Fabrication, folding, and propulsion of complex colloidal molecules under applied magnetic fields
Directed colloidal assembly under external fields can be used to assemble building blocks into complicated structures that mimic complex molecules or structures found in nature with similar or even advanced functionality. As many biological molecules or structures including protein or flagella have semi-flexible or flexible backbones, permanent yet flexible bonds must be used in assembling structures to achieve comparable functionality such as protein folding or flagella propulsion. While other external fields such as electrical and optical fields can be used for assembly, magnetic fields ...
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