About this Research Topic
Nanoscale templating methods comprising polymeric or other soft matter materials are attractive for designing a range of nanodevices. Foremost, soft templating strategies can offer us a facile means to control nanostructure dimensions and morphological structures. Such soft templates include those emanating from either bottom-up self-assembly of block copolymers or top-down lithographic patterning as exemplified in nanoimprint lithography. Incorporation of functional materials e.g. metallic, ceramic, dielectric, and more recently biological species has endowed unique properties. Importantly, 0D to 3D nano features are realizable, and this Research topic examines state-of-the-art soft matter templating strategies now possible.
The fundamentals (i.e. material choice, process optimization, characterization) of strategies to develop soft-templates lies at the heart of this Research Topic. The experimental set-up is crucial to manipulating self-assembling material behavior as well as traditional lithographic resist materials. Providing readers with detailed and importantly reproducible soft templating methods is thus a key aim of this Research Topic. In parallel, the multitude of ways to insert functional material not present in the original soft template is critical for advancing the application of novel materials towards real-world nanodevices. Therefore, the Research topic “Fundamentals of Soft Templating Strategies For Nanodevice Applications” welcomes pieces on i) Soft Templating Practices and ii) Post Material Incorporation in Soft Templates and iii) Nanodevice demonstration from Soft Templates.
We welcome Original Research, Reviews, and Mini-Reviews exploring, but not limited to, the following research areas:
• Block copolymers
• Self-assembled monolayers
• Polymer brushes
• Nanoimprint Lithography
• Electron Beam Lithography
• Nanowire fabrication
• Area selective deposition and patterning
• Sensor, semiconductor, photonic, catalytic, etc. applications
Keywords: soft templating, nanodevices, block copolymers, self assembled monolayers, polymer brushes, nanoimprint lithography
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