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January 27, 2011
Northwestern University researchers have developed a new technique for rapidly prototyping nanoscale devices and structures that is so inexpensive the "print head" can be thrown away when done. Hard-tip, soft-spring lithography rolls into one method, the best of scanning-probe lithography--high resolution--and the best of polymer pen lithography--low cost and easy implementation. The new method could be used in the areas of electronics, medical diagnostics and pharmaceuticals.
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