Hierarchical honeycomb structures utilized a dissipative process

Sachiko I. Matsushita, Nobuhito Kurono, Tetsuro Sawadaishi, Masatsugu Shimomura

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Water droplets, which were surrounded by polymers, were used as capsules to form dissipative-hierarchy structures. Such droplets were spontaneously formed on an organic solvent surface in high-humidity air. Water suspension of polystyrene particles was dropped onto the organic solvent in high-humidity air. Consequently, polystyrene particles were transferred into the water droplets, due to lateral capillary force, and formed a honeycomb structure. The size of high-hierarchy (=polymer capsules) was 1-3 μm, and the size of small-hierarchy (=polystyrene particles) was 0.05-1 μm. The results suggest the possibility that any material that can be suspended in water would form into a periodic structure by the dissipative process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-240
Number of pages4
JournalSynthetic Metals
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec 7
Externally publishedYes
EventSupramolecular Approaches to Organic Electronics and Nanotechn. - Strasbourg, France
Duration: 2004 May 242004 May 28


  • Breath figure
  • Emulsion
  • Latex
  • Self-assembly
  • Self-organization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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