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New Structures Self-assemble in Synchronized Dance
November 21, 2012
With self-assembly guiding the steps and synchronization providing the rhythm, a new class of materials forms dynamic, moving structures in an intricate dance. Researchers from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University have demonstrated tiny spheres that synchronize their movements as they self-assemble into a spinning microtube. Such in-motion structures could open a new class of technologies with applications in medicine, chemistry and engineering.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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