Mesocrystals: inorganic superstructures made by highly parallel crystallization and controlled alignment.

@article{Clfen2005MesocrystalsIS,
  title={Mesocrystals: inorganic superstructures made by highly parallel crystallization and controlled alignment.},
  author={Helmut C{\"o}lfen and Markus Antonietti},
  journal={Angewandte Chemie},
  year={2005},
  volume={44 35},
  pages={
          5576-91
        }
}
Controlled self-organization of nanoparticles can lead to new materials. The colloidal crystallization of non-spherical nanocrystals is a reaction channel in many crystallization reactions. With additives, self-organization can be stopped at an intermediary step-a mesocrystal-in which the primary units can still be identified. Mesocrystals were observed for various systems as kinetically metastable species or as intermediates in a crystallization reaction leading to single crystals with typical… 
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