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Programmable Colloids with Analogous Hypercoordination Complex Architectures

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posted on 2024-05-07, 13:40 authored by Niboqia Zhang, Linxiuzi Yu, Ning-Ning Zhang, Kun Liu, Zhong-Yuan Lu
Colloidal molecule clusters (CMCs) are promising building blocks with molecule-like symmetry, offering exceptional synergistic properties for applications in plasmonics and catalysis. Traditional CMC fabrication has been limited to simple molecule-like structures utilizing isotropic particles. Here, we employ molecular dynamics simulation to investigate the co-assembly of anisotropic nanorods (NRs) and the stimulus-responsive polymer (SRP) via reversible adsorption. The results of the simulation show that it is possible to fabricate hypercoordination complex structures with high symmetry from the co-assembly of NRs and the SRP, even in analogy to the Th(BH4)4 structure. The coordination number of these CMCs can be precisely programmed by adjusting the shape and size of the ends of the NRs and the SRP cohesion energy. Furthermore, a finite-difference time-domain simulation indicates these hypercoordination structures exhibit significantly enhanced optical activity and plasmonic coupling effects. These findings introduce a new design approach for complex molecule-like structures utilizing anisotropic nanoparticles and may expand the applications of CMCs in photonics.