Facetted patchy particles through entropy-driven patterning of mixed ligand SAMS†
We present a microscopic theory that describes the ordering of two distinct ligands on the surface of a facetted nanoparticle. The theory predicts that when one type of ligand is significantly bulkier than all others, the larger ligands preferentially align themselves along the edges and vertices of the nanoparticle. Monte Carlo simulations confirm these predictions. We show that the intrinsic conformational entropy of the ligands stabilizes this novel edge-aligned phase.