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Cover Picture: An Engineered Virus as a Scaffold for Three-Dimensional Self-Assembly on the Nanoscale (Small 7/2005)

1_07/2005The cover picture shows an STM tip measuring the network conductance of a nanosized network built from molecular conductors using programmed self-assembly; a dramatic illustration of the potential of nanoelectronics. Gold nanoparticles are attached to a modified cowpea mosaic virus scaffold. The particles can then be interconnected using thiol-terminated organic molecules, which act as molecular wires. For more information, please read the Communication "An Engineered Virus as a Scaffold for Three-Dimensional Self-Assembly on the Nanoscale" by A. S. Blum and co-workers on page 702 ff.

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