Nanoscale sculpturing leads to unusual packing of nanocubes

From the ancient pyramids to modern buildings, various three-dimensional (3-D) structures have been formed by packing shaped objects together. At the macroscale, the shape of objects is fixed and thus dictates how they can be arranged. For example, bricks attached by mortar retain their elongated rectangular shape. But at the nanoscale, the shape of objects can be modified to some extent when they are coated with organic molecules, such as polymers, surfactants (surface-active agents), and DNA. These molecules essentially create a "soft" shell around otherwise "hard," or rigid, nano-objects. When the nano-objects pack together, their original shape may not be entirely preserved because the shell is flexible—a kind of nanoscale sculpturing.

Nanoscale sculpturing leads to unusual packing of nanocubes

From the ancient pyramids to modern buildings, various three-dimensional (3-D) structures have been formed by packing shaped objects together. At the macroscale, the shape of objects is fixed ...

Fri 17 May 19 from Phys.org

Nanoscale sculpturing leads to unusual packing of nanocubes, Fri 17 May 19 from ScienceDaily

Nanoscale sculpturing leads to unusual packing of nanocubes, Fri 17 May 19 from Eurekalert

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From the prehistoric pyramids to contemporary buildings, different three-dimensional (3D) structures have been created by packing together shaped objects. At the macroscale, the object’s ...

Mon 20 May 19 from AZoNano

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