Annual review of nano research by Guozhong Cao, Qifeng Zhang, C. Jeffrey Brinker

By Guozhong Cao, Qifeng Zhang, C. Jeffrey Brinker

The 1st quantity in a thrilling new sequence, "Annual evaluation of Nano Research", this ambitious number of evaluation articles sees well known members from 8 diverse nations take on the latest advances in nanofabrication, nanomaterials and nanostructures. The extensive insurance of subject matters in nanotechnology and nanoscience additionally features a distinctive concentrate on the new subject of biomedical functions of nanomaterials. the $64000 names contributing to the quantity comprise: M R Bockstaller (USA), L Duclaux (France), S Forster (Germany), W Fritzsche (Germany), L Jiang (China), C Lopez (Spain), W J Parak (Germany), B Samori (Italy), U S Schubert (The Netherlands), S Shinkai (Japan), A Stein (USA), S M Hou (China), and Y N Xia (USA). the quantity serves either as a convenient reference for specialists lively within the box and as an exceptional creation to scientists whose services lies somewhere else yet who're drawn to studying approximately this state of the art study sector.

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Two-Dimensional Pore Arrays A technique related to colloidal crystal templating, but aimed at 2D surface patterning, is nanosphere lithography or "natural lithography" [288-290]. A monolayer or double-layer colloidal crystal acts as an etching mask or a deposition mask to outline a 2D ordered array of columnar structures inside the interstitial spaces between spheres. Numerous structural motifs arc accessible by this technique [291]. The spheres can act as microlcnses for nearfield photolithography to generate microstructures in a photoresist [292].

Other monomers, such as divinylbenzene, have alternatively served as the carbon source in ordered porous carbons [150]. The surface chemistry of CCT strongly directs the formation of RF carbon inverse opals. Aluminum-incorporated silica spheres have strong acid sites that direct surface-templating of RF polymers, whereas volume-templating is promoted with pure silica CCT even in the presence of dilute sulfuric acid [151]. Ordered macroporous RF carbons have been prepared from silica sphere CCT as small as 11 nm [152], and have approached the lower limit of the macroporous size regime, exhibiting nitrogen sorptiondesorption hysteresis that is usually associated with mesopores [153].

Tuning of optical properties without liquid crystal guest molecules was demonstrated for ferroelectric, electrochromic and magnetic inverse opals. In ferroelectric 3DOM (Pb,La)(Zr,Ti)03 (PLZT) prepared by the sol-gel method, optical stopbands shifted continuously and reversibly with application of an electric field, although the shift of the mid-gap position covered only a small wavelength range (4 nm) [140]. The shift resulted from a small variation in refractive index of PLZT inverse opals via an electro-optic effect.

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