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Issue 37, 2018
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General patchy ellipsoidal particle model for the aggregation behaviors of shape- and/or surface-anisotropic building blocks

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Abstract

We present a general patchy ellipsoidal particle model suitable for conducting dynamics simulations of the aggregation behaviors of various shape- and/or surface-anisotropic colloids, especially patchy ellipsoids with continuously variable shape and tunable patchiness. To achieve higher computational efficiency in dynamics simulations, we employ a multi-GPU acceleration technique based on a domain decomposition algorithm. The validation and performance evaluation of this GPU-assisted model are performed by simulating several typical benchmark systems of non-patchy and patchy ellipsoids. Given the generality and efficiency of our GPU-assisted patchy ellipsoidal particle model, it will provide a highly feasible dynamics simulation framework to investigate the aggregation behaviors of anisotropic soft matter systems comprised of shape- and/or surface-anisotropic building blocks.

Graphical abstract: General patchy ellipsoidal particle model for the aggregation behaviors of shape- and/or surface-anisotropic building blocks

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The article was received on 08 Aug 2018, accepted on 10 Aug 2018 and first published on 10 Aug 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM01631C
Citation: Soft Matter, 2018,14, 7625-7633

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    General patchy ellipsoidal particle model for the aggregation behaviors of shape- and/or surface-anisotropic building blocks

    Z. Li, Y. Zhu, Z. Lu and Z. Sun, Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 7625
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SM01631C

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