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Polymers, Volume 9, Issue 8 (August 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Threadings are architecture-specific topological constraints that give rise to complex and [...] Read more. Threadings are architecture-specific topological constraints that give rise to complex and fascinating behaviours in ring polymer melts. In the figure, we show a macroscopic analogy for a system of dense ring polymers made using "anelloni", a type of pasta similar to spaghetti, in which the two ends have been joined to form a circle. Upon cooking, anelloni become highly entangled and interpenetrated, and because of these threading constraints, one anellone cannot be easily pulled out of a bowl by itself, as it would if they were simple linear spaghetti. View Paper here