We use Brownian dynamics to investigate the self-assembly of single end tethered, laterally tethered, and double end tethered V-shaped nanoparticles. The simulation results are compared with model bent-core molecules without tethers and polymer tethered nanorods to elucidate the combined effects of V-shaped geometry and the immiscibility between the V-shaped nanoparticles and the tethers on the self-assembled structures. We show that the V-shaped geometry significantly alters the phase diagram of tethered nanoparticles and further that the immiscibility between particles and tethers leads to structures not previously predicted for bent-core molecules. Examples of mesophases predicted include honeycomb, hexagonally packed cylinders, and perforated lamellar phases.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry