Scientists Watch ‘Artificial Atoms’ Assemble into Perfect Lattices with Many Uses

August 8, 2017 -

Source:  Slac.stanford.edu

Some of the world’s tiniest crystals are known as “artificial atoms” because they can organize themselves into structures that look like molecules, including “superlattices” that are potential building blocks for novel materials.

Now scientists from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have made the first observation of these nanocrystals rapidly forming superlattices while they are themselves still growing. What they learn will help scientists fine-tune the assembly process and adapt it to make new types of materials for things like magnetic storage, solar cells, optoelectronics and catalysts that speed chemical reactions.

Read more: https://www6.slac.stanford.edu/news/2017-07-31-scientists-watch-%E2%80%98artificial-atoms%E2%80%99-assemble-perfect-lattices-many-uses.aspx

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