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dc.contributor.authorCameron, Samuel
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-09T12:29:11Z
dc.date.available2019-08-09T12:29:11Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/76228
dc.description.abstractCollagen fibrils are microscopic, rope-like, biological structures that provide mechanical support to tissues within humans and other animals. It is still not fully understood how these fibrils self-assemble from their molecular constituents. In this thesis, we address questions of fibril formation and structure by applying continuum theories of soft matter physics to the collagen fibril. We introduce a theoretical model which allows us to predict structural and mechanical properties of collagen fibrils, and demonstrate that these properties are consistent with experimental observation. Our model also predicts coexistence between two different fibril phases, something which has been alluded to in the literature for many years.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectcollagen fibrilsen_US
dc.subjectliquid crystalsen_US
dc.subjectphase-field crystalsen_US
dc.titleModelling collagen fibril structure using continuum theoryen_US
dc.date.defence2019-06-26
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Physics & Atmospheric Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.external-examinern/aen_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorProfessor Theodore Moncheskyen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerProfessor Jesse Maasenen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerProfessor Theodore Moncheskyen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorProfessor Laurent Kreplaken_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorProfessor Andrew Rutenbergen_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approvalNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.manuscriptsYesen_US
dc.contributor.copyright-releaseNot Applicableen_US
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