In-chain functionalized polymer induced assembly of nanoparticles: toward materials with tailored properties†
We adopt a molecular dynamics simulation method to describe the self-assembly of nanoparticles in in-chain functionalized polymers. In such novel systems, the organization of nanoparticles is governed by the interplay of the intrinsic attractions between nanoparticles and the entropy of redistributing the functionalized polymers that are adsorbed on the nanoparticles. Our simulations also demonstrate that this approach to nanoparticle assembly enables considerable control for the creation of polymer nanocomposites with tailored properties.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Polymers