SONS EUROCORES Programme aimed to develop cross-disciplinary research at the interface between Chemistry, Materials Science, Nanoscience, Physics and Electrical Engineering.
This research programme concerned the utilization of supramolecular interactions for the synthesis and positioning of functional assemblies, macromolecules, dendrimers, liquid crystals, tailor-made polymers and inorganic nanoparticles.
Self-organization is a process in which a supramolecular organization is established in a complex system of interlocking components. The mechanism that produces the organization is determined by the competing interactions between the components. The hierarchy of interactions determines the hierarchy of levels in the final nanostructured material. Thus self-organizing compounds allow a defined and well-controlled construction of ordered architectures on a nanometer-scale.