Publications in Scientific Journals:
E. Bianchi, P. van Oostrum, C. N. Likos, G. Kahl:
"Inverse patchy colloids: Synthesis, modeling and self-organization";
Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science,
Inverse patchy colloids are nano- to micro-scale particles with a surface divided into differently charged regions. This class of colloids combines directional, selective bonding with a relatively simple particle design: owing to the competitive interplay between the orientation-dependent attraction and repulsion - induced by the interactions between like/oppositely charged areas - experimentally accessible surface patterns are complex enough to favor the stabilization of specific structures of interest. Most important, the behavior of heterogeneously charged units can be ideally controlled by means of external parameters, such as the pH and the salt concentration. We present a concise review about this class of systems, spanning the range from the synthesis of model inverse patchy particles to their self-assembly, covering their coarse-grained modeling and the related numerical/analytical treatments.
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Project Head Gerhard Kahl:
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