Crystals on Curved Surfaces

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.

Vinothan N. Manoharan (Applied Physics, and Materials and Mechanical Engineering)
David R. Nelson (Physics)
Harvard MRSEC (DMR-1420570)