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Soft-patchy nanoparticles: modeling and self-organization

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Abstract

We consider a novel class of patchy particles inspired by polymer-based complex units where the limited valence in bonding is accompanied by soft interactions and incessant fluctuations of the patch positions, possibly leading to reversible modifications of the patch number and size. We introduce a simple model that takes into account the aforementioned features and we focus on the role played by the patch flexibility on the self-organization of our patchy units in the bulk, with particular attention to the connectivity properties and the morphology of the aggregated networks.

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The article was received on 19 Dec 2014, accepted on 15 Jan 2015 and first published on 16 Jan 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00271G
Citation: Faraday Discuss., 2015,181, 123-138
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    Soft-patchy nanoparticles: modeling and self-organization

    E. Bianchi, B. Capone, G. Kahl and C. N. Likos, Faraday Discuss., 2015, 181, 123
    DOI: 10.1039/C4FD00271G

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