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2013

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2021

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Digital Print, Synthetic Crystal Nanoflowers, 2013

This is a Digital print. It is dated 2013. Its medium is synthetic crystal flowers sculpted at the nanoscale using timed interventions in molecular self-assembly and shown in a scanning electron micrograph image 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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