Symmetry Considerations for the Targeted Assembly of Entropically Stabilized Colloidal Crystals via Voronoi Particles

Journal article
(Original article)


Publication Details

Author(s): Schultz BA, Damasceno PF, Engel M, Glotzer SC
Journal: Acs Nano
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 9
Journal issue: 3
Pages range: 2336-2344
ISSN: 1936-0851
Language: English


Abstract


The relationship between colloidal building blocks-and their assemblies is an active field of research. As a strategy for targeting novel Crystal structures, we examine the use,of Voronoi particles, which are hard, space-filling particles in the shape of Voronoi cells of a target Structure. Although Voronoi particles stabilize their target structure in the limit of high pressure by construction, the thermodynamic assembly of the same structure at moderate pressure, close to the onset of crystallization, is not guaranteed. Indeed, we find that a more symmetric crystal is often-preferred due to additional entropic contributions arising from configurational or occupational degeneracy. We characterize the assembly behavior of the Voronoi particles in terms of the symmetries of the building blocks as well as the symmetries of crystal structures and demonstrate how controlling the degeneracies through a modification of particle shape and field-directed assembly can significantly improve the assembly propensity.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Engel, Michael Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Multiscale Simulation of Particulate Systems


External institutions with authors

University of Michigan


How to cite

APA:
Schultz, B.A., Damasceno, P.F., Engel, M., & Glotzer, S.C. (2015). Symmetry Considerations for the Targeted Assembly of Entropically Stabilized Colloidal Crystals via Voronoi Particles. Acs Nano, 9(3), 2336-2344. https://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nn507490j

MLA:
Schultz, Benjamin A., et al. "Symmetry Considerations for the Targeted Assembly of Entropically Stabilized Colloidal Crystals via Voronoi Particles." Acs Nano 9.3 (2015): 2336-2344.

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