Topological Interactions in Ring Polymers

  • DavideĀ Michieletto

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 123-124

About this book


Ring polymers are one of the last big mysteries in polymer physics, and this thesis tackles the problem of describing their behaviour when interacting in dense solutions and with complex environments and reports key findings that help shed light on these complex issues. The systems investigated are not restricted to artificial polymer systems, but also cover biologically inspired ensembles, contributing to the broad applicability and interest of the conclusions reached. One of the most remarkable findings is the unambiguous evidence that rings inter-penetrate when in dense solutions; here this behaviour is shown to lead to the emergence of a glassy state solely driven by the topology of the constituents. This novel glassy state is unconventional in its nature and, thanks to its universal properties inherited from polymer physics, will attract the attention of a wide range of physicists in the years to come.


Ring Molecules in Solution Molecular Dynamics Models of Rings Kinetoplast DNA Gel Electrophoresis DNA Knots Topological Glass Interpenetrating Ring Molecules DNA Gel Electrophoresis

Authors and affiliations

  • DavideĀ Michieletto
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  1. 1.School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom

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