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Title: Cavitation and radicals drive the sonochemical synthesis of functional polymer spheres

Sonochemical synthesis can lead to a dramatic increase in the kinetics of formation of polymer spheres (templates for carbon spheres) compared to the modified Stober silica method applied to produce analogous polymer spheres. Reactive molecular dynamics simulations of the sonochemical process indicate a significantly enhanced rate of polymer sphere formation starting from resorcinol and formaldehyde precursors. The associated chemical reaction kinetics enhancement due to sonication is postulated to arise from the localized lowering of atomic densities, localized heating, and generation of radicals due to cavitation collapse in aqueous systems. This dramatic increase in reaction rates translates into enhanced nucleation and growth of the polymer spheres. Finally, the results are of broad significance to understanding mechanisms of sonication induced synthesis as well as technologies utilizing polymers spheres.
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  1. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  2. World Premier International Center for Materials Nanoarchitechtonics (WPI-MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba (Japan)
  3. Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (United States)
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Journal Name:
Applied Physics Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 109; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 0003-6951
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; cavitation; molecular dynamics; polymer spheres; sonochemical synthesis
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OSTI ID: 1272649