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Anomalous structural and dynamical phase transitions of soft colloidal binary mixtures

Kandar, AK and Basu, JK and Narayanan, S and Sandy, A (2012) Anomalous structural and dynamical phase transitions of soft colloidal binary mixtures. In: Soft Matter, 8 (39). pp. 10055-10060.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C2SM25774B


We report microscopic structural and dynamical measurements on binary mixtures of homopolymers and polymer grafted nanoparticles at high densities in good solvent. We find strong and unexpected anomalies in the structure and dynamics of these binary mixtures, including appearance of spontaneous orientational alignment, as a function of added homopolymers of different molecular weights. Our experiments point to the possibility of exploiting the phase space in density and homopolymer size, of such hybrid systems, to create new materials with novel structural and physical properties.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Soft Matter
Publisher: Royal society of chemistry
Additional Information: Copyright for this article is belongs to Royal society of chemistry.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2012 08:19
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 08:19
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/45214

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