Experimental Study of Self-Assembling Systems Characterized by Directional Interactions

  • Peter van Oostrum


Self-assembly in colloidal model systems is no different than self-assembly in atomic or molecular systems, other than that model systems are designed for the easy inspection of their dynamics and resulting structures. In this chapter we will give a concise overview of what properties an experimental self-assembling system should ideally have for convenient characterization and how this has been realized so far, with special emphasis on the real-space and real-time microscopic characterization of the behaviour on non-isotropically interacting colloids, usually referred to as patchy particles. We will also discuss what properties can be used to steer the self-assembly of such units towards target structures.


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  1. 1.Department of Nanobiotechnology, Institute for Biologically inspired materialsBOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences ViennaViennaAustria

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