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Nanoparticle-based crystal growth via multistep self-assembly

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Abstract

Metal crystals are assumed to form through a combined process of Ostwald ripening and oriented attachment. Our experiments and simulations, however, indicate that metal crystals are grown in a multistep self-assembly process with metal nanoparticles as basic building blocks. The shapes of the intermediate dendritic structures are determined by the geometric and energetic features of the nanoparticles.

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The article was received on 20 Mar 2013, accepted on 15 Apr 2013 and first published on 16 Apr 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3CE40497H
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2013,15, 5114-5118
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    Nanoparticle-based crystal growth via multistep self-assembly

    Q. Zhou, B. Wang, P. Wang, C. Dellago, Y. Wang and Y. Fang, CrystEngComm, 2013, 15, 5114
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CE40497H

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