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Tunable colloidal crystals

Microscopic particles dispersed in a solvent — a colloidal dispersion — can be a useful model for phase transitions and crystal nucleation. A colloid that can be 'tuned' using an electric field is a valuable new tool.

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Figure 1: How to tune your colloidal crystal.

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Russel, W. Tunable colloidal crystals. Nature 421, 490–491 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1038/421490a

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