August 1, 2007
Berkeley researchers have found an easy way to make crystal-studded nanorods: self-assembly.
These rods would be useful in devices that convert light or heat into electricity, such as high-efficiency solar cells.
Synthesizing these nanorods in the past required special conditions such as a vacuum and micromanagement from chemists. Now the nanorods can be synthesized by putting the ingredients in a test tube, stirring, and letting them emerge independently.… read more