Advanced Functional Materials

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22_02i/2012Nanocomposites: High-Energy Al/CuO Nanocomposites Obtained by DNA-Directed Assembly (Adv. Funct. Mater. 2/2012)

The fabrication of high-energy Al/CuO nano-composites by nanoparticle DNA-directed assembly is reported by Aurélien Bancaud, Carole Rossi, and co-workers on page 323. The complementarity of the strands attached to the Al and CuO nanoparticles enables the assembly of micrometer-sized aggregates, which release heat upon thermal actuation, to be directed. The actuation temperature of 410 °C of these materials is among the lowest reported. The image shows an artistic view of Al/CuO nanocomposite fabrication through DNA-directed assembly.

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