Shape-driven solid–solid transitions in colloids
Chrisy Xiyu Dua,1, Greg van Andersb,1,2, Richmond S. Newmanb, and Sharon C. Glotzera,b,c,d,3
aDepartment of Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1040; bDepartment of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2136; cDepartment of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2136; and dBiointerfaces Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800
Contributed by Sharon C. Glotzer, April 3, 2017 (sent for review December 29, 2016; reviewed by Oleg Gang and David A. Kofke) Solid–solid phase transitions are the most ubiquitous in nature, 29), and vitriﬁcation (30). Pioneering realizations of solid–solid and many technologies rely on them. However, studying them in phase transitions in colloids (6, 10, 31–35) have revealed detailed detail is difﬁcult because of the extreme conditions (high pres- information about the transition mechanisms, including show- sure/temperature) under which many such transitions occur and ing experimentally a ﬁrst-order transition that goes through an the high-resolution equipment needed to capture the interme- intermediate ﬂuid (10, 32), an experimental system that showed a diate states of the transformations. These difﬁculties mean that variety of different transition pathways (33), and the experimen- basic questions remain unanswered, such as whether so-called tal observation of a pressure-dependent transition in colloidal diffusionless solid–solid transitions, which have only local par- superballs (35). Recently, interaction shifting via DNA program- ticle rearrangement, require thermal activation. Here, we intro- ing has been used to construct colloidal solid–solid transitions duce a family of minimal model systems that exhibits solid–solid (36), including showing that a single solid mother phase can be phase transitions that are driven by changes in the shape of col- reprogrammed to yield multiple daughter phases through diffu- loidal particles. By using particle shape as the control variable, we sionless transitions (37). entropically reshape the coordination polyhedra of the particles Here, we change particle shape in situ to directly control par- in the system, a change that occurs indirectly in atomic solid–solid ticle coordination in colloidal crystals to create minimal models phase transitions via changes in temperature, pressure, or den- of solid–solid phase transitions. Our models mimic the changes sity. We carry out a detailed investigation of the thermodynam- in coordination that occur indirectly in conventional atomic ics of a series of isochoric, diffusionless solid–solid phase transi- solid–solid transitions through changes in temperature, pressure, tions within a single shape family and ﬁnd both transitions that or density. We ﬁnd isochoric solid–solid transitions in “shape require thermal activation or are “discontinuous” and transitions space” in a simple two-parameter family (38) of convex colloidal that occur without thermal activation or are “continuous.” In the polyhedra with ﬁxed point group symmetry that exhibits transi- discontinuous case, we ﬁnd that sufﬁciently large shape changes tions between crystals with one [simple cubic (SC)], two [body- can drive reconﬁguration on timescales comparable with those for centered cubic (BCC)], and four [face-centered cubic (FCC)] self-assembly and without an intermediate ﬂuid phase, and in the particles in a cubic unit cell. We study the thermodynamics of continuous case, solid–solid reconﬁguration happens on shorter the transitions using a consistent thermodynamic parametriza- timescales than self-assembly, providing guidance for developing tion of particle shape via the recently proposed approach of “dig- means of generating reconﬁgurable colloidal materials. ital alchemy” (39) combined with the rare event sampling tech- nique of umbrella sampling (40), which is commonly used to colloids | self-assembly | phase transitions | nanoparticles calculate free energy difference between two different states (41). We investigate solid–solid transitions between BCC and FCC espite wide-ranging implications for metallurgy (1), ceram- crystals and between BCC and SC crystals. We ﬁnd that both Dics (2), earth sciences (3, 4), reconﬁgurable materials (5, 6), and colloidal matter (7), fundamental questions remain Signiﬁcance about basic physical mechanisms of solid–solid phase transi- tions. One major class of solid–solid transitions is diffusion- Despite the fundamental importance of solid–solid transitions less transformations. Although in diffusionless transformations, for metallurgy, ceramics, earth science, reconﬁgurable materi- particles undergo only local rearrangement, the thermodynamic als, and colloidal matter, the details of how materials trans- nature of diffusionless transitions is unclear (8). This gap in form between two solid structures are poorly understood. our