Self-assembled one-dimensional nanostructure arrays

Nano Lett. 2006 Sep;6(9):2099-103. doi: 10.1021/nl061563x.


A range of proposed devices relies on the electronic, optical or magnetic properties of one-dimensional (1D) chains of nanoparticles. Here, well-controlled 1D arrays have been formed by templating a spherical-morphology block copolymer within a narrow groove. Significantly, the domains are distorted into ellipses with aspect ratio and major axis orientation controlled by the groove width. This technique gives unprecedented control over the period, particle size, aspect ratio, and orientation of nanoparticles in 1D arrays, making it valuable for creating self-assembled masks for the fabrication of novel devices.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Simulation
  • Crystallization / methods*
  • Macromolecular Substances / chemistry
  • Materials Testing
  • Models, Chemical*
  • Models, Molecular*
  • Molecular Conformation
  • Nanostructures / chemistry*
  • Nanostructures / ultrastructure*
  • Particle Size
  • Polystyrenes / chemistry*
  • Silanes / chemistry*
  • Surface Properties


  • Macromolecular Substances
  • Polystyrenes
  • Silanes