The Emerging Art of Solid-State Synthesis

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Science  17 Nov 1995:
Vol. 270, Issue 5239, pp. 1157-1158
DOI: 10.1126/science.270.5239.1157


Solid-state chemists are exploring new routes to synthesizing useful compounds, including self-assembly, by which complex structures form spontaneously from simpler ones. Parkinson provides background and comment on a research report by Noh et al. in this issue (p. 1181) that describes a method of depositing reactants on a substrate at low temperature; once the starting materials are in place, the temperature is increased, allowing the reaction to proceed.