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Orientational dynamics of colloidal ribbons self-assembled from microscopic magnetic ellipsoids

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We combine experiments and theory to investigate the orientational dynamics of dipolar ellipsoids, which self-assemble into elongated ribbon-like structures due to the presence of a permanent magnetic moment, perpendicular to the long axis in each particle. Monodisperse hematite ellipsoids are synthesized via the sol–gel technique and arrange into ribbons in the presence of static or time-dependent magnetic fields. We find that under an oscillating field, the ribbons reorient perpendicular to the field direction, in contrast with the behaviour observed under a static field. This observation is explained theoretically by treating a chain of interacting ellipsoids as a single particle with orientational and demagnetizing field energy. The model allows us to describe the orientational behaviour of the chain and captures well its dynamics at different strengths of the actuating field. The understanding of the complex dynamics and assembly of anisotropic magnetic colloids is a necessary step for controlling the structure formation, which has direct applications in different fluid-based microscale technologies.

Graphical abstract: Orientational dynamics of colloidal ribbons self-assembled from microscopic magnetic ellipsoids

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The article was received on 17 Nov 2015, accepted on 22 Feb 2016 and first published on 22 Feb 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5SM02823J
Citation: Soft Matter, 2016,12, 3688-3695
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    Orientational dynamics of colloidal ribbons self-assembled from microscopic magnetic ellipsoids

    F. Martinez-Pedrero, A. Cebers and P. Tierno, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 3688
    DOI: 10.1039/C5SM02823J

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