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Membrane magic

The use of magnetic fields to assemble particles into membranes provides a powerful tool for exploring the physics of self-assembly and a practical method for synthesizing functional materials.

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Figure 1: Set-up of Osterman and colleagues' experiment1.
Figure 2: Magnetic-field-induced particle assembly in a 'magic-angle' set-up.


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Douglas, J. Membrane magic. Nature 463, 302–303 (2010).

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