The places to start are crnano.org, foresight,
molecularassembler.com, zyvex inc and this site
The diamondoid pathway is described by Robert Freitas
protein based nano-actuators
more physics new
other state of the art Molecular Manipulation for Mechanosynthesis (Experimental)
[put together by Robert Freitas]
Wilson Ho, Hyojune Lee, "Single bond formation and characterization with a scanning tunneling microscope," Science 286(26 November 1999):1719-1722;
Saw-Wai Hla, Karl-Heinz Rieder, "STM control of chemical reactions: single-molecule synthesis," Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 54(2003):307-330.
Silicon/Germanium Mechanosynthesis Tools (Experimental)
R.S. Becker, J.A. Golovchenko, B.S. Swartzentruber, "Atomic-scale surface modifications using a tunneling microscope," Nature 325(1987):419-421.
In-Whan Lyo, Phaedon Avouris, "Field-induced nanometer- to atomic-scale manipulation of silicon surfaces with the STM," Science 253(12 July 1991):173-176.
M. Aono, A. Kobayashi, F. Grey, H. Uchida, D.H. Huang, "Tip-sample interactions in the scanning tunneling microscope for atomic-scale structure fabrication," J. Appl. Phys. 32(1993):1470-1477.
C.T. Salling, M.G. Lagally, "Fabrication of atomic-scale structures on Si(001) surfaces," Science 265(22 July 1994):502-506.
Dehuan Huang, Hironaga Uchida, Masakazu Aono, "Deposition and subsequent removal of single Si atoms on the Si(111)-7x7 surface by a scanning tunneling microscope," J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 12(July/August 1994):2429-2433.
P. Avouris, "Manipulation of matter at the atomic and molecular levels," Acc. Chem. Res. 28(1995):95-102.
G. Meyer, K.H. Rieder, "Controlled manipulation of single atoms and small molecules with the scanning tunneling microscope," Surf. Sci. 377-9(1997):1087-1093.
Noriaki Oyabu, Oscar Custance, Insook Yi, Yasuhiro Sugawara, Seizo Morita1, "Mechanical vertical manipulation of selected single atoms by soft nanoindentation using near contact atomic force microscopy," Phys. Rev. Lett. 90(2 May 2003):176102;
The work of Ralph Merkle, Robert Freitas, Eric Drexler, Chris Phoenix, Ned Seeman, J Stoors Hall, Zyvex Corp, Nantero, Nanosys Inc, MIT and others should be followed.
Design of a Primitive Nanofactory, Chris Phoenix, 2003