Colloidal Crystals of Spheres and Cubes in Real and Reciprocal Space

  • Janne-Mieke Meijer

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

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This thesis presents an in-depth study on the effect of colloidal particle shape and formation mechanism on self-organization and the final crystal symmetries that can be achieved. It demonstrates how state-of-the-art X-ray diffraction techniques can be used to produce detailed characterizations of colloidal crystal structures prepared using different self-assembly techniques, and how smart systems can be used to investigate defect formation and diffusion in-situ. One of the most remarkable phenomena exhibited by concentrated suspensions of colloidal particles is the spontaneous self-organization into structures with long-range spatial and/or orientational orders. The study also reveals the subtle structural variations that arise by changing the particle shape from spherical to that of a rounded cube. In particular, the roundness of the cube corners, when combined with the self-organization pathway, convective assembly or sedimentation, was shown to influence the final crystal symmetries.


Char. of Colloidal Crystals with Synchrotron Radiation Characterization of Colloidal Cubes Coherent X-ray Drffraction Imaging Convective Assembly Effect of Collodial Particle Shape on Self-assembly Fluorescent Confocal Microscopy Free Electron Laser X-ray Studies Magnetic Colloidal Hematite Cubes Optimal Packing of Colloidal Crystals Sedimentary Crystals Self-assembly of Colloidal Cubes

Authors and affiliations

  • Janne-Mieke Meijer
    • 1
  1. 1.Van’t Hoff Laboratory for Physical and Colloid Chemistry, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials ScienceUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-14808-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-14809-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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