Static and dynamic properties of grafted ring polymer: Molecular dynamics simulation

SZ He and H Merlitz and CF Su and CX Wu, CHINESE PHYSICS B, 22, 016101 (2013).

DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/22/1/016101

The static and dynamic properties of a system of end-grafted flexible ring polymer chains grafted to a flat substrate and exposed to a good solvent are studied by using a molecular dynamics method. The monomers are described by a coarse-grained bead-spring model. Varying the grafting density rho and the degree of polymerization or chain length N, we obtain the density profiles of monomers, study the structural properties of the chain (radius of gyration, bond orientational parameters, etc.), and also present the dynamic characteristics such as chain energy and bond force. Compared with a linear polymer brush, the ring polymer brush exhibits different static and dynamic properties for moderate or short chain length, while it behaves like linear polymer brush in the regime of long chain length.

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