Colloidal ellipsoids with continuously variable shape

  • Snoeks E
  • Van Blaaderen A
  • Van Dillen T
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Oblate and prolate ellipsoidal inorganic colloids can be synthesized by combining colloidal chemistry and ion irradiation techniques, as reported here. It is found that dramatic anisotropic plastic deformation of monodisperse silica and zinc sulfide microspheres occurs under 4 MeV Xe ion irradiation (see Figure). Possible application in the assembly of liquid crystals is demonstrated.

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