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Self-assembly of anisotropic particles

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We discuss the main features of the potential energy landscape that are associated with efficient ‘structure-seeking’ systems for particles interacting via anisotropic, pairwise additive forces. The interparticle potentials employed here are intended for a coarse-grained description of mesoscopic building blocks, such as colloids or functionalised metal clusters. We show that the anisotropy of the building blocks and the orientation-dependent interaction strengths are the most important factors that govern self-assembly into particular target morphologies. By varying the model parameters, the self-assembling behaviour can be systematically tuned. Design principles are outlined for various structures, and we postulate a sufficient condition for building-blocks to self-assemble into helical strands.

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The article was received on 09 Nov 2010, accepted on 15 Jan 2011 and first published on 17 Feb 2011

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM01289K
Citation: Soft Matter, 2011,7, 3553-3564
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    Self-assembly of anisotropic particles

    S. N. Fejer, D. Chakrabarti and D. J. Wales, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 3553
    DOI: 10.1039/C0SM01289K

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