The idea behind nanoscience is that we ought to be able to put every atom in the right place, rather than, as we do currently, push great big piles of them around until the overall pattern is close enough to work. Even the smallest transistor in the newest computer is still tens of times bigger than it would be if we could put every atom in the right place. At UCLan, we have microscopes capable of imaging individual atoms and molecules - and pushing them around. We use these advanced facilities to explore the underlying physics related to technologies such as computers, solar cells and catalysis.
Figure.1: A pentagon of Pb atoms on a quasicrystal surface. Journal reference: H.R. Sharma, J.A. Smerdon et al., Nature Comm. 2013 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3715.
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Principal investigator: Joe Smerdon
Header Image : Simulated Nanoparticle (Marco Pinna, Joe Smerdon), Solar disk with SDO (NASA UClan SDO archive), V838 Monocerotis (NASA/STScl), NGC7424 (Gemini Observatory), M74 (NASA Hubble Space Telescope) NASA,and ESA ; and solar plume courtesy of SOHO /EIT consortium
Author: B Thompson, Last Updated: 10 February 2006, 15:04