steps, a novel chemically-fueled molecular motor autonomously produces movement as long as the fuel supply lasts.

Rational improvement of DNA nanodevice function

By | August 13th, 2016|Categories: Artificial Molecular Machines, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Bionanotechnology, Computational nanotechnology, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanobiotechnology, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Research|

Recent research documents a structure-based rational design strategy combining molecular dynamics and single molecule imaging to improve the performance of a DNA tweezers that accurately positions an enzyme and its cofactor.

Atomically precise location of dopants a step toward quantum computers

By | August 4th, 2016|Categories: About Foresight, Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Computational nanotechnology, Foresight News Articles, Machine Intelligence, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Research|

Precise matching of STM images and theoretical calculations provides exact lattice locations of dopant atoms, advancing the prospects for silicon-based quantum computers.

Watching individual chemical bonds during a reaction

By | August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Computational nanotechnology, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Productive Nanosystems, Research|

Combining computational nanotechnology with a noncontact-atomic force microscope probe tipped by a single CO molecule allowed researchers to visualize the dance of individual chemical bonds during a complex organic reaction on a silver surface.

Peptoid nanosheets assemble by different design rule

By | July 31st, 2016|Categories: Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Bionanotechnology, Computational nanotechnology, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanobiotechnology, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Research|

Chains of monomers joined by non-biological peptoid bonds follow different rules of self-assembly and form structures not found in chains joined by the peptide bonds used to form proteins.

Engineered protein assembles molecules into atomically precise lattice

By | July 30th, 2016|Categories: Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Bionanotechnology, Computational nanotechnology, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanobiotechnology, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Research|

An engineered protein controls the assembly of C60 fullerene molecules into an atomically precise lattice that conducts electricity while neither component alone would.

Another powerful nanoengine remembered

By | July 11th, 2016|Categories: Artificial Molecular Machines, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanoscale Bulk Technologies, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Research|

The claim that the recently reported actuating nanotransducers (ANTS) produce forces "orders of magnitude larger than any produced previously" is challenged by a nanocrystal carbon nanotube device reported 11 years ago.

Simulation of quantum entanglement with subsurface dopant atoms

By | June 9th, 2016|Categories: About Foresight, Computational nanotechnology, Foresight Kudos, Foresight News Articles, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Research|

Atomic resolution measurement of quasi-particle tunneling maps of spin-resolved states reveals interference processes that allow simulation of processes important for developing quantum computers based on atomically precise doping of silicon.

Protein design provides a novel metabolic path for carbon fixation

By | June 8th, 2016|Categories: Atomically Precise Manufacturing (APM), Bionanotechnology, Computational nanotechnology, Energy, Molecular manufacturing, Molecular Nanotechnology, Nano, Nanobiotechnology, Nanodot, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Productive Nanosystems, Research|

Computational design of an enzyme that carboligates three one-carbon molecules to form one three-carbon molecule, an activity that does not exist in nature, provides proof-of-principle for a novel metabolic pathway for carbon fixation.

Powerful nanoengine built from coated nanoparticles

By | June 5th, 2016|Categories: Artificial Molecular Machines, Investment/Entrepreneuring, MEMS, Nano, Nanobusiness, Nanodot, Nanoscale Bulk Technologies, Nanotech, Nanotechnology, Research|

A nanoengine 100 times more powerful than known nanomotors and muscles was demonstrated using the aggregation and dispersal of gold nanoparticles coated with a polymer that undergoes a rapid transition from hydrophobic to hydrophilic.