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Digital Print, Save Our Earth, 2009

This is a Digital print. It is dated 2009. Its medium is synthetic cilia demonstrating the principle of self-assembly around a nanosphere and shown in a scanning electron micrograph with false color . It is a part of the department.

Much of the living world, from ears and lungs to
the bottom of beetles’ feet, is lined with nanoscale
hairs swaying, twisting, and assembling. Using
simple controls such as geometry, flexibility,
and stickiness, the Aizenberg group programs
arrays of tiny, synthetic, nano-fibers to
bundle together, twist around each other into
chiral swirls, and form complex hierarchical
architectures. These strategies can lead to the
design of functional surfaces with self-cleaning,
adhesive, memory storage, capture-and-release,
and many more capabilities.

It is credited Courtesy of Aizenberg Lab and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University .

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