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Title: Ordering nanoparticles with polymer brushes

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  1. Department of Physics, Center for Soft Matter and Biological Physics, and Macromolecules Innovation Institute, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061, USA
  2. Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185, USA
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Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-05CH11231; NA-0003525
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Journal Article: Publisher's Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Chemical Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 147; Journal Issue: 22; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2018-02-14 17:15:42; Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9606
American Institute of Physics
Country of Publication:
United States

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Cheng, Shengfeng, Stevens, Mark J., and Grest, Gary S.. Ordering nanoparticles with polymer brushes. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1063/1.5006048.
Cheng, Shengfeng, Stevens, Mark J., & Grest, Gary S.. Ordering nanoparticles with polymer brushes. United States. doi:10.1063/1.5006048.
Cheng, Shengfeng, Stevens, Mark J., and Grest, Gary S.. 2017. "Ordering nanoparticles with polymer brushes". United States. doi:10.1063/1.5006048.
title = {Ordering nanoparticles with polymer brushes},
author = {Cheng, Shengfeng and Stevens, Mark J. and Grest, Gary S.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1063/1.5006048},
journal = {Journal of Chemical Physics},
number = 22,
volume = 147,
place = {United States},
year = 2017,
month =

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