Tailoring the flow of soft glasses by soft additives

E. Zaccarelli*, C. Mayer, A. Asteriadi, C. N. Likos, F. Sciortino, J. Roovers, H. Iatrou, Nikolaos Hadjichristidis, P. Tartaglia, H. Löwen, D. Vlassopoulos

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Abstract

We examine the vitrification and melting of asymmetric star polymer mixtures by combining rheological measurements with mode coupling theory. We identify two types of glassy states, a single glass, in which the small component is fluid in the glassy matrix of the big one, and a double glass, in which both components are vitrified. Addition of small-star polymers leads to melting of both glasses, and the melting curve has a nonmonotonic dependence on the star-star size ratio. The phenomenon opens new ways for externally steering the rheological behavior of soft matter systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number268301
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume95
Issue number26
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 31 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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