Roald Hoffmann is a chemistry Nobel laureate who has made seminal contributions to the field of molecular chemistry. However,a lesser known fact is that he's also a poet, a prolific writer with several books and countless essays and a science educator.
In his new essay ,"Small but Strong Lessons from Chemistry for Nanoscience" published in Angewandte Chemie, he gives a pedagogical account of connections between surface chemistry and nanoscience. He candidly points towards all the hype surrounding nanostructures and tries to put that in a proper context from a chemist's perspective. He discusses the complexities involved in characterizing or understanding the surface of nanostructures, role of dimensionality and what lessons might be learned from surface science on structural relaxation and reconstruction. This is a must read for all chemists especially the researchers working in the field of nanoscale or surface science.
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