Collodial Cluster Arrays by Electrohydrodynamic Printing


Korkut, S. ; Saville, D. A. ; Aksay, I. A. Collodial Cluster Arrays by Electrohydrodynamic Printing. Langmuir 2008, 24, 12196-12201.

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A "stable" electrohydrodynamic jet is used to print arrays of colloidal suspensions on hydrophobic surfaces. Printed lines break up into sessile drops, and capillary forces guide the self-assembly of colloidal particles during the evaporation of the liquid, resulting in arrays of colloidal single particles or particle clusters depending on the concentration of the suspensions. The clusters differ from those formed in the absence of a substrate when the number of particles is larger than three. Multiple structures are found for the same number of particles.