Molecular Machines Progress

  • The full report of seminar summaries for 2021 can be found on the Foresight website here:
    https://foresight.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Molecular-Machines-2021-12-01.pdf
  • Formula Nano is running a scientific competition to create molecule sized cars https://formulanano.com/
  • The molecular machines Foresight tech tree is under development
  • Lee Cronin is making headway with his chemputer – a machine designed to automate chemistry operations
  • Stefan Borsley has been investigating non-equilibrium molecular machines for catalysis and movement
  • We’re still a long way off from building a synthetic ribosome
  • Beta solenoids are an interesting pathway for protein-based molecular machines
  • Yuanning Feng has been working on the design of mechanosorption molecular pumps and pumping cassettes
  • There could be an interesting middle space developing between complete atomically precise fabrication and chemistry-oriented construction of molecular machines
  • It would be efficient to create nanomachine goals and allow some kind of chemical evolution toward a best solution, but there is no way to do that yet