Do knots self-tighten for entropic reasons?

Alexander Y. Grosberg

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    In this article, I review the works related to the idea that conformational entropy favors self-tightening of knots in a polymer chain. Interesting parallels and some controversies exist between theoretical, computational, and experimental works. Recent progress in the field suggests that self-tightening is a real effect, but much remains to be understood about it.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)864-872
    Number of pages9
    JournalPolymer Science - Series A
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Polymers and Plastics
    • Materials Chemistry


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