Polymer Nanoparticle Interactions

Polymer-Nanoparticle Interactions

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Jens-Uwe Sommer , Holger Merlitz , Christoph Jentzsch

Introduction

Mixtures of Polymer and precisely sized nano-particles are of general interest in nanotechnology and biophysics. A basic problem is the mutual interaction between nanoparticles induced by the polymer matrix. Depletion attraction plays an important role, but also the concentration of the polymer matrix and the interaction between monomers and particles. All these properties can be used to control the phase behavior and surface behavior of polymer nanoparticle mixtures. Moreover, mixing nanoparticles with copolymers can be used to control the morphology in particular for the case of thin films. We are also interested in the influence of shear fields on the morphology of such composites.

Topics

Polymer-induced interactions between nanoparticles

Mixtures of copolymers and nanoparticles

Highlights

  • X.-Z. Cao, H. Merlitz, C.-X. Wu and J.-U. Sommer
    Polymer-Induced Entropic Depletion Potential
    Phys. Rev. E 84 (2011) 041802


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    Polymer Nanoparticle Interactions
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