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EPSRC Reference: EP/P027067/1
Title: Molecular Robotics
Principal Investigator: Leigh, Professor D
Other Investigators:
Clayden, Professor J Hunter, Professor CA Nitschke, Professor JR
Webb, Dr SJ
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
AKZO Nobel Cascade Technologies Ltd Novo Nordisk A/S
Polyera Corporation
Department: Chemistry
Organisation: University of Manchester, The
Scheme: Programme Grants
Starts: 01 August 2017 Ends: 31 July 2022 Value (£): 5,324,407
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Analytical Science Chemical Synthetic Methodology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Chemicals Electronics
Healthcare
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
19 Apr 2017 Programme Grant Interviews - 20 April 2017 (Physical Sciences) Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Molecular robotics represents the ultimate in the miniaturisation of machinery. We shall design and make the smallest machines possible and use them to perform tasks. Applications of molecular robotics systems could help reduce demand for materials, accelerate and improve drug discovery, reduce power requirements, facilitate recycling, reduce life-cycle costs and increase miniaturisation. In doing so it will help address the needs of society and contribute to competitiveness and sustainable development objectives, public health, employment, energy, transport and security.

Perhaps the best way to appreciate the technological potential of molecular robotics is to recognise that molecular machines lie at the heart of every significant biological process. Over billions of years of evolution Nature has not repeatedly chosen this solution for achieving complex task performance without good reason. When we learn how to build artificial structures that can control and exploit molecular level motion, and interface their effects directly with other molecular-level substructures and the outside world, it will potentially impact on every aspect of functional molecule and materials design. An improved understanding of physics and biology will surely follow.
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