Andrey Milchev, Jaroslaw Paturej, Vakhtang G. Rostiashvili, Thomas A. Vilgis. Thermal Degradation of Adsorbed Bottle-brush Macromolecules: Molecular Dynamics Simulation

Natural Sciences / Physics / Condensed Matter Physics

Submitted on: Sep 13, 2012, 11:01:41

Description: The scission kinetics of bottle-brush molecules in solution and on an adhesive substrate is modeled by means of Molecular Dynamics simulation with Langevin thermostat. Our macromolecules comprise a long flexible polymer backbone with $L$ segments, consisting of breakable bonds, along with two side chains of length $N$, tethered to each segment of the backbone. In agreement with recent experiments and theoretical predictions, we find that bond cleavage is significantly enhanced on a strongly attractive substrate even though the chemical nature of the bonds remains thereby unchanged.

The abstract of this article will be published in the September 2012 issue of "Intellectual Archive Bulletin", ISSN 1929-1329.

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