Time-lapse photos of three basic components of self-assembling materials, changing shape after being immersed in water. The top two are expanding "linear actuators," the bottom one a self-folding hinge. Image courtesy of the researchers
Making a paper airplane in school used to mean trouble. Today it signals a promising discovery in materials science research that could help next-generation technology -like wearable energy storage devices- get off the ground.
An electron micrograph of a specially-designed photonic crystal cavity (top) and a computer simulation of optical field distribution (bottom). Unconventional modulation of hole periodicity allows for intense fields in the air holes.
A pathway to more effective and efficient synthesis of pharmaceutical drugs and other flow reactor chemical products has been opened by a study in which for the first time the catalytic reactivity inside a microreactor was .