Aggregation phenomena in telechelic star polymer solutions

Federica Lo Verso, Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos, Christos N. Likos

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Abstract

Telechelic star polymers are macromolecules with functionalized, mutually attractive end groups. We employ computer simulations on a lattice to investigate the phase behavior of trifunctional telechelic stars as a function of the fraction λ of attractive terminal monomers. We find macrophase separation that disappears at some value 0.4<λ<0.5, at which point it is replaced by self-organization into interconnected micelles. We supplement the thermodynamics with a morphometric analysis that provides insight into the mesostructure of the resulting aggregates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number010401
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume79
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 5 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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