Microtech2010 2010

Self-assembly of Disk-Coil Molecules

Y. Kim, A. Alexander-katz
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US

Keywords: disk-coil, self-assembly, chlorophyll, monte-carlo simulation


Using Monte Carlo simulations, we investigate the self-assembly of disk-coil molecules in the NPT ensemble. By changing the interaction parameters between the disk and the coil portion of the molecules, a full phase diagram of these four phases is constructed. Furthermore, we study the ordering of disks within the crystal phase and we find that the confinement imposed by the mesophase segregation induces stronger order compared to the pure disk case, which was also explicitly simulated. Our results show that by reducing the dimensionality of a system it is possible to induce higher order of the molecules and help orient the disks in the crystal phase. Our results are relevant for organic photoactive (typically planar) molecules that are functionalized with tails to improve their processability and long-range order in the solid phase.
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