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3D ordered gold strings by coating nanoparticles with mesogens

Zeng, Xiangbing; Liu, Feng; Fowler, Alan G.; Ungar, Goran; Cseh, Liliana; Mehl, Georg H.; Macdonald, J. Emyr


Xiangbing Zeng

Feng Liu

Alan G. Fowler

Goran Ungar

Liliana Cseh

J. Emyr Macdonald


Gold nanoparticles covered with a nematic liquid-crystal ligand laterally attached via a thioalkyl spacer and a thioalkane "diluent" exhibit 3D ordering in strings jacketed by the mesogens with controllable interparticle spacing. The particles form rhombohedral, hexagonal, and rectangular columnar superlattices, not the usual packing modes of spheres.


Zeng, X., Liu, F., Fowler, A. G., Ungar, G., Cseh, L., Mehl, G. H., & Macdonald, J. E. (2009). 3D ordered gold strings by coating nanoparticles with mesogens. Advanced materials, 21(17), 1746-1750.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Mar 2, 2009
Publication Date May 4, 2009
Print ISSN 0935-9648
Electronic ISSN 1521-4095
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 17
Pages 1746-1750
Keywords Blaxial nematic; GISAXS; Gold nanoparticles; Liquid crystals; Metamaterials
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