We would like to thank Prof. Paul M. Sutcliffe (Durham University, U.K.) for fruitful discussions and E. Sellier and M. Martineau (CREMEM, Talence, France) for their assistance with SEM and TEM studies.
A Chemical Synthetic Route towards “Colloidal Molecules”†
Article first published online: 21 NOV 2008
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Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Volume 48, Issue 2, pages 361–365, January 2, 2009
How to Cite
Perro, A., Duguet, E., Lambert, O., Taveau, J.-C., Bourgeat-Lami, E. and Ravaine, S. (2009), A Chemical Synthetic Route towards “Colloidal Molecules”. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 48: 361–365. doi: 10.1002/anie.200802562
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 21 NOV 2008
- Manuscript Revised: 22 OCT 2008
- Manuscript Received: 2 JUN 2008
- surface analysis
Sowing the seeds: Binary colloidal particles of controlled morphology, including line segments, triangles, tetrahedra, octahedra, and square antiprisms (see picture) were obtained by an emulsion polymerization of styrene in the presence of silica seeds. These morphologies result from the minimization of an energy term that is the sum of two forces—an attraction towards the center and two-body particle repulsions that balance the attractive force.