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The Self-Assembly of Particles with Isotropic Interactions

By K. von Konigslow, E. D. Cardenas-Mendez and Russell Thompson

Abstract

This is an author-created, un-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. The publisher is not responsible for any errors or omissions in this version of the manuscript or any version derived from it. The Version of Record is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0953-8984/25/32/325101.A generic field-theoretic model for the self-assembly of particles with isotropic interactions, motivated by ideas in DNA-mediated colloidal assembly, is presented. A simplest possible system of colloids in explicit solvent is examined to determine the ability of non-connected particles to form complex nanometre or micron scale equilibrium structures in the absence of confounding kinetic effects. It is found that non-trivial morphologies are possible and that, for this effectively one component system, these parallel the phases of diblock copolymer melts for certain parameter choices, despite the absence of connectivity or packing frustration in the model. An explanation for the morphological similarity between these architecturally disparate systems is given. For other parameter choices, it is found that meta-stable and defected phases become more common, and that similarity with block copolymer morphologies decreases

Topics: DNA, isotropic interactions, self-assembly
Publisher: 'IOP Publishing'
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.1088/0953-8984/25/32/325101
OAI identifier: oai:uwspace.uwaterloo.ca:10012/10346

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