25_24/2013Self-Organization: Self-Organization of Multifunctional Surfaces – The Fingerprints of Light on a Complex System (Adv. Mater. 24/2013)

Laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) are introduced as powerful tools for surface multifunctionalization. The preparation of attractive optical, electrical, magnetic, and catalytic properties is exemplified on common stainless steel to demonstrate the general applicability. As Norbert Hampp and co-workers show on page 3313, the LIPSS process is not limited to small objects. The butterfly featured in the cover image is made of standard steel foil and spans about 7.5 cm.

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