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Impact of the Metallic Crystalline Structure on the Properties of Nanocrystals and Their Mesoscopic Assemblies

Impact of the Metallic Crystalline Structure on the Properties of Nanocrystals and Their Mesoscopic Assemblies
Marie-Paule Pileni
The spontaneous assembly of uniform-sized globular entities into ordered arrays is a universal phenomenon observed for objects with diameters spanning a broad range of length scales. These extend from the atomic scale (10–8 cm), through molecular and macromolecular scales with proteins, synthetic low polymers, and colloidal crystals (∼10–6 cm), to the wavelength of visible light (∼10–5 cm). The associated concepts of sphere packing have had an influence in diverse fields ranging from pure geometrical analysis to architectural models or ideals. Self-assembly of atoms, supramolecules, or nanocrystals into ordered functional superstructures is a universal process and prevalent topic in science.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00093

DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00093

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