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Researchers make reconfigurable robots from self-folding kirigami metamaterials

January 23, 2020

North Carolina State University researchers funded by the National Science Foundation have demonstrated how kirigami-inspired techniques can be used to…
Self-folding “Rollbot” paves the way for fully untethered soft robots

August 23, 2019

3D-printed active hinges change shape in response to heat. The majority of soft robots today rely on external…
A new way of making complex structures in thin films

July 5, 2019

Self-assembling materials called block copolymers, which are known to form a variety of predictable, regular patterns, can now…
Designing biological movement on the nanometer scale

May 20, 2019

Synthetic proteins have been created that move in response to their environment in predictable and tunable ways. These…
Unravelling how bacterial ‘machines’ self-assemble

May 9, 2019

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have gained new insights into the self-assembling properties of unique protein ‘machines’…
Just add heat to open this tiny box

April 2, 2019

Researchers have designed two types of nano-sized building blocks that can automatically connect into cubes and scramble back…
Biochemists make ‘Elbow Room’ for Nanostructures with new Toolkit

February 12, 2019

Combining DNA and RNA, UC San Diego researchers cut a path to the forefront of nanotechnology. If you’ve…
Engineers 3D Print Smart Objects with ‘Embodied Logic’

January 25, 2019

Even without a brain or a nervous system, the Venus flytrap appears to make sophisticated decisions about when…
Chemists create new quasicrystal material from nanoparticle building blocks

December 21, 2018

The strange class of materials known as quasicrystals has a new member. In a paper published on Thursday,…
Self-assembling protein filaments created from scratch

November 15, 2018

For the first time, scientists have created from scratch self-assembling protein filaments built from identical protein subunits that…
Don’t underestimate the Force

November 6, 2018

Researchers have identified the weak molecular forces that hold together a tiny, self-assembling box with powerful possibilities. The…
Using gold nanoparticles to trigger sequential unfolding of 3D structures

June 25, 2018

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique that takes advantage of gold nanoparticles to…
Self-assembling 3D battery would charge in seconds

May 17, 2018

The world is a big place, but it’s gotten smaller with the advent of technologies that put people…
NASA is Investigating a Self-Assembling Space Telescope

May 2, 2018

NASA has some pretty advanced concepts in mind when it comes to the next generation of space telescopes.…
Cheap 3-D Printer Can Produce Self-Folding Materials

April 30, 2018

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have used an inexpensive 3-D printer to produce flat plastic items that, when…
Millirobot with a talent for versatility of movement

February 2, 2018

Tiny robots need not fear obstacle courses in the future: Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent…
New molecular muscle responds to visible light

January 29, 2018

Picture a tiny, makeshift muscle that can curl a 20 milligram suspended weight when exposed to light. Under…
Single-stranded DNA and RNA origami go live

December 21, 2017

Nanotechnologists are using DNA, the genetic material present in living organisms, as well as its multifunctional cousin RNA,…
Scientists create magnetic system that transforms heat into motion

November 3, 2017

The innovative new study by a team of international researchers including Professor Gino Hrkac from the University of…
Tiny aquariums put nanoparticle self-assembly on display

October 4, 2017

Seeing is believing when it comes to nanoparticle self-assembly. A team of University of Illinois engineers is observing…
“Peel-and-go” printable structures fold themselves

September 13, 2017

As 3-D printing has become a mainstream technology, industry and academic researchers have been investigating printable structures that…
Sound Waves Direct Particles to Self-Assemble, Self-Heal

June 20, 2017

An elegantly simple experiment with floating particles self-assembling in response to sound waves has provided a new framework…
Researchers engineer shape-shifting noodles

May 29, 2017

“Don’t play with your food” is a saying that MIT researchers are taking with a grain or two…
Self-assembly forces in crystals

May 18, 2017

Rocks, shells, bones — they’re all made of crystals that grow from smaller crystals that attach to each…
Chemists Color World of 3D Crystals with Advances in Self-Assembly

March 20, 2017

A team of New York University chemists has created self-assembled, three-dimensional DNA crystals that can bind a separate,…
Researchers Remotely Control Sequence in Which 2-D Sheets Fold Into 3-D Structures

March 13, 2017

Inspired by origami, North Carolina State University researchers have found a way to remotely control the order in…
Self-assembling particles brighten future of LED lighting

