The role of interparticle and external forces in nanoparticle assembly

Younjin Min, Mustafa Akbulut, Kai Kristiansen, Yuval Golan, Jacob Israelachvili

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36 Scopus citations

Abstract

The past 20 years have witnessed simultaneous multidisciplinary explosions in experimental techniques for synthesizing new materials, measuring and manipulating nanoscale structures, understanding biological processes at the nanoscale, and carrying out large-scale computations of many-atom and complex macromolecular systems. These advances have led to the new disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering. For reasons that are discussed here, most nanoparticles do not 'self-assemble' into their thermodynamically lowest energy state, and require an input of energy or external forces to 'direct' them into particular structures or assemblies. We discuss why and how a combination of self- and directed-assembly processes, involving interparticle and externally applied forces, can be applied to produce desired nanostructured materials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanoscience and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationA Collection of Reviews from Nature Journals
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Pages38-49
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789814287005
ISBN (Print)9814282685, 9789814282680
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy

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