Janus nematic colloids with designable valence
ID Čopar, Simon (Author), ID Ravnik, Miha (Author), ID Žumer, Slobodan (Author)

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Generalized Janus nematic colloids based on various morphologies of particle surface patches imposing homeotropic and planar surface anchoring are demonstrated. By using mesoscopic numerical modeling, multiple types of Janus particles are explored, demonstrating a variety of novel complex colloidal structures. We also show binding of Janus particles to a fixed Janus post in the nematic cell, which acts as a seed and a micro-anchor for the colloidal structure. Janus colloidal structures reveal diverse topological defect configurations, which are effectively combinations of surface boojum and bulk defects. Topological analysis is applied to defects, importantly showing that topological charge is not a well determined topological invariant in such patchy nematic Janus colloids. Finally, this work demonstrates colloidal structures with designable valence, which could allow for targeted and valence-conditioned self-assembly at micro- and nano-scale.

Keywords:Janus colloids, nematic liquid crystals, surface anchoring, valence
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FMF - Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Number of pages:Str. 4272-4281
Numbering:Vol. 7, iss. 6
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-130818 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:1996-1944
DOI:10.3390/ma7064272 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:2683236 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:17.09.2021
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Shortened title:Materials
Publisher:Molecular Diversity Preservation International
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Funder:ARRS - Slovenian Research Agency
Project number:Z1-5441
Name:Fluidika aktivnih in kompleksnih tekočin na mikroskali

Funder:ARRS - Slovenian Research Agency
Project number:P1-0099
Name:Fizika mehkih snovi, površin in nanostruktur

Funder:EC - European Commission
Funding programme:FP7
Project number:304040
Name:Channelfree liquid crystal microfluidics

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