Scientists have long suspected that the way materials behave on the nanoscale – that is when particles have dimensions of about 1–100 nanometres – is different from how they behave on any other scale. A new paper in the journal Chemical Science provides concrete proof that this is the case.
Researchers have identified a new mechanism that drives the development of form and structure, through the observation of artificial materials that shape-shift through a wide variety of forms which are as complex as those seen in nature.
Simon Redfern from the Department of Earth Sciences discusses a study that has recreated the conditions experienced during the meteor strike that formed the Barringer Crater in Arizona.
In 1912 a young graduate working in Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory made a breakthrough that represents the birth of x-ray crystallography. Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas tells the remarkable story of the career of Lawrence Bragg, youngest-ever winner of a Nobel prize.