Materials by Design for Stiff and Tough Hairy Nanoparticle Assemblies.

Published on Jul 5, 2018in ACS Nano14.588
· DOI :10.1021/ACSNANO.8B02454
Nitin K. Hansoge4
Estimated H-index: 4
(NU: Northwestern University),
Tianyu Huang4
Estimated H-index: 4
(NU: Northwestern University)
+ 3 AuthorsSinan Keten34
Estimated H-index: 34
(NU: Northwestern University)
Matrix-free polymer-grafted nanocrystals, called assembled hairy nanoparticles (aHNPs), can significantly enhance the thermomechanical performance of nanocomposites by overcoming nanoparticle dispersion challenges and achieving stronger interfacial interactions through grafted polymer chains. However, effective strategies to improve both the mechanical stiffness and toughness of aHNPs are lacking given the general conflicting nature of these two properties and the large number of molecular parameters involved in the design of aHNPs. Here, we propose a computational framework that combines multiresponse Gaussian process metamodeling and coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations to establish design strategies for achieving optimal mechanical properties of aHNPs within a parametric space. Taking poly(methyl methacrylate) grafted to high-aspect-ratio cellulose nanocrystals as a model nanocomposite, our multiobjective design optimization framework reveals that the polymer chain length and grafting density ...
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