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Santore and Grason Groups publish in Science Advances

Weiyue Xin, Hao Wu, Greg Grason and Maria Santore recently published Switchable Positioning of Plate-like Inclusions in Lipid Membranes: Elastically Mediated Interactions of Planar Colloids in 2D Fluids in Science Advances. This paper was highlighted in the UMass news article linked below. These researchers have demonstrated for the first time that the positions of tiny, flat, solid objects integrated in nanometrically thin membranes resembling those of biological cells can be controlled by mechanically varying the elastic forces in the membrane itself. This research milestone is a significant step toward the goal of creating ultrathin flexible materials that self-organize and respond immediately to mechanical force.

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Science Advances

April 7, 2021