Good hair day: New technique grows tiny ‘hairy’ materials at the microscale

“(Nanowerk News) Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory attacked a tangled problem by developing a new technique to grow tiny “hairy” materials that assemble themselves at the microscale”

Actually there is more than hope, there is a also a hair vax to go with the micro hair – and yes it is made by ALD!

“In one experiment the researchers used a process called atomic layer deposition that deposits a molecule-thick layer of material over the entire hairy structure, like a fresh blanket of snow, to add a layer of semiconductor material. Semiconductors are essential ingredients in many technologies, such as solar cells and electronics”


Argonne materials scientists announced a new technique to grow these little forests at the microscale (the scale shows 100 micrometers, which is about the diameter of a single human hair). (Image by Alexey Snezhko and Igor Aronson)

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For all Moomin fans the resembelence with the electrified Hatifnats is stunning 🙂