Authors Klos, J. ; Sommer, J.-U.
Title Adsorption of random copolymers by a selective layer: Monte Carlo studies
Date 29.04.2008
Number 15901
Abstract We use scaling arguments and computer simulations to investigate the adsorption of symmetric AB-random copolymers (RC) from a diluted solution onto a selective ABA layer. Depending on the ratio between the layer thickness and the size of excess blobs, d/xi, three regimes of RC adsorption are predicted. For large values of the layer thickness RC adsorption can be understood as adsorption on two selective interfaces where sequences of RC chains form bridges. When the layer thickness is of the order of xi, excess blobs are trapped in the layer and localize the copolymer chain strongly. If the layer thickness is very small a weak adsorption scenario is predicted where large loops are formed outside the layer. Our simulations using the bond fluctuation model are in good agreement with the scaling predictions. We show that chain properties display non-monotonous behavior with respect to the layer thickness with optimal values for d~=xi. In particular, we discuss simulation results for density profiles, statistics of bridges, loops and tails formed by the adsorbed chains, as well as for the adsorption order parameter and free energy. ©2008 American Institute of Physics
Publisher Journal of Chemical Physics
Citation Journal of Chemical Physics 128 (2008) 164908 1-8

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