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Haberer awarded NSF grant to study self-propelled nanomaterials

Professor Elaine Haberer received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study synthetic nanoswimmers. These remarkable self-propelled materials can convert chemical or light energy into locomotion, increasing mixing and accelerating chemical reactions. Asymmetry in particle composition enables movement through a local build-up of reaction products, while particle size and geometry control speed and directionality. The funded project will use the expert manufacturing capabilities of viruses to overcome fabrication challenges that have stymied the production of sub-100 nm devices. The bio-based assembly strategy will enable the spatial and topographical control over autonomous materials essential for many biomedical, sensing, and environmental remediation applications.