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Pure Appl. Chem., 2009, Vol. 81, No. 1, pp. 73-84

Self-assembled ordered mesoporous metals*

Scott C. Warren and Ulrich Wiesner

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Abstract: Control over the structure of metals at the mesoscale (2-50 nm) is crucial for emerging applications such as energy conversion, sensing, and information processing. The self-assembly of nanoparticles with block copolymers provides a natural entry point to materials of this length scale. The field's historical development, relevant physical models, and recent results are presented.
*Pure Appl. Chem. 81, 1-84 (2009). A collection of invited, peer-reviewed articles by the winners of the 2008 IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists.