Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. Vol. 11 (2010) p. 050301に掲載された同氏の記事；
Heinrich Rohrer lists four key elements that add function to materials at the nanoscale.
The key to the future lies in the functions that we give to materials, not just in finding 'novel functional materials'. This catch expression in many materials science programs and initiatives of the past two decades sounds great, but it is not what really counts. All materials are functional in one way or another and, therefore, all new materials are 'novel functional materials'. Certainly, finding new materials is always an important part of progress, but we should also focus on the much larger domain of novel functions that we can give to existing or modified materials.（記事続きはこちら）