TSUKUBA, Japan, Jan. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- A review article written by Katsuhiko Ariga of NIMS and colleagues published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials in 2019 provides a comprehensive overview of recent progress of self-assembly in materials nanoarchitectonics. The review article was awarded the 2021 STAM Best Paper Award.
Areas covered in the award winning STAM paper by Ariga and colleagues 
"Self-assembly has been widely researched in chemistry, specifically supramolecular chemistry, says Ariga. "I believe that self-assembly can also be the next main player for nanotechnology and materials science, that is, materials nanoarchitectonics."
Ariga adds that recent research on self-assembly had led to the development of "architecting living-creature-like highly sophisticated systems" with a wide variety of components working together with synchronous harmony.
Ariga and his colleagues decided to write this paper because they had previously published an "epoch making review in STAM Challenges and breakthroughs in recent research on self-assembly"  and wanted to publish an updated review on similar topics but with different perspectives after a 10-year interval.
The paper is open access with 349 highly relevant references and covers three main areas: general examples of self-assembly research as a background to the review; general overview of self-assemblies at interfaces; and finally, self-assembly processes at more specific interfaces.
On receiving the 2021 STAM Journal's Best Paper Award and views about STAM, Ariga says: "I feel deeply honoured. STAM is a professional and friendly journal to read."
 Katsuhiko Ariga, Michihiro Nishikawa, Taizo Mori, Jun Takeya, Lok Kumar Shrestha & Jonathan P. Hill (2019) Self-assembly as a key player for materials nanoarchitectonics, Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, 20:1, 51-95, DOI: 10.1080/14686996.2018.1553108
 Katsuhiko Ariga, Jonathan P Hill, Michael V Lee, Ajayan Vinu, Richard Charvet & Somobrata Acharya (2008) Challenges and breakthroughs in recent research on self-assembly, Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, 9:1, DOI: 10.1088/1468-6996/9/1/014109
Caption: Outline of nanoarchitectonics concept: organization of nanoscale unit to functional materials and systems with some unavoidable uncertainties balanced harmonization of various factors. (Credit Ariga etal STAM)
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