Nanoparticle puzzles and research opportunities that go beyond state of the art.
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Faraday discussions, ISSN: 1359-6640, Vol: 186, Issue: 0, Page: 11-5
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We present an overview of current progress and research challenges in the field of nanoparticle assembly, touching on the following topics: (1) historical perspective; (2) consideration of what is a nanoparticle; (3) contrast between nanoparticle self-assembly and top-down construction; (4) opportunities for nanoparticles with more intelligent sub-structures; (5) opportunities for nanoparticle systems cued to interact subtly in space and time. In this personal and subjective account, certain holy grails for nanoparticle science and technology are identified.