The CNRS-Ohio nanomotor. The outstretched
appendages are rotor blades.

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Vive La Nanotechnologie

Posted on January 29, 2013

A joint French-U.S. research team made nanotech history this month by constructing a first-ever molecular motor that sports an array of “rotor blades” that one can turn clockwise or counterclockwise. The team’s device, which measures an astonishingly small 2 nanometers in diameter, is understood to be a crucial next step toward eventually building complete “quantum machines” that operate according to quantum mechanics, rather than conventional mechanics, and thereby take machine capability to a whole new level. Theoretical quantum machines could power quantum computers, for instance, or sweep blood clots out of human arteries.

“These researchers’ work explores the mechanics and propulsion of molecule-motors, and it showcases the components of nano-robots of the future,” states a news release from France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), which additionally suggests that future nanorobots based on this device might be put to work mass-assembling more nanorobots. The research team included researchers from the CNRS, along with researchers from the University of Ohio.

Read more: Vive La Nanotechnologie | World Future Society.

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