New class of spongy materials can self-assemble into precisely controllable structures

This article details a groundbreaking discovery by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who have created a new class of spongy materials that can self-assemble into highly precise structures. Inspired by the natural geometric motifs seen in items like 12-sided dice and potato chips, and virus structures, this material can be programmed to form complex, self-assembling structures using fewer components, maximizing efficiency. This development holds potential for advancing technologies in fields such as DNA nanotechnology and protein design, offering new ways to construct robust materials for various applications.

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