Self-assembly of nanoparticles in three-dimensions: Formation of stalagmites

Claudia G. Sztrum, Oded Hod, Eran Rabani*

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We develop a coarse-grained lattice gas model to describe drying-mediated self-assembly of nanoparticles in three dimensions. Our model is an extension of the model developed by Rabani et al. [Nature 2003, 426, 271] in two dimensions. We show that when liquid evaporation occurs layer by layer and solvation forces are strong, the resulting morphologies agree well with the predictions of the 2D model. We discuss scenarios in which the full 3D treatment is necessary and predict the formation of nanostalagmites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6741-6747
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number14
StatePublished - 14 Apr 2005


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