|Posted: Nov 12, 2015|
Light wave technique an advance for optical research(Nanowerk News) RMIT University researchers have developed artificial microflowers that self-assemble in water and mimic the natural blooming process, an important step for advances in frontier-edge electronics.
|This is a digitally-colored microflower magnified 20,000 times. (Image: RMIT University)|
|Flower-shaped structures have been the focus of research because their distinctive surfaces offer exciting potential for applications in a range of fields - from optoelectronics and chemosensors to nanotechnology, biotechnology, biomedicine and organic electronics.|
|The team from the RMIT-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology Research Centre has for the first time developed microstructures shaped like flowers that build through self-repeating arrangement in water.|
|Lead investigator Dr Sheshanath Boshanale said the field of organic flower-shaped morphology was still in its infancy.|
|"This is the first time flower-shaped microforms have been developed in a water solution, opening an exciting new pathway for further research," he said.|
|"The artificial blooms developed by our team are just 10 microns wide - about 10 could fit along the width of a strand of human hair.|
|"While tiny, they have potential to make a big impact by enabling researchers to easily and reliably build microflowers and use them to break frontiers in a range of scientific fields."|
|To create the microflowers, researchers mixed two organic components (NDI-bearing phosphonic acid and melamine) in water, which is then evaporated. The artificial microflowers take about three hours to fully develop, mimicking the way natural flowers bloom.|
|The research has been published in Scientific Reports.|
|Source: RMIT University|
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