The invention relates to the formation of synthesized fractal constructs and the methods of chemical self-assembly for the preparation of a non-dendritic, nano-scale, fractal constructs or molecules. More particularly, the invention relates to fractal constructs formed by molecular self-assembly, to create synthetic, nanometer-scale fractal shapes. In an embodiment, a nanoscale Sierpinski hexagonal gasket is formed. This non-dendritic, perfectly self-similar fractal macromolecule is comprised of bisterpyridine building blocks that are bound together by coordination to 36 Ru and 6 Fe ions to form a nearly planar array of increasingly larger hexagons around a hollow center.
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This invention was made with U.S. government support under cooperative agreements by the National Science Foundation [DMR-0196231, DMR-0401780, CHE-0116041; CHE-0509989], the Air Force Office of Scientific Research [F49620-02-1-0428, 02], and the Department of Energy [DE-FG02-02ER46012]. The U.S. government may have certain rights to the invention.