Dendritic and branched polymer systems


Jens-Uwe Sommer, Jaroslaw Klos, Martin Wengenmayr, and Ron Dockhorn.


For highly branched polymers the degree of polymerization and the topology controls the conformational properties and their behavior in solution or under adsorption. The high number of end groups which can be functionalized and the rather compact conformations, in particular for dendrimers, make them attractive for various applications. The frozen-in random topology of randomly branched polymers is difficult to access experimentally. It is not clear to which extent differences in the topology change the static and dynamic behavior of these molecules and their interaction with absorbing surfaces. Regularly branched dendrimers are a special case. Here, we are interested in the effects of solvent quality, charges and their interactions with other molecules and adsorbing surfaces or interfaces.


Regular Dendrimers

Branched Polymers


  1. M. Wengenmayr, R. Dockhorn, and J.-U. Sommer
    Multicore Unimolecular Structure Formation in Single Dendritic-Linear Copolymers under Selective Solvent Conditions
    Macromolecules 49 (2016), 9215-9227
  2. J. Klos and J.-U. Sommer
    Monte Carlo simulations of charged dendrimer-linear polyelectrolyte complexes and explicit counterions
    J. Chem. Phys. 134 (2011) 204902
  3. J. Klos and J.-U. Sommer
    Properties of dendrimers with flexible spacer-chains: A Monte Carlo study
    Macromolecules 42 (2009) 4878