understanding arises from technical details that limit what We introduce a class of simple model systems in which the we can learn about solid–solid transitions from standard labora- direct control of local order, via colloid shape change, induces tory techniques, such as X-ray diffraction or EM (9). The use solid–solid phase transitions and characterize how the transi- of a broader array of experimental, theoretical, and computa- tions happen thermodynamically. We ﬁnd that, within a single tional techniques could provide better understanding of solid– shape family, there are solid–solid transitions that can occur solid transitions if an amenable class of models could be devel- with or without a thermal activation barrier. Our results pro- oped (10). To develop minimal models, it is important to note vide means for the study of solid–solid phase transitions and that solid–solid transitions are accompanied by a change in shape have implications for designing reconﬁgurable materials. of the coordination polyhedra in the structure (11). Coordina-
tion polyhedra reﬂect the bonding of atoms in a crystal, which Author contributions: C.X.D., G.v.A., and S.C.G. designed research; C.X.D., G.v.A., and suggests that minimal models of solid–solid transitions could be S.C.G. performed research; C.X.D., G.v.A., and R.S.N. contributed new reagents/analytic provided by systems in which the shape of coordination poly- tools; C.X.D., G.v.A., and S.C.G. analyzed data; and C.X.D., G.v.A., and S.C.G. wrote the hedra is directly manipulated. Direct manipulation of coordi- paper. nation polyhedra may be achieved in systems of anisotropically Reviewers: O.G., Brookhaven National Laboratory; and D.A.K., University at Buffalo, shaped colloids (12, 13). Anisotropic colloids manifest an emer- State University of New York. gent, shape-dependent entropic valence (12, 13) that is respon- The authors declare no conﬂict of interest. sible for the stabilization of a wide variety of structures, even 1C.X.D. and G.v.A. contributed equally to this work. in the absence of direct interparticle forces (12, 14–23). More- 2Present address: Department of Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. over, colloids are amenable to a wide range of observational and 3To whom correspondence should be addressed. Email: [email protected] experimental techniques, and colloids have been widely used to This article contains supporting information online at www.pnas.org/lookup/suppl/doi:10. investigate melting (24, 25), sublimation (26), crystallization (27– 1073/pnas.1621348114/-/DCSupplemental.
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APPLIED PHYSICAL PNAS PLUS SCIENCES Fig. 2. Sample self-assembled colloidal crystals formed by shapes in the ∆323 triangle-invariant family of hard polyhedra, with images showing par- ticle shape and bond order diagram. (A) An FCC crystal self-assembled from shape (αa, αc) = (0.4, 0.525). (B) A BCC crystal self-assembled from shape (αa, αc) = (0.4, 0.59). (C) An SC crystal self-assembled from shape (αa, αc) = (0.76, 0.76). Note the similarity of shapes in A and B; even small shape differ- ences can affect the bulk self-assembly of hard polyhedra. Shapes in A and B are both on line 1 in Fig. 1, and the shape in C is on line 2 in Fig. 1.
F = φ + µaNαa + µcNαc of the NVTαaαc ensemble, from which we can shapes near the solid–solid transition; all systems contained N = 500 particles extract the constitutive relation (Fig. 4A). For BCC↔SC transitions, we studied two distinct regions of shape ∂F space, in both cases using different polyhedra in systems of N = 432 parti- P(αa, αc) = − .  cles (Fig. 5A). In all cases, ﬁve independent replicates were used to generate ∂V N, T, α , α a c umbrella samples. Umbrella samples were used to reconstruct free energy A thermodynamic phase transition, by the standard approach of Ehrenfest curves using the weighted histogram analysis method (50), and errors were (44), is indicated if a thermodynamic quantity [e.g., P(αa, αc)] or any of its estimated using jackknife resampling (51). Additional methodological details derivatives is discontinuous. A discontinuity of P(αa, αc) signals a thermody- are in SI Text. Data, documentation, simulation code, and analysis code are namic phase transition in shape space because of the explicit shape depen- available on request from S.C.G. dence in this relation. Accordingly, we searched for discontinuities by initial- izing systems with different building blocks (examples are in Fig. 3 A and C) Results in perfect BCC (N = 2,000), FCC (N = 2,048), or SC (N = 2,197) structures and 7 We ﬁrst present thermodynamic ﬁndings followed by dynamics computed P(αa, αc) (Fig. 3 B and D) after 1.5 × 10 MC steps to ensure that systems reach equilibrium or metastable equilibrium using standard tech- results for the FCC↔BCC transition. Next, we present the same niques (47). for the BCC↔SC transition.
