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Colloidal matter: Packing, geometry, and entropy

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:37:33 GMT

Colloidal particles, which consist of clusters of hundreds or thousands of atoms, can still resemble atomic systems. In particular, colloids have been used to study the packing of spheres and the influence of short-range interactions on crystallization and melting. Manoharan reviews these similarities, as well as the cases in which colloidal particles show behavior not seen in atomic systems. For example, the packing of nonspherical objects, where geometry or topology may matter, can give insights into the role of entropy in packing.

Colloidal matter: Packing, geometry, and entropy
Vinothan N. Manoharan

Science 28 August 2015:
Vol. 349 no. 6251

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