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Nanoscience is the study of materials at a very small scale (1 nanometer = 1 billionth of a meter). At this scale, materials start to exhibit unique properties.

Illustration of nanoparticle catalyst.

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Researchers used cryo-EM (left) to discover how a chamber in human cells (right) directs protein folding. 

A pom-pom like object with curly tangles in purple and blue shades and yellow tangles at center, reminiscent of a zinnia blossom.
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A physical chemist and a diverse group of his students are working on applications with nanoscopic diamonds.

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With a new suite of tools, scientists discovered exactly how tiny plate-like catalyst particles carry out a key step in that conversion – the...

Illustration of nanoscale catalyst particles.
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Many technologies rely upon nanomaterials that can absorb or release atoms quickly and repeatedly. New work provides a first look inside these phase-changing nanoparticles.

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Pushing gold exploration to the nanoscale, scientists used SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser to produce a series of 3-D images that detail...

Image - 3-D rendering of a gold nanocrystal, with are...