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Image courtesy of Kazem V. Edmond, Tess W.P. Jacobson, Andrew D. Hollingsworth, David J. Pine, New York University Department of Physics.
We fabricated large quantities of microscopic, bowl-shaped plastic particles that, in water, self-assemble to form long flexible chains. We use solutions of these chains to physically model solutions of worm-like micelles in order to better understand their complex physical properties.