Shaping colloids for self-assembly

Stefano Sacanna, Mark Korpics, Kelvin Rodriguez, Laura Colón-Meléndez, Seung Hyun Kim, David J. Pine, Gi Ra Yi

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The creation of a new material often starts from the design of its constituent building blocks at a smaller scale. From macromolecules to colloidal architectures, to granular systems, the interactions between basic units of matter can dictate the macroscopic behaviour of the resulting engineered material and even regulate its genesis. Information can be imparted to the building units by altering their physical and chemical properties. In particular, the shape of building blocks has a fundamental role at the colloidal scale, as it can govern the self-organization of particles into hierarchical structures and ultimately into the desired material. Herein we report a simple and general approach to generate an entire zoo of new anisotropic colloids. Our method is based on a controlled deformation of multiphase colloidal particles that can be selectively liquified, polymerized, dissolved and functionalized in bulk. We further demonstrate control over the particle functionalization and coating by realizing patchy and Janus colloids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1688
JournalNature Communications
Volume4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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Colloids
Self assembly
colloids
self assembly
Janus
Macromolecules
macromolecules
chemical properties
Chemical properties
Physical properties
physical properties
coatings
Coatings
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Sacanna, S., Korpics, M., Rodriguez, K., Colón-Meléndez, L., Kim, S. H., Pine, D. J., & Yi, G. R. (2013). Shaping colloids for self-assembly. Nature Communications, 4, [1688]. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms2694

Shaping colloids for self-assembly. / Sacanna, Stefano; Korpics, Mark; Rodriguez, Kelvin; Colón-Meléndez, Laura; Kim, Seung Hyun; Pine, David J.; Yi, Gi Ra.

In: Nature Communications, Vol. 4, 1688, 2013.

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Sacanna, S, Korpics, M, Rodriguez, K, Colón-Meléndez, L, Kim, SH, Pine, DJ & Yi, GR 2013, 'Shaping colloids for self-assembly', Nature Communications, vol. 4, 1688. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms2694
Sacanna S, Korpics M, Rodriguez K, Colón-Meléndez L, Kim SH, Pine DJ et al. Shaping colloids for self-assembly. Nature Communications. 2013;4. 1688. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms2694
Sacanna, Stefano ; Korpics, Mark ; Rodriguez, Kelvin ; Colón-Meléndez, Laura ; Kim, Seung Hyun ; Pine, David J. ; Yi, Gi Ra. / Shaping colloids for self-assembly. In: Nature Communications. 2013 ; Vol. 4.
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