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Self-assembly gets new direction

By controlling the placement of 'sticky' patches on particles, assemblies can be made that mimic atomic bonding in molecules. This greatly expands the range of structures that can be assembled from small components. See Article p.51

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Figure 1: Self-assembly of patchy particles.

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Jones, M., Mirkin, C. Self-assembly gets new direction. Nature 491, 42–43 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/491042a

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