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Dr. Eric Drexler, Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology University of Oxford presents "From Macromolecular Engineering to Atomically Precise Manufacturing"
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 12:00pm
Developments in nanotechnology and macromolecular systems engineering have opened a path to atomically precise manufacturing (APM), a prospective high-throughput production technology that can apply the principles of noise-tolerant digital systems to molecular processes. The basic characteristics of APM-level technologies can be described and quantified through exploratory engineering analysis based on current knowledge in the physical sciences. Development of APM-level technologies will be a multi-stage process that can be greatly accelerated by focused research and development. Incremental steps are open to researchers in diverse fields of science and technology today.


Often described as “the founding father of nanotechnology”, Eric Drexler introduced the concept in his seminal 1981 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which established fundamental principles of molecular engineering and outlined development paths to advanced nanotechnologies. In his 1986 book,Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology, he introduced a broad audience to the fundamental technology objective: using machines that work at the molecular scale to structure matter from the bottom up. Drexler’s research has been the basis for numerous journal articles and a comprehensive, physics-based analysis inNanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation. In his publications and lectures, Dr. Drexler describes the implementation and applications of advanced nanotechnologies and shows how they can be used solve, not merely delay, large-scale problems such as global warming.


Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Time: 12:00p
Location: Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238