Volume 121, Number 5, March 2018
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology|
|Published online||27 April 2018|
Active colloidal molecules
Institut für Theoretische Physik II: Weiche Materie, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
Received: 26 March 2018
Accepted: 9 April 2018
Like ordinary molecules are composed of atoms, colloidal molecules consist of several species of colloidal particles tightly bound together. If one of these components is self-propelled or swimming, novel “active colloidal molecules” emerge. Active colloidal molecules exist on various levels such as “homonuclear”, “heteronuclear” and “polymeric” and possess a dynamical function moving as propellers, spinners or rotors. Self-assembly of such active complexes has been studied a lot recently and this perspective article summarizes recent progress and gives an outlook to future developments in the rapidly expanding field of active colloidal molecules.
PACS: 82.70.Dd – Colloids
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