Thin Films: Self-Assembled Heteroepitaxial Oxide Nanocomposite Thin Film Structures: Designing Interface-Induced Functionality in Electronic Materials (Adv. Funct. Mater. 13/2010)

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  • Judith L. MacManus-Driscoll

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    1. Department of Materials Science University of Cambridge Pembroke St., Cambridge CB2 3QZ (UK)
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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.

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