Special Issue "Designed Colloidal Self-Assembly"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2017).
Interests: colloids and nanoparticles; self-organisation; colloidal crystals; colloidal liquid crystals; chiral colloids; active matter and dissipative assembly; advanced synchrotron scattering techniques; microscopy at the nanoscale
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Interests: colloidal crystals; colloidal liquid crystals; shape effects; directional interactions; magnetic particles; small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS); external fields; theory of phase transitions
Self-organization of colloids is strongly affected or even driven by entropic interactions. It is a spectacular phenomenon which has attracted much attention in recent decades. Studies of colloid self-organization have enabled progress regarding fundamental questions relevant for materials science, such as nucleation, crystallization and jamming. Self-organized colloids provide large-scale templates to fabricate novel materials with unique optical properties, as well as materials for application in catalysis, sensorics and biomaterials. Increasingly, the field is inspired by biology where self-organization is one of the key principles.
This Special Issue is devoted to various techniques that allow designing colloidal assemblies with desired properties. To achieve that, one can tune interparticle interactions and use, for example, the interplay between short- and long-range interactions. One can vary the shape of the particles to change the symmetry of the colloidal assemblies. One can use patchy particles with direction-dependent interactions. One can use DNA adsorbed at the particle surface to induce specific interactions between colloids. One might also apply external fields such as electric, magnetic and/or shear fields to push the system towards the desired assembly. Finally, one can use anisotropic media such as liquid crystals to induce directional interactions between the dispersed colloidal particles. In these ways one can achieve spontaneous self-assembly of colloids into self-limiting 0D assemblies, linear 1D structures, planar 2D layers, and 3D crystals and liquid crystals. We hope that this Issue will contribute to the discussion of these and other techniques to design colloidal self-assembly.
It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue. Full papers, communications, and reviews discussing the fundamental principles and applications of “Designed Colloidal Self-Assembly” are welcome.
Dr. Andrei V. Petukhov
Dr. Gert Jan Vroege
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- designer colloids
- directed self-assembly
- colloidal crystals
- colloidal liquid crystals
- particle shape
- DNA-mediated interactions
- external fields
- patchy colloids
- liquid crystal matrix
- multi-dimensional assemblies