Nano WHAT??

“NanoDisco balls”, Chhour et al, in ACS Nano, 2014, 8 (9), pp 9143–9153, DOI: 10.1021/nn502730q

nanodiscoball

…that’s right, Chhour et al did include a picture of a real disco ball (Fig 2d), just in case some readers were unfamiliar with the concept.

“Nanowimble”, Wang et al in Phys. Status Solidi A, 2007, 204: 4029–4032. doi: 10.1002/pssa.200777334 (via Martin Hollamby)

Nanowimble

Adapted from Fig 1b of Wang et al

I must admit I was unfamiliar with that concept… Merriam-Webster saysany of various instruments for boring holes”. The authors were not as helpful and did not provide any picture. Here is one from Wikipedia

Gimlet, probably a diminutive of the Anglo-French “wimble”; from the Gimlet Wikipedia page

Update (04/10/2014) via Philip Moriarty

“nano-cabbageNanoporous TiO2 nanoparticle assemblies with mesoscale morphologies: nano-cabbage versus sea-anemone, Darbandi et al, DOI: 10.1039/C3NR06154J (Communication) Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 5652-5656

Reproduced from Darbandi et al, Fig 1b. Figure legend says: "This nanostructure was characterized as having nano-cabbage morphology."

Reproduced from Darbandi et al, Fig 1b. Figure legend says: “This nanostructure was characterized as having nano-cabbage morphology.”

Cabbage (macro). Picture by 'psyberartist' (https://www.flickr.com/photos/psyberartist/) via Flickr. [I changed it to greyscale]

Cabbage whorls. Picture by ‘psyberartist’ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/psyberartist/) via Flickr. [I changed it to greyscale]

From the same paper,

“nano sea anemone”

Reproduced from fig 2a of Darbandi et al. Figure legend says: "This nanostructure was characterized as having sea-anemone morphology."

Reproduced from fig 2a of Darbandi et al. Figure legend says: “This nanostructure was characterized as having sea-anemone morphology.”

Sea anemone. Picture by 'beana_cheese' (https://www.flickr.com/photos/beana_cheese/) via Flickr. [I changed it to greyscale]

Sea anemone. Picture by ‘beana_cheese’ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/beana_cheese/) via Flickr. [I changed it to greyscale]

Update (06/10/2014) via Zoe Schnepp

Nano-cranberries, nano-strawberries, nano-rasberries & nano-pineapples

I had not included the titles in the articles citation, but I have now corrected this oversight for all articles which cite their nano-shoehorn in the title… Growing “Nanofruit” Textures on Photo-Crosslinked SU-8 Surfaces through Layer-by-Layer Grafting of Hyperbranched Poly(Ethyleneimine) from Ford et al, Chem. Mater., 2009, 21 (3), pp 476–483, DOI: 10.1021/cm801913q

From the TOC graphic of Chem. Mater., 2009, 21 (3), pp 476–483 DOI: 10.1021/cm801913q

From the TOC graphic of Chem. Mater., 2009, 21 (3), pp 476–483
DOI: 10.1021/cm801913q

One-step preparation of positively-charged gold nanoraspberry. Shiigi et al, Chem. Commun., 2006, 4288–4290, 

AFM image reproduced from Fig 1B of Shiigi et al

AFM image reproduced from Fig 1B Chem. Commun., 2006, 4288–4290, DOI: 10.1039/b610085f

Update (06/10/2014) via Martin Hollaby

“Nanopistons” Zhao et al, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132 (37), pp 13016–13025, pH-Operated Nanopistons on the Surfaces of Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles

Here we will have to settle for a scheme rather than a microscopy picture (unfortunately).

Scheme of Nanopiston. Reproduced from Scheme 1 of J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132 (37), pp 13016–13025

Scheme of Nanopiston. Reproduced from Scheme 1 of J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132 (37), pp 13016–13025

“Nanocar” Shirai et al Directional Control in Thermally Driven Single-Molecule Nanocars, Nano Lett., 2005, 5 (11), pp 2330–2334

Reproduced from Fig 3e of Shirai et al

Reproduced from Fig 3e of Shirai et al

“Nanospanners” Hu et al, Preparation and Surface Activity of Single-Crystalline NiO(111) Nanosheets with Hexagonal Holes: A Semiconductor Nanospanner. Adv. Mater., 2008, 20: 267–271.
Reproduced from 1c-d of Hu et al

Reproduced from 1c-d of Hu et al

Keep them coming! Tweet your favourites at #NanoExhibit and I’ll update the post…

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4 comments

  1. The nanoraspberry-AFM images show stripy nanoparticles! Stellaccis results are finally reproduced by an independant group… In related news: not sure the imaging conditions/settings were ideal for the nanostrawberries but I guess that’s not the point here

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