Far-from-equilibrium nanoparticle assemblies : patterns, transport and dynamics
Blunt, Matthew Oliver (2007) Far-from-equilibrium nanoparticle assemblies : patterns, transport and dynamics. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
This work is centered on the study of self-organisation and pattern formation in a prototypical nanostructured system, namely colloidal nanoparticle assemblies. The particular system chosen for investigation, Au nanocrystals spin cast onto silicon substrates from a solvent, despite being chemically rather simple exhibits a rich variety of complex patterns. In the majority of experiments discussed in this thesis, far-from-equilibrium conditions are attained by a spin-casting process which drives rapid solvent evaporation.
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