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Curves Alter Crystallization

Scientists have studied crystallization since the time of Galileo, so it's easy to imagine there's nothing new to learn about the process. Work reported by MRSEC researchers Manoharan, Nelson, and coworkers in Science (Feb. 7, 2014), however, has uncovered a previously unseen phenomenon — that curved surfaces can dramatically alter the shape of crystals as they form (above). The finding could have applications ranging from applying coatings to nanoparticles used in industry to aiding in drug delivery, and may even help shed light on how viruses assemble.

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Amorphous Salt
The Microfluidic Nebulator

Soft Fiber Sensor Fabrication
Multicore-shell printing of textile-mounted, capacitive strain sensors

Hopping Towards a Better Soft Robot
A 3-D-printed, functionally graded soft robot powered by combustion

Sensors for Cellular Bioenergetics
Integrating nanocalorimetry with microfluidics

New Nanofiber Production Platform
Nanofibers fabrication from an immersion rotary jet-spinning system

3-D Printing and Soft Robotics Workshop
Artemis Project Girls Summer Camp

Developing a Culture of Innovation
MRSEC-inspired course on innovation and entrepreneurship

Shared Experimental Facilities
EnvisonTec Aureus 3-D printer

Shared Experimental Facilities
Andor/Yokogawa spinning-disk confocal microscope

Ultra-Stable Metallic Glasses
New in-situ method to study the thermal and mechanical behavior of metallic glasses

Paper-Based Electronics and MEMS
Controlled ink wetting and reactivity on paper yields defect-free devices

New Unimorph-Based Devices
Using aligned fibers to design deflection directions of dielectric elastomers

Measuring Concentration Dynamics in Porous Media
Development of new tools to observe ionic concentration in porous media

Shared Experimental Facilities
TA OSP-ARES-G2 Rheometer

Start-Up Company Formation
GnuBIO acquired by BioRad