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Patchy colloids

Entropy stabilizes open crystals

Nature Materials volume 12, pages 179180 (2013) | Download Citation

Open crystalline configurations self-assembled from colloids with sticky patches have recently been shown to be unexpectedly stable. A theory that accounts for the entropy of the colloids' thermal fluctuations now explains why.

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