“Self-assembly has been widely researched in chemistry, specifically supramolecular chemistry, says Ariga. “I imagine that self-assembly will also be the subsequent predominant player for nanotechnology and materials science, that’s, materials nanoarchitectonics.”

Ariga adds that recent research on self-assembly had led to the development of “architecting living-creature-like extremely subtle programs” 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 overview in STAM Challenges and breakthroughs in latest analysis on self-assembly” [2] 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 really feel deeply honoured. STAM is a skilled and pleasant journal to learn.”


[1] 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

[2] 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

Fig. 1

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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