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Keywords:

  • electronic materials;
  • interfaces;
  • nanocomposites;
  • self-assembly;
  • thin films
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Achieving self-assembling/self-organizing systems is the holy grail of nanotechnology, as presented in the Feature Article by J. L. MacManus-Driscoll on page 2035. Multifunctionality or enhanced functionality can emerge as a result of self-assembly of two oxides in nano-composite films. Checkerboards, ordered nanochains, nanorods, or random nanoparticle structures are all possible structures and they influence the resulting properties in different ways. It is now possible to predict the nanocomposite structure that will form from a given starting composition.