Glassy dynamics of soft matter under 1D confinement: How irreversible adsorption affects molecular packing, mobility gradients and orientational polarization in thin films

@article{Napolitano2013GlassyDO,
  title={Glassy dynamics of soft matter under 1D confinement: How irreversible adsorption affects molecular packing, mobility gradients and orientational polarization in thin films},
  author={Simone Napolitano and Simona Capponi and Bram Vanroy},
  journal={The European Physical Journal E},
  year={2013},
  volume={36},
  pages={1-37}
}
The structural dynamics of polymers and simple liquids confined at the nanometer scale has been intensively investigated in the last two decades in order to test the validity of theories on the glass transition predicting a characteristic length scale of a few nanometers. Although this goal has not yet been reached, the anomalous behavior displayed by some systems --e.g. thin films of polystyrene exhibit reductions of Tg exceeding 70K and a tremendous increase in the elastic modulus-- has… 
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