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NanoFlowers

by Josh Rubin in Culture on 22 June 2004

While developing a new water repellant coating for solar cells, Cambridge University PhD student Ghim Wei Ho generated these phenomenal microscopic organisms. If you're brainy enough to follow, here's how he does it:

[ he ] passes a methane gas over silicon carbide wires, grown from Gallium, to cause these structures -- called nanobouquet, nanotrees, and nanoflower -- to condense, depending on the temperature and pressure of the growth process.

via gizmodo

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