The LMR was founded in 1994 with the primary goal of studying the manipulation of molecular-sized components with Scanning Probe Microscopes (SPMs). As we became increasingly proficient at nanomanipulation, our goals were broadened to include most of the emerging area of nanorobotics, which encompasses:
- Programmable assembly of nanoscale components (i) by manipulation with SPMs (or other robotic devices), (ii) by passive self-assembly on programmed templates, or (iii) by active self-assembly of robotic components.
- Design and fabrication of nanorobots with overall dimensions at or below the micrometre range and made of nanoscopic components.
- Programming and coordination of large numbers of such nanorobots.
This site covers research performed until 2009. For recent work, please see the Nanolab site.