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photo above: Spiraling pine tree-like lead sulfide (PbS) nanowires synthesized by Song Jin and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are evidence of an entirely different way of growing nanowires that are rooted in the fundamental crystal growth theory. This nanowire formation has stimulated new designs in nanomaterial synthesis and allowed the growth of more complex nanostructures for various applications.
See more details: M. J. Bierman, Y. H. A. Lau, A. V. Kvit, A. L. Schmitt, S. Jin, “Dislocation Driven Nanowire Growth and Eshelby Twist” Science 2008, 320, 1060.