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Entropically Driven Formation of Hierarchically Ordered Nanocomposites

Lee, JY and Thompson, RB and Jasnow, D and Balazs, AC (2002) Entropically Driven Formation of Hierarchically Ordered Nanocomposites. Physical Review Letters, 89 (15). ISSN 0031-9007

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Using theoretical models, we undertake the first investigation into the rich behavior that emerges when binary particle mixtures are blended with microphase-separating copolymers. We isolate an example of coupled self-assembly in such materials, where the system undergoes a nanoscale ordering of the particles along with a phase transformation in the copolymer matrix. Furthermore, the self-assembly is driven by entropic effects involving all the different components. The results reveal that entropy can be exploited to create highly ordered nanocomposites with potentially unique electronic and photonic properties. © 2002 The American Physical Society.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Lee, JY
Thompson, RB
Jasnow, D
Balazs, ACbalazs@pitt.eduBALAZS0000-0002-5555-2692
Date: 1 January 2002
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Physical Review Letters
Volume: 89
Number: 15
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1103/physrevlett.89.155503
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0031-9007
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Date Deposited: 31 May 2016 18:41
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2018 21:55


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