nano·​struc·​ture | \ ˈna-nə-ˌstrək-chər How to pronounce nanostructure (audio) \

Definition of nanostructure

: a nanoscale structure especially : an arrangement, structure, or part of something of molecular dimensions

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nanostructured \ ˈna-​nə-​ˌstrək-​chərd How to pronounce nanostructure (audio) \ adjective

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Two important types of nanostructure are nanocrystals (tiny crystals, often of semiconducting material) and nanotubes (tiny tubes, usually of pure carbon). Nanocrystals made from semiconductors change color depending on their size, and are being used for such tasks as detecting viruses in living cells. Nanotubes can conduct enormous amounts of electrical current, far more than metal wires. They are the basic material of tiny "paper" batteries, which can be rolled, folded, or cut while still producing power. Nanotubes are also now being used in materials for lightweight tennis rackets and golf clubs, and may soon enable the manufacture of TV screens no thicker than a film.

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Recent Examples on the Web Graphene is a super material and an allotrope of carbon that’s made up of a layer of atoms arranged in a two-dimensional honeycomb nanostructure. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 The secret is blasting the exact right kind of nanostructure with the exact right kind of laser beam to cause a magnetizing implosion. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 14 Oct. 2020 Nanopillars are a type of nanostructure with a unique shape, tapering from a bottom pillar into a pointed top. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 11 Sep. 2020 Dengue's surface pattern is complex, Wang adds, so DNA nanostructures must be molded into complicated geometric shapes to match. Harini Barath, Scientific American, 14 Apr. 2020 Lieber’s strategy opened the door to making pristine nanostructures with simple and inexpensive chemical techniques. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 4 Feb. 2020 Instead, Dahn’s team achieved its huge performance boosts through lots and lots of optimizing of those familiar ingredients, and tweaking the nanostructure of the battery’s cathode. Wired, 23 Sep. 2019 The nanostructures discovered could be used to develop new transparent materials, as materials scientist Chih-Hao Chang of North Carolina State University, who was not involved in the study, tells Yan. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 6 June 2019 But inner egg layers have a different nanostructure, which has less osteopontin and lower density of mineral packing. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 5 Apr. 2018 See More

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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“Nanostructure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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