The Natural Way to Make Things
report examines the current state of the self-assembly technologies
poised to enable nanotechnology and future chip manufacturing processes,
organizes key issues and puts them in context, and succinctly explains
how the technologies work.
Scientists looking for efficient ways to make microscopic machines
and faster electronics are turning to self-assembly in hopes of
putting things together with something like natures' ease.
Self-assembly is a critical aspect of nanotechnology because using
tools to manipulate objects in the realm of molecules is incredibly
difficult and nowhere near cost-effective. Self-assembly is also
poised to enable faster electronics when current chip manufacturing
processes reach their limits.
Researchers are tapping biological materials like DNA, organic molecules
like polymers, and inorganic molecules like gold nanoparticles to
find ways ways to make materials self-assemble into specific shapes,
sizes and orientations. Initial efforts have produced particles,
wires, rings, tubes, containers, patterned surfaces and patterned
materials that automatically assemble molecule-by-molecule.
The technology is likely to play an increasingly important role
in areas like photonics, data storage, drug delivery and biochemical
The report includes an executive summary, a list of 17 developments
to look for as these cutting-edge technologies take shape, and a
section of 24 researchers to watch, including links to their Web
pages. It also includes a quick tour of 39 recent developments in
six areas and a section of 28 in-depth news stories from TRN.
The stories are organized into six categories: DNA, viruses and
proteins, polymers, molecules, semiconductors and metals, and scope
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How It Works:
stories, including 19 images
Table of Contents:
things make themselves
Microscopic machines and faster electronics
Materials, means and ends
The laws of physics
Design as process
The stuff of life
Blueprint and building material
Getting down to the basics
Catching a bug — and putting it to work
Better building through organic chemistry
Natures building blocks — one at a time
Order and growth
Sowing crystals seeds
An organizing principle
Delivering on the nanotech promise
Self-assembling the far future
How It Works
Connecting things up
Building a bigger molecule
In-Depth Story Categories
Viruses and proteins
Semiconductors and metals
Scope and scale
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