Development and Application of a Coarse-Grained Model for PNIPAM by Iterative Boltzmann Inversion and Its Combination with Lattice Boltzmann Hydrodynamics

V Botan and VD Ustach and K Leonhard and R Faller, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 121, 10394-10406 (2017).

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b07818

The polymer poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNI-PAM) is studied using a novel combination of multiscale modeling methodologies. We develop an iterative Boltzmann inversion potential of concentrated PNIPAM solutions and combine it with lattice Boltzmann as a Navier Stokes equation solver for the solvent. We study in detail the influence of the methodology on statics and dynamics of the system. The combination is successful and significantly simpler and faster than other mapping techniques for polymer solution while keeping the correct hydrodynamics. The model can semiquantitatively describe the correct phase behavior and polymer dynamics.

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