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Tag Archive: NanoLett

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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Sep 06

Metallic Flagella

Bradley Nelson The control of metallic flagella with magnetic fields is the subject of a recent paper by Li Zhang and Bradley Nelson.[NanoLett] The synthetic approach is a top-down process, and an image of a pre-released flagellum is shown below. Although typical bacteria like E. Coli are 1-2 μm long, this system is still a …

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Nov 30

Linear-Motor from Carbon Nanotubes

A recent paper this week by Somada et al. regarding making a linear-motor from carbon nanotubes piqued my interest.[NanoLett] The general design idea is to encapsulate a piece of carbon nanotube material within a larger carbon nanotube. If done correctly you can end up with a configuration as shown below. Reprinted with permission from American …

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