Dynamics and statics of polymer nanocomposite self-assembly via molecular dynamics

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2015-01-01
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Knorowski, Christopher
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Physics and Astronomy
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DNA linker mediated self-assembly of nanoparticles- grafting complementary sequences of single stranded DNA to nanoparticles to program their self-assembly, is a flexible strategy for designing novel polymer nanocomposites. In this dissertation, a scale-accurate coarse grained model of nanoparticles grafted with DNA is developed. Using Molecular Dynamics simulations, the dynamics of self-assembly and equilibrium phases are investigated for systems where nanoparticles are spherical or anisotropic.

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Condensed Matter Physics, crystal growth, DNA grafted nanoparticles, polymer nanocomposites, self-assembly, soft-matter
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