MEMO Workshop "Building and Probing Small" - registration is now open

Oct 29, 2018

MEMO partner P5-Liege is organizing the first MEMO workshop with the title "Building and Probing Small" (see here). It will take place on March 25-27 2019 in the prestigious rooms and gallery of the Palace of the Academies in Brussels. The symposium will concern the design and synthesis of molecular machines and functional molecules, as well as their characterisation by single-molecule force spectroscopy techniques. It will include invited plenary lectures, keynote lectures, short communications selected from submitted abstracts and a poster session. Five plenary speakers and 11 keynote speakers have already confirmed their participation. The registration is open. The deadline for the submission of oral communications is January 17, 2019.

First MEMO Academy-Industry Day in Dresden

Sep 2018

MEMO is actively looking for a productive collaboration with the industry organizing regular meetings with interested industrials. The first Academy-Industry Day took place on the 31 August 2018 in Dresden at the QF Hotel, Neumarkt 1.
The meeting made possible to involve industries of the field of clock production and nano and micro mechanics in the MEMO progresses and to promote industrial dissemination. The Fraunhofer Institute IKTS and IPMS also participated in the organization of the meeting, contributing to the dissemination of the MEMO activities to the industry and applied science community. Prof Ina Prinz, director of the Arithmeum museum in Bonn, Germany, closed the day with a historical overview on the development of mechanical calculating machines.

MEMO Project Meeting in Graz






Jun 22, 2018

The MEMO partners met at the University of Graz on June 7-8/2018 to discuss about the progresses of the project and prepare the next tasks. Principal investigators, Postdocs and PhD students working in MEMO were participating. 

Nanocar Race II Pre-registration is Now Open

Press release February 22, 2018



The European FET OPEN project MEMO (Mechanics with Molecules) is organizing the 2nd international Nanocar Race (Nanocar Race II), which will take place in 2021 at the CEMES-CNRS in Toulouse, France. The pre-registration for Nanocar Race II is now open and will close at the end of June 2018.

In September 2018, the organization committee will screen the pre-registrations, select the teams authorized to compete, and fix the official surfaces and conditions. The list of teams, admitted to the Nanocar Race II, will be announced in January 2019. Then, each selected team will have two years to consolidate its nanocar design, the synthesis of the molecule-vehicle and the training. The final registration will be open in 2019. All teams will compete at the same time in a remote controlled mode from Toulouse. The competition will be live broadcasted.

Nanocar Race II organization committee is composed by F. Moresco (MEMO & LT-UHV), A.S. Duwez (MEMO & ambient), C. Joachim (MEMO & Europe), S.W. Hla (America), M. Ariga (Japan), H. Gao (Asia), with the Patronage of J.P. Sauvage (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016).


Background information: Nanocar

Nanocar drivers use electrons from the tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) to help jolt their molecules along, typically by just tenth of nanometers each time, so that the nanocar race takes place on a very small scale. With about 100-1000 atoms and a lateral size of a few nanometers, a nanocar is a molecule with a distinguishable front and rear. Its chemical structure allows the nanocar to move on a surface when electrons flow through it from the STM tip. The propulsion mechanism can be either inelastic (related to the excitation of vibrational modes or to current-induced structural changes) or dipolar, resulting from the repulsion or attraction between the nanocar and the STM tip.

The first Nanocar Race was held in Toulouse in April 2017, and was followed live by more than 100.000 people on the Youtube-channel.


Nov 2018

The MEMO project officially started with a two days kick off meeting in Dresden, where representative of all partner groups discussed the details of the project work, planning collaborations and meetings.

The MEMO partners during the visit of the original exemplar of the Pascaline by B. Pascal (ca. 1650) at the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden).