Off-equilibrium response of grafted polymer chains subject to a variable rate of compression
2011 (English)In: Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP, ISSN 1463-9076, E-ISSN 1463-9084, Vol. 13, no 24, 11757-11765 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We present Brownian dynamics simulations of single grafted semiflexible chains (i.e., "polymer mushrooms'') with varying persistence lengths, intra-chain interactions, and subject to confinement. The results from different rates of compression are presented in the cases of an approaching infinite plane and a paraboloid tip. We discuss the different behaviour observed for grafted chains with strong and weak self-attraction (i.e., "hard'' and "soft'' polymer mushrooms). In both cases the effect on the size and shape is more pronounced for a slow compression rate, especially for "hard mushrooms''. We have also studied the relaxation of the chain while the compressing plane is maintained, and when it is removed suddenly. We find that the response depends strongly on the time allowed for relaxation in the compressed state. When using instead a paraboloid tip, the overall effects are similar yet less pronounced because the chain can dodge the confining object via an "escape transition.''
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 13, no 24, 11757-11765 p.
Natural Sciences Inorganic Chemistry
Research subject Chemistry with specialization in Inorganic Chemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-155223DOI: 10.1039/c1cp20462aISI: 000291395200037OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-155223DiVA: diva2:425579