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ATOM BY ATOM

sept 28-30 2009, san sebastián, Spain

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Highlights

Over the three days of Atom by Atom, the speakers demonstrated that, having arrived at the bottom, there’s plenty more room than Feynman could ever have imagined. They gave us food for thought, and we love them for that. We had the opportunity to discover key aspects of the nano universe:

“We’ve done nothing that nature hasn’t done before,” we’re surrounded by nanotechnology, and life itself is a marvellous combination of nanotechnology machines built atom by atom.

Science isn’t a competition and each of us must follow our own concerns and instincts when choosing a research subject. Above all, in Rohrer’s words: “once you choose it, you stick to it and you do your best!”

We saw that nanotechnology could play an essential part in responding to the energy challenge, short and long term alike. “Nanotechnology for a greener world.”

Viruses uncovered a key aspect of nanosciences, their multidisciplinary nature. Physics, chemistry, biology and engineering combined to demonstrate that we can build an engine of extraordinary capacity with only a few molecules. We also discovered the value of self-assembly as one of the keys to nanotechnology development.

Taking up the challenge of nanoscience and nanotechnology requires a twofold investment in highly qualified people and in an ecosystem fostering the conversion of discoveries into products packing a punch at technological, industrial and social levels.

We learned that including optics with nanostructured materials opens the doors to an untold control of light and electromagnetic fields.

Lastly, spintronics is proving itself to be the next step in electronics, where the manipulation of spin polarized currents may be the beginning for new revolutionary applications.