Size limits of self-assembled colloidal structures made using specific interactions.

@article{Zeravcic2014SizeLO,
  title={Size limits of self-assembled colloidal structures made using specific interactions.},
  author={Zorana Zeravcic and Vinothan N. Manoharan and Michael P. Brenner},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2014},
  volume={111 45},
  pages={
          15918-23
        }
}
We establish size limitations for assembling structures of controlled size and shape out of colloidal particles with short-ranged interactions. Through simulations we show that structures with highly variable shapes made out of dozens of particles can form with high yield, as long as each particle in the structure binds only to the particles in their local environment. To understand this, we identify the excited states that compete with the ground-state structure and demonstrate that these… CONTINUE READING
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