CRN's Thirty Essential Nanotechnology Studies, which we are reviewing all this week, are organized into five sections. The first section (described Monday) covers fundamental theory. The second section (described Tuesday) addresses technological capabilities of possible molecular manufacturing technologies. The third section (yesterday), addresses 'bootstrapping' — the development of the first self-contained molecular manufacturing system. Tomorrow, we'll wrap up with section five, on policies and policymaking.
The fourth section, studies 13-16, explores the capabilities of products.
Section Four: Product Performance
This section suggests metrics for manufacturing and product capability. The following studies should be run for each plausible molecular manufacturing technology. These questions will be answered for diamondoid systems based on the Phoenix nanofactory design.
We are actively looking for researchers interested in performing or assisting with this work. Please contact CRN Research Director Chris Phoenix if you would like more information or if you have comments on the proposed studies.