Nanocar Race II / Franco-Japanese Team

The 2nd International Nanocar Race

- Spring 2022 in Toulouse, France -

Franco-Japanese Team

Latest News

Jan 6, 2021: The race will be held in 2022.
- The race will be postponed to 2022 due to the Covid-19 crisis

Sep 23, 2020: The paper presented by the Franco-Japanese Team was featured on a journal cover.
- The paper was featured on a front cover of Chemistry – A European Journal with an artwork illustrating the Nanocar Race. →Journal

Jun 16, 2020: The Franco-Japanese Team unveiled their nanocars for the race.
- A paper describing the nanocars was published in Chemistry – A European Journal. →Journal
- News about the nanocars was released. →EurekAlert

Feb 28, 2020: The Franco-Japanese Team has been officially authorized to participate in the race.
- In Toulouse, Prof. Rapenne received an authorization certificate from the organization committee. →Photo

The 2nd International Nanocar Race (Nanocar Race II) will take place in Toulouse, France in the spring of 2022, in which ultimately small molecular machines will run for 24 hours in a competition for distance. Ten teams from around the world will be participating in the scientific competition.

Prof. Gwénaël Rapenne (Division of Materials Science, NAIST) leads the Franco-Japanese Team, made up of researchers from Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) and Paul Sabatier University (UPS), France, under the framework of the international collaborative laboratory established between NAIST and CEMES-CNRS (UPS). The team participates in the race with a newly designed and synthesized dipolar nanocar, called the “Blue Buggy” due to its color.

the blue buggy

The Blue Buggy (image)