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Nanowires and Nanostructures that Grow like Polymer Molecules

TitleNanowires and Nanostructures that Grow like Polymer Molecules
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsShaw, S, Cademartiri, L
JournalAdvanced Materials
Volume25
Pagination4829-4844
Date Published09
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0935-9648
Accession NumberWOS:000327692800003
Keywordsanisotropic nanocrystals, crystallization, gold-nanoparticle dimers, magic-sized cdse, monodispersed silica, nanocrystal growth, nanorod liquid-crystals, nanostructures, nanowires, oriented attachment mechanism, polymers, powders, quantum dots, radical polymerization, self-assembly, ultrathin
Abstract

y might be overcome by growth processes that mimic polymerization. Furthermore, we (i) discuss the similarities between crystallization and polymerization, (ii) critically review the existing experimental evidence of polymer-like growth kinetic and behavior in crystals and nanostructures, and (iii) propose heuristic guidelines for the synthesis of polymer-like crystals and assemblies. Understanding these anisotropic materials at the boundary between molecules and solids will determine whether we can confer the unique properties of polymer molecules to crystals, expanding them with topology, dynamics, and information and not just tuning them with size.

DOI10.1002/adma.201300850
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