Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Crystals on Curved Surfaces
V.N. Manoharan and D.R. Nelson

Polystyrene spheres (1 micron diameter) self-assemble into "continent"-shaped crystals on the surface of a water droplet. The sequence shows how one of these "worlds" melts. Studying the behavior of crystals on curved surfaces could help us control the structure of self-assembled materials.

D.A. Weitz and C.M. Friend