Nanotechnology involves development of materials and even complete systems at atomic, molecular or macromolecular levels in the dimension range of approximately 1-500 nanometers. Current investigation looks to provide detailed understanding of unique properties that materials exhibit at the nano-scale size. This technology gives us the possibility to create taylormade materials, trough the atom manipulation. If we know the atom's properties, we can organize them in a way that give us, as a result, materials with special conditions that do not necessary exist in the nature.
One of the areas where nanotechnology holds the most significant promise is the area of networks. The main idea of nano-networks or nano-scale communication has been initiated from the on-chip communication for electronic circuit design domains (Network-On-Chip). This project is focused on nano-networks as a response to the necessity to study the technical issues related to the intersection of nanotechnologies with networking and communication. Nano-networks will allow communicating nanomachines, defined as molecular scale objects that are capable to perform simple tasks.
Project Website: http://www.cba.upc.edu/N3cat