miércoles, 24 de noviembre de 2010

Breakthrough 3d molecular structures set to shape future of nanotechnology?

Scientists at The University of Nottingham have, for the first time, demonstrated how 3d molecular structures can be built on a surface; a breakthrough they claim will shape the future of nanotechnology.

Breakthrough 3d molecular structures set to shape future of nanotechnologyThe team of chemists and physicists showed that by introducing a 'guest' molecule they could build molecules upwards from a surface rather than just 2d formations previously achieved. The process works through a natural biological process known as 'self assembly' where a 'guest' molecule is introduced to a surface and is spontaneously arranged into a structure.

Prof Neil Champness, pictured, said: "It is the molecular equivalent of throwing a pile of bricks up into the air and then, as they come down again, they spontaneously build a house."

The work is the culmination of a four year project supported by £3.5million of funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. It is said to offer scientists a completely new and controlled way of building up additional layers on the surface of a molecule.

The discovery could prove a significant step forward towards the development of new nano devices such as cutting edge optical and electronic technologies and even molecular computers.

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