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Jan 16


Stephen J. Ebbens Jonathan Howse The current state of the art in nanopropulsion devices was recently reviewed by Ebbens and Howse in an article last Friday.[SoftMatter] A short summary of the nano- systems is presented below with video action shots when I could find them. The Whitesides Catalyst: Pt Fuel: H2O2 Propulsion: Bubble propulsion Terrain: …

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Dec 14

Magnetic Levitation: Because TLC Plates are so 20th Century

Mirica et al. had an awesome JACS communication out last week. They use magnets to track the progress of reactions. A schematic is shown below. By using a paramagnetic solution (GdCl3) and polymeric beads as their solid support, they monitor the progress of reactions as a function of their beads’ height. The setup is very …

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