Nanotechnology: Predictions through 2025

Nanotechnology: Predictions through 2025

As we close out Nanodot for 2007, we note some predictions for the future of nanotechnology through 2025 from Peter von Stackelberg:

“Between the end of the first decade of the 21st century and 2025, a number of gamechangers will need to occur if nanotech is to advance significantly,” von Stackelberg says. These gamechangers include:

• A shift from “passive” to “active” nanotech. In the coming decades, nanotech will likely make the transition from simple nanomachines—particles, crystals, rods, tubes, and sheets of atoms—to more complex ones that contain valves, switches, pumps, and motors…

• Nanofabrication. Currently, manufacturing processes for nanomaterials are extremely expensive, produce only small amounts of material, and generate a significant amount of impurities and waste, von Stackelberg says. “But consider this: Assembly of nanodevices today is at the same stage as the automobile industry was before Henry Ford developed the assembly line.”

Quite so, and these nanotech ideas should sound familiar to longtime Nanodot readers. Happy New Year! (Credit —Christine

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  1. John January 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Christine — Just wanted to make sure you knew about our upcoming nano-conference in DC.

    Here’s the link:

    Thanks! — John

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  2. anonimouse January 7, 2008 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Ransom Olds patented the assembly line concept, which he put to work in his Olds Motor Vehicle Company factory in 1901, becoming the first company in America to mass-produce automobiles, contrary to the Ford myth.

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