Out of the vacuum and into real life, characterising 3D shape changes in nanomaterials
Nanoparticles are revolutionising fields from biomedicine to energy and aerospace. These tiny materials have extremely large surface areas relative to their volumes which does two important things. It gives engineers and scientists lots of prime real estate on which to establish interactions underlying procedures such as catalysis or sensing. It also leads to exotic and unique properties not seen by the same materials in bulk form, which can be manipulated to yield exciting new functionalities and devices. However, to rationally tailor the properties of 3D nanomaterials, we must know how they interact under the conditions at which we expect them to function. REALNANO is developing the tools required to do just that and even to evaluate dynamic changes such as those that occur as temperature varies. Insight will help designers across fields design for stability in the face of change.
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