What is it about?
This work is about how polymers "freeze" into solids. Polymers are long molecules, like a piece of spaghetti. We found that when the temperature drops, polymers can become one of two different phases. In one phase they line up but do not form a crystal, and in the other phase they form a crystal.
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Why is it important?
There are questions about the theory of how polymers freeze that we don't understand. For a long time, people thought that polymers crystallized the same way as many other molecules, but recently some people have found evidence that it may not be so simple. We are trying to help answer that question.
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This page is a summary of: Semiflexible oligomers crystallize via a cooperative phase transition, The Journal of Chemical Physics, December 2021, American Institute of Physics, DOI: 10.1063/5.0067788.
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