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Nano-Mechanics quantifies the essential properties of nanomaterials. 

Nanoscale materials and objects function differently than their larger counterparts. Nanostructures, for example, have a higher surface-to-volume ratio than macroscale objects. This affects their thermal properties, engendering exotic types of elasticity. By identifying and describing these remarkable properties, Stanford researchers can then manipulate the chemical and molecular structure of novel nanomaterials, tailoring them to the profiles required for a wide range of applications.

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