Analog modeling of Worm-Like Chain molecules using macroscopic beads-on-a-string

Simon Tricard, Efraim Feinstein, Robert F. Shepherd, Meital Reches, Phillip W. Snyder, Dileni C. Bandarage, Mara Prentiss, George M. Whitesides

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This paper describes an empirical model of polymer dynamics, based on the agitation of millimeter-sized polymeric beads. Although the interactions between the particles in the macroscopic model and those between the monomers of molecular-scale polymers are fundamentally different, both systems follow the Worm-Like Chain theory.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)9041-9046
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number25
StatePublished - 7 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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