Eight Molecular Manufacturing scenarios

Eight molecular manufacturing scenarios that I had some involvement in creating are online at nanowerk and at the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology

The one that I had the most involvement in is the “Positive Expectations” scenario It has the development of better and better fabbers/rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing that lead towards nanofactories.

For those who follow my blog, I feel that molecular manufacturing will be one pillar technology among many that will transform our technological future.

Key projects for the future:
Dwave’s Quantum computers and if they don’t work so well there are other quantum computer methods that are also coming. Quantum computers for molecular simulation will accelerate the development of molecular manufacturing.

Near atomic precision and not quite nanofactory nanotechnology. DNA nanotechnology, quantum dots, quantum wells, nanopatterning, synthetic biology are transforming medicine and many other applications.

Radical Life extension. SENS. If we also have full blown nanomedicine then improvement and change will be a lot faster.

Thermoelectric power. Up to double the efficiency of engines and energy systems. Uses quantum wells and nanoscale structures. It will transform transportation and clean up our technology by allowing us to eliminate coal and reduce oil usage.

Nuclear power. Fission and soon fusion (bussard, colliding beam, Z-pinch). 50% power uprates and new fission reactor technology (along with thermoelectric conversion) will rapidly clean up our power sources.

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One should be careful in their use of the term "nanotube membrane". The RPI work features nanotube "arrays", not true membranes with nanotubes as pores. The leap between this demonstration of electrochemically controlled water transport and desalination in a huge one and I fail to see the connection. Even with charged functional groups on the nanotube surface, the pores between these multiwall tubes are most certainly too large (10s nm) to permit efficient ion removal. Why put a bias on the nanotubes to electrochemically drive transport when you can simply apply pressure to drive water through a true nanotube membrane, as described by the groups at Livermore and Kentucky?