Nanotech breakthrough made by high school student

from the girls-just-wanna-have-nanofun dept.
The Siemens Westinghouse Science & Technology Competition reports their regional results: "Heidi Hsieh, who competed in the individual category, developed a winning original research project entitled 'The Formation of Nanoscaled Super Zeolite-like Meso-Structures by Various Block Copolymer Matrices'…Her project, which uses nano-technology (smaller than microscopic), organizes structures into formations (similar to ping-pong balls in a package). These organized structures could impact the development of molecular electronics, robots and other molecular-sized machines. 'Miss Hsieh has pushed back the forefront of nano-technology,' said lead judge Richard D. McCullough, head of the chemistry department at Carnegie Mellon University. 'She has found a way to not only make hollow shells of molecules but also put them into ordered structures and change the size of these structures. Her project produced results that until now seemed next to impossible — but she's done it — and it's a real breakthrough!' [emphasis added] CP: If the head of CMU's chemistry dept. says it, I believe it. Good luck to Heidi in the competition finals being held this weekend.

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