De Leidsche Flesch Symposium
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Every week we will place another abstract in this mail, so keep reading if you are interested!
On March 25th De Leidsche Flesch organises a grand symposium on the subject 'life'. Speakers from all over the Netherlands will talk about life from a fundamental perspective. Want to know more? Go to our website!
Frontiers of Nanotechnology: single atoms and single molecules
Jan van Ruitenbeek (Leiden University)
Nanotechnology has great prospects of advancing technical capabilities to levels that go far beyond the technology of today. We can learn from Nature that machines at the scale of molecules can, in principle, be produced. Actually assembling useful machines is still a formidable challenge. However, important steps have already been taken, and research requires the integration of many disciplines: physics, chemistry, materials science, biology, information science, and more. I will present a few examples of experiments and techniques that have been developed, although this account will be colored by the perspective of my own research work. This will show that we have learned how to understand and how to control properties of matter down to the level of individual atoms and individual molecules.