Tuning Molecular Self-Assembly Toward Intriguing Nanomaterial Architectures



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Taking shape nicely: The shaping of electro- and photochemically active calix[4]hydroquinone (CHQ) into nanoplates, -polygons and -tubes and their dynamic conversion into nanospheres and -hemispheres is demonstrated (see figure). CHQ nanostructures can be used to produce nanoshells and -cups with diverse shapes and sizes for a range of noble-metal- coated highly tunable plasmonic materials, generated without additional reducing agent.