You don’t often hear positive news about the bacteria E.coli, but researchers at MIT may have advanced the development of self-assembling materials by using the bacteria to create a material with properties of both living and non-living substances.
By adding gold nanoparticles or quantum dots to the bacteria, the team says it is possible to create “living materials” that could self heal or develop complex networks.
New “stretchy” sensors built on nanowire conductors could potentially be embedded in clothing, or on human skin and other surfaces to track strain and pressure, or provide touch-based functionality in new form factors. Continue reading
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Chicago and Hanyang University in Korea have combined advanced ultra-high resolution inkjet technology with self-assembling block copolymers to increase the resolution of intricate nanostructure fabrication down to 15 nanometers from 200.