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Soft-patchy nanoparticles: modeling and self-organization

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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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Submitted
19 Dec 2014
Accepted
15 Jan 2015
First published
16 Jan 2015

This article is Open Access

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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