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Researchers engineer new pathways for self-assembled nanostructures

Self-assembly is driven mainly by the system's desire to minimize its energy and achieve equilibrium, but kinetic effects can also play a strong role. Typically, these effects are viewed as complications to be overcome, but a collaboration of researchers has recently shown that these effects can be exploited to engineer a nanostructure in a polymer thin film.

Posted: Apr 11th, 2018

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Sensing interactions between molecules

Nanoscientists have developed an atomically defined probe tip with extraordinary stability which enables them to image molecular structures by atomic force microscopy.

Posted: Apr 11th, 2018

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Cheaper, less toxic and recyclable light absorbers for hydrogen production

Achieving artificial photosynthesis in solution remains limited by the use of costly and toxic metal-based compounds to harvest light. Researchers propose an efficient alternative using semiconductor nanocrystals (also called quantum dots) based on cheaper and less toxic elements, such as copper, indium and sulfur.

Posted: Apr 10th, 2018

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Machine learning offers new way of designing chiral crystals

Engineers and chemists successfully used the same technology at the core of facial recognition to design chiral crystals. This is the first study reporting the use of this technology, called logistic regression analysis, to predict which chemical groups are best for making chiral molecules.

Posted: Apr 10th, 2018

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