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American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- Dec. 19, 2007

in and colleagues report that their nanonails have all-purpose repellency properties. The nails actually are submicroscopic silicon structures shaped like carpenters nails that dramatically enhance a surfaces repellency. However, the surface becomes highly wettable when electricity is applied, allowing liquid to be sucked between the nails. In laboratory demonstrations, the researchers showed that their electronic non-stick surface works effectively using virtually any liquid.

Nanonails also show promise for enhancing chemical microreactions, decreasing flow resistance, and facilitating liquid movement for medical diagnostic applications such as lab-on-a-chip technology, they say. MTS

ARTICLE #4 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nanonails: A Simple Geometrical Approach to Electrically Tunable Superlyophobic Surfaces


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Worlds only ultrafast electron microscope takes 4-D movies of molecules
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A unique electron microscope that can help create four-dimensional movies of molecules may hold the answers to research questions in a number of fields including chemistry, biology, and physics, according to an article [] scheduled for the Dec. 24 issue of Chemical & Engin

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