Gels composed of semiflexible polymers have remarkably complex deformational properties. Due to the introduction of a new mesoscopic length scale, the persistence length, the deformation field of these materials can depart from the predictions of continuum elastic theories over mesoscopic lengths. In this paper, we review a recently proposed phase diagram for such semiflexible gels and discuss the implications of this research for modelling the cytoskeleton.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Physics. Condensed matter|
|Publication status||Published - 21 May 2004|