"NANOTECH: Nanocrystal research unraveling nature's secrets"
In nature, incredibly complex nanostructures pervade every bulk material, from macroscopic sea shells to microscopic diatoms. But reproducing such atomic accuracy in man-made materials has required costly high-temperature, high-vacuum manufacturing-and the synthetic structures are simpletons compared with nature's creations. Now, Sandia National Laboratories researchers say they have begun to unravel nature's secrets on the road to developing a "wetware" manufacturing process that is expected to produce inexpensive, waste-free materials with more finely tuned properties than previously achievable.
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