Dynamic properties of densely grafted polymer brushes investigated by multistep relaxation mode analysis

Satoshi Natori, Hiroshi Takano

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The relaxation processes of densely grafted linear and ring polymer brushes in thermal equilibrium are studied via coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations and relaxation mode analysis (RMA). Good solvent conditions and the free-draining limit are assumed. The longest relaxation time τ of a polymer is evaluated via multistep RMA, where the relaxation modes and rates estimated in the previous RMA step are used in the next step. The exponent δ of the powerlaw dependence of τ on the chain length N, τ ∞ Nδ, is estimated. For linear polymer brushes, δ 5.9, which is considerably larger than the value estimated in a previous simulation study. On the other hand, for ring polymer brushes, δ 3.7, which is consistent with previous work. The physical nature of the slow relaxation modes and the difference between linear and ring brushes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104003
JournalJournal of the Physical Society of Japan
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1


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