Molecules When Size is Everything

Lenght scales

The length scale from 10-10 m to 10-6 m covers a huge range of physical and chemical science and is of paramount importance in technological applications.

Atoms, the smallest building blocks available to nature, with diameters around 10-10 m, are easily assembled into large and intricate structures.  Increasingly, researchers are able to manipulate atoms into large artificial structures which allows changes to the atomic environment within these large structures to be studied more easily.

As the size of the structures increase, it becomes less important to think about individual atoms and more important to study the properties and interactions of these larger building blocks – we call them large scale structures.

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