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Particle self-assembly on soft elastic shells

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We use numerical simulations to show how noninteracting hard particles binding to a deformable elastic shell may self-assemble into a variety of linear patterns. This is a result of the nontrivial elastic response to deformations of shells. The morphology of the patterns can be controlled by the mechanical properties of the surface, and can be fine-tuned by varying the binding energy of the particles. We also repeat our calculations for a fully flexible chain and find that the chain conformations follow patterns similar to those formed by the nanoparticles under analogous conditions. We propose a simple way of understanding and sorting the different structures and relate it to the underlying shape transition of the shell. Finally, we discuss the implications of our results.

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12 Oct 2010
02 Dec 2010
First published
23 Dec 2010

Soft Matter, 2011,7, 1874-1878
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Particle self-assembly on soft elastic shells

A. Šarić and A. Cacciuto, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 1874
DOI: 10.1039/C0SM01143F

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