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Prompting Complex Patterns to Form Themselves

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Science  24 Nov 1995:
Vol. 270, Issue 5240, pp. 1299-1300
DOI: 10.1126/science.270.5240.1299


Recently scientists have coaxed inorganic compounds to self-assemble into a hierarchy of successively larger patterns: Atoms arranged in a crystalline lattice lead to larger walls surrounding arrays of pores and finally to bowls and spheres up to 100 micrometers across. These are the first tiny steps toward self-assembled complex objects, such as computer chips.