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Researchers "Nanoweld" by Applying Light to Aligned Nanorods in Solid Materials

February 21, 2013

polarized light heats and melts nanofibers Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a way to melt, or "weld," specific portions of polymers by embedding aligned nanoparticles within the materials. Their technique, which melts fibers along a chosen direction within a material, may lead to stronger, more resilient nanofibers and materials. Full Story

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