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  1. Novel adhesion properties of irreversibly adsorbed polymer chains

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    Chen, Zhizhao; Sen, Mani; Cheung, Justin; Barkley, Deborah; Jiang, Naisheng; Zeng, Wenduo; Endoh, Maya K.; Koga, Tadanori

    The stability of thin polymer films on solids is of vital interest in traditional technologies and in new emerging nanotechnologies. We recently found that nanoscale structures of polymer chains adsorbed onto a silicon (Si) substrate (``adsorbed nanolayers'') play a crucial role in the thermal stability of the film. To understand the adhesion mechanism at the adsorbed polymer-free polymer interface, we mimicked the interface by preparing bilayers where a 200 nm-thick polymer film and an adsorbed nanolayer, both prepared on Si, were pressed together at high temperature. The bilayers were then subjected to an adhesion test by measuring the critical normal force required to separate the two films. Polystyrene was used as a model. The results are intriguing as they show an absence of adhesion between the ``flattened'' adsorbed chains, which lie flat on the solid, and the chemically identical free chains. On the other hand, the ``loosely adsorbed'' polymer chains, which are formed as a result of limited adsorption space on the solid surface, do display a degree of adhesion with the bulk polymer. We postulate that the loosely adsorbed chains act as ``connectors'' which promote adhesion effectively across the solid-polymer interface. We acknowledge the financial support from NSF Grant No. CMMI-1332499.

  2. Nanorheology of adsorbed polymer chains immersed in pure solvent.

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    Lapique, Fabrice; Montfort, Jean Pierre; Derail, Christophe

    2015-06-01

    Long linear chains of polybutadiene are adsorbed on the two surfaces of a surface force apparatus and immersed in pure tetradecane. The hydrodynamic force was measured by drainage experiments and by frequency sweeps at constant distances. We related the hydrodynamic thickness to the chain dimension. The complex modulus encompasses the shear modulus and, at distances lower than the hydrodynamic thickness, a compression modulus. The compression term was related to the static force which appears when the two adsorbed layers are overlapped. The complex shear modulus was interpreted by a two-components hydrodynamic model proposed by P. Sens et al. We first complemented the theoretical model. Then, our experimental data fit the proposed viscoelastic expressions in the entire range of distances. The storage modulus is supposed to be affected by a residue of free chains and by the dispersion of the loop lengths. PMID:26087919

  3. Untangleing the effects of chain rigidity on the structure and dynamics of strongly adsorbed polymer melts

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    Carrillo, Jan-Michael Y.; Cheng, Shiwang; Kumar, Rajeev; Goswami, Monojoy; Sokolov, Alexei P; Sumpter, Bobby G.

    2015-06-11

    Here, we present a detailed analysis of coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations of semiflexible polymer melts in contact with a strongly adsorbing substrate. We have characterized the segments in the interfacial layer by counting the number of trains, loops, tails and unadsorbed segments. For more rigid chains, a tail and an adsorbed segment (a train) dominate while loops are more prevalent in more flexible chains. The tails exhibit a non-uniformly stretched conformation akin to the polydispersed pseudobrush envisioned by Guiselin. To probe the dynamics of the segments we computed the layer z-resolved intermediate coherent collective dynamics structure factor, S(q, t, z), mean-square displacement of segments, and the 2nd Legendre polynomial of the time-autocorrelation of unit bond vectors, 2[ni(t,z)•ni(0,z)]>. Our results show that segmental dynamics is slower for stiffer chains and there is a strong correlation between the structure and dynamics in the interfacial layer. There is no glassy layer, and the slowing down in dynamics of stiffer chains in the adsorbed region can be attributed to the densification and the more persistent layering of segments.

  4. Untangleing the effects of chain rigidity on the structure and dynamics of strongly adsorbed polymer melts

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    Carrillo, Jan-Michael Y.; Cheng, Shiwang; Kumar, Rajeev; Goswami, Monojoy; Sokolov, Alexei P; Sumpter, Bobby G.

    2015-06-11

    Here, we present a detailed analysis of coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations of semiflexible polymer melts in contact with a strongly adsorbing substrate. We have characterized the segments in the interfacial layer by counting the number of trains, loops, tails and unadsorbed segments. For more rigid chains, a tail and an adsorbed segment (a train) dominate while loops are more prevalent in more flexible chains. The tails exhibit a non-uniformly stretched conformation akin to the polydispersed pseudobrush envisioned by Guiselin. To probe the dynamics of the segments we computed the layer z-resolved intermediate coherent collective dynamics structure factor, S(q, t, z),more » mean-square displacement of segments, and the 2nd Legendre polynomial of the time-autocorrelation of unit bond vectors, 2[ni(t,z)•ni(0,z)]>. Our results show that segmental dynamics is slower for stiffer chains and there is a strong correlation between the structure and dynamics in the interfacial layer. There is no glassy layer, and the slowing down in dynamics of stiffer chains in the adsorbed region can be attributed to the densification and the more persistent layering of segments.« less

