It’s not easy to observe the growth and formation of crystal structures on the nanoscale. In Graphene Blisters, Kaitlin Duffey reports on a UC Berkeley breakthrough that overcomes the barriers to electron microscopy of liquid samples. Single-atom-thick graphene provides an ideal window through which platinum crystals can be viewed – and now, recorded – as they organize in realtime, with little distortion. The windows, or blisters, of graphene can serve as portals for viewing other liquid-suspended particles, like biomolecules.

The latest issue of the Berkeley Science Review is coming soon. Each week, we’ll publish a preview of the fantastic articles, like this piece edited by Amanda Alvarez, that we have in store.