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Minerals from colloidal assembly

Magnetite crystals form by the aggregation and subsequent merger of crystalline precursors, which can be interpreted in terms of colloidal assembly.

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Fig. 1: Magnetite crystallization via the assembly of complex building blocks.


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Rimer, J.D. Minerals from colloidal assembly. Nat. Mater. 19, 375–376 (2020).

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