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Self-Organization of Nanoscopic Building Blocks into Ordered Assemblies

  • Mark A. Horsch (a1), Christopher R. Iacovella (a1), Zhenli Zhang (a1) and Sharon C. Glotzer (a1) (a2)

Abstract

We studied the self-assembly of nanoscopic building blocks comprised of polymer-tethered nanoparticles using computer simulation and predict that these building blocks can assemble into mono- and multi-layer sheets and shells. The simulations further demonstrate that for some nanoparticle geometries and tethered nanoparticle topologies, ideas from block copolymers, surfactants and liquid crystals can be used to predict the ordered morphologies attained via self- assembly and that for specific cases the morphologies are consistent with Israelachvili packing rules.

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Corresponding author: sglotzer@umich.edu

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