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Polymers 2016, 8(9), 333; doi:10.3390/polym8090333

Dilute Semiflexible Polymers with Attraction: Collapse, Folding and Aggregation

Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Leipzig, Postfach 100 920, Leipzig D-04009, Germany
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Received: 1 July 2016 / Revised: 12 August 2016 / Accepted: 15 August 2016 / Published: 6 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Semiflexible Polymers)
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Abstract

We review the current state on the thermodynamic behavior and structural phases of self- and mutually-attractive dilute semiflexible polymers that undergo temperature-driven transitions. In extreme dilution, polymers may be considered isolated, and this single polymer undergoes a collapse or folding transition depending on the internal structure. This may go as far as to stable knot phases. Adding polymers results in aggregation, where structural motifs again depend on the internal structure. We discuss in detail the effect of semiflexibility on the collapse and aggregation transition and provide perspectives for interesting future investigations. View Full-Text
Keywords: semiflexible polymers; structural phases; collapse; aggregation; knots semiflexible polymers; structural phases; collapse; aggregation; knots
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Zierenberg, J.; Marenz, M.; Janke, W. Dilute Semiflexible Polymers with Attraction: Collapse, Folding and Aggregation. Polymers 2016, 8, 333.

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