Nanoparticle-controlled aggregation of colloidal tetrapods

Daniel W. Sinkovits, Erik Luijten*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Tetrapods are among the most promising building blocks for nanoscale self-assembly, offering various desirable features. Whereas these particles can be fabricated with remarkable precision, comparatively less is known about their aggregation behavior. Employing a novel, powerful simulation method, we demonstrate that charged nanoparticles offer considerable control over the assembly of tip-functionalized tetrapods. Extending these findings to tetrapods confined to a gas/liquid interface, we show that regular structures can be achieved even without functionalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1743-1748
Number of pages6
JournalNano letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 11 2012


  • Monte Carlo
  • Self-assembly
  • cluster algorithm
  • nanorods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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