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Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE A

, Volume 7, Supplement 2, pp 345–349 | Cite as

Preparation of movable 3D periodic structures of silica spheres

  • Li Wen-jiang 
  • Fu Tao 
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Abstract

Monodispersed silica spheres were prepared by hydrolysis of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) in the presence of water and ammonia in ethanol medium. The net negative charge on the surface of SiO2 spheres was enhanced after ageing silica spheres under suitable condition. Thus, a novel viscous liquid composed of mono-dispersed silica spheres was obtained. Due to the existing net repulsive forces between particles, the viscous liquid can quickly form a movable 3D periodic ordered structure with vivid color, indicating a high degree of ordering of the particles.

Key words

Silica spheres Three-dimensional Colloidal 

CLC number

O343.2 O753 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Li Wen-jiang 
    • 1
  • Fu Tao 
    • 1
  1. 1.Joint Research Center of Photonics of the Royal Institute of Technology and Zhejiang University, Centre for Optical and Electromagnetic Research, State Key Laboratory of Modern Optical InstrumentationZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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