Pre-programmed Self-assembly

Authored by: Carlos I. Mendoza , Daniel Salgado-Blanco

21 Century Nanoscience – A Handbook

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815392330
eBook ISBN: 9780367341558
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The Holy Grail in the field of materials science is to master the ability to construct intricate materials with absolute control over the placement of each component in order to tailor properties for a given application. Thanks to recent advances in the design of interactions between the components and their functionalization, as well as in the synthesis of nanoparticles with well-defined shapes and sizes, we are approaching to have the ability to encode, in the constituent blocks, the instructions to achieve a predetermined structure. Therefore, manufacturing nanostructures from the bottom-up by means of the self-assembly of information-rich components has received a lot of attention.

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