Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced an impressive technique to deal with nanoscale objects. The MIT researchers developed a way to shrink objects to nanoscale. A nanoscale object is way smaller than one you can see with a microscope. The discovery can take any simple structure and contract it to the single 1,000th of its size.
Implosion fabrication, which is a miniaturizing technology, could be applied to anything like developing smartphone lenses, smaller microscope, and tiny robots and so on. As per the neurotechnology professor, Edward Boyden, people have been trying to find better equipment to create smaller nanomaterials. This new invention can do all kind of things.
Scientists are finding ways to include minute robotic particles to cancer drugs that can search out only the carcinogenic cells; in such area, this method can serve a lot. MIT stated that this technology could be used to create an even smaller “Nanochip” electronics than what we have now.
This cutting-edge technique only requires materials that are commonly available in biology and engineering labs and that are an absorbent gel and laser. It works by using a laser to create a structure. Then absorbent gel is used just like a way to write with a pen in 3D. With this, they can accord any material like DNA, metal, or tiny particles to the structure. At last this structure is contracted to a nano size.
Graduate student researcher Daniel Oran explained that the process is similar to film photography. Initially, by keeping a sensitive material with the gel in light, a latent image is formed and then a latent image can be developed into a real image by attaching other materials. Both Oran, who is a trained photographer, and Samuel Rodriques, who has an education in physics, collaborated for the project in 2014.