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Sara Fortuna

Packing Patterns of Spherical Particles

In collaboration with the Bon Group, we studied the packing pattern of silica nanoparticles on the surface of spherical polystirene latex droplets with Monte Carlo simulations [1].

The experimental system has been modelled as a set of interacting spheres on a spherical surface. The information supplied by this model has been complementary to the experimental data, to determine whether thermodynamic equilibrium has been reached and to study the effect of the polydispersity of the spherical nanoparticles on the self-assembled structure.

[1] S. Fortuna, C. A. L. Colard, A. Troisi and S. A. F. Bon, Langmuir, 2009, 25 (21), pp 12399–12403, (COVER ARTICLE) doi: 10.1021/la9010289



The poster "Monte Carlo simulation of polydisperse spheres on a spherical surface" (PDF Document) has been presented at the "Chemistry Postgraduate Research Symposium 2008" (Warwick University, UK, 11 June 2008).

The effect of the polydispersity.