Controlling crystal self-assembly using a real-time feedback scheme

Daphne Klotsa, R.L. Jack

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We simulate crystallisation of hard spheres with short-ranged attractive potentials as a model self-assembling system. Using measurements of correlation and response functions, we develop a method whereby the interaction parameters between the particles are automatically tuned during the assembly process, in order to obtain high-quality crystals and avoid kinetic traps. The method we use is independent of the details of the interaction potential and of the structure of the final crystal - we propose that it can be applied to a wide range of self-assembling systems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number094502
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2013


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