Advanced Materials

Nanowires and Nanostructures that Grow like Polymer Molecules (Adv. Mater. 35/2013)

Authors

  • Santosh Shaw,

    1. Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, 2220 Hoover Hall, Ames, IA, 50011, USA
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  • Ludovico Cademartiri

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    1. Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, 2220 Hoover Hall, Ames, IA, 50011, USA
    2. Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Ames, IA, 50011, USA, Ames Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, Ames, IA, 50011, USA
    • Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Iowa State University of Science and Technology, 2220 Hoover Hall, Ames, IA, 50011, USA.
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Abstract

The similarities between crystallization and polymerization are discussed, the existing experimental evidence of polymer-like growth kinetics and behaviour in crystals and nanostructures is reviewed and guidelines for the synthesis of polymer-like crystals and assemblies are proposed in the progress report by Ludovico Cademartiri and Santosh Shaw on page 4829. The limitations of crystals could be overcome through growth processes that mimic polymerization.

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