Two-step self-assembly of hierarchically-ordered nanostructures

Liu, Qiannan, Sun, Ziqi, Dou, Yuhai, Kim, Jung Ho, & Dou, Shi Xue (2015) Two-step self-assembly of hierarchically-ordered nanostructures. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3(22), pp. 11688-11699.

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Due to their unique size- and shape-dependent physical and chemical properties, highly hierarchically-ordered nanostructures have attracted great attention with a view to application in emerging technologies, such as novel energy generation, harvesting, and storage devices. The question of how to get controllable ensembles of nanostructures, however, still remains a challenge. This concept paper first summarizes and clarifies the concept of the two-step self-assembly approach for the synthesis of hierarchically-ordered nanostructures with complex morphology. Based on the preparation processes, two-step self-assembly can be classified into two typical types, namely, two-step self-assembly with two discontinuous processes and two-step self-assembly completed in one-pot solutions with two continuous processes. Compared to the conventional one-step self-assembly, the two-step self-assembly approach allows the combination of multiple synthetic techniques and the realization of complex nanostructures with hierarchically-ordered multiscale structures. Moreover, this approach also allows the self-assembly of heterostructures or hybrid nanomaterials in a cost-effective way. It is expected that widespread application of two-step self-assembly will give us a new way to fabricate multifunctional nanostructures with deliberately designed architectures. The concept of two-step self-assembly can also be extended to syntheses including more than two chemical/physical reaction steps (multiple-step self-assembly).

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ID Code: 94590
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1039/c5ta01162k
ISSN: 2050-7496
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 08 Apr 2016 06:49
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 13:01

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