10 years ago in 1997, Al Globus and a team at NASA looked at the concept of Machine phase Fullerene Nanotechnology Fullerene nanotechnology is where atomically precise programmable machines are composed largely of functionalized fullerenes (and carbon nanotubes).
Recently C70 has been found to combine with carbon nanotubes creating nanobuds. Could the new nanobud material (C70 fullerenes fused to carbon nanotubes) be further functionalized into machine phase fullerene ?
The nanobudding process might be controllable or biasable and combined with other processes.
Rice University chemists are able to cut carbon nanotubes into “seeds” and using those seeds to sprout new nanotubes. The findings offer hope that seeded growth may one day produce the large quantities of pure nanotubes needed for dozens of materials applications. If the seed process could be combined with site specific nanobud creation then we could create complex nanotube based network and tree structures.
If you could guide the C70 where you want and then initiate a fusing with the carbon nanotube (using voltage or ion beam or metamaterial focused laser) , we would start to have all carbon nanostructures.
Fuse a nanobudded nanotube with another nanotube to form a ladder like structure.
Plus we have the one atom thick sheets of graphene, which we also might be able to induce into reactions and fused structures.
If they accepted a lot of electrons could the charged C60 or C70 be magnetically controlled and positioned ?
Could the trapped ion quantum chips be adapted to move around charged C70 ?
Multiplexed trapped ion chips are able to move ion with a fair degree of precision.
Some detailed reading on multiplex trapped ions and trapped ion quantum computer components.