Nature-inspired nanotubes that assemble themselves

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  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

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    Researchers have discovered a family of nature-inspired polymers that, when placed in water, spontaneously assemble into hollow crystalline nanotubes. What's more, the nanotubes can be tuned to all have the same diameter of between five and ten nanometers.
    Apparently, these crystalline nanotubes can be used in computer processing units as a replacement for silicon. Might even help in making a smaller manufacturing process.

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/dbnl-nnt032516.php

    Paper: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/03/23/1517169113.abstract
     
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  3. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Now, if only we could make them replicate.
     
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  5. timojin Valued Senior Member

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    What this seams tome as micelles, were the hydrophobe assembles with in and the hydrophobic part is solvated in the water phase . the same way can be observed in biological cells membranes , but probably in this case is the ionomer ( polymer ) larger then a fatty acid in a cell.
    By the way Ionomers were available commercially in the 1960
     
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  7. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Look what I just discovered: http://www.ted.com/talks/jennifer_k...=email&utm_content=image__2016-05-09#t-292079
     

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