Second, having located discontinuities in P(αa, αc) and its derivatives, we computed the free energy as a function of order parameter (i.e., the Landau FCC↔BCC Transition. We investigated the thermodynamics of free energy) (44) for a series of ﬁxed particle shapes near the solid–solid tran- shape change-driven FCC↔BCC solid–solid phase transitions in sition using umbrella sampling (40). To quantify the system crystal structure, four distinct regions of shape space (indicated by lines 1 and 3–5 we used a neighbor-averaged (48) version of the standard spherical harmonic in Fig. 1). In each region, at the FCC↔BCC cross-over, we ﬁnd bond order parameters (49). To achieve good order parametric separation of that the P(αa , αc ) constitutive relation exhibits a discontinu- our crystal phases of interest, we used the second neighbor-averaged l = 4 ous ﬁrst derivative (Fig. 3B), indicating a phase transition that
parameter Q4, which distinguishes BCC from FCC, SC, and hexagonally close- is either ﬁrst or second order in the Ehrenfest classiﬁcation (44). packed (HCP) phases in our systems as shown in Figs. 4B and 5B. To conﬁrm Additional investigation via umbrella sampling yields the Landau
the validity of Q4 as an order parameter for monitoring the FCC↔BCC transi- free energy near the putative solid–solid transition for six dif-
tions, we plot thermal averages of Q4 computed in BCC, HCP, and FCC in Fig. ferent shapes depicted in Fig. 4A. Note that the similarity in
4B. Data indicate that BCC crystals have a peak near Q4 = 0.06, that HCP has a particle shapes makes them difﬁcult to distinguish by eye but
peak near Q4 = 0.09 and a second smaller peak around Q4 = 0.13 because of is most clearly indicated by the relative size of the square face.
mixed HCP–FCC stacking, and that FCC has a peak near Q4 = 0.17. The peaks Particles are colored from blue (BCC) to red (FCC) according
are well-separated, and therefore, Q4 is a good distinguishing measure of to the structures that they spontaneously self-assemble. More a crystal phase. Umbrella sampling calculations used 5 × 104 samples in 32 blue (more red) shapes are more likely to form BCC (FCC).
equally spaced windows in Q4 across each transition with a harmonic con- Shapes colored purple exhibit an almost equal probability to straint of spring constant k = 3.5 × 104.[k is parametrically large because it form either BCC or FCC. We computed the Landau free energy
scales like the inverse square of the resolution of the order parameter, δQ4. using the order parameter Q 4 deﬁned above. In Fig. 4 C and For our crystals of interest, Q4 falls in the range of 0.05–0.2, so that we need D, we plot Landau free energies obtained from umbrella sam-
to be able to resolve order parameter intervals of δQ4 ≈ 0.005. The value pling after averaging from ﬁve independent replica runs on both 4 ∗ k = 3.5 × 10 that we found to be consistent with efﬁcient sampling is con- sides of the solid–solid phase transition. Calculations at αc > αc −2 sistent with a naive estimate k ≈ (δQ4) .] We study FCC↔BCC transitions (i.e., above the FCC↔BCC transition) (Fig. 4C) show that, suf- in four distinct regions of shape space, in each case using six polyhedra with ﬁciently far into the BCC phase, there is no metastable FCC free
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APPLIED PHYSICAL PNAS PLUS SCIENCES gies computed via umbrella sampling are plotted in Fig. 5C and A show no evidence of secondary local minima that would indi- cate a discontinuous (i.e., ﬁrst-order) phase transition. Umbrella sampling computations were performed at a higher resolution of 0.575 0.6 0.625 0.65 0.675 0.7 0.725 shape space below the putative transition (α . 0.6) to extract the B Q D expected value of the order parameter 4 (Fig. 5D) and are con- sistent with the self-assembled Q 4 measurements (Fig. 6), sug- gesting that Q 4 has a discontinuous derivative at the transition. Together, the P(αa , αc ) constitutive relation, the direct evalu-
