A specific nanomanufacturing challenge
Institute of Physics
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Kelly, M., & Dean, M. (2016). A specific nanomanufacturing challenge. Nanotechnology, 27 (112501)https://doi.org/10.1088/0957-4484/27/11/112501
For a science to become a technology, a certain level of control has to have been established over the way items are fabricated for manufacture and use. Here we first consider the challenge of making and using a LEGO® brick scaled down by a factor of 10n for n=0-6 in each spatial dimension, i.e. from millimetres to nanometres. We consider both the manufacture and the subsequent properties of the nanobricks that pertain to their use in constructing and dismantling structures. As n increases, the ability to use fails first, to manufacture fails second and to fabricate fails last. Applied to the vast literature in nanoscience, this process emphasises the unmanufacturability of most nanoscale artefacts.
We thank EPSRC for support under grant EP/J010888/1.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/0957-4484/27/11/112501
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/253195