Supramolecular materials nanoarchitechtonics

Katsuhiko Ariga, Gary J. Richards, Masaaki Akamatsu, Hironori Izawa, Jonathan P. Hill

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In this chapter, we have briefly summarized aspects of supramolecular materials nanoarchitectonics using several examples, mainly from our recent accomplishments. Structural control over molecular arrays and materials arrays provides nanoscale structures, where molecular attributes such as morphology and functional group positioning require thoughtful design. For micro-sized objects obtained through self-assembly, careful design of component structures is indispensable for successful assembly. Intentional assembly such as LbL assembly is quite an effective means to construct highly desirable functional microstructures. Finally, some techniques such as dynamic manipulation of self-assembled molecules at the air-water interface can provide unique media for coupling of bulk mechanical motions with molecular function. These systems are mainly related to bottom-up processes in nanofabrication. Coupling of these exploratory researches with well-developed microlithography techniques will create meaningful and useful integrations of bottom-up and top-down nanotechnologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManipulation of Nanoscale MaterialsAn Introduction to Nanoarchitectonic
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781849734158
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
ISSN (Print)1757-7136
ISSN (Electronic)1757-7144

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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