Condensed Matter Seminar: "Shaping Colloidal Assembly"

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 16:00 - 18:00
Professor Greg van Anders, University of Michigan
Advances in synthesis techniques have produced colloids and nanoparticles in a diverse array of shapes that can be assembled into bulk structures. That bulk structure is strongly affected by particle shape in idealized systems is widely established in the literature. However, this literature leaves open three key questions: (i) We know that shape affects structure, but how? (ii) Does shape continue to matter in experimental systems where other interactions are present? (iii) How do we tailor colloid shape for a target structure? In this talk I will discuss recent work aimed at answering these questions.