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J Phys Condens Matter. 2013 May 15;25(19):193101. doi: 10.1088/0953-8984/25/19/193101. Epub 2013 Apr 24.

Recent progress on patchy colloids and their self-assembly.

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Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Republic of Korea. yigira@skku.edu

Abstract

'Patchy colloids' is a term that has been recently introduced to indicate specially engineered particles with directional interactions. Based on this concept, a 'bottom-up' process for fabricating functional materials and devices has been envisioned, which employs colloidal building blocks and mimics molecular bonding. This article reviews recent progress which has been made in the synthesis and self-assembly of patchy colloids and discusses future directions as well as unresolved challenges.

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23611897
DOI:
10.1088/0953-8984/25/19/193101
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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