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Self-assembly of end-tethered nanorods in a neat system and role of block fractions and aspect ratio

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Abstract

We report a computational study of the self-assembly of end-tethered nanorods in a neat system (no solvent). We present morphological phase diagrams for low and moderate aspect ratio rods as a function of inverse temperature vs. relative tether fraction. Our simulations predict that the end-tethered rods self-assemble into hexagonally arranged chiral cylinders, hexagonally perforated lamellae, monolayer and bilayer arrowhead structures and wavy lamellae. For high aspect ratio tethered nanorods and small tether fractions, we observe that the tethered nanorods self-assemble into smectic and zig-zag lamellar morphologies.

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The article was received on 24 Aug 2009, accepted on 24 Nov 2009 and first published on 06 Jan 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B917403F
Citation: Soft Matter, 2010,6, 945-954
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    Self-assembly of end-tethered nanorods in a neat system and role of block fractions and aspect ratio

    M. A. Horsch, Z. Zhang and S. C. Glotzer, Soft Matter, 2010, 6, 945
    DOI: 10.1039/B917403F

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