Clusters of Anisotropic Colloidal Particles: from Colloidal Molecules to Supracolloidal Structures

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Colloidal clusters have received considerable attention in recent years in the context of the fabrication of “colloidal molecules”, mimicking the symmetry of molecular structures, as well as for the self-assembly of finite supracolloidal structures, especially from anisotropic colloidal particles. Here we review recent studies on clusters of anisotropic colloidal particles, highlighting certain classes of supracolloidal structures that have emerged as recurrent themes in these studies. We emphasize the interplay of colloidal interactions, often arising from the presence of one or more anisotropy attributes, which drives the self-assembly into finite supracolloidal structures.


Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science
Early online date7 Jun 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Jun 2017


  • colloidal clusters , colloidal molecules , anisotropic colloidal particles , colloidal self-assembly , hierarchical self-assembly , dynamic self-assembly