50k Nanowire patents & probes in your brain
If you're interested in nanotech, you will probably have heard a lot about nanowires recently, and this week they hit the news as researchers announced new findings relating to their use in batteries, sensors, and probes.
Nanowires are tiny filamentary rods, similar to conventional wires but with a diameter of just nanometers. They are built up, molecule by molecule, from materials including semiconducting metal oxides, metals, or carbon nanotubes. Nanowires are so prized by researchers and engineers because due to their enormous surface area relative to their size, they can exhibit unique thermal, chemical, electronic, optical, or mechanical properties.