Special Issue "Self-Assembled Soft Matter Nanostructures at Interfaces"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 February 2013)
Prof. Dr. Martin Schoen
Stranski Lab for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Berlin Institute of Technology, 17. Juni 135, Berlin 10623, Germany
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Interests: statistical physics; computer simulation; classical density functional theory; soft matter; phase behavior and transport; self-assembly; fluids at interfaces
Self-assembly of small chemical units into larger structures is one of the most promising routes for the fabrication of nanostructured functional systems. Depending on size, shape, and functionality of the molecular building blocks and the prevailing external conditions, a broad variety of supramolecular structures can result. Potential applications of this “bottom-up” strategy range from molecular electronics and photonics, nano-optics and nano-lithography, to drug delivery systems and medical devices. To design such nanostructured systems with well-defined and reproducible functionalities, the principles underlying the self-assembly process need to be better understood. Specifically, it is crucial to understand and eventually control the mechanisms driving self-assembly at given external conditions. However, to date most of the research in the field of self-assembly has been done on bulk systems. On the contrary, this special issue of the International Journal of Molecular Science will be devoted exclusively to self-assembly at interfaces. If an interface is present different length scales will be important in the self-assembly process. A typical example is self-assembly at chemically patterned solid substrates. Here size and shape of these patterns can have a significant impact on the structures of self-assembled, supramolecular entities and their stability. Therefore, the present special issue of the International Journal of Molecular Science aims at combining papers reporting forefront theoretical and experimental research on self-assembled nanostructures at interfaces.
Prof. Dr. Martin Schoen
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- soft matter
- pattern formation