Original: Crystal formed by patchy particles

Zhang 2015 image
Image: Kai Zhang, Yale University

Particles that attract one another through directional patches can assemble into various crystalline structures. Such patchy particles can be realized by, for instance, DNA-coated nanosize colloidal particles and can be used as models to study bonding in metallic alloys.

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