Nanotechnology will be one of the key technologies for this century. Since "Top Down" methods for the construction of nanomaterials materials face their limit at a size of roughly 10 nm, "Bottom Up" methods provide the ability to build up structures in the scale of a few nanometers.
The general aim of this research project is the construction of self-assembled functional networks, which can be used as a molecular confinement for other functional molecules. Imaginable future applications of these nanodevices reach from electronic conductors and insulators, organic light emitting diodes, displays to information storage cells, sensoric units (chemical and biological) and light energy conversion devices.
The construction of a predictable, taylor-made square-shaped confinement with a pore size of 1-10 nm will be accomplished by synthesis and subsequent deposition of multivalent junctions and linear connectors of variable length on a monocristalline surface.
This project is a key step of the project "PRAIRIES" (= SuPRAmolecular hIeraRchIcal self-assembly of organic molecules onto surfaces towards bottom-up nanodevicES) which is supported by a grant from the EU Marie Curie Research Training Network. The project "PRAIRIES" involves a consortium of seven countries across Europe - namely six universities (UTS, ISIS, HAS, UCHA, UBA, UCLM), two national research institutes (ETH, ISOF) and BASF as industrial partner.