ation of the order parameter Q 4, and the umbrella sampling results all indicate that the BCC↔SC solid–solid phase transition is a continuous (i.e., second- or higher-order) thermodynamic phase transition in ∆323. Evidence that the BCC↔SC solid–solid phase transition is also continuous in shape space region 6 (Fig. 1) is given in SI Text. C 0.575 As in the FCC↔BCC case, we investigated the dynamics of 0.58 the BCC↔SC solid–solid phase transformation by modeling how 0.585 the system responds to a sudden change in particle shape. We 0.59 model a process in which particle shape reconﬁguration occurs 0.595 0.6 on a much shorter timescale than the structural relaxation by ini- 0.625 tializing BCC-forming particles in SC lattices (and vice versa) 0.65 and simulating at ﬁxed particle shape and packing density for 0.675 1.5 × 107 MC sweeps (example simulation results are shown 0.7 0.725 in Movie S2). On these simulation timescales, in all cases, we observed dynamic solid–solid phase transformations via a tran- sition pathway through intermediate structures that follow the order parameter that we used for umbrella sampling. Moreover, Fig. 5. Shape-induced structural BCC↔SC reconﬁguration occurs continu- we observe that, for α above the transition, any shape perturba- ously in spheric triangle invariant hard polyhedra. (A) Sample shapes used tion induces a structural change with no evidence of metastabil- in umbrella sampling calculation from the start to end in equal space. C ity. We also observe that the dynamics of the solid–solid trans- shows all shapes. (B) Second neighbor-averaged l = 4 spherical harmonic formation occurs on typical timescales of 2 × 106 MC sweeps. order parameter Q4 shows a series of structures between BCC and SC. Taken together, these results provide additional corroboration (C) Umbrella sampling shows a continuous phase transition. (D) Location of free energy minima extracted from umbrella sampling simulations as a of our observation that BCC↔SC is a continuous thermody- namic phase transition in ∆323 at ﬁxed packing fraction η = 0.55, function of αa, c. and the timescale under which the solid–solid transition occurs dynamically is shorter by nearly an order of magnitude than in space provides an additional conﬁrmation that the solid–solid the case of FCC↔BCC. transition is ﬁrst order. Moreover, by measuring the order parameter evolution in MC simulation, our results indicate Discussion that the transition pathway in MC simulation follows the order Motivated by the need for minimal models to study solid– parameter that we chose in umbrella sampling, providing addi- solid transitions (10), the observation that, in these transitions, tional conﬁrmation that it appropriately parametrizes the FCC↔ BCC solid–solid transition. BCC↔SC Transition. We investigated the thermodynamics of A BCC↔SC solid–solid phase transitions in two distinct regions SC of shape space (lines 2 and 6 in Fig. 1). In Fig. 3D, we plot BCC SC the P(αa , αc ) constitutive relation with αa = αc ≡ α for region 2, which shows a discontinuity in pressure near α ≈ 0.6 consis- tent with a phase transition that is, at most, second order in the Ehrenfest classiﬁcation. A close-up view of these data is pre-
sented in Fig. 6B. Fig. 6A shows Q 4 order parameter measure- ments that suggest a discontinuous ﬁrst derivative with respect to α, which is also consistent with a continuous (i.e., second or B SC higher order) thermodynamic phase transition. Corroborating BCC evidence is provided by computing the Landau free energy as a
function of the order parameter Q 4 near the putative solid–solid transition via umbrella sampling for a range of shapes indicated BCC in Fig. 5A. Particles are colored from blue (BCC) to green (SC)
according to the value of the order parameter Q 4 of the struc- tures into which they self-assemble. Computed thermal averages
(Fig. 5B) of the order parameter Q 4 in BCC and SC crystals show that BCC crystals have a peak near 0.08 and that SC has a peak near 0.17; however, our results also suggest the exis- Fig. 6. BCC↔SC solid–solid phase transition is a continuous (i.e., second- or higher-order) thermodynamic phase transition. (A) Order parameter Q4 vs. tence of structures with intermediate Q 4 for intermediate parti- shape suggests the derivative of the order parameter changes discontinu- cle shapes, where their self-assembled structures are in between ously near αa, c = 0.6. (B) P(αa, αc) also indicates a discontinuous derivative BCC and SC as shown in their Q 4 distribution. Landau free ener- near αa, c also consistent with a continuous phase transition.
