Authors Li, C.-W. ; Merlitz, H. ; Wu, C.-X. ; Sommer, J.-U.
Title The structure of brushes made of dendrimers: Recent advances
Date 19.08.2016
Number 49422
Abstract In recent publications, a couple of theoretical models, ranging from simple scaling approaches and box-like mean-field models to self-consistent field techniques, have been proposed to describe the structure of brushes that are composed of dendrimers. In this work, we carry out molecular dynamics simulations in various density regimes, and compare the resulting data with predictions of the latest theoretical models. This study enables us to access the ranges of validity and accuracy of the respective models, as well as their shortcomings. Significant differences in the predicted conformations of the dendrimers are observed and analyzed in the context of their elastic properties in the different models. This work offers guidelines for future research directions, which may lead to further progress regarding the understanding of branched polymer brushes.
Publisher Polymer
Citation Polymer 98 (2016) 437–447
Tags polymer brushes molecular-dynamics simulations mean-field theory

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