(684d) Precision Assembly of Oppositely- and Like-Charged Nano-Objects Mediated by Charge-Induced Dipole Interactions
The field of electrostatics is thought, by many, to be ?fully understood' - however at the nano-scale we continue to discover intriguing and counter-intuitive phenomena. Here we present the results from a recent fundamental study investigating the electrostatic interactions of non-spherically symmetric nanoparticles. We show that electrostatic interactions can be used to control the assemblies of charged nano-objects with precision down to 7 nm. Specifically, we show that polarization effects and charge-induced dipoles within the metallic core of the nanoparticles can, under certain conditions, dominate the better known charge-charge interactions. Remarkably, these charge-induced dipole interactions can mediate orientation specific aggregation between both oppositely- and like-charged particles. A mixture of both experimental and theoretical evidence will be presented.