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June 2013 Volume 5 No 6

The self-assembly of materials is driven by many competing processes. Christopher Murray, Sharon Glotzer and colleagues have now experimentally and computationally studied the self-organization of thin lanthanide fluoride nanoplates at the liquid/air interface. Various twodimensional planar tilings are observed and a simulated example of one such pattern can be seen on the cover. The assembly behaviour can be understood by considering both the directional attractions between the particles, which are caused by patchy ligand coverage, and their shape.

Article p466

IMAGE: MICHAEL ENGEL, JAIME A. MILLAN, SHARON C. GLOTZER (UNIV. MICHIGAN)

COVER DESIGN: ALEX WING

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