Dmitri Talapin, University of Chicago (image) University of Chicago Caption Nanocrystals, like atoms, display discrete energy levels that define their respective properties. "In nanocrystals you see the emergence of discrete states that are totally non-existent in bulk materials," said Dmitri Talapin, UChicago associate professor in chemistry. "You're essentially seeing the emergence of quantum behavior as you shrink the size." Credit Dan Dry Usage Restrictions News organizations may use this image in connection with reports about the work of Dmitri Talapin and his associates. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.