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Themed collection Helical Micro- and Nanostructures

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Editorial

Helical micro- and nanostructures

Original research articles and reviews in this themed collection cover recent advances in the field of helical micro- and nanostructures from the fabrication technology to their applications.

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Wafer-scale, three-dimensional helical porous thin films deposited at a glancing angle

Helical porous thin films obliquely deposited are reviewed in terms of fabrication, growth mechanism, physical properties and applications in green energy.

Graphical abstract: Wafer-scale, three-dimensional helical porous thin films deposited at a glancing angle
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Review Article

Three-dimensional printing of freeform helical microstructures: a review

This review presents different 3D printing methods used for the fabrication of freeform helical microstructures and their applications.

Graphical abstract: Three-dimensional printing of freeform helical microstructures: a review
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Helical metallic micro- and nanostructures: fabrication and application

This review paper specifically focuses on the fabrication and application of helical metallic structures with a size ranging from the micro- to nanoscale.

Graphical abstract: Helical metallic micro- and nanostructures: fabrication and application
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Review Article

A review of helical nanostructures: growth theories, synthesis strategies and properties

The novel properties of helical nanostructures may open new opportunities for developing our understanding of new physics, chemistry and biology as well as enabling new nanodevice design and fabrication. This review article presents a comprehensive and in-depth overview of the latest progress in helical nanostructure synthesis, properties and potential applications.

Graphical abstract: A review of helical nanostructures: growth theories, synthesis strategies and properties
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Emerging double helical nanostructures

The ‘bottom-up’ and ‘top-down’ fabrication strategies for double helical nanostructures are reviewed and their promising properties are presented.

Graphical abstract: Emerging double helical nanostructures
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Review Article

Helical nanostructures based on DNA self-assembly

Recent advances in design and fabrication of helical nanostructures based on DNA self-assembly are reviewed.

Graphical abstract: Helical nanostructures based on DNA self-assembly
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Communication

Coiled fiber scaffolds embedded with gold nanoparticles improve the performance of engineered cardiac tissues

We report here on the fabrication of coiled fiber scaffolds incorporated with gold nanoparticles for improved cardiac tissue performance.

Graphical abstract: Coiled fiber scaffolds embedded with gold nanoparticles improve the performance of engineered cardiac tissues
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Communication

Template electrosynthesis of tailored-made helical nanoswimmers

We demonstrate a template electrosynthesis for large-scale preparation of remarkably small magnetically driven tailored-made helical nanoswimmers that display efficient propulsion behavior.

Graphical abstract: Template electrosynthesis of tailored-made helical nanoswimmers
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The fabrication of three-dimensional plasmonic chiral structures by dynamic shadowing growth

We describe several scalable dynamic shadowing growth methods to fabricate chiral plasmonic nanostructured thin films with visible light optical activity.

Graphical abstract: The fabrication of three-dimensional plasmonic chiral structures by dynamic shadowing growth
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Design principles for Bernal spirals and helices with tunable pitch

Bernal spiral composed of eight Janus particles.

Graphical abstract: Design principles for Bernal spirals and helices with tunable pitch
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Geometric nonlinearity and mechanical anisotropy in strained helical nanoribbons

Fabrication and synthesis of helical nanoribbons have received increasing attention because of the broad applications of helical nanostructures in nano-elecromechanical/micro-electromechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS), sensors, active materials, drug delivery, etc.

Graphical abstract: Geometric nonlinearity and mechanical anisotropy in strained helical nanoribbons
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Nanohelices by shadow growth

Complex, hybrid nanohelices fabricated by dynamic shadow growth in a high-throughput manner exhibit novel optical, magnetic and mechanical properties.

Graphical abstract: Nanohelices by shadow growth
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Chiromers: conformation-driven mirror-image supramolecular chirality isomerism identified in a new class of helical rosette nanotubes

Chiromerism: conformation-dependent supramolecular chirality.

Graphical abstract: Chiromers: conformation-driven mirror-image supramolecular chirality isomerism identified in a new class of helical rosette nanotubes
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Grating-structured metallic microsprings

Grating-structured metallic microsprings with imprinting-tailored mechanical elasticity were synthesized via grating-directed self-rolling.

Graphical abstract: Grating-structured metallic microsprings
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Mechanically tough, elastic and stable rope-like double nanohelices

Mechanically tough, elastic and stable rope-like double nanohelices are investigated by applying the Cosserat curve theory.

Graphical abstract: Mechanically tough, elastic and stable rope-like double nanohelices
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About this collection

The helix is one of the most fundamental geometrical shapes in nature, which can be found at all length scales: from the structure of DNA to planetary helix nebula. This web themed issue celebrates current achievements and future perspectives from scientists who are working on these fascinating structures at small scales, and to review the recent advances of helical micro-and nanostructures from the fabrication technology to their applications.

The guest editors of the issue are Li Zhang (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China), Lixin Dong (Michigan State University, USA) and Peer Fischer (Max-Planck-Institute, Germany)

Articles in this web themed issue will be added below as soon as possible after they are published. Please return to this page frequently to see the collection grow.

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