Structural Transitions of Solvent-Free Oligomer-Grafted Nanoparticles

A Chremos and AZ Panagiotopoulos, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 107, 105503 (2011).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.105503

Novel structural transitions of solvent-free oligomer-grafted nanoparticles are investigated by using molecular dynamics simulations of a coarse-grained bead-spring model. Variations in core size and grafting density lead to self-assembly of the nanoparticles into a variety of distinct structures. At the boundaries between different structures, the nanoparticle systems undergo thermoreversible transitions. This structural behavior, which has not been previously reported, deviates significantly from that of simple liquids. The reversible nature of these transitions in solvent-free conditions offers new ways to control self-assembly of nanoparticles at experimentally accessible conditions.

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