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New Nanocubes Data Have Been Reported by Researchers at Iowa State University

February 25, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Current study results on Nanocubes have been published. According to news originating from Ames, Iowa, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Nanoparticle superlattices are key to realizing many of the materials that will solve current technological challenges. Particularly important for their optical, mechanical or catalytic properties are superlattices of anisotropic (non-spherical) nanoparticles."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Iowa State University, "The key challenge is how to program anisotropic nanoparticles to self-assemble into the relevant structures. In this Article, using numerical simulations, we show that 'hairy' (f-star) or DNA grafted on nanocubes provides a general framework to direct the self-assembly into phases with crystalline, liquid crystalline, rotator, or noncrystalline phases with both long-range positional and orientational order."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "We discuss the relevance of these phases for engineering nanomaterials or micromaterials displaying precise orientational order, realization of dry superlattices as well as for the field of programmed self-assembly of anisotropic nanoparticles in general."

For more information on this research see: Self-Assembly and Crystallization of Hairy (f-Star) and DNA-Grafted Nanocubes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2014;136(2):653-659. Journal of the American Chemical Society can be contacted at: Amer Chemical Soc, 1155 16TH St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA. (American Chemical Society -; Journal of the American Chemical Society -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from C. Knorowski, Iowa State University, Ames Lab, Ames, IA 50011, United States (see also Nanocubes).

Keywords for this news article include: Ames, Iowa, Nanocubes, DNA Research, Nanoparticle, United States, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies, North and Central America

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Source: Life Science Weekly

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