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Keywords:

  • self-organization;
  • functional materials;
  • complex nanomaterials;
  • pulsed laser-induced dewetting (PLiD);
  • metal-oxide interfaces
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Self-organization in complex systems is introduced as a versatile concept for the fabrication of functional materials. The bottom-up process is based on laser-stimulated pattern formation and reaction control in multicomponent precursor materials. Mechanistic investigations demonstrate the potential of lasers to direct self-organization into selective channels, thus facilitating the synthesis of functional materials by design.