  5. Concentration and saturation effects of tethered polymer chains on adsorbing surfaces

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    Descas, Radu; Sommer, Jens-Uwe; Blumen, Alexander

    2006-12-01

    We consider end-grafted chains at an adsorbing surface under good solvent conditions using Monte Carlo simulations and scaling arguments. Grafting of chains allows us to fix the surface concentration and to study a wide range of surface concentrations from the undersaturated state of the surface up to the brushlike regime. The average extension of single chains in the direction parallel and perpendicular to the surface is analyzed using scaling arguments for the two-dimensional semidilute surface state according to Bouchaud and Daoud [J. Phys. (Paris) 48, 1991 (1987)]. We find good agreement with the scaling predictions for the scaling in the direction parallel to the surface and for surface concentrations much below the saturation concentration (dense packing of adsorption blobs). Increasing the grafting density we study the saturation effects and the oversaturation of the adsorption layer. In order to account for the effect of excluded volume on the adsorption free energy we introduce a new scaling variable related with the saturation concentration of the adsorption layer (saturation scaling). We show that the decrease of the single chain order parameter (the fraction of adsorbed monomers on the surface) with increasing concentration, being constant in the ideal semidilute surface state, is properly described by saturation scaling only. Furthermore, the simulation results for the chains' extension from higher surface concentrations up to the oversaturated state support the new scaling approach. The oversaturated state can be understood using a geometrical model which assumes a brushlike layer on top of a saturated adsorption layer. We provide evidence that adsorbed polymer layers are very sensitive to saturation effects, which start to influence the semidilute surface scaling even much below the saturation threshold.

  6. Statistical mechanics of polymer chains grafted to adsorbing boundaries of fractal lattices embedded in three-dimensional space

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    Živić, I.; Elezović-Hadžić, S.; Milošević, S.

    2014-11-01

    We study the adsorption problem of linear polymers, immersed in a good solvent, when the container of the polymer-solvent system is taken to be a member of the Sierpinski gasket (SG) family of fractals, embedded in the three-dimensional Euclidean space. Members of the SG family are enumerated by an integer b (2≤b<∞), and it is assumed that one side of each SG fractal is impenetrable adsorbing boundary. We calculate the surface critical exponents γ11,γ1, and γs which, within the self-avoiding walk model (SAW) of polymer chain, are associated with the numbers of all possible SAWs with both, one, and no ends grafted to the adsorbing surface (adsorbing boundary), respectively. By applying the exact renormalization group method, for 2≤b≤4, we have obtained specific values for these exponents, for various types of polymer conformations. To extend the obtained sequences of exact values for surface critical exponents, we have applied the Monte Carlo renormalization group method for fractals with 2≤b≤40. The obtained results show that all studied exponents are monotonically increasing functions of the parameter b, for all possible polymer states. We discuss mutual relations between the studied critical exponents, and compare their values with those found for other types of lattices, in order to attain a unified picture of the attacked problem.

  7. The persistence length of adsorbed dendronized polymers.

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    Grebikova, Lucie; Kozhuharov, Svilen; Maroni, Plinio; Mikhaylov, Andrey; Dietler, Giovanni; Schlüter, A Dieter; Ullner, Magnus; Borkovec, Michal

    2016-07-21

    The persistence length of cationic dendronized polymers adsorbed onto oppositely charged substrates was studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and quantitative image analysis. One can find that a decrease in the ionic strength leads to an increase of the persistence length, but the nature of the substrate and of the generation of the side dendrons influence the persistence length substantially. The strongest effects as the ionic strength is being changed are observed for the fourth generation polymer adsorbed on mica, which is a hydrophilic and highly charged substrate. However, the observed dependence on the ionic strength is much weaker than the one predicted by the Odijk, Skolnik, and Fixman (OSF) theory for semi-flexible chains. Low-generation polymers show a variation with the ionic strength that resembles the one observed for simple and flexible polyelectrolytes in solution. For high-generation polymers, this dependence is weaker. Similar dependencies are found for silica and gold substrates. The observed behavior is probably caused by different extents of screening of the charged groups, which is modified by the polymer generation, and to a lesser extent, the nature of the substrate. For highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG), which is a hydrophobic and weakly charged substrate, the electrostatic contribution to the persistence length is much smaller. In the latter case, we suspect that specific interactions between the polymer and the substrate also play an important role. PMID:27353115

  8. The persistence length of adsorbed dendronized polymers

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    Grebikova, Lucie; Kozhuharov, Svilen; Maroni, Plinio; Mikhaylov, Andrey; Dietler, Giovanni; Schlüter, A. Dieter; Ullner, Magnus; Borkovec, Michal

