Nanomedicine, Volume I: Basic Capabilities

© 1999 Robert A. Freitas Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Robert A. Freitas Jr., Nanomedicine, Volume I: Basic Capabilities, Landes Bioscience, Georgetown, TX, 1999


9.2.7 Fluid Pumping and Plumbing

After reviewing specific requirements in nanomechanical systems for containing fluids within walls and seals, Drexler10 concluded that nonbonded nanoscale interfaces could serve as seals to permit the relative motion of surfaces while hindering the flow of fluid between them. Such fluid-tight seals enable the construction of valves, pistons and cylinders, and hence fluid pumps. The following is a brief discussion of several useful classes of general-purpose nanopump designs. Molecule-specific nanopumps are described in Section 3.4; biocompatibility issues3234 are deferred to Chapter 15.


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