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Self-Assembly of Materials and Supramolecular Structures

Hemali Rathnayake

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Rathnayake is a pioneering researcher in self-assembly and supramolecular chemistry, with a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, US. She is an inventor of three innovative technologies, including the Bioinspried Sub-7 nm self-assembled structures for patterning, and holder of multiple registered patents.


Gayani Pathiraja

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Gayani Pathiraja is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN). She received her Ph.D. in Nanoscience from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2021. Her research interests focus on the crystal growth mechanism and kinetics of metal oxide nanostructure formation via self-assembly.


Amphiphiles Artificial Siderophores Coordination Chemistry Self-Assembly Design Supramolecular Structures Metal Oxides Metal Particles 2D Inorganic Materials Supramolecular Devices Stimuli-Responsive Materials Assembly-Disassembly Design Superstructures

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The bottom-up approach for the self-assembly of molecules, macromolecules, and particles into well-defined superstructures provides superior structural control of materials compared to top-down methods. Nature largely utilizes macromolecules to construct supramolecular materials, which ultimately contribute to the great array of forms and functions of life. Thus, the self-assembly of materials and the formation of superstructures have been of great interest in the fields of materials science, nanoscience, and nanoengineering.

This book will describe the self-assembly of materials and supramolecular chemistry design principles for a broad spectrum of materials, including bio-inspired amphiphiles, metal oxides, metal nanoparticles, and organic-inorganic hybrid materials. It will provide fundamental concepts of self-assembly design approaches and supramolecular chemistry principles for research ideas in nanotechnology applications. The book will focus on three main themes, which include: the self-assembly and supramolecular chemistry of amphiplies by coordination programming, the supramolecular structures and devices of inorganic materials, and the assembly-disassembly of organic-inorganic hybrid materials. The contributing chapters will be written by leading scientists in their field, with the hope that this book will provide a foundation on supramolecular chemistry principles to students and active researchers who are interested in nanoscience and nanoengineering fields.

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Date completed: April 27th 2022

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Deadline for chapter proposals: May 25th 2022

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Deadline for full chapters: July 24th 2022

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Review results due: October 12th 2022

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Expected publication date: December 11th 2022

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Hemali Rathnayake

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Hemali Rathnayake, Associate Professor in the Department of Nanoscience at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA, obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass), Department of Chemistry in 2007. She was a Postdoctoral research fellow at Polymer Science & Engineering, UMass Amherst. Dr. Rathnayake is a pioneer scientist and a chemist in the field of Nanomaterials Chemistry, with a focus on the interfacial interaction of nanomaterials, molecules, macromolecules, and polymers in homogeneous and heterogeneous media. Her research on the design, synthesis, self-assembly, and application of well-defined superstructures in nanoelectronics, environmental remediation, and sustainable energy has impacted the scientific community with highly rated peer-reviewed journals publications, and more than 80 invited talks to scientific and non-scientific communities including colleges and high schools.

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