Convectively assembled nonspherical mushroom cap-based colloidal crystals

Ian D. Hosein, Chekesha M. Liddell

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Monolayers from mushroom cap-shaped polymer colloids were fabricated by a vertical substrate deposition technique. As confirmed by SEM and autocorrelation analysis, the monolayers show long-range hexagonal packing with particle orientational freedom restricted to either "heads up" or "heads down" alignment with respect to the substrate. The monolayers are modeled as a 2D diffraction grating and were studied with selected area laser diffraction. The stacking of ordered monolayers into the third dimension was achieved via layer-by-layer deposition. Convective assembly is shown as a viable approach to the large-scale crystallization of monodisperse nonspherical colloids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8810-8814
Number of pages5
Issue number17
StatePublished - Aug 14 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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