Authors Klos, J. ; Sommer, J.-U.
Title Dendrimer solutions: a Monte Carlo study
Date 13.10.2016
Number 52448
Abstract We study the conformational properties of dendrimers with flexible spacers in solutions over a wide range of concentrations from dilute solutions to melts. By combining large scale computer simulations using the bond fluctuation model with scaling arguments we identify the semi-dilute regime of dendrimers which is controlled by the concentration behavior of the linear spacers. Associated with this observation we find that the decrease in the size of flexible dendrimers is accompanied by increasing interpenetration between the molecules with increasing concentration of the solution. In the melt state we show that the size of individual dendrimers follows the scaling prediction for isolated dendrimers at the ·-point rather than that of collapsed dendrimers. The pair correlation functions between the centers of dendrimers indicate that for short spacers dendrimer solutions retain the morphological characteristics of simple liquids. For long spacers the functions reveal high penetration of neighboring dendrimers in the melt state. Our studies show that flexible dendrimers in solution can be understood with arguments similar to those of linear polymers. The role of generation is to influence the particular form of the crossover-function.
Publisher Soft Matter
Citation Soft Matter 12 (2016) 9007-9013

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