Assembly and organization processes in DNA-directed colloidal crystallization

Robert J. Macfarlane, Byeongdu Lee, Haley D. Hill, Andrew J. Senesi, Soenke Seifert, Chad A. Mirkin

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We present an analysis of the key steps involved in the DNA-directed assembly of nanoparticles into crystallites and polycrystalline aggregates. Additionally, the rate of crystal growth as a function of increased DNA linker length, solution temperature, and self-complementary versus non-self- complementary DNA linker strands (1- versus 2-component systems) has been studied. The data show that the crystals grow via a 3-step process: an initial "random binding" phase resulting in disordered DNA-AuNP aggregates, followed by localized reorganization and subsequent growth of crystalline domain size, where the resulting crystals are well-ordered at all subsequent stages of growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10493-10498
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number26
StatePublished - Jun 30 2009


  • DNA materials
  • SAXS
  • Self assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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