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Mikto-Arm Stars as Soft-Patchy Particles: From Building Blocks to Mesoscopic Structures

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Computation-Based Science and Technology Research Center, The Cyprus Institute, 20 Constantinou Kavafi Str., Nicosia 2121, Cyprus
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Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM), Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), GR-70013 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Crete, GR-70013 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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Academic Editor: Oleg V. Borisov
Polymers 2021, 13(7), 1114; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13071114
Received: 1 February 2021 / Revised: 26 March 2021 / Accepted: 27 March 2021 / Published: 1 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Self-Assembly of Block Copolymers: Experiment and Modelling)
We present an atomistic molecular dynamics study of self-assembled mikto-arm stars, which resemble patchy-like particles. By increasing the number of stars in the system, we propose a systematic way of examining the mutual orientation of these fully penetrable patchy-like objects. The individual stars maintain their patchy-like morphology when creating a mesoscopic (macromolecular) self-assembled object of more than three stars. The self-assembly of mikto-arm stars does not lead to a deformation of the stars, and their shape remains spherical. We identified characteristic sub-units in the self-assembled structure, differing by the mutual orientation of the nearest neighbor stars. The current work aims to elucidate the possible arrangements of the realistic, fully penetrable patchy particles in polymer matrix and to serve as a model system for further studies of nanostructured materials or all-polymer nanocomposites using the mikto-arm stars as building blocks. View Full-Text
Keywords: atomistic simulations; mikto-arm stars; patchy particles atomistic simulations; mikto-arm stars; patchy particles
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Bačová, P.; Mintis, D.G.; Gkolfi, E.; Harmandaris, V. Mikto-Arm Stars as Soft-Patchy Particles: From Building Blocks to Mesoscopic Structures. Polymers 2021, 13, 1114. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13071114

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Bačová P, Mintis DG, Gkolfi E, Harmandaris V. Mikto-Arm Stars as Soft-Patchy Particles: From Building Blocks to Mesoscopic Structures. Polymers. 2021; 13(7):1114. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13071114

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Bačová, Petra, Dimitris G. Mintis, Eirini Gkolfi, and Vagelis Harmandaris. 2021. "Mikto-Arm Stars as Soft-Patchy Particles: From Building Blocks to Mesoscopic Structures" Polymers 13, no. 7: 1114. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13071114

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