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Online ISSN: 1521-4095
Associated Title(s): Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Engineering Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Advanced Materials Interfaces, Advanced Optical Materials, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, Small
Cover Picture: Surfactant-Mediated Generation of Iso-Oriented Dense and Mesoporous Crystalline Metal-Oxide Layers (Adv. Mater. 14/2006)
For certain metal oxides (e.g., MoO3) ordered mesoporous films can be obtained with the nanocrystals in the pore walls being uniformly oriented with respect to the substrate by applying evaporation-induced self-assembly followed by heating. This surprisingly facile process, described by Smarsly and co-workers on p. 1827, works on different polar substrates (glass, metals, etc.) for oxides with anisotropic unit cells, based on the interaction with surfactants during nucleation (“soft-epitaxy”).