<p class="first" id="d107340e61">Elastomeric stamps and molds provide a great opportunity
to eliminate some of the
disadvantages of photolithograpy, which is currently the leading technology for fabricating
small structures. In the case of "soft lithography" there is no need for complex laboratory
facilities and high-energy radiation. Therefore, this process is simple, inexpensive,
and accessible even to molecular chemists. The current state of development in this
promising area of research is presented here.