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Nanorobot Walks on Two Legs

Ludwig Bartels of UC Riverside, a participant in the SDSC Academic Associates Program, and Talat Rahman of Kansas State University, together with their respective research groups have created a nanorobot the size of a single molecule that is able to walk on two "legs" in a straight line on a flat surface. The DOE supported research demonstrates linear diffusion of 9,10-dithioanthracene on a highly-symmetric Cu(111) surface, with potential applications in efficient data storage by molecular manipulation.
Credit: K-Y. Kwon, K.L. Wong, G. Pawin, L. Bartels, UCR; S. Stolbov, T.S. Rahman, KSU.
Source: San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego

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