Designing Surface Charge Patterns for Shape Control of Deformable Nanoparticles.

  title={Designing Surface Charge Patterns for Shape Control of Deformable Nanoparticles.},
  author={Nicholas E Brunk and J. C. S. Kadupitiya and Vikram Jadhao},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={125 24},
Designing reconfigurable materials based on deformable nanoparticles (NPs) hinges on an understanding of the energetically favored shapes these NPs can adopt. Using simulations, we show that hollow, deformable, patchy NPs tailored with surface charge patterns such as Janus patches, stripes, and polyhedrally distributed patches differently adapt their shape in response to changes in patterns and ionic strength, transforming into capsules, hemispheres, variably dimpled bowls, and polyhedra. The… 
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