Self-assembly of particles: Some thoughts and comments

Xuchuan Jiang, Qinghua Zeng, Chuyang Chen, Aibing Yu

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Self-assembly can happen to particles at all length scales, including atomic, nano-, meso- and macro-particles. Although widely used in nanoresearch, many nano-structures reported in the literature are not self-assembled, posing some fundamental questions. This paper will briefly review this topic, answering the following questions: what is the current status in self-assembling nanoparticles? Why is it so difficult to produce self-assembled structures of nanoparticles? How can we effectively overcome the difficulty? The important role of controlling forces of various types in relation to different self-assembly techniques is discussed. Self-assembly is demonstrated as a complex problem that still needs intensive multi-scaled studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16797 - 16805
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number42
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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