    2016-07-01

    The persistence length of cationic dendronized polymers adsorbed onto oppositely charged substrates was studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and quantitative image analysis. One can find that a decrease in the ionic strength leads to an increase of the persistence length, but the nature of the substrate and of the generation of the side dendrons influence the persistence length substantially. The strongest effects as the ionic strength is being changed are observed for the fourth generation polymer adsorbed on mica, which is a hydrophilic and highly charged substrate. However, the observed dependence on the ionic strength is much weaker than the one predicted by the Odijk, Skolnik, and Fixman (OSF) theory for semi-flexible chains. Low-generation polymers show a variation with the ionic strength that resembles the one observed for simple and flexible polyelectrolytes in solution. For high-generation polymers, this dependence is weaker. Similar dependencies are found for silica and gold substrates. The observed behavior is probably caused by different extents of screening of the charged groups, which is modified by the polymer generation, and to a lesser extent, the nature of the substrate. For highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG), which is a hydrophobic and weakly charged substrate, the electrostatic contribution to the persistence length is much smaller. In the latter case, we suspect that specific interactions between the polymer and the substrate also play an important role.The persistence length of cationic dendronized polymers adsorbed onto oppositely charged substrates was studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and quantitative image analysis. One can find that a decrease in the ionic strength leads to an increase of the persistence length, but the nature of the substrate and of the generation of the side dendrons influence the persistence length substantially. The strongest effects as the ionic strength is being changed are observed for the fourth

  9. Monte Carlo lattice models for adsorbed polymer conformation

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    Good, B. S.

    1985-01-01

    The adhesion between a polymer film and a metal surface is of great technological interest. However, the prediction of adhesion and wear properties of polymer coated metals is quite difficult because a fundamental understanding of the polymer surface interaction does not yet exist. A computer model for the conformation of a polymer molecule adsorbed on a surface is discussed. The chain conformation is assumed to be described by a partially directed random walk on a three dimensional simple cubic lattice. An attractive surface potential is incorporated into the model through the use of a random walk step probability distribution that is anisotropic in the direction normal to the attractive surface. The effects of variations in potential characteristics are qualitatively included by varying both the degree of anisotropy of the step distribution and the range of the anisotropy. Polymer conformation is characterized by the average end to end distance, average radius of gyration, and average number of chain segments adsorbed on the surface.

  10. Modeling diffusion of adsorbed polymer with explicit solvent.

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    Desai, Tapan G; Keblinski, Pawel; Kumar, Sanat K; Granick, Steve

    2007-05-25

    Computer simulations of a polymer chain of length N strongly adsorbed at the solid-liquid interface in the presence of explicit solvent are used to delineate the factors affecting the N dependence of the polymer lateral diffusion coefficient, D(||). We find that surface roughness has a large influence, and D(||) scales as D(||) approximately N(-x), with x approximately 3/4 and x approximately 1 for ideal smooth and corrugated surfaces, respectively. The first result is consistent with the hydrodynamics of a "particle" of radius of gyration R(G) approximately N(nu) (nu=0.75) translating parallel to a planar interface, while the second implies that the friction of the adsorbed chains dominates. These results are discussed in the context of recent measurements.

  11. Conformational properties of an adsorbed charged polymer.

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    Cheng, Chi-Ho; Lai, Pik-Yin

    2005-06-01

    The behavior of a strongly charged polymer adsorbed on an oppositely charged surface of a low-dielectric constant is formulated by the functional integral method. By separating the translational, conformational, and fluctuational degrees of freedom, the scaling behaviors for both the height of the polymer and the thickness of the diffusion layer are determined. Unlike the results predicted by scaling theory, we identified the continuous crossover from the weak compression to the compression regime. All the analytical results are found to be consistent with Monte Carlo simulations. Finally, an alternative (operational) definition of a charged polymer adsorption is proposed. PMID:16089715

  12. The origin and characterization of conformational heterogeneity in adsorbed polymer layers

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    Douglas, Jack F.; Schneider, Hildegard M.; Frantz, Peter; Lipman, Robert; Granick, Steve

