Dissipative Particle Dynamics Simulations on the Self-Assembly of New Segmented Random-Block Copolymers in Selective Solvents

ML Chen and M Sun and XY Liu, JOURNAL OF DISPERSION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 37, 900-907 (2016).

DOI: 10.1080/01932691.2015.1073596

Dissipative particle dynamics simulation was applied to investigate the self-assembly of new segmented random-block copolymers (A-co-B)-b-B in selective solvents. The coarse-grained models of random-block copolymers were built. The effects of the composition of the copolymer, the interaction parameters, the volume fractions, as well as the ratio of hydrophilic particles to hydrophobic particles in the random segment, on the morphology of the aggregations were systematically investigated. The results showed that new segmented random-block copolymers (A-co-B)-b-B could self-assemble into rodlike micelle, spherical micelle and two- compartment micelle. Oval-shaped micelle and spherical micelle could be formed at different volume fractions. The simulation results provide an important reference to the design and synthesis of specific micelles.

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