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En route to patchy superlattices

The electrostatic interaction between protein cages and charged gold nanoparticles can be used to assemble nanoparticle superlattices with structures that have not been observed before in nature.

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Figure 1: Schematic illustration of the gold nanoparticle-mediated assembly of CCMV into crystalline superlattices with a face-centred cubic (FCC) AB8 structure.


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Maye, M. En route to patchy superlattices. Nature Nanotech 8, 5–6 (2013).

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