    1997-09-01

    The equilibration of polymer conformations tends to be sluggish in polymer layers adsorbed onto highly attractive substrates, so the structure of these layers must be understood in terms of the layer growth process rather than equilibrium theory. Initially adsorbed chains adopt a highly flattened configuration while the chains which arrive later must adapt their configurations to the increasingly limited space available for adsorption. Thus, the chains adsorbed in the late stage of deposition are more tenuously attached to the surface. This type of non-equilibrium growth process is studied for polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) adsorbed on oxidized silicon where the segmental attraction is strong (0953-8984/9/37/005/img7/segment) and for polystyrene (PS) adsorbed on oxidized silicon from a carbon tetrachloride solution where the segmental attraction is relatively weak (0953-8984/9/37/005/img8/segment). Measurements were based on Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy in attenuated total reflection (FTIR - ATR). In both cases, the chains arriving first adsorbed more tightly, became flattened (as measured by the dichroic ratio), and occupied a disproportionately large fraction of the surface. This non-uniform structure persisted indefinitely for the strongly adsorbed PMMA chains, while the PS chains exhibited a gradual evolution, presumably reflecting an equilibration of the adsorbed layer occurring after long times. On the theoretical side, the initial heterogeneity of these adsorbed polymer layers is modelled using a random sequential adsorption (RSA) model where the size of the adsorbing species is allowed to adapt to the surface space available at the time of adsorption. The inhomogeneity in the size of adsorbing species (hemispheres) in this model is similar to the distribution of chain contacts in our measurements on adsorbed polymer layers. Owing to extensive variance around the mean, conformations having the mean number of chain contacts are least probable, which

  13. Structure of polymer layers adsorbed from concentrated solutions

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    Auvray, Loïc; Auroy, Philippe; Cruz, Margarida

    1992-06-01

    We study by neutron scattering the interfacial strucuture of poly(dimethylsiloxane) layers irreversibly adsorbed from concentrated solutions or melts. We first measure the thickness h of the layers swollen by a good solvent as a function of the chain polymerisation index N and of the polymer volume fraction in the initial solution Φ. The relation h ≈ N^{0.8}Φ^{0.3}, recently predicted from an analogy between irreversibly adsorbed layers and grafted polymer brushes, describes well our results. We can therefore deduce that there is at least one large loop of about N monomers per adsorbed chain. We also study the shape of the polymer concentration profile in the layers by measuring on two samples the polymer-solid partial structure factor, that is proportional to the Fourier transform of the profile. The model of pseudobrushes predicts a concentration decay varying with the distance of the wall z as z^{-2/5}. This power law profile accounts quantitatively for the angular variation of the polymer-solid cross structure factor but it is difficult to distinguish it without anbiguity from less singular profiles. It implies that the adsorption of PDMS onto silica is sufficiently strong and fast to quench completely the loop distribution in the initial layer. Nous étudions par diffusion de neutrons la structure interfaciale de couches de poly(diméthylsiloxane) irréversiblement adsorbées sur de la silice à partir de solutions semidiluées et de fondus. Nous mesurons d'abord l'épaisseur h des couches gonflées par un bon solvant en fonction du degré de polymérisation des chaînes N et de la fraction volumique dans la solution initiale Φ. La relation h≈ N^{0.8}Φ^{0.3} récemment prédite à partir de l'analogie entre couches irréversiblement adsorbées et brosses de polymères greffés décrit bien nos résultats. Nous en déduisons qu'il existe au moins une grande boucle d'environ N monomères par chaîne adsorbée. Nous étudions aussi la forme du profil de

  14. Adsorption of polymer chains at penetrable interfaces

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    Gerasimchuk, I. V.; Sommer, J.-U.; Gerasimchuk, V. S.

    2011-03-15

    We investigate the problem of adsorption (localization) of polymer chains in the system of two penetrable interfaces within the mean-field approximation. The saturation of the polymer system in the limit case of zero bulk concentration is studied. We find the exact solution of this mean-field polymer adsorption problem that opens the possibility to treat various localization problems for polymer chains in such environments using appropriate boundary conditions. The exact solution is controlled by a single scaling variable that describes the coupling between the interfaces due to the polymer chains. We obtain a nonmonotonic behavior of the amount of adsorbed polymers as a function of the distance between the interfaces. This leads to a high-energy and a low-energy phase for the double layer with respect to the amount of polymers localized. At the saturation point, we find the total energy of the system and determine the force acting between the interfaces to be strictly attractive and to monotonically decay to zero when the interface distance increases.

  15. Reduced colloidal repulsion imparted by adsorbed polymer of particle dimensions.

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    Wen, Yu Ho; Lin, Po-Chang; Lee, Chun Yi; Hua, Chi Chung; Lee, Tai-Chou

