Colloidal crystals grown on patterned surfaces

Mathieu Allard*, Edward H. Sargent, Patrick C. Lewis, Eugenia Kumacheva

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Growth of colloidal crystals on patterned substrates was analyzed using microscopic techniques. It was found that laser diffraction studies can be efficiently used to probe long range order in two- and three-dimensional crystals. This method was found sensitive to small variations in the crystalline lattice induced by a mismatch between the pattern and the particle size. The results show that surface pattern imposes a common, predetermined lattice orientation in colloidal crystals, which extends to the entire thickness of the crystal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1360-1364
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number15 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Aug 3 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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