Chapter 5. Three-Dimensional Self-Assemblies of Nanoparticles

  1. Prof. Marie-Paule Pileni
  1. Sachiko Matsushita and
  2. Shin-ya Onoue

Published Online: 9 MAY 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527607587.ch5

Nanocrystals Forming Mesoscopic Structures

Nanocrystals Forming Mesoscopic Structures

How to Cite

Matsushita, S. and Onoue, S.-y. (2005) Three-Dimensional Self-Assemblies of Nanoparticles, in Nanocrystals Forming Mesoscopic Structures (ed M.-P. Pileni), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527607587.ch5

Editor Information

  1. Laboratoire des Matériaux Mésoscopiques et Nanomètriques, LM2N, Université P. et M. Curie, U.M.R 7070, BP 52, 4 Place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France

Author Information

  1. Frontier Research System, The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAY 2006
  2. Published Print: 26 SEP 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527311705

Online ISBN: 9783527607587



  • nanocrystals;
  • three-dimensional self-assemblies of nanoparticles;
  • mesoscopic assembly of inorganic nanoparticles in molecular matrixes;
  • nanoparticle interactions;
  • liquid colloidal crystals;
  • solid colloidal crystals;
  • processing of self-assembled structures;
  • photonic crystals


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Mesoscopic Assembly of Inorganic Nanoparticles in Molecular Matrixes

    • Introduction

    • Random Assemblies of Inorganic Nanoparticles by Various Triggers

      • pH and Ions

      • Small Molecules and Polymers

      • Biological Components (Programmed Assemblies and Sensors)

    • Versatile Assemblies of Inorganic Nanoparticles Guided by Designable Templates: Superstructures and 1D and 3D Assemblies

      • Langmuir–Blodgett Films

      • Amphiphiles and Surfactants

      • Gels (Networks)

      • Polymer and DNA as a Template

      • Inorganic Templates

      • Others

    • Layer-by-Layer Assemblies Embedded with Inorganic Nanoparticles

      • Multifunctional Molecules and Polymers

      • Inorganic Molecules

    • “Key and Vision” for Future Development

  • Three-Dimensional Self-Assemblies via Nanoparticle Interactions

    • Liquid Colloidal Crystals

      • Control of the Lattice Structure

      • Control of the Orientation

      • Overcoming the Mechanical Fragility

      • Self-Assembly Preparations for Complicated Structures

    • Solid Colloidal Crystals

      • Control of the Orientation

      • Control of the Lattice Structure

      • Overcoming the Slow Growth Rate

      • Self-Assembly Preparations for Complicated Structures

    • Two-Dimensional Colloidal Crystals

      • Various Preparation Methods

      • Control of the Lattice Structure

    • Processing of Self-Assembled Structures

      • Submicrostructures Formed by Reactive Ion Etching in 3D Self-Assembled Structures

      • Flexible Self-Assembled Structures

      • Freestanding Colloidal Crystals

    • Dissipative Process for Fabrication of 3D Self-Assembly

  • Applications of Three-Dimensional Self-Assemblies of Nanoparticles

    • Photonic Crystals

    • Sensing Materials

    • Optical Switches

    • Optical Memory Media