News of the WeekChemistry

Crystals Branch Out Into Exotic Shapes

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  08 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5498, pp. 1875
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5498.1875

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution


Researchers recently managed to steer crystal growth to make thin rods by controlling the speed at which various faces of crystals grow. Now, a team has elevated this control to an art form, enabling them to make nanosized versions of a variety of shapes including rods, arrows, teardrops, and even four-armed tetrapods shaped like a child's jack.