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Professor Leroy Cronin, Gardiner Chair of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, who devised and led the study, said: "This advance is very important since in the construction of molecular nano-objects we must rely on ‘self-assembly' where the nano-scale objects builds itself - a process which is almost impossible to understand or control using current step-wise chemical synthesis approaches
"Therefore, understanding the assembly process is vital if we are to create a new range of functional nano-objects.
"This discovery could lead the way for the designed assembly of a whole range o