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Abdennour Abbas, Andrew Brimer, Limei Tian, D. André d'Avignon, Abdulrahman Shahul Hameed, Jagadese J. Vittal and Srikanth Singamaneni Vesicle-Mediated Growth of Tubular Branches and Centimeter-Long Microtubes from a Single Molecule Small 9

Version of Record online: 16 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/smll.201202509

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The addition of p-aminothiophenol to water/ethanol mixture leads to a spontaneous and reversible formation of nanovesicles. The nanostructures rapidly grow into micrometric vesicles and fuse to yield macroscale tubular branches. Real-time microscopic visualization reveals vesicle walk and fusion on the sides and tips of the branches, leading to the formation of centimeter-long microtubes. This growth mechanism demonstrates the dynamic role of vesicles in rapid and hierarchical transition from molecules to macroscopic morphologies.

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