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Kyle J. M. Bishop, Christopher E. Wilmer, Siowling Soh and Bartosz A. Grzybowski Nanoscale Forces and Their Uses in Self-Assembly Small 5

Version of Record online: 10 JUN 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/smll.200900358

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This Review provides a critical examination of the various interparticle forces (van der Waals, electrostatic, magnetic, molecular, and entropic) that can be used in nanoscale self-assembly. The magnitudes and length scales of each force (see image) are discussed, with emphasis on characteristics unique to the nanoscale. Recent experimental systems, in which specific interaction types were used to drive nanoscopic self-assembly, accompany the theoretical discussion.

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