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Self-assembly of single-sized and binary colloidal particles at air/water interface by surface confinement and water discharge


Lotito, Valeria; Zambelli, Tomaso (2016). Self-assembly of single-sized and binary colloidal particles at air/water interface by surface confinement and water discharge. Langmuir, 32(37):9582-9590.

Abstract

We present an innovative apparatus allowing self-assembly at air/water interface in a smooth and reproducible way. The combination of water discharge and surface confinement of the area over which self-assembly takes place allows transfer of the assembled monolayer without any risk of damage to the colloidal crystal. As we demonstrate, the designed approach offers remarkable advantages in terms of cost and robustness compared to state-of-the art methods and is suitable for the fabrication of highly ordered monolayers even for more challenging assembly experiments such as transfer on rough substrates or assembly of binary colloids. Hence, our apparatus represents a significant headway toward high scale production of large area colloidal crystals. For the binary colloid assembly experiments, we also report the first experimental demonstration of a morphology based on the alternation of three and four small particles in the interstices between large particles.

Abstract

We present an innovative apparatus allowing self-assembly at air/water interface in a smooth and reproducible way. The combination of water discharge and surface confinement of the area over which self-assembly takes place allows transfer of the assembled monolayer without any risk of damage to the colloidal crystal. As we demonstrate, the designed approach offers remarkable advantages in terms of cost and robustness compared to state-of-the art methods and is suitable for the fabrication of highly ordered monolayers even for more challenging assembly experiments such as transfer on rough substrates or assembly of binary colloids. Hence, our apparatus represents a significant headway toward high scale production of large area colloidal crystals. For the binary colloid assembly experiments, we also report the first experimental demonstration of a morphology based on the alternation of three and four small particles in the interstices between large particles.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:26 Sep 2016 10:32
Last Modified:26 Sep 2016 10:32
Publisher:American Chemical Society (ACS)
ISSN:0743-7463
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b02157
PubMed ID:27574790

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