Molecule car is smallest car in the world: Bare bones internal framework and 4 wheels(Photos)
Scientists in Netherlands now present a single molecule sized car to be viewed under a rather small lens. Given the size, its similarity to a car is its bare-bones internal framework, and 4 wheels. Being invisible to the human eye, the small car gets power from electrical pulses, which respond to millivolts of energy with electric waves directed at the car molecule.
With every half turn of its wheels, the small car needs a jolt of energy. Its first run was only 6 nanometers keeping in mind its tiny size and high energy requirements. While not many will see it, bare eyes or not, the small car is a massive breakthrough in nanotechnology. The speedy little car isn’t road ready but research involved will have long-term effects as the molecule has used external electrical energy to move.
Organic chemistry professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and one of the scientists involved with the project, Ben Feringa had this to say. ‘To build the nanotechnology of the future like nano robots, machines and transporters you need something to fuel it.’ ‘There is a great incentive to build motors at the nano scale…. There are many nano systems build from all kinds of materials, but this is, as far as we can tell, the first time a nano motor has been used to propel something by fueling it.’ ‘It’s very difficult t know where the future will go and ultimately the systems will be different.’ ‘But you have to find the fundamental principles. That makes things possible.’
The molecule car saw used energy blasts through a microscope. An atom-sized object directed energy at the car. Alex Zettl University of California-Berkley professor made the 1st world’s smallest synthetic motor, and James Tour worked on the first nano car without a motor in 2005. The Dutch molecule car takes theories from both to get to a car that moves and bring a car to the mini-sphere.