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Reconfigurable colloids

Colloid particles that form bonds to each other at specific orientations might self-assemble into all sorts of useful materials. The key — and the lock — to such binding has been discovered.

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Figure 1: Lock-and-key binding in colloids.

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Solomon, M. Reconfigurable colloids. Nature 464, 496–497 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/464496a

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