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Colloids get complex

A Correction to this article was published on 22 February 2006

Self-organization of soft-matter components can create complex and beautiful structures. But the intricate structures created by adding a second stage of organization could reveal more than just a pretty face.

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Figure 1: A selection of complex colloids achieved by various means of self-organization.


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van Blaaderen, A. Colloids get complex. Nature 439, 545–546 (2006).

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