Scientists Wim Noorduin and Joanna Aizenberg have been creating tiny crystal nano flowers at a Harvard lab by mixing together a combination of chemicals and sculpting the structures as they grow. According to Noorduin, the process of creating the microscopic artworks is fairly simple, taking around two hours and utilizing inexpensive materials.
To grow the structures, we mix together two starting materials. Basically, as soon as I do that, the reaction starts and then we wait for two hours. We now can really use these chemical reactions to make any kind of arbitrary shape we want, and the fact that you already can grow such a flower in two hours really allows you to do a lot of experiments and learn a lot in a very fast manner
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