Introducing Dylan the Nano-Duck
Monday 18 February 2013

You never know what you’re going to find inside your electron microscope! NPRL’s Kenton Arkill discovered this cute little creature, now nicknamed Dylan the Nano-Duck. Dylan, whose wingspan is a mere 18nm, is a spontaneous assembly of cerium oxide nanoparticles, which can be added to diesel fuel to increase efficiency. The work is a collaboration between Richard Palmer’s group and Sean Chen, who is part of the FABLE project. The aim is to characterise the nanoparticles at the atomic scale and establish their environmental fate and impact.