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Keywords:

  • inorganic nanocrystals;
  • lithography;
  • self-assembly;
  • surface patterning;
  • thin films
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Nanoscale tip-induced polymerization of a sulfur thin film affords a simple negative tone resist that can be used as mask for substrate etching in fluorinated solutions or as a chemical template for the directed self-assembly of gold nanocrystals.