Thursday, February 01, 2007

Who says you need a replicating assembler?

I've been studying a host of the bottom up self-assembly approaches and I'm becoming quite impressed. The one linked above has me imagining a roll-to-roll self assembly regime which could manufacture literally tons of assorted nanomaterials at low prices without the need for self replicating molecular nanoassemblers. Sure it wouldn't fit on a desktop but for mass production needs it'd work great. Especially when you add in the developments in molecular imprint lithography, dip pen lithography and imprint lithography. I can picture this channel of methods rolling out little tabs of medicines, micro circuitry, sensors, you name it, even those little breath mint sheets only made nano better.

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