A new class of nanostructures

By William Gilroy

Researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a new class of materials that may provide a better understanding of how radioactive materials behave in the environment.

“No one has ever seen anything like these,” says Peter Burns, chairman of Notre Dame’s Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences. Called actinyl peroxide compounds, the materials self-assemble into unbelievably small hollow cages that could have useful new electronic, magnetic and structural properties important to the emerging world of nanotechnology.…

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