small plans: nanotechnology for the building industry

Friday, December 02, 2005

A new blueprint for self-assembly by design

Princeton University researchers have devised an approach that would enable them to produce configurations of nanoparticles by manipulating the way the particles interact with one another. “If one thinks of a nanomaterial as a house, our approach enables a scientist to act as architect, contractor, and day laborer all wrapped up in one," their paper says. "We design the components of the house, such as the 2-by-4s and cement blocks, so that they will interact with each other in such a way that when you throw them together randomly they self-assemble into the desired house." more @