Designing highly tunable semiflexible filament networks
- Author(s): Pandolfi, RJ
- Edwards, L
- Johnston, D
- Becich, P
- Hirst, LS
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.89.062602
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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