Abstract: Fifty years ago, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman claimed that a revolution was underway where information, computers and machines would be shrunk to impossibly small dimensions. History has proven him mostly right: Moore’s law has brought Feynman’s dreams to fruition in the realms of data and computing, giving us cell phones, the internet and artificial intelligence. But the third leg of Feynman’s dream, the miniaturization of machines, is only just getting under way. Can we create functional, intelligent machines at the smallest scales? And if so, how? In this talk, I’ll take a look at some of the approaches being explored, including our group’s forays into combining electronics, paper arts, and functional two-dimensional materials to create a new generation of smart, active nanomachines.
Bio: Paul McEuen is the John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science at Cornell University and director of the Kavli institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science. His research explores the electronic, optical and mechanical properties of nanoscale materials; he is excited about using these materials to construct functional micron-scale machines. He is also a novelist, and his scientific thriller "Spiral" won the debut novel of the year from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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