Molecular machines

(Credit: Photochemistry and Supramolecular Chemistry research group, UniversitÓ di Bologna)

The need for miniaturization

    Why smaller and smaller?

Supramolecular Chemistry and Nanotechnology

    The chemist as a molecular engineer

Molecular electronics and photonics

    Molecules that mimick the functions of the components of macroscopic devices

Molecular machines

    What they are and how they operate

Natural molecular machines

    The "invisibles" that sustain life

Artificial molecular machines

    Can men make and operate nanomachines?

Logic operations with molecules

    Towards a chemical computer?

Where are molecular devices and machines studied?

Questions & Answers

Glossary

V.Balzani, A.Credi, M.T.Gandolfi, & M.Venturi   


Useful links

  Text of R. Feynman's talk "Plenty of Room at the Bottom" (1959)
  Official web site of K.E. Drexler's organization: a "futuristic" vision of nanotechnology
  Illustration of molecular motions that occur in ATP synthase (with movies)
  Web site of the Photochemistry and Supramolecular Chemistry research group, UniversitÓ di Bologna