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Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 2000. 51:60122 Copyright c 2000 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved
 

Summary: Annu. Rev. Phys. Chem. 2000. 51:60122
Copyright c 2000 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved
SELF-ASSEMBLED CERAMICS PRODUCED
BY COMPLEX-FLUID TEMPLATION
Daniel M. Dabbs and Ilhan A. Aksay
Department of Chemical Engineering and Princeton Materials Institute, Princeton
University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544; e-mail: iaksay@princeton.edu
Key Words amphiphiles, biomimetics, self-assembly
s Abstract This review examines the use of self-assembly in the fabrication of
ceramic mesostructures, emphasizing the use of amphiphilic surfactants and block
copolymers. The association between this area of research and biomimetics is dis-
cussed, linking developments in synthetic self-assembly with biomineralization. The
fabrication of hierarchical structures through the use of simultaneous processing is
shown to be a necessary condition for applications of this new technology.
INTRODUCTION
We review recent progress in the synthesis and processing of nanostructured ce-
ramics through self-assembly, emphasizing the use of complex fluids as structure-
directingagents.Theceramicmaterialsareproducedbythetemplationofcomplex-
fluid systems that define unique structures (within the length scale of 1100 nm)
through self-assembly (1; Figure 1). These complex fluids, which are based on am-

  

Source: Aksay, Ilhan A. - Department of Chemical Engineering, Princeton University

 

Collections: Materials Science