(I’ve heard of baby mushrooms but this is nuts!)
This ‘nanomushroom’ happened to grow among a field of nanowires.
(Nanowires grown by Electron Transfer Group, New Mexico State University)
Researchers grow many types of nanostructures, some for their intrinsic properties, and others as tools.
The Electron Transfer group at New Mexico State University (aka Smirnov’s Group) grows their nanowires to help probe the electron transfer properties of organic molecules.
The mushroom may not be quite what they were looking for, but it is a great example of the range of shapes nanostructures can come in.
These photos were taken 10 years ago, April 28, 2003. They still fascinate me!
Check out the article at the National Science Foundation website!__________________________________________________________
Image credit: Pavel Takmakov, Ivan Vlassiuok and Sergei Smirnov.