Patchy particles

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Patchy particles [1] are models designed to keep pace with the rapid advances in the field of colloids. It is now possible to synthesise or fabricate tiny particles that have a variety of shapes, composition etc. In order to simulate these structures, there is a corresponding growth in the number of idealised models being developed and studied. With a view to classifying these "patchy" models the idea of "anisotropy dimensions" has been put forward.

Taxonomy: anisotropy dimensions[edit]

Anisotropy dimensions is a classification scheme for patchy particles [2]. The eight attributes are as follows:

Surface coverage (A)[edit]

Aspect ratio (B)[edit]

Faceting (C)[edit]

Pattern quantisation (D)[edit]

Branching (E)[edit]

Chemical ordering (F)[edit]

Shape gradient (G)[edit]

Roughness (H)[edit]


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