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Published 2016 | Version v1.0.0
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Working better together


Honorable Mention Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Here, two materials work together: a network of peptide nanofibers (red) has grown hairs of polymer chains (green). The red nanofibers mimic natural brain structures. The green polymer chains are a strong and biocompatible material. In the hybrid shown here (in yellow), the best properties of both parents combine into one new material -- which is ideally suited to guide and support brain cells during development. The chemist and neurobiologist who created this material are collaborating just like their invention to develop new materials to be used in the next generation of regenerative medicine.


This image originally appeared as part of Northwestern's Scientific Images Contest. The contest and subsequent exhibitions are organized by Science in Society, the university's research center for science education and public engagement. Further information and opportunities to participate are available on their website. Prints and canvas editions of these Northwestern research images can also be purchased online (with the small net profit going to science education and outreach programming in the Chicago area).


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