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Tiny Building Blocks Could Aid Development of New Nanodevices
March 9, 2007
Chemists have discovered that tiny building blocks, known as gold nanorods, spontaneously assemble themselves into ring-like superstructures. The finding could potentially lead to the development of novel nanodevices like highly sensitive optical sensors, superlenses, and even invisible objects for use in the military.
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