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Mesocrystals: Syntheses in metals and applications

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Self-assembly of nanoparticles has emerged as a powerful technique to integrate nanoparticles into well-defined ensembles with collective properties that are different from those of individual nanoparticles and bulk materials with the same chemical composition. Compared with the classical ion/molecule-mediated crystal growth, particle-mediated crystallographically ordered self-assembly is considered as “non-classical crystallization” and the resultant product is termed a “mesocrystal”. In this tutorial review, we begin by summarizing the progresses of this field during last decade. Secondly, we outline developments in related fields such as grain rotation and oriented attachment as well as mesocrystals. Thridly, the recent progress in the syntheses of mesocrystals particularly in metals, and the related properties are introduced. Finally, some of the current open questions are discussed.

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16 Feb 2011
First published
19 Jul 2011

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011,40, 5347-5360
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Tutorial Review

Mesocrystals: Syntheses in metals and applications

J. Fang, B. Ding and H. Gleiter, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011, 40, 5347
DOI: 10.1039/C1CS15043J

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