NANO: Five Major Advances Announced at Foresight Conference

Doug Bailey (
Mon, 16 Nov 1998 16:28:58 -0500

Good news from the Sixth Foresignt Conference in Santa Clara. Five major advances were announced. Here is a brief summary of each advance:

1 - Bucky Horns: Sumio Iijima of NEC Corporation, Japan, announced the ability to grow this new class of carbon nanostructures, the next step beyond buckyballs and buckytubes.

2 - Biopowered Nanomotor: Carlo Montemagno of Cornell University announced success in building biological-motor powered mechanical devices. All the tools are now in place to make this happen within a living cell. (I posted about this one on Friday)

3 - Nanomanipulator: MinFeng Yu of Washington University generated excitement by showing the first-ever movies of interactive 3D manipulation of carbon nanotubes, using a new research device built by Zyvex LLC.

4 - Nanotube Transistor: Cees Dekker of Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, presented work on buckytubes as a new kind of molecular quantum wire and a field effect nanotube transistor, called TubeFET.

5 - Single-Molecule Tape Measure: Mark Akeson of University of California, Santa Cruz, announced the use of a molecular pore able to electrically "read" long molecules at high speed, even differentiating among DNA bases in groups as small as five. Next goal: rapidly read DNA base-by-base.

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Doug Bailey