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Keywords:

  • Mesoporous materials;
  • Multilayers;
  • Self-assembly;
  • Sol–gels
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Mesoporous films with almost “single-crystalline” arrangements of spherical pores are obtained by “evaporation- induced self-assembly”: the films are dip-coated onto a sublayer with sufficiently different surface tension and nanometer-scale periodicity. A film with almost single-crystalline (biaxially oriented) pore structure nucleating on an appropriately mesostructured sublayer is shown in the figure and on the cover.