National Nanomanufacturing Network: The organic nanowires featured on this month's cover of Small are the work of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing.
Reporting an approach to self-assemble molecules for constructing nanomaterials, B. J. Jordan, Y. Ofir, V. Rotello, and colleagues describe a process based on synergistic dipol-dipole and hydrogen bonding interactions to produce nanowires and platelets with a controlled morphology. With an efficient method for managing nanostructure growth, this assembly strategy might form the basis for functional nanosystems.
Image from B. J. Jordan, et al., Controlled Self-assembly of Organic Nanowires and Plateletes Using Dipolar and Hydrogen-Bonding Interactions. Small 4 (11) 2008 2074-2078. Copyright Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. Reproduced with permission.