Wednesday, November 4, 2009: 1:30 PM
Ballroom C+D (Camino Real Hotel)
Nanocars are molecular machines consisting of molecular-scale chassis, axles and wheels that can directionally roll across solid surfaces. In this talk, our recent progress on the nanocar project will be presented including the motivation for studying these diminutive machines, their designs, and the synthetic methods used to construct a fleet of nanovehicles. Testing results from a series of nanocars, nanotrucks and motorized nanocars will be disclosed. In addition to STM imaging, use of single-molecule fluorescence microscopy techniques are being developed in order to track the movement of the nanocars.