|Title||Nanowires and Nanostructures that Grow like Polymer Molecules|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Authors||Shaw, S, Cademartiri, L|
|Type of Article||Article|
|Keywords||anisotropic 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|
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.
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