2007 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2007 - 10th Annual

Design of NanoMaterials for Nanoelectronics and Nanofunctionalization

W.A. Goddard
California Institute of Technology, US

biopolymers, membranes, proteins, experimental binding, computational binding, point mutations, nanoelectronics, pharma

Enormous progress is being presented at Nanotech2007 on advances in the experimental tools for fabricating nanodevices with control of structure and function. We contend that to attain optimal performance it is also essential to also develop theory and computational tools. Theory and computational tools will be required to predict the precise structures and nanoscale behavior required to optimize the properties of nanostructured materials, and to determine optimal processing and fabrication strategies for achieving these structures and functions. Since there is often no direct way to measure the details of the atomistic structures and the dynamics responsible for the properties, we must make the predictions from first principles without the necessity of access to experimental data as input or validation. We will summarize the progress in developing such first principles tools with illustrations of their application to nanoelectronics and nanofunctionalization. These applications will be selected from recent progress in - Using the Stoddart rotaxane and catenane molecules as elements of colossal dense memories (Heath-Stoddart) - Coupling and functionalize carbon nanotubes into nanoelectronic elements. - Developing functions of temperature control at the nanoscale - Nanomanipulation of isolated proteins imbedded in membranes to effect both signaling and chemical processing.

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