Penn researchers grow liquid crystal 'flowers' that can be used as lenses

A team of material scientists, chemical engineers and physicists from the University of Pennsylvania has made another advance in their effort to use liquid crystals as a medium for assembling structures.

Report: Carbon nanotubes can grow on anything

What may be the ultimate heat sink is only possible because of yet another astounding capability of graphene. The one-atom-thick form of carbon can act as a go-between that allows vertically aligned carbon nanotubes to grow on nearly anything.

MIT grows LED array in a beaker

MIT's developed a way to grow an entire electronic device in a flask of liquid. The team demonstrated the technique, called hydrothermal synthesis, by producing a working LED array made of zinc oxide nanowires in a microfluidic channel.