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Bistable self-assembly in homogeneous colloidal systems for flexible modular architectures

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This paper presents a homogeneous system of magnetic colloidal particles that self-assembles via two structural patterns of different symmetry. Based on a qualitative comparison between a real magnetic particles system, analytical calculations and molecular dynamics simulations, it is shown that bistability can be achieved by a proper tailoring of an anisotropic magnetization distribution inside the particles. The presented bistability opens new possibilities to form two-dimensionally extended and flexible structures where the connectivity between the particles can be changed in vivo.

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The article was received on 28 Nov 2015, accepted on 20 Jan 2016 and first published on 21 Jan 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5SM02899J
Citation: Soft Matter, 2016,12, 2737-2743
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    Bistable self-assembly in homogeneous colloidal systems for flexible modular architectures

    G. Steinbach, D. Nissen, M. Albrecht, E. V. Novak, P. A. Sánchez, S. S. Kantorovich, S. Gemming and A. Erbe, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 2737
    DOI: 10.1039/C5SM02899J

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