Second-virial theory for shape-persistent living polymers templated by disks

  title={Second-virial theory for shape-persistent living polymers templated by disks},
  author={Marina Torres L'azaro and Roohollah Aliabadi and Henricus Herman Wensink},
  journal={Physical Review E},
Living polymers composed of non-covalently bonded building blocks with weak backbone flexibility may self-assemble into thermoresponsive lyotropic liquid crystals. We demonstrate that the reversible polymer assembly and phase behavior can be controlled by the addition of (non-adsorbing) rigid colloidal discs which act as an entropic reorienting “template” onto the supramolecular polymers. Using a particle-based second-virial theory that correlates the various entropies associated with the… 

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