X-Message-Number: 551
From:	Ralph Merkle <>
Subject: Nanotechnology Talk Jan. 16 at PARC
Date:	Mon, 25 Nov 1991 16:18:25 PST

  Date:     Thursday, January 16, 1992
  Time:     4:00 p.m. (Refreshments at 3:45 p.m.)
  Place:    Main Auditorium, Xerox PARC

Molecular Nanotechnology

Ralph C. Merkle

Manufactured products are made from atoms.  The properties of those
products depend on the arrangement of those atoms.  Today's manufacturing
methods arrange atoms statistically, without control over the placement
of individual atoms.  Casting, milling, lithography, and other traditional
"bulk" manufacturing technologies provide only approximate control over the
molecular structure of the material being manufactured.  In the future,
we will be able to manufacture structures in which each individual atom
is in its proper place.  This will be essential for the manufacture
of molecular logic elements, and will also permit us to synthesize a
wide range of metastable materials with remarkable properties (e.g.,
diamond-like structures with great strength and stiffness).  Eventually,
we will be able to arrange atoms in almost any pattern consistent with
the laws of chemistry and physics, and we will be able to do so at low cost.

This Forum is OPEN to the public.  All are invited.

Refreshments will be served at 3:45 pm.

The PARC Auditorum is located at 3333 Coyote Hill Rd. in Palo Alto.  We are
between Page Mill Road (west of Foothill Expressway) and Hillview Avenue, in
the Stanford Research Park.  The easiest way here is to get onto Page Mill
Road, and turn onto Coyote Hill Road.  As you drive up Coyote Hill past the
horse pastures, PARC is the only building on the left after you crest the hill.
Park in the large parking lot, and enter the auditorium at the upper level of
the building.  (The auditorum entrance is located down the stairs and to the
left of the main doors.)

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