Clustering of a one-dimensional mesophase former1 and proposed work for surfactant mesophase thermodynamics
Yi Hu, graduate student
Patrick Charbonneau, advisor
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: French Family Science Center 3232
Avery, Meg

Mesophases ubiquitously form in soft matter systems. For the short-range attraction and longrange repulsion (SALR) mesophase formers, the strong frustration generically impedes the determination of the equilibrium phase behavior. In one-dimensional case this problem can nonetheless be avoided as the partition function can be calculated exactly. Here, we investigate the thermodynamic signatures of clustering of a one-dimensional SALR model based on equations of state and structural characteristics, then perform simulations to analyze the relaxation dynamics. Our study deepens the understanding for the microscopic origin of the SALR mesophase assembly, which will inspire further study of three-dimensional mesophase formers.