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

@article{Mao2013EntropicEI, 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}, year={2013}, volume={87 6}, pages={ 062319 } }

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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