    2010-09-01

    This work investigated the detailed interparticle interactions in a concentrated polymer-coated colloidal system in which the bare colloidal particles and the adsorbed polymers are of comparable size and, hence, the polymer adsorption cannot be foreseen to induce repulsive or attractive interactions. Specifically, poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) chains (R(g) approximately 10nm) adsorbed onto fine silica colloidal particles (SAXS-determined radius approximately 7.4nm; width of log-normal size distribution approximately 0.28) were considered as a model system, for which the impact of a small amount of polymer adsorption (0.18mg/m(2)) in controlling the interactions of the PEO-coated silica particles was systematically explored by analyzing the small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) data against three interaction potentials-the equivalent hard-sphere (EHS) potential, the Hayter-Penfold-Yukawa (HPY) potential, and the square-well (SW) potential. Moreover, the SAXS analysis was enforced by dynamic light scattering (DLS) for predetermining the adsorption behavior, as well as for evaluating the possibility of polymer bridging. Under a dilute condition, the DLS analysis showed no sign of forming colloidal multiplets. In concentrated dispersions, both the HPY and SW potentials clearly revealed a systematic decrease of colloidal repulsions with increased PEO coverage, ascribed to a partially "screened" electrostatic interaction and/or the formation of PEO-bridged silica doublets. The present findings have interesting implications for controlling the colloidal interactions and microstructures of fine polymer-coated particles in dense or condensed phases.

  16. Interlocking order parameter fluctuations in structural transitions between adsorbed polymer phases.

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    Martins, Paulo H L; Bachmann, Michael

    2016-01-21

    By means of contact-density chain-growth simulations of a simple coarse-grained lattice model for a polymer grafted at a solid homogeneous substrate, we investigate the complementary behavior of the numbers of surface-monomer and monomer-monomer contacts under various solvent and thermal conditions. This pair of contact numbers represents an appropriate set of order parameters that enables the distinct discrimination of significantly different compact phases of polymer adsorption. Depending on the transition scenario, these order parameters can interlock in perfect cooperation. The analysis helps understand the transitions from compact filmlike adsorbed polymer conformations into layered morphologies and dissolved adsorbed structures, respectively, in more detail.

  17. Phase transition and winding properties of a flexible polymer adsorbed to a rigid perioidic copolymer.

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    Liu, Lei; Schubert, David; Chu, Min; Heermann, Dieter W

    2015-03-01

    Motivated by the noncovalent binding of polypeptides to DNA, the adsorption of a flexible polymer to a rigid periodic copolymer is studied in two dimensions and three dimensions. The fraction of adsorbed monomers, the specific heat, and the Binder cumulant are analyzed and compared with analytical results for an ideal chain. As the interaction strength ε increases, a second-order phase transition occurs from a nonadsorbed state to an adsorbed state, in two dimensions, and a higher-order transition occurs in three dimensions. The transition point is estimated as ε0∼2.2 for d=2 and ε0∼2.1 for d=3, where ε is given in units of kBT. The dependence of the number of adsorbed monomers Nads on the chain length L of the flexible polymer shows a power law scaling relation Nads∼Lϕ, with ϕ∼0.46,0.42 for d=2,3, respectively. We also find an optimal ε∼2.8 for the winding of the flexible polymer around the rigid one in three dimensions. Compared to the adsorbed monomers, the successive nonadsorbed monomers contribute more to the winding. When the interaction is strong, ε>3.5, the winding value or the number of winding turns of the flexible polymer becomes linearly dependent on the chain length. PMID:25871135

  18. Microscopic Chain Motion in Polymer Nanocomposites with Dynamically Asymmetric Interphases

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    Senses, Erkan; Faraone, Antonio; Akcora, Pinar

    2016-07-01

    Dynamics of the interphase region between matrix and bound polymers on nanoparticles is important to understand the macroscopic rheological properties of nanocomposites. Here, we present neutron scattering investigations on nanocomposites with dynamically asymmetric interphases formed by a high-glass transition temperature polymer, poly(methyl methacrylate), adsorbed on nanoparticles and a low-glass transition temperature miscible matrix, poly(ethylene oxide). By taking advantage of selective isotope labeling of the chains, we studied the role of interfacial polymer on segmental and collective dynamics of the matrix chains from subnanoseconds to 100 nanoseconds. Our results show that the Rouse relaxation remains unchanged in a weakly attractive composite system while the dynamics significantly slows down in a strongly attractive composite. More importantly, the chains disentangle with a remarkable increase of the reptation tube size when the bound polymer is vitreous. The glassy and rubbery states of the bound polymer as temperature changes underpin the macroscopic stiffening of nanocomposites.

