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  • Researchers reveal real-time glimpse into growth habits of nanoparticles

    Portrait of the Illinois team

    Professor Qian Chen, left, onscreen researchers Ahyoung Kim, Binbin Luo and Zihao Ou, and Chang Liu, seated, collaborated with researchers at Northwestern University to observe nanoparticles self-assembling and crystalizing into solid materials for the first time.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes

    This is a modified version of a news release distributed by Northwestern University. 

    To reach Qian Chen, call 217-300-1137; email

    To reach Erik Luijten, email

    The paper “Unravelling crystal growth of nanoparticles” is available online. DOI: 10.1038/s41565-023-01355-w