Mathematics Meets Particle Synthesis: (Adv. Mater. 22–23/2011)


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The cover shows a silver patchy particle produced via a template-free one-pot colloidal route (Communication by Bao et al., p. 2644) developed within the Cluster of Excellence “Engineering of Advanced Materials” (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany). Such asymmetric particles are synthesized into blueprints generated by topology optimization techniques with the aim to design advanced “heat management” pigments, which scatter near-infrared radiation whilst being transparent to visible light. Contributions from theory to the design of colorant particles are discussed in the Progress Report by Klupp Taylor et al. (p. 2554). Image: Chenting Tian/Robin Klupp Taylor/Gerd Beck