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Phase diagram for two-dimensional layer of soft particles

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The phase diagram of a monolayer of soft particles described by the Daoud–Cotton model for star polymers is presented. Ground state calculations and grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations are used to determine the phase behavior as a function of the number of arms on the star and the areal coverage of the soft particles. The phase diagram exhibits rich behavior including reentrant melting and freezing and solid–solid transitions with triangular, stripe, honeycomb and kagome phases. These structures in 2D are analogous to the structures observed in 3D. The evolution of the structure factor with density is qualitatively similar to that measured in experiments for polymer grafted nanocrystals [Chen et al., Macromolecules, 2017, 50, 9636].

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The article was received on 15 Feb 2019, accepted on 15 Apr 2019 and first published on 17 Apr 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C9SM00333A
Soft Matter, 2019,15, 4162-4169

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    Phase diagram for two-dimensional layer of soft particles

    X. Zhu, T. M. Truskett and R. T. Bonnecaze, Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 4162
    DOI: 10.1039/C9SM00333A

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