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DNA Nanotechnology

A metamaterial with memory

DNA can be used to create a very soft gel with liquid-like properties that can return to a preset solid shape when water is added.

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Figure 1: A potential mechanism for the liquid- and solid-like properties of the DNA metamaterial.


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Li, J., Bai, L. A metamaterial with memory. Nature Nanotech 7, 773–774 (2012).

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