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Self-Organization of Multifunctional Surfaces – The Fingerprints of Light on a Complex System



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Nanocomposite patterns and nanotemplates are generated by a single-step bottom-up concept that introduces laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) as a tool for site-specific reaction control in multicomponent systems. Periodic intensity fluctuations of this photothermal stimulus inflict spatial-selective reorganizations, dewetting scenarios and phase segregations, thus creating regular patterns of anisotropic physicochemical properties that feature attractive optical, electrical, magnetic, and catalytic properties.