Electrochemically Self-Assembled Nanoarrays
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Nanotechnology is currently a major scientific and engineering undertaking. It has been described with such plaudits as the “third industrial revolution,” the “final frontier,” and so on. Only a few research laboratories in the world will not have a focus on this field. On a global scale, investment in nanotechnology dwarfs those in many other important fields of scientific enterprise.
Nanotechnology is the science and engineering of few nanometer-sized objects endowed with unique properties not commonly encountered in larger “bulk” objects. To study these objects and exploit their special properties, one must first be able to produce them using techniques that are relatively inexpensive, reliable, and have a rapid throughput. This article is concerned with electrochemically “self-assembled” nanostructures that are made cheaply, rapidly, and with high yield using a technique based on simple beaker electrochemistry.