Molecular Self-Assembly and Functional Organic Nanostructures (#263)

The spontaneous assembly of functional molecules into well-defined structures has been of interest for bottom-up construction of useful nanostructured materials. Indeed, these materials are ubiquitous with a potential of improving the conversion of energy from one form into another or even eliminating/preventing the occurrence of various diseases. Typically, one prepares small building blocks (organic molecules) with complementary functional groups for self-organizing into large structures (assemblies). The transfer of information is, in this process, still poorly understood limiting the development of hierarchical nanostructures. Furthermore, the functional characteristics of self-assembled materials are often challenging to replicate in complex chemical environments. The goal of the symposium is to bring leading scientists in the field for fostering a discussion about current challenges and opportunities in this rapidly growing area of science.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015