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  • Organizing nanoparticles into pinwheel shapes offers new twist on engineered materials


    Jiahui Li, left, Shan Zhou and professor Qian Chen show off an electron micrograph image of their new pinwheel lattice structure developed to help engineers build new materials with unique optical, magnetic, electronic and catalytic properties.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes:

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

    The paper “Chiral assemblies of pinwheel superlattices on substrates” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-022-05384-8.