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Dynamic simulations of many-body electrostatic self-assembly

Lindgren, Eric B.; Stamm, Benjamin; Maday, Yvon; Besley, Elena; Stace, Anthony J.


Eric B. Lindgren

Benjamin Stamm

Yvon Maday

Anthony J. Stace


Two experimental studies relating to electrostatic self-assembly have been the subject of dynamic computer simulations, where the consequences of changing the charge and the dielectric constant of the materials concerned have been explored. One series of calculations relates to experiments on the assembly of polymer particles that have been subjected to tribocharging and the simulations successfully reproduce many of the observed patterns of behaviour. A second study explores events observed following collisions between single particles and small clusters composed of charged particles derived from a metal oxide composite. As before, observations recorded during the course of the experiments are reproduced by the calculations. One study in particular reveals how particle polarisability can influence the assembly process.


Lindgren, E. B., Stamm, B., Maday, Y., Besley, E., & Stace, A. J. (2018). Dynamic simulations of many-body electrostatic self-assembly. Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 21, 2017
Publication Date Feb 5, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 19, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 19, 2018
Journal Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Print ISSN 1364-503X
Electronic ISSN 1471-2962
Publisher The Royal Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords many-body, electrostatic, self-assembly, simulations, particles.
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