A general method for assembling single colloidal particle lines

Jiaxing Huang, Andrea R. Tao, Stephen Connor, Rongrui He, Peidong Yang*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

186 Scopus citations


We have developed a general method for assembling colloidal particles into one-dimensional lines of single particle thickness. Well-spaced, parallel single particle lines can be readily deposited on a substrate from a dilute Langmuir-Blodgett particle monolayer via a stick-slip motion of the water-substrate contact line. The particle density within the lines is controllable by the particle concentration in the monolayer as well as the pulling speed of the substrate. Lines of a great variety of materials and sizes, ranging from a few nanometers to a few micrometers, have been demonstrated. Multiple depositions create complex patterns such as cross lines, even of different particles. The ability of placing nanoparticles into one-dimensional arrays enables the construction of higher hierarchical device structures. For example, using gold nanoparticle seeds, vertical single nanowire arrays of silicon can be grown replicating the pattern of single particle lines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)524-529
Number of pages6
JournalNano letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'A general method for assembling single colloidal particle lines'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this