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The spontaneous or directed assembly of preformed nanoscale building blocks into organized structures such as linear chains, meso-crystals or hierarchical hybrid arrays provides a unique approach to advanced materials that exhibit architectures and functions across multiple length scales. This approach – termed “nanotectonics” – is based on the programmed organization of inorganic and organic nano-objects using a range of design concepts such as nanoscale surface engineering, periodic confinement and non-equilibrium instability thresholds.

Researchers in the COMC have recently published work demonstrating:

nano1 Synthesis of ordered arrays of metal nanowires and nanoclusters in protein single crystals

nano2 Silicification of emulsion-grown protein nanocrystallites

nano3 Ligand-directed assembly of linear chains of Au nanoparticles and optical properties

nano4 Clay nanoparticles coated DNA molecule

Relevant Publications:

  • A.J. Patil, M. Li and S. Mann, Nanoscale 2013, 5, 7161-7174.
  • O.L. Muskens. M.W. England, S.J. Hyett, M. Li and S. Mann, Adv. Funct. Materials 2013, 23, 281-290.
  • A.J. Patil, Y.-C. Lee, J.-W. Yang and S. Mann, Angew. Chemie Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 733-737.
  • R.F. Fernandes, E. Dujardin, M. Li, S. Mann and A. G. Kanaras, ChemComm. 2012, 46, 7602-7604.
  • M. Li, S. Johnson, H. Guo, E. Dujardin and S. Mann, Adv. Funct. Mater., 2011, 21, 851-859.
  • E.M.Lambert, C. Viravaidya, M. Li and S. Mann, Angew. Chemie Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 4100-4103.
  • M. Guli, E.M. Lambert, M. Li and S. Mann, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2010, 49, 520-523.
  • E.M. Lambert, C. Viravaidya, M. Li and S. Mann, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2010, 49, 4100-4103.
  • B. Hu, M. Li, S. Sadasivan, A.J. Patil and S. Mann, Nanoscale, 2011, 3, 1031-1036.
  • S. Mann,  Nature Mater. 2009, 8, 781-792.