Hierarchically nanostructured films and applications thereof

by Coridan, Robert H.; Norman, Mya A.; Perez, Walker

In one aspect, nanostructured films are described herein comprising controlled architectures on multiple length scales (e.g. .gtoreq.3). As described further herein, the ability to control film properties on multiple length scales enables tailoring structures of the films to specific applications including, but not limited to, optoelectronic, catalytic and photoelectrochemical cell applications. In some embodiments, a nanostructured film comprises a porous inorganic scaffold comprising particles of an electrically insulating inorganic oxide. An electrically conductive metal oxide coating is adhered to the porous inorganic scaffold, wherein the conductive metal oxide coating binds adjacent particles of the insulating inorganic oxide.

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