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Directed self-assembly of inorganic nanoparticles at air/liquid interfaces

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Abstract

Inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) appear as the forefront functional structure in nanotechnology. The preparation of functional materials based on inorganic NPs requires their assembly onto well-defined structures. Within this context, self-assembly at air-liquid interfaces is probably the best candidate for a universal procedure for active materials composed of assembled NPs. The detailed in situ mechanism of the lateral self-assembly and vertical organization of NPs at air-liquid interfaces is still unknown despite its extended use. The most common and promising methods for addressing this open issue are reviewed herein. The self-assembled films can be used in situ or further be transferred to solid substrates as the main constituents of novel functional materials. Plasmonic NPs at interfaces are highly interesting, given the broad range of applications of the plasmonic field, and will be discussed more in detail.

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The article was received on 23 Jun 2016, accepted on 24 Aug 2016 and first published on 26 Aug 2016


Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C6NR05054A
Citation: Nanoscale, 2016,8, 16589-16595
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    Directed self-assembly of inorganic nanoparticles at air/liquid interfaces

    J. J. Giner-Casares and J. Reguera, Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 16589
    DOI: 10.1039/C6NR05054A

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