  19. Microscopic Chain Motion in Polymer Nanocomposites with Dynamically Asymmetric Interphases

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    Senses, Erkan; Faraone, Antonio; Akcora, Pinar

    2016-01-01

    Dynamics of the interphase region between matrix and bound polymers on nanoparticles is important to understand the macroscopic rheological properties of nanocomposites. Here, we present neutron scattering investigations on nanocomposites with dynamically asymmetric interphases formed by a high-glass transition temperature polymer, poly(methyl methacrylate), adsorbed on nanoparticles and a low-glass transition temperature miscible matrix, poly(ethylene oxide). By taking advantage of selective isotope labeling of the chains, we studied the role of interfacial polymer on segmental and collective dynamics of the matrix chains from subnanoseconds to 100 nanoseconds. Our results show that the Rouse relaxation remains unchanged in a weakly attractive composite system while the dynamics significantly slows down in a strongly attractive composite. More importantly, the chains disentangle with a remarkable increase of the reptation tube size when the bound polymer is vitreous. The glassy and rubbery states of the bound polymer as temperature changes underpin the macroscopic stiffening of nanocomposites. PMID:27457056

  20. Microscopic Chain Motion in Polymer Nanocomposites with Dynamically Asymmetric Interphases.

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    Senses, Erkan; Faraone, Antonio; Akcora, Pinar

    2016-01-01

    Dynamics of the interphase region between matrix and bound polymers on nanoparticles is important to understand the macroscopic rheological properties of nanocomposites. Here, we present neutron scattering investigations on nanocomposites with dynamically asymmetric interphases formed by a high-glass transition temperature polymer, poly(methyl methacrylate), adsorbed on nanoparticles and a low-glass transition temperature miscible matrix, poly(ethylene oxide). By taking advantage of selective isotope labeling of the chains, we studied the role of interfacial polymer on segmental and collective dynamics of the matrix chains from subnanoseconds to 100 nanoseconds. Our results show that the Rouse relaxation remains unchanged in a weakly attractive composite system while the dynamics significantly slows down in a strongly attractive composite. More importantly, the chains disentangle with a remarkable increase of the reptation tube size when the bound polymer is vitreous. The glassy and rubbery states of the bound polymer as temperature changes underpin the macroscopic stiffening of nanocomposites. PMID:27457056

  1. Enhancement and restriction of chain motion in polymer networks.

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    Hudson, Sarah P; Owens, Eleanor; Hughes, Helen; McLoughlin, Peter

    2012-07-01

    Sevelamer carbonate, a polymeric drug, adsorbs phosphate ions from the gastro intestine of patients suffering from chronic kidney disease. Polymer chain mobility becomes critical during its manufacture and storage. How the polymer chain mobility in sevelamer carbonate is quantitatively controlled by small molecular species, in this case by water molecules and bicarbonate anions, is demonstrated here. Spin-lattice relaxation times of the protons in the hydrogel, detected by solid state NMR, are indicative of mobility within the polymer. They decreased with increasing water content but increased as the bicarbonate anion content increased. As the water content increased, the glass transition temperature decreased but increasing the bicarbonate anion content had the opposite effect. FTIR analysis indicated that the anions were involved in bonding while the water molecules were not. The stability and physicochemical properties of polymers during storage and formulation depend on the polymeric structure and the dynamic behaviour of the polymer chains.

  2. Analysis of structure and orientation of adsorbed polymers in solution subject to a dynamic shear stress

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    Smith, G.; Baker, S.; Toprakcioglu, C.

    1996-09-01

    This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Polymer-based separation techniques rely on the ability of a binding portion of the polymer to interact with a specific molecule in a solution flowing past the polymer. The location of the binding site within or out of the entangled polymer chains is thus crucial to the effectiveness of these methods. For this reason, the details of flow induced deformation of the polymer chains is important in such applications as exclusion chromatography, waste water treatment, ultrafiltration, enhanced oil recovery and microbial adhesion. Few techniques exist to examine the structure and orientation of polymeric materials, and even fewer to examine systems in a dynamic fluid flow. The goal of this project was to understand the molecular structure and orientation of adsorbed polymers with and without active binding ligands as a function of solvent shear rate, solvent power, polymer molecular weight, surface polymer coverage and heterogeneity of the surface polymer chains by neutron reflectometry in a newly designed shear cell. Geometrical effects on binding of molecules in the flow was also studied subject to the same parameters.

  3. Analytical phase diagrams for colloids and non-adsorbing polymer.

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    Fleer, Gerard J; Tuinier, Remco

    2008-11-01

    We review the free-volume theory (FVT) of Lekkerkerker et al. [Europhys. Lett. 20 (1992) 559] for the phase behavior of colloids in the presence of non-adsorbing polymer and we extend this theory in several aspects: (i) We take the solvent into account as a separate component and show that the natural thermodynamic parameter for the polymer properties is the insertion work Pi(v), where Pi is the osmotic pressure of the (external) polymer solution and v the volume of a colloid particle. (ii) Curvature effects are included along the lines of Aarts et al. [J. Phys.: Condens. Matt. 14 (2002) 7551] but we find accurate simple power laws which simplify the mathematical procedure considerably. (iii) We find analytical forms for the first, second, and third derivatives of the grand potential, needed for the calculation of the colloid chemical potential, the pressure, gas-liquid critical points and the critical endpoint (cep), where the (stable) critical line ends and then coincides with the triple point. This cep determines the boundary condition for a stable liquid. We first apply these modifications to the so-called colloid limit, where the size ratio q(R)=R/a between the radius of gyration R of the polymer and the particle radius a is small. In this limit the binodal polymer concentrations are below overlap: the depletion thickness delta is nearly equal to R, and Pi can be approximated by the ideal (van't Hoff) law Pi=Pi(0)=phi/N, where phi is the polymer volume fraction and N the number of segments per chain. The results are close to those of the original Lekkerkerker theory. However, our analysis enables very simple analytical expressions for the polymer and colloid concentrations in the critical and triple points and along the binodals as a function of q(R). Also the position of the cep is found analytically. In order to make the model applicable to higher size ratio's q(R) (including the so-called protein limit where q(R)>1) further extensions are needed. We

  4. Nanoscience of single polymer chains revealed by nanofishing.

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    Nakajima, Ken; Nishi, Toshio

    2006-01-01

    The invention of atomic force microscopy (AFM) enabled us to study the statistical properties of single polymer chains by a method called "nanofishing," which stretches a single polymer chain adsorbed on a substrate with its one end by picking it at the other end. A force-extension curve obtained for a single polystyrene chain in a Theta solvent (cyclohexane) shows good agreement with a worm-like chain model and, therefore, gives microscopic information about entropic elasticity. Furthermore, the nanofishing technique can be used for dynamic viscoelastic measurement of single polymer chains. An AFM cantilever is mechanically oscillated at its resonant frequency during the stretching process. This technique enables the estimation of quantitative and simultaneous elongation-dependent changes of stiffness and viscosity of a single chain with the use of a phenomenological model. In this study, the effect of solvent on viscosity in low extension regions reveals that the viscosity is attributed to monomer-solvent friction. Thus, static and dynamic nanofishing techniques are shown to give powerful experimental proofs for several basic questions in polymer physics. The techniques are expected to reveal hidden properties of polymer chains or polymer solutions by any types of macroscopic measurements in the future. PMID:17099889

  5. Structure of Polymer Chains Confined in Vycor

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    Lal, Jyotsana; Sinha, Sunil K.; Auvray, Loïc

    1997-11-01

    We observe by Small Angle Neutron Scattering the structure of polystyrene chains in semi-dilute solutions confined in a model porous medium, Vycor. The size of the free chains in solution is always larger than the pore diameter, 70 Å. The use of a suitable mixture of hydrogenated and deuterated solvents and polymers enables us to measure directly the form factor of one single chain among the others. The penetration of the chains in the porous medium is almost complete for the concentration (Φ = 20%) and the range of molecular weight (35 000 < M_w < 800 000) used. The radius of gyration of the confined chains is always smaller than the radius of gyration of the free chains in the equivalent bulk solution. Our measurements are in agreement with the theoretical predictions established by Daoud and de Gennes for chains confined in a cylindrical pore when the chains are entangled and laterally squeezed but remain ideal at large scale along the cylinder axis because of the screening of the excluded volume interactions (so-called regime of “semi-dilute cigars”). The values of the partition coefficient of the chains between the porous medium and the free solution and the asymptotic behavior of the structure factors indicate that polystyrene adsorbs onto the bare surface of Vycor. We show that silanizing Vycor suppresses this adsorption. Nous observons par diffusion de neutrons aux petits angles la structure de chaînes de polystyrène en solution semi-diluée confinées dans un milieu poreux modèle, le Vycor. La taille des chaînes en solution à l'état libre est toujours supérieure au diamètre des pores, 70 Å. L'utilisation d'un mélange adéquat de solvants et de polymères hydrogénés et deutérés nous permet de mesurer directement le facteur de forme d'une seule chaîne au milieu des autres. La pénétration des chaînes dans le milieu poreux est presque totale pour la concentration (Φ = 20%) et la gamme de poids moléculaire (35 000 < M_w < 800 000

  6. Theory of colloid depletion stabilization by unattached and adsorbed polymers.

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    Semenov, A N; Shvets, A A

    2015-12-01

    The polymer-induced forces between colloidal particles in a semidilute or concentrated polymer solution are considered theoretically. This study is focussed on the case of partially adsorbing colloidal surfaces involving some attractive centers able to trap polymer segments. In the presence of free polymers the particles are covered by self-assembled fluffy layers whose structure is elucidated. It is shown that the free-polymer-induced interaction between the particles is repulsive at distances exceeding the polymer correlation length, and that this depletion repulsion can be strongly enhanced due to the presence of fluffy layers. This enhanced depletion stabilization mechanism (which works in tandem with a more short-range steric repulsion of fluffy layers) can serve on its own to stabilize colloidal dispersions. More generally, we identify three main polymer-induced interaction mechanisms: depletion repulsion, depletion attraction, and steric repulsion. Their competition is analyzed both numerically and analytically based on an asymptotically rigorous mean-field theory. It is shown that colloid stabilization can be achieved by simply increasing the molecular weight of polymer additives, or by changing their concentration.

