Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology

, Volume 60, Issue 3, pp 226–235 | Cite as

Sol–gel chemistry: from self-assembly to complex materials

Original Paper


Sol–gel appears nowadays as a mature branch of chemistry with much of the basic research that has been exploited for the most part. The possibility of combining sol–gel with supramolecular chemistry has, however, open almost endless possibilities of new applications of sol–gel processes which have therefore become a fundamental tool of nano-chemistry. We have briefly reviewed the work done in our laboratory in this field, from self-assembly, with a description of the analytical in situ techniques that we have developed up to the design of nanomaterials of increasing complexity.


Self-assembly Lithography Hierarchical materials Nanoparticles Nanocomposites 



This research was supported by the Italian Ministero dell’Universita` e della Ricerca (MiUR) through the grants PRIN (contract n. 2008AFRTFW_003). Paolo Falcaro, Diego Sali and Masahide Takahashi are gratefully acknowledged for providing figures and graphical rendering.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratorio di Scienza dei Materiali e Nanotecnologie LMNTUniversità di Sassari, CR-INSTM, CNBSAlghero (Sassari)Italy

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