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November 2011 Volume 10 No 11

Monodisperse octapod-shaped inorganic nanocrystals suspended in suitable solvents are shown to self-assemble into chains of interlocked octapods, which in turn aggregate to form three-dimensional crystals. Such hierarchical self-assembly is supported by a simulation model of the octapods, which shows that the favourable interlocked configuration is encoded in the octapod’s shape.

Letter p872; News & Views p815

IMAGE: SERGIO MARRAS AND KAROL MISZTA

COVER DESIGN: DAVID SHAND