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 will be held on the 14th and 15th of October, 2016 in Toulouse.
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.