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Title: Dynamics of micelle-nanoparticle systems undergoing shear. A coarse-grained molecular dynamics approach

Recent experimental work has shown that polymeric micelles can template nanoparticles via interstitial sites in shear-ordered micelle solutions. In the current study, we report simulation results based on a coarse-grained molecular dynamics (CGMD) model of a solvent/polymer/nanoparticle system. Our results demonstrate the importance of polymer concentration and the micelle corona length in 2D shear-ordering of neat block copolymer solutions. Although our results do not show strong 3D ordering during shear, we find that cessation of shear allows the system to relax into a 3D configuration of greater order than without shear. It is further shown that this post-shear relaxation is strongly dependent on the length of the micelle corona. For the first time, we demonstrate the presence and importance of a flow disturbance surrounding micelles in simple shear flow at moderate P├ęclet numbers. This disturbance is similar to what is observed around simulated star polymers and ellipsoids. The extent of the flow disturbance increases as expected with a longer micelle corona length. It is further suggested that without proper consideration of these dynamics, a stable nanoparticle configuration would be difficult to obtain.
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  1. Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States)
  2. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1744-683X; KJ0401000
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Soft Matter; Journal Volume: 9; Journal Issue: 43
Royal Society of Chemistry
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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United States
77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY block copolymer micelle; nanoparticle; coarse-grained molecular dynamics