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« Intro to Nano | Main | CRN on the Radio »

September 01, 2006

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Michael Anissimov

So was this written by Mike or Chris?

Mike Treder, CRN

It was written by Chris. While I'm on a speaking tour in New Zealand and Australia, Chris will be doing most of our blog entries. But just to make it clear, I've added his name as author of that post.

Tom Mazanec

When do you expect us to have the complete list of diamondoid reactions?

Chris Phoenix, CRN

It really depends on funding. A few years ago, Freitas and Merkle said they thought they could get it for $5M. Computers are faster now... but not fast enough yet for a hobbyist to do it on a PC, I think. Within a few more years, they will be, and there'll probably be easy-to-use software available to hobbyists that's as good as what scientists are using now. (And it'll probably have an @home infrastructure to provide another one or two OOM of speed.)

So I'd guess that we'll probably see it within 5-6 years even without funding.

Meanwhile, over at Nanorex, they're simulating 25,000 atom machine components, in a few hundred hours on a single laptop. I think it won't be long--a few years--before someone simulates a complete nanoscale SPM design.

Chris

Hal

You say there are no showstoppers. I like the comment from the Nottingham nanotech debate:

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/physics/research/nano/pdfs/N15ND05.pdf

"The problem is that there are no showstarters."

(That was from Peter Feibelman, a surface scientist at Sandia labs.)

Chris Phoenix, CRN

Thanks, Hal; you inspired today's post.

Chris

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