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Inorganic chemistry

How does your garden grow?

Adding polyoxometallate crystals to a solution of organic cations leads to the controllable growth of hollow microtubes that may ultimately prove useful for applications ranging from microfluidics to medicine.

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Figure 1: Schematic representation of the growth of microtubes from POM crystals.


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Constable, E. How does your garden grow?. Nature Chem 1, 22–23 (2009).

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