Scientists use nanoparticles to control growth of materials

(Phys.org) —Growth is a ubiquitous phenomenon in plants and animals. But it also occurs naturally in chemicals, metals and other inorganic materials. That fact has, for decades, posed a major challenge for scientists and engineers, because controlling the growth within materials is critical for creating products with uniform physical properties so that they can be used as components of machinery and electronic devices. The challenge has been particularly vexing when the materials’ molecular building blocks grow rapidly or are processed under harsh conditions such as high temperatures.

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