According to the British University of Manchester official website reported on the 20th, the school scientists developed the world’s first “molecular robot”, which can receive chemical instructions (Xinhua) And complete the basic tasks such as assembly molecules, the future can be used for research and development of drugs, the design of advanced manufacturing technology and build molecular assembly lines and molecular factories. Professor of the University of Manchester professor David Ray’s research group in the “Nature” magazine published papers, composed of molecular robot carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen atoms only a total of only 150, the size of only one million One millimeter, tens of billions of such robots pile up, and only one grain so big. But so tiny molecular robots, but have a robot arm, according to the instructions to manipulate a single molecule, with the machine arm to build molecular products.
Although the construction of such molecular robots is extremely complex, but Ray’s team of technology used are based on a simple chemical reaction, scientific principles are all atomic and molecular interactions, and how small molecules to build macromolecules and other chemical knowledge The Lei explained that all the material is composed of molecules, and the basic unit of the molecule is atomic, and the composition of the music is very similar to the robot process, but this time replaced by atoms, and pharmaceutical and plastic products such as the same synthetic process.
The accepted instruction is a chemical reaction in a particular solution. The scientist sends different chemical instructions to the molecular robot by manipulating and programming different chemical reactions. The robot responds to these instructions and performs some basic task. “Once the molecular robot is synthesized, the scientists will give them chemical instructions by chemical reaction, just as the computer program tells them when to perform what tasks.”
with the car assembly line robot assembly car Similar to the main components, molecular robots can install and fix molecular components in different ways, creating different molecular products. And because of the very small, these molecular robots have many advantages, can reduce the demand for materials, accelerate drug research and development, significantly reduce energy consumption and promote product miniaturization, so the future is expected to bring exciting applications in many areas.
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The charm of science and technology, which exists in the persistence of the hypothesis model, is manifested in the surprising of “seeing” the unknown world through various tools, Create unknown fun. The achievements of this article is clearly the last case, the scientists to the basic law as a magic stick, read the spell, the elements are obediently obedient.