Tony Huang Makes Motors Out of Molecules

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by Tom Imerito

Tony Huang’s enthusiasm for nanoscience is both obvious and irrepressible. “When nanotechnology came around, sometimes I couldn’t even sleep at night, I was so excited about the problems I was working on,” he says. “Even today, every day when I come to my office, I am very excited about some new idea.”

Trained as a mechanical engineer in his native China, Huang once worked on the fluid mechanics of advanced nuclear power cooling systems, plausibly the largest end of the engineering spectrum, where things are measured in meters and tons. Today, he works at the smallest end of the spectrum, investigating objects and events that are measured in nanometers and atomic weights. [Continue Reading…]