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Multi-component superstructures self-assembled from nanocrystal building blocks

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Abstract

More than three decades of intensive study to make high-quality nanocrystals have created a unique toolbox for building multi-component superstructures, which have been recognized as a new generation of metamaterials important to both fundamental sciences and applied technologies. This minireview summarizes recent advances in this exciting field. We will focus our discussion on the synthetic strategies and superstructures of this multi-component metamaterial, and highlight their novel properties and potential applications. Additionally, some perspectives on possible developments in this field are offered at the end of this review. We hope that this minireview will both inform and stimulate research interests for the design and fabrication of these nanocrystal-based multi-component metamaterials for diverse applications in the future.

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The article was received on 27 Feb 2016, accepted on 15 Apr 2016 and first published on 18 Apr 2016


Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C6NR01662F
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Nanoscale, 2016,8, 9944-9961

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    Multi-component superstructures self-assembled from nanocrystal building blocks

    R. Tan, H. Zhu, C. Cao and O. Chen, Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 9944
    DOI: 10.1039/C6NR01662F

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