Replica exchange dissipative particle dynamics method on threadlike micellar aqueous solutions

Yusei Kobayashi, Kentaro Nomura, Toshihiro Kaneko, Noriyoshi Arai

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Abstract

The self-assembly of surfactant molecules can spontaneously result in a variety of micelle morphologies, such as spherical micelles, threadlike micelles, and vesicles, and it is therefore crucial to predict and control the self-assembly to achieve a helpful process in the fields of materials chemistry and engineering. A dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) method used in a coarse-grained molecular simulation is applied to simulate various self-assembling soft matter systems because it can handle greater length and time scales than a typical molecular dynamics simulation (MD). It should be noted that the thorough sampling of a system is not assured at low temperatures because of large complex systems with coarse-grained representations. In this article, we demonstrate that the replica exchange method (REM) is very effective for even a DPD in which the energy barrier is comparatively lower than that of a MD. A replica exchange on DPD (REDPD) simulation for threadlike micellar aqueous solutions was conducted, and the values of the potential energy and the mean aggregation number were compared. As a result, the correct values and a self-assembled structure within a low-temperature range can only be obtained through the REDPD.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115901
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Volume32
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • dissipative particle dynamics (DPD)
  • local-minimum problem
  • micelle
  • replica exchange method
  • surfactant solution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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