Scientists use nanoscale building blocks and dna ‘glue’ to shape 3-D superlattices

23 abril 2015

Taking child’s play with building blocks to a whole new level-the nanometer scale-scientists have constructed 3D «superlattice» multicomponent nanoparticle arrays where the arrangement of particles is driven by the shape of the tiny building blocks. The method uses linker molecules made of complementary strands of DNA to overcome the blocks’ tendency to pack together in a way that would separate differently shaped components.