Predicting how particles will self-assemble has huge benefits for the fabrication of functional materials, across many applications. Self-assembly allows the simultaneous organisation of many building blocks, in addition to removing the need for complicated synthetic steps. Researchers Eric Jankowski and Sharon Glotzer have developed a new conceptual approach to predict which particles will be good candidates for self-assembly, focussing on model systems of patchy colloids and CdTe/CdS tetrahedra.
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Screening and designing patchy particles for optimized self-assembly propensity through assembly pathway engineering
Eric Jankowski and Sharon C. Glotzer
Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 2852-2859, DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07101K