"NANOTECH: self-assembled nanoparticles are insulated"
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico say they've perfected a commercially feasible way for orderly arrays of nanoparticles to self-assemble, each insulated from the others by silicon dioxide. The technique will not only enable new devices, the researchers said, but could also solve one of the longest-standing problems with nanoparticles: forming orderly connections between the microscale and the nanoscale. "We are showing engineers how to make use of the nanoparticles that physicists have only been able to measure in the lab," said Jeff Brinker, Sandia National Laboratories fellow as well as an engineering professor at the University of New Mexico. "With our self-assembly technique, you can stop nanoparticles from clumping plus they are insulated from each other with silicon dioxide."
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