About the book
Self-assembly is a process in which discrete components are spontaneously organized into ordered macroscopic structures. Studies have shown that specific interactions between the components, environmental conditions and external fields are the key players in self-assembly. The design and synthesis of nanoparticles, and applications of nanoparticle self-assembly have recently become widespread, primarily due to rapid increase of nanoparticle synthesis techniques and its versatilities. The spatial ordering of self-assembled nanoparticles can be utilized to create complex structures leading to a variety of materials with unprecedented properties and different applications including, but not limited to nanotechnology, nanomanufacturing, nanobiotechnology, drug delivery, nanosensors, nanoelectronics, plasmonics and photonics. In these applications, the challenge is to develop a simple, efficient and inexpensive method to precisely arrange molecular clusters and form pre-determined structures. Directed self-assembly of nanoparticles has been developed to address this challenge, where by construcitng the building blocks it facilitates the self-assembly process via modulating the driving forces and directing nanoparticles to form predefined structures with desired properties. This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art in self-assembly of nanoparticles to (1) gain a high level of direction and control to successfully harness self-assembly of nanoparticles, (2) ensure efficient scale-up in technological applications, and (3) assess different methods that have been proposed for nanoparticle self-assembly.