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Colloidal crystals

Plenty of room at the top

Binary mixtures of nanoparticles of different size and composition can self-assemble in a bewildering variety of lattices. This defies expectations and shows promise for the modular self-assembly of nano-sized building blocks into three-dimensional devices.

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Figure 1: New crystal structures.

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Frenkel, D. Plenty of room at the top. Nature Mater 5, 85–86 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/nmat1572

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