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Keywords:

  • DNA;
  • nanoparticles;
  • nanotechnology;
  • programmable matter;
  • self-assembly
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Assembly of nanostructures by using DNA has the potential to realize new materials. In their Communication on page 9185 ff., J.-W. Kim et al. introduce a simple and sustainable strategy to place DNA linkers at 90° or 180° angles on nanoparticles, thus producing a nanoscale building block that allows control of the nanoassembly geometry. The picture depicts the iterative process of DNA attachment at maximal separation resulting in DNA linkers at well-defined orientations. (Artwork by Min Kim.)