Nanocar creator James Tour and team take on international competition with single-molecule marvel
Rice University chemist James Tour and members of his international team will meet in Toulouse, France, next week for the first Nanocar Race, a competition between single-molecule cars on a track that can only be viewed through a microscope.
It will take place on a cold gold surface under a one-of-a-kind scanning tunneling microscope with a resolution of 2 picometers, or 1/1,000th of a nanometer.
A live stream of the competition can be viewed in several ways:
— On the race website at http://nanocar-race.cnrs.fr.
— On the event’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCkQixqt0xegeVEmo9y9gMXQ.
— And on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/294623327625032/.
Tour’s lab built the world’s first nanocar in 2005, a single molecule with four buckyball wheels, a chassis and axles. His lab has since expanded its molecular gallery to nanoroadsters, nanosubmarines and even nanokids.
Tour is the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry as well as a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice.