16 آذر 1400

حسین اسلامی

مرتبه علمی: استاد
نشانی: دانشکده علوم و فناوری نانو و زیستی - گروه شیمی
تحصیلات: دکترای تخصصی / شیمی
تلفن: 09100000000
دانشکده: دانشکده علوم و فناوری نانو و زیستی

مشخصات پژوهش

عنوان Self-Assembly Mechanisms of Triblock Janus Particles
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مجله Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
شناسه DOI
پژوهشگران حسین اسلامی (نفر اول) ، ندا خنجری (نفر دوم) ، Florian Muller-Plathe (نفر سوم)

چکیده

We present a detailed model to study the nucleation of triblock Janus particles from solution. The Janus particles are modeled as cross-linked polystyrene spheres whose poles are patched with sticky alkyl groups and their middle band is covered with negative charges. To mimic the experimental conditions, solvent, counterions, and a substrate, on which the crystallization takes place, are included in the model. A many-body dissipative particle dynamics simulation technique is employed to include hydrodynamic and manybody interactions. Metadynamics simulations are performed to explore the pathways for nucleation of Kagome and hexagonal lattices. In agreement with experiment, we found that nucleation of the Kagome lattice from solution follows a two-step mechanism. The connection of colloidal particles through their patches initially generates a disordered liquid network. Subsequently, orientational rearrangements in the liquid precursors lead to the formation of ordered nuclei. Biasing the potential energy of the largest crystal, a critical nucleus appears in the simulation box, whose further growth crystallizes the whole solution. The location of the phase transition point and its shift with patch width are in very good agreement with experiment. The structure of the crystallized phase depends on the patch width; in the limit of very narrow patches strings are stable aggregates, intermediate patches stabilize the Kagome lattice, and wide patches nucleate the hexagonal phase. The scaling behavior of the calculated barrier heights confirms a first-order liquid-Kagome phase transition.