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Elasticity of Polymer Gels (and a Cytoskeleton in the Closet) – Gavin Buxton

Date: Mon. September 10th, 2007, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Location: Rockefeller 221

Using computer simulations we can investigate the elastic properties of random elastic networks of struts. As the connectivity of the network increases a transition is observed between systems which deform through the bending of the struts to systems which deform through the stretching of the struts. I would like to talk a little about this bending to stretching transition and the implications of this transition to materials science and biology.

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