Functional materials and devices by self-Assembly

Dmitri V. Talapin, Michael Engel, Paul V. Braun

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The field of self-Assembly has moved far beyond early work, where the focus was primarily the resultant beautiful two-And three-dimensional structures, to a focus on forming materials and devices with important properties either otherwise not available, or only available at great cost. Over the last few years, materials with unprecedented electronic, photonic, energy-storage, and chemical separation functionalities were created with self-Assembly, while at the same time, the ability to form even more complex structures in two and three dimensions has only continued to advance. Self-Assembly crosscuts all areas of materials. Functional structures have now been realized in polymer, ceramic, metallic, and semiconducting systems, as well as composites containing multiple classes of materials. As the field of self-Assembly continues to advance, the number of highly functional systems will only continue to grow and make increasingly greater impacts in both the consumer and industrial space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)799-806
Number of pages8
JournalMRS Bulletin
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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