Reactive Templates: Doing Chemistry with Pore Walls


  • Support by the German Research Foundation for funding within the priority program SPP 1165 “Nanowires and Nanotubes” is gratefully acknowledged.


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The use of porous templates as inert, shape-defining molds is a well-established methodology for the preparation of one-dimensional nanostructures and microstructures. However, the rational exploitation of the intrinsic reactivity of porous templates is largely unexplored. Recent results suggest that this emerging strategy may pave the way for new syntheses routes to wires and tubes made of complex materials that cannot be formed into one-dimensional structures otherwise.