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Nanotech: The new alchemy

In the computer simulation, shapes are set into a structure. Then, the simulation changes the shapes until they naturally form that structure. Image credit: Greg van Anders, Glotzer Lab, University of Michigan
In the computer simulation, shapes are set into a structure. Then, the simulation changes the shapes until they naturally form that structure. Image credit: Greg van Anders, Glotzer Lab, University of Michigan
Nanotechnology is already having a huge impact on the world, and the pace of that innovation is rising rapidly. A team at the University of Michigan is developing a new tool that will only accelerate innovation further, as it allows a computer to rapidly scan through various nanostructures to find the best building block for any given application. "Nanoparticles have the potential to redefine the "elements" available to materials scientists, going from the 90 stable elements to an infinite palette of tiny synthetic particles, just a few hundred times the size of the atoms themselves."

This article also provides a great, really brief overview of the potential nanotech has. Well worth the read!

http://ns.umich.edu/…/releas…/23246-nanotech-the-new-alchemy

(Nanoscience is one of the categories for the 2016 Dan David Prize. Learn more here: http://www.dandavidprize.org/…/selecte…/selected-fields-2016)

Image credit: Yuki Kimura, Tohoku University.