Explicit Solvent Simulations of Friction between Brush Layers of Charged and Neutral Bottle-Brush Macromolecules

JMY Carrillo and WM Brown and AV Dobrynin, MACROMOLECULES, 45, 8880-8891 (2012).

DOI: 10.1021/ma3015849

We study friction between charged and neutral brush layers of bottle brush macromolecules Wing molecular dynamics simulations. In Our simulations the solvent molecules were treated explicitly. The deformation of the bottle-brush macromolecules under shear were studied as a function of the substrate separation and shear stress. For charged bottle-brush layers, we study effect of the added salt on the brush lubricating properties to elucidate factors responsible for energy dissipation in charged and neutral brush systems. Our simulations have shown that for both charged and neutral brush systems the main deformation mode of the bottle-brush macromolecules is associated with the backbone deformation. This deformation mode manifests itself in the backbone deformation ratio, alpha, and shear viscosity, eta, to be universal functions of the Weissenberg number W. The value of the friction coefficient, mu, and viscosity, eta, are larger for the charged bottle brush coatings in comparison with those for neutral brushes at the same separation distance, D, between. Substrates. The additional energy dissipation generated by brush sliding in charged bottle brush systems., is due to electrostatic coupling between, bottle-brush and counterion motion. This coupling weakens as salt concentration, c(s), increases resulting in values of the viscosity, eta, and friction coefficient, mu, approaching corresponding values obtained for neutral brush. systems.

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