Periodic Mesoporous Organosilica
The material is produced by mixing an organosilica precursor (silica glass, containing organic groups) with a surface tension reducing agent (i.e. a soap) which causes the organosilica to self-assemble into a nanostructure. After washing away the soap, a nanoporous material remains in the form of a thin film. The new material is an excellent insulator that could be used to separate tiny wires inside microelectronics.