The design, synthesis, and running of a molecule nano-vehicle on a gold surface in a controlled manner at the atomic scale now constitute an active field of research.
Dr. Christian Joachim at the CNRS MANA satellite in France announced to organize a molecule car race. Each team from France, Germany, Austria, United States and Japan will try this world smallest, most difficult and scientific car race. The first competition, initially scheduled for 14-15 October 2016 in Toulouse, is postponed to Spring 2017.
Five researchers from International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), NIMS in Tsukuba, Japan accepted the challenge to participate in the Molecule Car Race and have designed their molecule vehicle as shown at right.