Imagine a tower builds itself into the desired structure only by choosing the appropriate bricks Absurd and however in the nano world this is reality There an unordered crowd of components can initiate the formation ... - Read More
Researchers from the University of Twente in the Netherlands have taken the precise art of origami down to the microscopic scale Using only a drop of water the scientists have folded flat sheets of silicon ... - Read More
Researchers from the University of Jyväskylä report a new method of building molecular cages The method involves the exploitation of intermolecular steric effects to control the outcome of a self assembly reaction Molecular cages are ... - Read More
Ever stop to consider why lotus plant leaves always look clean The hydrophobic water repelling characteristic of the leaf termed the Lotus effect helps the plant survive in muddy swamps repelling dirt and producing beautiful ... - Read More
Move over nanotechnologists and make room for the biggest of the small Scientists at the Harvard's Wyss Institute have built a set of self assembling DNA cages one tenth as wide as a bacterium The ... - Read More
Sandia National Laboratories researchers Jim Martin and Kyle Solis have what Martin calls a devil of a problem They've discovered how to harness magnetic fields to create vigorous organized fluid flows in particle suspensions The ... - Read More
Proteins are basic building blocks of life The chemistry and structure of proteins are essential for their biological function Indeed the structure of proteins determines their mechanical and catalytic properties e g enzymes Such functions ... - Read More
Supramolecular chemistry aka chemistry beyond the molecule in which molecules and molecular complexes are held together by non covalent bonds is just beginning to come into its own with the emergence of nanotechnology Metal organic ... - Read More
A nanorobot is a popular term for molecules with a unique property that enables them to be programmed to carry out a specific task In collaboration with colleagues in Italy and the USA researchers at ... - Read More
Animal and plant cells are prominent examples of how nature constructs ever larger units in a targeted preprogrammed manner using molecules as building blocks In nanotechnology scientists mimic this 'bottom up' technique by using the ... - Read More
Chemists physicists and computer scientists at the University of Warwick have come together to devise a new powerful and very versatile way of controlling the speed and direction of motion of microscopic structures in water ... - Read More
A team of researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has found a way to self assemble complex structures out of bricks smaller than a grain of salt The self ... - Read More
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies materials science and RNA sequencing according to an international team of researchers Biological methods of synthesizing materials are not new ... - Read More
Protein based drugs show promising activity against many hard to treat targets Getting these biomolecules past the body's numerous defenses however requires innovative technology such as drug delivering nanoparticles Polylactic acid PLA is a potential ... - Read More
In their search for molecules with certain characteristics chemists have produced millions of new increasingly complex synthetic materials by altering molecules' chemical structures Taking cues from nature Northwestern University researchers have recently tested a new ... - Read More
Tessellation patterns that have fascinated mathematicians since Johannes Kepler worked out their systematics 400 years ago and that more recently have caught the eye of both artists and crystallographers can now be seen in the ... - Read More
Chemists in The College of Arts and Sciences have figured out how to synthesize nanomaterials with stainless steel like interfaces Their discovery may change how the form and structure of nanomaterials are manipulated particularly those ... - Read More
Screening for critical drug targets known as G protein coupled receptors GPCRs is now possible without the need to extract these proteins from their native cells Extraction requires the use of stabilizing lipids which damage ... - Read More
In chemical reactions left and right can make a big difference A left handed molecule of a particular chemical composition could be an effective drug while its mirror image right handed counterpart could be completely ... - Read More
A colloid is a substance spread out evenly inside another substance Everyday examples include milk styrofoam hair sprays paints shaving foam gels and even dust mud and fog One of the most interesting properties of ... - Read More
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