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Keywords:

  • Alignment;
  • Electrodes;
  • Gels;
  • Molecular electronics;
  • Nanofibers;
  • Patterning;
  • Supramolecular materials
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Supramolecular fibers possessing an intrinsic large dipole moment can be manipulated with a DC electric field, triggering their alignment in preferred directions on a patterned surface made of Au electrodes supported on an insulating SiOx/Si substrate. The figure shows the electric-field stream lines over the electrodes used to align the nanofibers, calculated using finite element analysis.