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Date:4/27/2011

lityconfirming intuitive arguments made nearly half a century ago by physicists G. Adams and J.H. Gibbs, but now bolstering them with a firm computational underpinning.

Douglas and his collaborator Francis Starr of Wesleyan University achieved a large variation of fluid fragility through use of a computer model, which mimics a polymer fluid that includes tiny nanometer-sized particles. Portraying the addition of various amounts of nanoparticles and varying their interaction with the polymers, Starr says, gave the team a sort of "knob to tweak" to reveal how the fluidity changed with temperature and how the motion of the clusters was quantitatively related to changes in the fluid's properties. This tuning of cooperative motion in glass-forming liquids and fragility should be crucial in material design. Douglas says.


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