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Keywords:

  • molecular dynamics;
  • nanoparticles;
  • nanotechnology;
  • self-assembly;
  • thin films
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Multiscale patterning must be realized to harness the action of precisely arrayed nanoscale ensembles at practical meso- and microscales. Self- and directed assembly methods hold promise toward achieving arrays of nanoparticles with both precise interparticle spacing and tailored nanoparticle shape. Nanometer scale dewetting of 10 Å thick liquid copper films supported on graphite were investigated by molecular dynamics simulations.