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Supracolloidal fullerene-like cages: design principles and formation mechanisms

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How to create novel desired structures by rational design of building blocks represents a significant challenge in materials science. Here we report a conceptually new design principle for creating supracolloidal fullerene-like cages through the self-assembly of soft patchy particles interacting via directional nonbonded interactions by mimicking non-planar sp2 hybridized carbon atoms in C60. Our numerical investigations demonstrate that the rational design of patch configuration, size, and interaction can drive soft three-patch particles to reversibly self-assemble into a vast collection of supracolloidal fullerene-like cages. We further elucidate the formation mechanisms of supracolloidal fullerene-like cages by analyzing the structural characteristics and the formation process. Our results provide conceptual and practical guidance towards the experimental realization of supracolloidal fullerene-like cages, as well as a new perspective on understanding the fullerene formation mechanisms.

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The article was received on 11 Aug 2016, accepted on 04 Nov 2016 and first published on 08 Nov 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP05556G
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 32534-32540

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    Supracolloidal fullerene-like cages: design principles and formation mechanisms

    Z. Li, Y. Zhu, Z. Lu and Z. Sun, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 32534
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CP05556G

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