Invention jet prints nanostructures with self-assembling material

A multi-institutional team of engineers has developed a new approach to the fabrication of nanostructures for the semiconductor and magnetic storage industries. This approach combines top-down advanced ink-jet printing technology with a bottom-up approach that involves self-assembling block copolymers, a type of material that can spontaneously form ultrafine structures.

Self-assembling nanodevices can move and change shape on demand

A Harvard-led team has created nanodevices made of DNA that self-assemble and can be programmed to move and change shape. They're perfect for medical applications, says the team, because DNA is biocompatible and biodegradable.