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Final Report - SURFOIDS (Organization and self assembly of colloidal particles trapped on a Isotropic-Fluid/Liquid-Crystal Interface: Effects of particle anisotropy and interface curvature)

Project ID: 236091
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE

Abstract

This is the final report of the SURFOIDS project, funded under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme. The project aimed to explore the regular spatial arrangement of particles by experimenting with the unique properties of liquid crystals, such as 3D photonic crystals or metamaterials. The ability to control regular spatial arrangement of particles is one of the central issues of the bottom-up approach to nanotechnology. Inducing anisotropy in either the colloidal particles or in the medium where the particles interact is expected to lead to novel colloidal architectures with fascinating optical properties.

The research team developed tools for the experimental realisation of nematic and smectic shells. Some theoretically predicted structures were constructed which demonstrated the existence of new configurations. The project results have been recognised by the scientific community in various prestigious journals, at several international conferences, seminars and have also appeared in five publications.

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