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Chemistry | Crystallization of Nanoscaled Colloids

Crystallization of Nanoscaled Colloids

Series: Springer Theses

Born, Philip G.

2013, XVII, 130 p. 51 illus., 12 illus. in color.

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  • Nominated by the Saarland University, Saarbrücken (Germany) as an outstanding PhD thesis
  • Focuses on the mechanisms of self-assembly and investigates the process in detail
  • Develops models to describe the competition between thermal agitation and directional forces and suggests criteria for the emergence of order
This thesis deals with the processes that create ordered assemblies from disordered nanoparticles. Ordered packings of nanoscale particles can exhibit unusual properties. This work investigates the self-assembly of such particles, a process widely employed for the generation of ordered structures, but not yet well understood. In situ methods are used to observe the assembly of sub-micron polymer lattices and sub-10 nm gold particles into crystalline monolayers and aggregates.On the basis of these results, the book develops new models that describe the competition between different influences, such as thermal agitation and directional forces. It suggests necessary criteria that lead to the emergence of order.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Colloidal Crystals - Convective Crystallization - Induced Agglomeration - Microstructured Surfaces - Nanometer-scaled Gold Particles - Self-assembly of Nanoparticles - Sub-micron Polymer lattices - Thermal Agitation and Directional Forces

Related subjects » Chemistry - Condensed Matter Physics - Polymer Science - Special types of Materials - Surfaces, Interfaces, Thin Films, Corrosion, Coatings

Table of contents 

Large-Area Convective Assembly.- Convective Crystallization.- Temperature-Induced Agglomeration.- Temperature-Induced Crystallization.

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