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Title: Understanding and Controlling Nanoscale Crystal Growth Using Mechanical Forces

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University of Michigan
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United States

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Hart, A. John, and Bedewy, Mostafa. Understanding and Controlling Nanoscale Crystal Growth Using Mechanical Forces. United States: N. p., 2014. Web. doi:10.2172/1160219.
Hart, A. John, & Bedewy, Mostafa. Understanding and Controlling Nanoscale Crystal Growth Using Mechanical Forces. United States. doi:10.2172/1160219.
Hart, A. John, and Bedewy, Mostafa. Wed . "Understanding and Controlling Nanoscale Crystal Growth Using Mechanical Forces". United States. doi:10.2172/1160219.
title = {Understanding and Controlling Nanoscale Crystal Growth Using Mechanical Forces},
author = {Hart, A. John and Bedewy, Mostafa},
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doi = {10.2172/1160219},
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place = {United States},
year = {Wed Oct 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014},
month = {Wed Oct 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014}

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