Customized chiral colloids

Mingzhu Liu, Fangyuan Dong, Nicolle S. Jackson, Michael D. Ward, Marcus Weck

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This contribution describes a synthetic strategy for the fabrication of multicomponent colloidal “molecules” with controllable complex morphologies and compositionally distinct lobes. Using 3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate (TPM) as the building block, the methodology enables a scalable bulk synthesis of customized chiral colloidal particles with geometric and compositional chirality by a sequential seeded growth method. The synthetic protocol presents a versatile platform for constructing colloidal molecules with multiple components having customized shapes and functionalities, with the potential to impact the design of chromatic patchy particles, colloidal swimmers, and chiral optical materials, as well as informing programmable assembly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16528-16532
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number39
StatePublished - Sep 30 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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