Principal investigators Hyunmin Yi of Tufts and Erik Demaine of MIT have recently been awarded an NSF Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) Grant entitled "Geometric Algorithms for Staged Nanomanufacturing" out of the NSF's Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems.
"Efficient nanomanufacturing of arbitrary structures is a major scientific challenge and a major technological opportunity. This concept of this proposal is that computational thinking will bootstrap any technology for constructing basic building blocks and glues into a general methodology for manufacturing arbitrary structures. A host of such results has the potential to revolutionize the field of nanomanufacturing and bring the societal benefits much closer to feasibility....The unique combination of nanobiofabrication and two computational models - sequential and parallel algorithms with self-assembly manufacturing - will enable more efficient solutions to general nanomanufacturing."
The grant, awarded in September of this year for over $640,000.00, will begin on 1/1/2010 for a three year year period.