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Self-assembly and transformation of hybrid nano-objects and nanostructures under equilibrium and non-equilibrium conditions

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Stephen Mann from Bristol University, UK reviews in his recent paper present equilibrium and non-equilibrium self-assembly approaches to the synthetic construction of discrete hybrid(inorganic–organic) nano-objects and higher-level nanostructured networks.

Source: BASF

Source: BASF

Understanding how chemically derived processes control the construction and organization of matter across extended and multiple length scales is of growing interest in many areas of materials research. Stephen Mann from Bristol University, UK reviews in his recent paper present equilibrium and non-equilibrium self-assembly approaches to the synthetic construction of discrete hybrid (inorganicorganic) nano-objects and higher-level nanostructured networks. He examines a range of synthetic modalities under equilibrium conditions that give rise to integrative self-assembly (supramolecular wrapping, nanoscale incarceration and nanostructure templating) or higher-order self-assembly (programmed/directed aggregation). He contrasts these strategies with processes of transformative self-assembly that use self-organizing media, reactiondiffusion systems and coupled mesophases to produce higher-level hybrid structures under non-equilibrium conditions. Key elements of the constructional codes associated with these processes are identified with regard to existing theoretical knowledge, and presented as a heuristic guideline for the rational design of hybrid nano-objects and nanomaterials. This paper has been published online in Nature Materials, doi:10.1038/nmat2496.

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