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On the straight and narrow

Nanoscale chemical patterns written on a substrate can direct the self-assembly of polymer overlayers with remarkable precision. These polymer films, in turn, can be used as templates for nanofabrication.

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Figure 1: Self-assembly of block copolymers on substrates.
Figure 2: Precise patterning.

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