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Pure Appl. Chem., 2000, Vol. 72, No. 1-2, pp. 73-81

Binary cooperative complementary nanoscale interfacial materials

L. Jiang*, R. Wang, B. Yang, T. J. Li, D. A. Tryk, A. Fujishima, K. Hashimoto and D. B. Zhu

Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Chemistry, Research Center for Molecular Sciences, Beijing, 100080, China

Abstract: Binary cooperative complementary nanoscale interfacial materials, i.e, materials with two complementary properties on the nanoscale, are introduced as a new concept for the design of functional materials. The concept is based on the generation of nanostructures with mutually compensating properties on the surface of a solid. Under certain coordinating conditions, unexpected properties may often appear at these kinds of interfaces, creating a huge potential for applications and theoretical research. Recent research indicates that the binary cooperative complementary concept is extremely useful for the design and creation of nanoscale functional materials.