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APPLIED PHYSICAL PNAS PLUS SCIENCES in quasi-2D systems. Minimal colloidal models of the type observed spontaneous FCC↔BCC reconﬁguration on time- constructed here provide an avenue for the study of full 3D scales of τ ∼ 106 MC sweeps. The relatively short timescales transformations. observed for reconﬁguration suggests that, for sufﬁciently large Our results can also help to guide the synthesis of reconﬁg- shape deformations, although the phase transition is ﬁrst order, urable colloidal material (Fig. 7). Experiments have shown sys- direct solid–solid reconﬁguration without an intermediate ﬂuid tems with changeable building block shape either directly (5, 52, can occur on comparable physical timescales to self-assembly 53, 57, 58) or effectively via depletion (34). Here, we show that, and therefore, is a viable means of designing reconﬁgurable col- for colloidal particles that can be synthesized in the laboratory loidal materials. In the BCC↔SC case, the continuous nature (18, 20), changing particle shape can be used to induce trans- of the transition implies that there is no nucleation barrier, and formations between FCC↔BCC and BCC↔SC. What implica- indeed, we observed structural reconﬁguration in MC simula- tions are there for the rational design of reconﬁgurable colloidal tions of N ∼ 2 × 103 particles on typical timescales of τ ∼ 106, materials? To answer this question, it is important to understand which are less than what is typically observed for self-assembly of how structural reconﬁguration compares with self-assembly in comparably sized systems of hard anisotropic colloids. The rela- terms of typical timescales. We obtain “timescales” via MC sim- tively fast speed at which structural reconﬁguration occurs in this ulations involving local translations and rotations of individual case of a continuous solid–solid transition suggests that a broader particles to approximate the Brownian dynamics (59) of physi- search for other systems of anisotropic colloids that exhibit con- cal colloids (60). In the case of FCC↔BCC, for shapes near the tinuous solid–solid phase transitions could yield candidate sys- ∗ discontinuous transition (|α − α | . 0.05), we did not observe tems for developing rapidly switchable reconﬁgurable colloidal spontaneous structural reconﬁguration in systems of N ∼ 2,000 materials. 7 particles on timescales of τ . 10 MC sweeps. This timescale is much longer than the typical time that it takes to observe ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. We thank K. Ahmed, J. Anderson, J. Dshemuchadse, spontaneous crystallization or melting in MC simulations of the O. Gang, E. Irrgang, and D. Klotsa for helpful discussions and encourage- N ∼ 2 × 103 τ ∼ 107 ment; and D. Klotsa for sharing with us an early version of the follow-up self-assembly of particles, for which . work of ref. 39. This material is based on work supported in part by the The contrasting timescales for self-assembly vs. solid–solid US Army Research Ofﬁce under Grant Award W911NF-10-1-0518 and by a reconﬁguration suggest that, for small shape deformations of Simons Investigator award from the Simons Foundation to S.C.G. This work ∗ |α − α | . 0.05, spontaneous, shape change-driven, dynamic used the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) ↔ ∆ (61), which is supported by National Science Foundation Grant ACI-1053575 FCC BCC reconﬁguration in 323 can be achieved on shorter (XSEDE Award DMR 140129). Additional computational resources and ser- timescales by completely melting and then recrystallizing the vices were supported by Advanced Research Computing at the University of ∗ system. However, for larger shape changes |α − α | & 0.05, we Michigan.
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