Perspectives

The Chemistry of Size and Order on a Nanometer Scale

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Science  24 Nov 1995:
Vol. 270, Issue 5240, pp. 1315-1316
DOI: 10.1126/science.270.5240.1315

Summary

Materials with desirable properties may be created through control of crystal size and shape and assembly of such crystals into more complex arrangements. In his Perspective, Heath discusses recent work reported in this issue by Murray et al. (p. 1335) in which nanocrystals of cadmium selenide were formed into ordered assemblies of quantum dots. Such results represent a first step toward self-assembly of device structures.