Self-assembled colloidal crystals: Visualizing atomic crystal chemistry using microscopic analogues of inorganic solids

Neal M. Abrams, Raymond Edward Schaak

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Abstract

A modular series of mix-and-match laboratory exercises that focus on modern area of materials chemistry research were developed to more effectively integrate crystal chemistry into the undergraduate laboratory and to provide a hands-on materials science laboratory for both majors and non-majors. As basic elements, the module involves synthesizing monodisperse colloidal spheres, assembling these spheres into close-packed colloidal crystal lattices, characterizing the local structure of the colloidal crystals by microscopy, and characterizing the long-range order using optical spectroscopy and diffraction. The exercises were successfully implemented in a research university with classes of first-year undergraduates majoring in either chemistry or chemical engineering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)450-452
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Volume82
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2005

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Crystal chemistry
chemistry
Crystals
Chemical engineering
Materials science
Crystal lattices
Microscopic examination
Diffraction
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  • Education

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