Volume 84, Number 4, November 2008
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties|
|Published online||11 November 2008|
Nanoparticle formation by crosslinking a macromolecule
Department of Physics & Astronomy, Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
2 Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 7 October 2008
Motivated by a recent upsurge in experimental studies of nanoparticles formed by unimolecular crosslinking, we present several models to elucidate the atomic scale processes through which these nanoparticles are formed. Extensive simulations demonstrate that the crosslinking temperature, the polymer chain persistence length, the crosslinker rigidity, and the crosslinker sequence, yield the flexibility required to produce a diversity of nanoparticle morphologies and functionalities.
PACS: 64.70.km – Polymers / 64.70.Nd – Structural transitions in nanoscale materials / 07.05.Tp – Computer modeling and simulation
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