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Building a Nanofactory: An Impossible (or just an Improbable) Dream?

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15:45 – 17:45 19 Mar 2014
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Woodlands School
Allestree
DE22 2LW

Speakers: Phillip Moriarty - Nottingham University

Can we design and construct a matter compiler? Is it possible to manipulate the fundamental atomic building blocks of matter to form a nanoscopic, microscopic, or even a macroscopic product like a computer, a table, or a car?

In other words, can we push 3D printing all the way down to the atomic level?

This is the highly controversial “molecular manufacturing” concept put forward by K. Eric Drexler in the eighties, inspired by Richard Feynman’s  ideas  on the ultimate limits of miniaturisation in 1959.

In this talk I shall first revisit Drexler’s idea for a “matter compiler” in the context of the latest developments in 3D printing and subatomic resolution scanning probe microscopy before describing some of our work in Nottingham in three areas of key relevance to the nanofactory concept.


If you have students that are interested in attending or would like more information on the event please contact James Davies (james.davies3@rolls-royce.com).

Please note that the Institute of Physics can help cover the costs of transporting students to and from the venue for the event; if you require any assistance with this please don’t hesitate to contact James Davies.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: IOP Derby Centre
Contact details: This event is happening on Wednesday March 19th as part of the National Science and Engineering Week and is aimed for 14-16 year old students. It is being held at Woodlands School in Allestree. We ask that you arrive at 3:45 pm for a 4:00 pm start.

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