Younan Xia1 & Byungkwon Lim2
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The use of templates to control the morphology of nanostructures is a powerful but inflexible technique. A template that is remodelled during synthesis suggests fresh opportunities for fabricating new nanostructures.
Controlling the morphology of metal nanostructures is central to many applications because it provides an effective means of tailoring the electronic, optical and catalytic properties of those structures1. Reporting in Angewandte Chemie2, Kuroda and Kuroda introduce a new type of two-dimensional gold nanostructure that, intriguingly, is made using a three-dimensional lattice of silica nanospheres as a template.