Template-directed colloidal crystallization

  title={Template-directed colloidal crystallization},
  author={Alfons van Blaaderen and R. R. Ruel and Pierre Wiltzius},
Colloidal crystals are three-dimensional periodic structures formed from small particles suspended in solution. They have important technological uses as optical filters1–3, switches4 and materials with photonic band gaps5,6, and they also provide convenient model systems for fundamental studies of crystallization and melting7–10. Unfortunately, applications of colloidal crystals are greatly restricted by practical difficulties encountered in synthesizing large single crystals with adjustable… CONTINUE READING

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