Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2012
Volume 57, Number 1
Monday–Friday, February 27–March 2 2012; Boston, Massachusetts
Session Y20: Invited Session: New Anisotropy-Driven Phenomena in Colloidal Suspensions
8:00 AM–11:00 AM,
Friday, March 2, 2012
Sponsoring Units: DCMP GSNP
Chair: David Weitz, Harvard University
Abstract ID: BAPS.2012.MAR.Y20.2
Abstract: Y20.00002 : Lock-and-Key Colloids*
8:36 AM–9:12 AM
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(New York University)
We have developed a new kind of colloidal particle that is spherical but with one or more spherical dimples in the particle surface. These dimples serve as docking points for colloidal spheres whose radius matches the radius of dimples. The attractive docking force is provided by the depletion interaction and can be controlled by changing the depletant concentration or, in some cases, the temperature. The docking is completely reversible and mimics the classic lock-and-key interaction often used to describe protein binding. The lock-and-key binding is size specific and can be used to assemble a number of interesting colloidal superstructures, including flexible jointed chains, dumbbells, trimers, tetramers, and other assemblies. A new synthetic method for making the dimpled particles can be generalized to make a number of other new structured colloidal particles, with different functionalities analogous to block copolymers.
*This work is supported by the National Science Foundation, Award number DMR-1105455 and was performed in collaboration with S. Sacanna, W. T. M. Irvine, P. M. Chaikin, and G.R. Yi.
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