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Predicting the mesophases of copolymer-nanoparticle composites

Thompson, RB and Ginzburg, VV and Matsen, MW and Balazs, AC (2001) Predicting the mesophases of copolymer-nanoparticle composites. Science, 292 (5526). 2469 - 2472. ISSN 0036-8075

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The interactions between mesophase-forming copolymers and nanoscopic particles can Lead to highly organized hybrid materials. The morphology of such composites depends not only on the characteristics of the copolymers, but also on the features of the nanoparticles. To explore this vast parameter space and predict the mesophases of the hybrids, we have developed a mean field theory for mixtures of soft, flexible chains and hard spheres. Applied to diblock-nanoparticle mixtures, the theory predicts ordered phases where particles and diblocks self-assemble into spatially periodic structures. The method can be applied to other copolymer-particle mixtures and can be used to design novel composite architectures.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Thompson, RB
Ginzburg, VV
Matsen, MW
Balazs, ACbalazs@pitt.eduBALAZS0000-0002-5555-2692
Date: 29 June 2001
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Science
Volume: 292
Number: 5526
Page Range: 2469 - 2472
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1126/science.1060585
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0036-8075
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Date Deposited: 31 May 2016 19:10
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:55


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