Last Friday researchers at the University of Florida discovered a new process to produce unique structures from nanorods.

The research focuses on finding structures with new properties, which is similar to how hydrogen and oxygen can combine to produce either water or hydrogen peroxide. In this study, two different structures were produced. One of them was grown into a thin film about one quarter the size of a postage stamp and could possibly be used to make more efficient LED television and computer screens.

The other structure produced a superparticle which emits a polarization useful for producing 3-D LED displays. This structure is much more complex than the other, and could be a major breakthrough.

The press release provided some perspective for those not up-to-speed on nanostructure:

“I’ve worked in nanoparticle assembly for a decade,” said Dmitri Talapin, an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Chicago who was not involved with the study. “There are all sorts of issues to be overcome when assembling building blocks from nanoscale particles. I don’t think anyone has been able to get them to self-assemble into superparticles like this before.”