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Chemistry at the crossroads

The quest for miniaturization of chemical reactors is leading to a tangled web of reaction vessels, each formed at the junction of polymer nanofibres.

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Figure 1: The junctions formed between crossed polymer nanofibres when they are exposed to heat or solvent vapour can be used as attoscale chemical reactors.

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deMello, A., Wootton, R. Chemistry at the crossroads. Nature Chem 1, 28–29 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/nchem.156

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