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Tag Archive: George Whitesides

Jan 16

NanoPropulsion


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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