We analyze the conformations and mechanical properties of closed diblock fibers. In our model, the length fraction of each component and the total fiber length are controlled by tunable chemical potentials. Our formalism can describe fibers in which one block is a bare polymer while the other is an adsorbed protein-filament complex; these blocks maintain different bending rigidities and spontaneous curvatures. We analytically calculate the shape of two-component polymers for all values of the material parameters and chemical potentials. Our results yield a complete analytical description of all possible two-component polymer conformations, a phase portrait detailing the parameter spaces in which these shapes occur, and the identification of spontaneous transitions between shapes driven by environmental changes.
|Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
|Published - Jun 15 2011
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics