Modeling Microgels with a Controlled Structure across the Volume Phase Transition

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Thermoresponsive microgels are soft colloids that find widespread use as model systems for soft matter physics. Their complex internal architecture, made of a disordered and heterogeneous polymer network, has been so far a major challenge for computer simulations. In this work, we put forward a coarse-grained model of microgels whose structural properties are in quantitative agreement with results obtained with small-angle X-ray scattering experiments across a wide range of temperatures, encompassing the volume phase transition. These results bridge the gap between experiments and simulations of individual microgel particles, paving the way to theoretically address open questions about their bulk properties with unprecedented nano- and microscale resolution.


  • Andrea Ninarello
  • Jérôme J. Crassous
  • Divya Paloli
  • Fabrizio Camerin
  • Nicoletta Gnan
  • Lorenzo Rovigatti
  • Peter Schurtenberger
  • Emanuela Zaccarelli
External organisations
  • CNR Institute for Complex Systems (CNR-ISC)
  • Sapienza University of Rome
  • RWTH Aachen University
Research areas and keywords

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  • Physical Chemistry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7584-7592
Number of pages9
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch