Faculty Advisor

MacDonald, John C.

Faculty Advisor

McGimpsey, W. Grant.


Nanotechnology, now becoming a buzz word, promises novel materials with unique properties, faster and cheaper computers and new medicines. Advocates of molecular nanotechnology believe manufacturing will be revolutionized: items will one day be assembled atom by atom by molecular assemblers. The risks, concerns and implications of such technologies are considered. The opinions of scientists in the field were incorporated in an effort to separate the fact from science fiction and develop a more realistic conjecture of the future.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry