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Keywords:

  • magnetic fields;
  • magnetic nanoparticles;
  • nanoparticle chains;
  • polymers;
  • self-assembly
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Self-assembled chains of magnetic nanoparticles embedded in a bulk polymer are prepared by thermally curing a dispersion of the nanoparticles in a liquid monomer under the application of a magnetic field. Repulsive forces between the chains cause them to assemble into an array with quasiperiodic, micrometer-scale spacing, and the chains exhibit enhanced magnetic anisotropy along the chain axis.