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Evaporation-Induced Self-Assembly (EISA) at Its Limit: Ultrathin, Crystalline Patterns by Templating of Micellar Monolayers


  • We thank Dr. Helmut Schlaad for providing the block copolymer and Dr. Arne Thomas for the technical help throughout EM studies. Further on, we thank Dr. Peter Werner from the MPI of Microstructure Physics for assistance with the high-resolution electron microscopy and for fruitful discussions. The Max Planck Society is acknowledged for financial support. In addition, this work was supported by the French ACI 2004 under the acronym “Autofymehypodir”. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the author.


Ultrathin, highly crystalline, mesostructured metal oxide layers, as shown in the figure, have been prepared by sol–gel processing using a modified evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) approach. This approach can be exploited for the generation of periodic surface structures featuring a well-defined in-plane mesostructure and a high crystallinity at the same time.

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