Repulsive Particles

When it comes to particles, we usually think of opposites attracting – north and south, positive and negative. But, somehow particles that one might expect to mutually repel somehow manage to form clusters in solution. How this can be was the subject of a research project undertaken by Gerhard Kahl of the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the Vienna University of Technology, and colleagues. Their finding could be important for understanding how polymers become organized and improve the prospects of the burgeoning field of soft matter research.

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