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Keywords:

  • nanowires;
  • evaporation;
  • alignment;
  • patterning;
  • transfer
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The evaporation-induced self-alignment of semiconductor nanowires is achieved using wrinkled elastomeric templates. The confined geometry of the wrinkled templates provides a unique environment for controlling a flow within the evaporating droplet, which, in turn, regulates the ordered and aligned deposition of nanowires, as reported by Kilwon Cho and co-workers on page 2162. The nanowire-deposited templates are transferred to target substrates by exploiting the reversible character of the wrinkled template.