January 23, 2017

Just when lighting aficionados were in a dark place, LEDs came to the rescue. Over the past decade,…
World’s Smallest Diamonds used to Create Self-Assembling Nanowires

December 28, 2016

Researchers from Stanford University and Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered away to coax diamondoids…
New computer chip manufacturing method squeezes more onto limited wafer space

September 8, 2016

Computer chip makers continuously strive to pack more transistors in less space, yet as the size of those…
How Do Nature’s Materials Stack Up? “Patchy” Framework Offers New Insights into Self-Assembly

April 20, 2016

Nature’s toolkit includes its still-matchless ability to effortlessly assemble proteins, membranes and other complex structures from parts lists…
Nanotubes assemble! Rice introduces ‘Teslaphoresis’

April 18, 2016

Scientists at Rice University have discovered that the strong force field emitted by a Tesla coil causes carbon…
Engineers capture self-assembly of nanocrystals in real time

April 5, 2016

Nanoscopic crystals about 1,000 times thinner than a human hair wade through a liquid solution, leisurely consolidating into…
Nanocrystal self-assembly sheds its secrets

March 23, 2016

The secret to a long-hidden magic trick behind the self-assembly of nanocrystal structures is starting to be revealed.…
Swarming nature of electronic molecules

October 19, 2015

Swarming is a frequently observed process in social insects and in herding mammals. The driving factor in each…
4-D Technology Allows Self-folding of Complex Objects

September 22, 2015

Using components made from smart shape-memory materials with slightly different responses to heat, researchers have demonstrated a four-dimensional…
Nanomaterial Self-Assembly Imaged in Real Time

June 9, 2015

A team of researchers from UC San Diego, Florida State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories has for…
Intense Lasers Cook Up Complex, Self-Assembled Nanomaterials

May 14, 2015

New technique developed at Brookhaven Lab makes self-assembly 1,000 times faster and could be used for industrial-scale solar…
Scientists Use Nanoscale Building Blocks and DNA ‘Glue’ to Shape 3D Superlattices

April 24, 2015

Taking child’s play with building blocks to a whole new level—the nanometer scale—scientists at the U.S. Department of…
Startup is developing self-assembling, bioinstructive collagen materials for research, medical applications

April 8, 2015

A Purdue University researcher and entrepreneur is commercializing her laboratory’s innovative collagen formulations that self-assemble or polymerize to…
Bacterial Armor Holds Clues for Self-Assembling Nanostructures

February 12, 2015

Imagine thousands of copies of a single protein organizing into a coat of chainmail armor that protects the…
Nanotubes self-organize and wiggle

February 11, 2015

The second law of thermodynamics tells us that all systems evolve toward a state of maximum entropy, wherein…
Engineering self-assembling amyloid fibers

January 27, 2015

Nature has many examples of self-assembly, and bioengineers are interested in copying or manipulating these systems to create…
Self-assembled nanotextures create antireflective surface on silicon solar cells

January 21, 2015

Reducing the amount of sunlight that bounces off the surface of solar cells helps maximize the conversion of…
New horizons for self-assembling materials

December 19, 2014

Today’s 3-D printers, in which devices rather like inkjet-printer nozzles deposit materials in layers to build up physical…
Outsmarting Thermodynamics in Self-assembly of Nanostructures

November 4, 2014

If you can uniformly break the symmetry of nanorod pairs in a colloidal solution, you’re a step ahead…
Cell membranes self-assemble

November 3, 2014

A self-driven reaction can assemble phospholipid membranes like those that enclose cells, a team of chemists at the…
Crystallizing the DNA nanotechnology dream

October 24, 2014

DNA has garnered attention for its potential as a programmable material platform that could spawn entire new and…
NIST Offers Electronics Industry Two Ways to Snoop on Self-Organizing Molecules

October 24, 2014

A few short years ago, the idea of a practical manufacturing process based on getting molecules to organize…
Origami robot folds itself up, crawls away

August 8, 2014

For years, a team of researchers at MIT and Harvard University has been working on origami robots — reconfigurable robots…
Smart components that assemble themselves

April 25, 2014

Skylar Tibbits SM ’10 was constructing a massive museum installation with thousands of pieces when he had an…
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