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Keywords:

  • gold nanorods;
  • liquid crystals;
  • self-assembly;
  • nanorod arrays
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An exceptionally effective and versatile method for the reconfigurable self-assembly of gold nanorods is presented by Torsten Hegmann and co-workers on page 1393. Nematic- and smectic-type self-organization of gold nanorods with an aspect ratio of around four is provided by the functionalization with a nematogenic liquid crystal ligand in either an end-on or a side-on fashion. The final arrays of nanorods can be reoriented by the application of a magnetic field. Image design by T. Hegmann.