Published on: 13-Feb-2018
Our warmest congratulations to Prof. Ni Ran & his
research team, who have discovered a special vibrational entropic effect that
stabilizes floppy crystals of mobile DNA-coated colloids.
As we learn from the Third Law of Thermodynamics, when
the strength of interaction between molecules approaches infinity, the effect
of (vibrational) entropy vanishes, while Prof. Ni & his research team found
that even in the limit of (infinitely) strong DNA binding, there is still a
special vibrational entropic effect stabilizing floppy crystals of mobile
DNA-coated colloids. Therefore, this finding implies one fundamental difference
between the self-assembly of mobile DNA coated colloidal systems and the
conventional molecular self-assembly, which suggests new possibility to
design/fabricate novel crystalline colloidal functional materials.
The research was published in Physical Review Letters on
26 January 2018:
For more information, you may refer to:
Once again, congratulations to Prof. Ni & his team
for their achievement!
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