Twist, Rattle, and Hop: Colloidal Clusters

This video shows how three rhombi of four spheres each (green, blue, and orange), twist to the opposite chirality around the central sphere. In the video, the cluster is occasionally rotated about its vertical axis to show the front and back of the cluster. These complex interactions can be exploited to drive self-assembly.  

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Journalists wishing to reproduce this image for news stories about related research should include this video credit: Carolyn Phillips, Eric Jankowski, Michelle Marval, and Sharon Glotzer, University of Michigan.