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Pages 1132-1133
First published 2 September 2013

Programming the Assembly of Inorganic Nanomaterials Using Networked Chemical Reactions

Leroy Cronin


Traditionally much of nanochemical synthesis and self-assembly and transformations have been done in one pot reaction systems whereby reagents are added and the reaction conditions are controlled in terms of temperature, solvent, atmosphere and pressure. Although this general approach has been incredibly successful for the bottom up assembly of nanomaterials, the manipulation of programming of complex nanomaterials via reaction networks and the development of systems showing emergent properties require a funadmentally new approach.

Keywords: programmable nanomaterials, inorganic self assembly, inorganic reaction networks, chemical synthesis within 3D reactionware, prgrammable self assembly, emergent nanosystems