By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Physics Week -- A new study on Polymer Physics is now available. According to news originating from Wenzhou, People's Republic of China, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "The aggregation behavior and phase separation of nanorod (NR)/nanoparticle (NP) nanoinclusions immersed in semiflexible polymer brushes (PBs) are investigated by using molecular dynamics simulations. A variety of phases are formed by varying the size ratio q=sigma(r)/sigma(p), where sigma(r) and sigma(p) are the diameters of NR and NPs, respectively, and the attractive interactions epsilon(M) between NR/NP nanoinclusions and PBs."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Wenzhou University, "Ordered structures of NRs surrounded by large NPs are observed for the small size ratio q, and a dispersed mixture phase appears for the moderate size ratio q at weak attractive interaction. Meanwhile, the crystallization of NRs occurs at strong attractive interaction for the large size ratio q and a main face-centered cubic (fcc) structure combined with a small amount of hexagonal-closed packed (hcp) structure is observed."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "This investigation can provide some insights into the self-assembly of complex nanoinclusions and promise a new approach for controlling the self-assemble behavior of NPs."
For more information on this research see: Self-Assembly of Nanorod/Nanoparticle Mixtures in Polymer Brushes. Journal of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics, 2014;52(4):299-309. Journal of Polymer Science Part B-Polymer Physics can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA.
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from D. Zhang, Wenzhou Univ, Dept. of Phys, Wenzhou 325035, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include Y.K. Jin, J. Cheng, Y.W. Jiang, L.L. He and L.X. Zhang.
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Wenzhou, Polymer Physics, People's Republic of China
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