This initiative aims to explore techniques and methodologies for bottom-up design, manufacturing, and construction of materials and artefacts at various size scales, ranging from very small (molecular, cellular) to very large (meso and macro scales). The long term goal is to achieve growth or self-assembly of such artefacts, possibly in a scale-invariant way. Inspiration can be found from biological processes like morphogenesis or epigenetics, or in the study of self-organisation, adaptation or evolution in order to design and assemble complex functional materials, artefacts or larger complex structures in cost-effective, reliable and adaptive ways, under relatively affordable conditions (cost and others).
What are we looking for?
• What should be the orientation of research on this topic? As stated, do you feel it is too broad or, on the contrary, too narrow?
• Have any recent scientific results been obtained relevant to this topic? Is there already a well-established community on this?
• Do you know of related initiatives, for instance at national level, or in other continents?
• What is needed at this point to advance this? More exploration of different ideas? More coordination among groups or related initiatives? A strong push for a precise technological target and, if so, which one? Anything else?
Background: Following the last FET consultation during 2012-13, 9 topics were identified as candidates for a FET Proactive. This topic has not been selected for inclusion in the FET Work Programme for 2014-15. Comments are invited on whether this topic is still relevant, or if any changes would be necessary to take account of recent research results. We are also trying to understand better how to advance these areas.
To participate to the consultation:
- register to the group (create an ECAS login if you don't have one yet);
- then "log in" and enter your contribution in the "Add new comment" box, at the vey bottom of the page.
You can also participate by commenting on submitted ideas and/or voting for them.
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