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  • Nothing is everything: How hidden emptiness can define the usefulness of filtration materials


    A new study by Illinois materials science and engineering professor Qian Chen, right, and chemistry graduate student Falon Kalutantirige emphasizes the importance of nanoscale empty space in everyday materials. The image in the background, titled “Beyond Nothingness,” was produced using computational modeling and portrays a magnified surface of a water filtration membrane as a mountainous landscape, with computational data points as the starry dark universe in the background.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s note:   

    To reach Qian Chen, email

    To reach Falon Kalutantirige, email

    The paper “Beyond nothingness in the formation and functional relevance of voids in polymer films” is available online and from the News Bureau. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-024-46584-2.