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Energy landscapes for shells assembled from pentagonal and hexagonal pyramids

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Abstract

We present new rigid body potentials that should favour efficient self-assembly of pentagonal and hexagonal pyramids into icosahedral shells over a wide range of temperature. By adding an extra repulsive site opposite the existing apex sites of the pyramids considered in a previously published model, frustrated energy landscapes are transformed into systems identified with self-assembling properties. The extra interaction may be considered analogous to a hydrophobic–hydrophilic repulsion, as in micelle formation.

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The article was received on 14 Oct 2008, accepted on 19 Jan 2009 and first published on 17 Feb 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B818062H
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2009,11, 2098-2104
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    Energy landscapes for shells assembled from pentagonal and hexagonal pyramids

    S. N. Fejer, T. R. James, J. Hernández-Rojas and D. J. Wales, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2009, 11, 2098
    DOI: 10.1039/B818062H

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