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Aayush A. Shah, Heekyoung Kang, Kevin L. Kohlstedt, Kyung Hyun Ahn, Sharon C. Glotzer, Charles W. Monroe and Michael J. Solomon Liquid Crystal Order in Colloidal Suspensions of Spheroidal Particles by Direct Current Electric Field Assembly Small 8

Article first published online: 1 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/smll.201102265

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Rapid assembly of anisotropic colloidal particles is essential to create complex, uniform, and scalable crystal structures for applications. In this study, DC electric fields are used to accelerate the self-assembly process of spheroidal particles. The image shows confocal microscopy images and renderings from image processing of the field-induced 3D ordering. The assembly is shown to have high-quality orientational order and previously unobserved periodic and dense layered ordering.

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