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

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Abstract

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.

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

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Submitted
28 Nov 2015
Accepted
20 Jan 2016
First published
21 Jan 2016

This article is Open Access

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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