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Designing highly tunable semiflexible filament networks

  • Author(s): Pandolfi, RJ
  • Edwards, L
  • Johnston, D
  • Becich, P
  • Hirst, LS
  • et al.

Semiflexible polymers can generate a range of filamentous networks significantly different in structure from those seen in conventional polymer solutions. Our coarse-grained simulations with an implicit cross-linker potential show that networks of branching bundles, knotted morphologies, and structural chirality can be generated by a generalized approach independent of specific cross-linkers. Network structure depends primarily on filament flexibility and separation, with significant connectivity increase after percolation. Results should guide the design of engineered semiflexible polymers. © 2014 American Physical Society.

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