Polloidal chains from self-assembly of flattened particles

Laura Mely Ramírez, Charles A. Michaelis, Javier E. Rosado, Elias K. Pabón, Ralph H. Colby, Darrell Velegol

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Chains of micrometer-size colloidal particles have been self-assembled that are flexible, mechanically stable, and observable in optical microscopy. The chains sometimes have more than 30 particles, and we call them "polloidal chains". A key aspect of the work is the careful modeling of the interparticle forces between partially flattened polystyrene spheres. This modeling helped us to identify a narrow window of system conditions that produce interparticle physical bonds with a bond energy greater than 15kT, as well as a gap of fluid between particles that enables freely rotating bonds and flexible chains. The formation of the chains is well-modeled using linear condensation growth from classical polymer theory, suggesting that the chains might be used experimentally as large-scale, relatively slow moving models for polymer chains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10340-10345
Number of pages6
Issue number33
StatePublished - Aug 20 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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