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Title: Method of assembly of molecular-sized nets and scaffolding

Abstract

The present invention relates to methods and starting materials for forming molecular-sized grids or nets, or other structures based on such grids and nets, by creating molecular links between elementary molecular modules constrained to move in only two directions on an interface or surface by adhesion or bonding to that interface or surface. In the methods of this invention, monomers are employed as the building blocks of grids and more complex structures. Monomers are introduced onto and allowed to adhere or bond to an interface. The connector groups of adjacent adhered monomers are then polymerized with each other to form a regular grid in two dimensions above the interface. Modules that are not bound or adhered to the interface are removed prior to reaction of the connector groups to avoid undesired three-dimensional cross-linking and the formation of non-grid structures. Grids formed by the methods of this invention are useful in a variety of applications, including among others, for separations technology, as masks for forming regular surface structures (i.e., metal deposition) and as templates for three-dimensional molecular-sized structures. 9 figs.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
University of Colorado
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
335505
Patent Number(s):
5876830
Application Number:
PAN: 8-711,448
Assignee:
Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States)
DOE Contract Number:  
FG03-94ER12141
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 2 Mar 1999
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; MOLECULAR SIEVES; MOLECULAR STRUCTURE; MONOMERS; POLYMERIZATION; SEPARATION PROCESSES; MASKING

Citation Formats

Michl, J, Magnera, T F, David, D E, and Harrison, R M. Method of assembly of molecular-sized nets and scaffolding. United States: N. p., 1999. Web.
Michl, J, Magnera, T F, David, D E, & Harrison, R M. Method of assembly of molecular-sized nets and scaffolding. United States.
Michl, J, Magnera, T F, David, D E, and Harrison, R M. Tue . "Method of assembly of molecular-sized nets and scaffolding". United States.
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