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How do polydisperse repulsive colloids crystallize?

By R Botet, B Cabane, L Goehring, J Li and F Artzner


A modified version of the Gibbs-ensemble Monte-Carlo method reveals how polydisperse charged colloidal particles can build complex colloidal crystals. It provides general rules that are applicable to this fractionated crystallization that stems from size segregation. It explains the spontaneous formation of complex crystals with very large unit-cells in suspensions of nanoparticles with a broad size distribution

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Year: 2016
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