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Nucleation in Polymers and Soft Matter

Xu, Xiaofei and Ting, Christina L. and Kusaka, Isamu and Wang, Zhen-Gang (2014) Nucleation in Polymers and Soft Matter. Annual Review of Physical Chemistry, 65 . pp. 449-475. ISSN 0066-426X. doi:10.1146/annurev-physchem-032511-143750.

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Nucleation is a ubiquitous phenomenon in many physical, chemical, and biological processes. In this review, we describe recent progress on the theoretical study of nucleation in polymeric fluids and soft matter, including binary mixtures (polymer blends, polymers in poor solvents, compressible polymer–small molecule mixtures), block copolymer melts, and lipid membranes. We discuss the methodological development for studying nucleation as well as novel insights and new physics obtained in the study of the nucleation behavior in these systems.

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Additional Information:© 2014 by Annual Reviews. X.X. thanks Dr. Ran Ni for helpful discussions about the umbrella sampling method. Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.
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Subject Keywords:minimum free energy path, binary mixtures, microphase separation, membrane fusion, membrane pore formation, membrane rupture
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