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Kirigami-style fabrication may enable new 3D nanostructures

Researchers from Penn State, Carnegie Mellon University, Northwestern University, New York University, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated that a technique that mimics the ancient Japanese art of kirigami may offer an easier way to fabricate complex 3D nanostructures for use in electronics, manufacturing, and health care. 3D nanostructures are difficult to make because current nanofabrication processes are used to fabricate microelectronics, which rely on flat films.

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Nanotechnology Research and Development Infrastructure

The National Nanotechnology Initiative has a robust research infrastructure with user facilities and multidisciplinary research and education centers across the United States.
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