Entropic effects in the self-assembly of open lattices from patchy particles.

  title={Entropic effects in the self-assembly of open lattices from patchy particles.},
  author={Xiaoming Mao},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  volume={87 6},
  • Xiaoming Mao
  • Published 2 March 2013
  • Mathematics, Physics, Medicine
  • Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics
Open lattices are characterized by low-volume-fraction arrangements of building blocks, low coordination number, and open spaces between building blocks. The self-assembly of these lattices faces the challenge of mechanical instability due to their open structures. We theoretically investigate the stabilizing effects of entropy in the self-assembly of open lattices from patchy particles. A preliminary account of these findings and their comparison to experiment was presented recently [Mao, Chen… 
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