  7. Removal of acutely hazardous pharmaceuticals from water using multi-template imprinted polymer adsorbent.

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    Venkatesh, Avinash; Chopra, Nikita; Krupadam, Reddithota J

    2014-05-01

    Molecularly imprinted polymer adsorbent has been prepared to remove a group of recalcitrant and acutely hazardous (p-type) chemicals from water and wastewaters. The polymer adsorbent exhibited twofold higher adsorption capacity than the commercially used polystyrene divinylbenzene resin (XAD) and powdered activated carbon adsorbents. Higher adsorption capacity of the polymer adsorbent was explained on the basis of high specific surface area formed during molecular imprinting process. Freundlich isotherms drawn showed that the adsorption of p-type chemicals onto polymer adsorbent was kinetically faster than the other reference adsorbents. Matrix effect on adsorption of p-type chemicals was minimal, and also polymer adsorbent was amenable to regeneration by washing with water/methanol (3:1, v/v) solution. The polymer adsorbent was unaltered in its adsorption capacity up to 10 cycles of adsorption and desorption, which will be more desirable in cost reduction of treatment compared with single-time-use activated carbon. PMID:24499987

  8. Effect of chain stiffness on polymer properties

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    Luettmer-Strathmann, Jutta

    2008-03-01

    Static and dynamic properties of polymers are affected by the stiffness of the chains. In this work, we investigate structural and thermodynamic properties of a lattice model for semiflexible polymer chains. The model is an extension of Shaffer's bond- fluctuation model and includes attractive interactions between monomers and an adjustable bending penalty that determines the Kuhn segment length. For isolated chains, a competition between monomer-monomer interactions and bending penalties determines the chain conformations at low temperatures. For dense melts, packing effects play an important role in the structure and thermodynamics of the polymeric liquid. In order to investigate static properties as a function of temperature and chain stiffness, we perform Wang-Landau type simulations and construct densities of states over the two-dimensional state space of monomer-monomer and bending contributions to the internal energy.

  9. Influence of Polymers on the Crystal Growth Rate of Felodipine: Correlating Adsorbed Polymer Surface Coverage to Solution Crystal Growth Inhibition.

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    Schram, Caitlin J; Taylor, Lynne S; Beaudoin, Stephen P

    2015-10-20

    The bioavailability of orally administered drugs that exhibit poor aqueous solubility can be enhanced with the use of supersaturating dosage forms. Stabilization of these forms by preventing or inhibiting crystallization in solution is an important area of study. Polymers can be used to stabilize supersaturated systems; however, the properties that impact their effectiveness as crystal growth rate inhibitors are not yet fully understood. In this study, the impact of various polymers on the crystal growth rate of felodipine and the conformation of these polymers adsorbed to crystalline felodipine was investigated in order to gain a mechanistic understanding of crystal growth inhibition. It was determined that polymer hydrophobicity impacted polymer adsorption as well as adsorbed polymer conformation. Polymer conformation impacts its surface coverage, which was shown to directly correlate to the polymer's effectiveness as a growth rate inhibitor. By modeling this correlation, it is possible to predict polymer effectiveness given the surface coverage of the polymer.

  10. The Packing of Granular Polymer Chains

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    Zou, Ling-Nan; Cheng, Xiang; Rivers, Mark L.; Jaeger, Heinrich M.; Nagel, Sidney R.; UC

    2009-12-01

    Rigid particles pack into structures, such as sand dunes on the beach, whose overall stability is determined by the average number of contacts between particles. However, when packing spatially extended objects with flexible shapes, additional concepts must be invoked to understand the stability of the resulting structure. Here, we examine the disordered packing of chains constructed out of flexibly connected hard spheres. Using x-ray tomography, we find that long chains pack into a low-density structure whose mechanical rigidity is mainly provided by the backbone. On compaction, randomly oriented, semi-rigid loops form along the chain, and the packing of chains can be understood as the jamming of these elements. Finally, we uncover close similarities between the packing of chains and the glass transition in polymers.

  11. Macromolecular recognition: Recognition of polymer side chains by cyclodextrin

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    Hashidzume, Akihito; Harada, Akira

    2015-12-01

    The interaction of cyclodextrins (CD) with water soluble polymers possessing guest residues has been investigated as model systems in biological molecular recognition. The selectivity of interaction of CD with polymer-carrying guest residues is controlled by polymer chains, i.e., the steric effect of polymer main chain, the conformational effect of polymer main chain, and multi-site interaction. Macroscopic assemblies have been also realized based on molecular recognition using polyacrylamide-based gels possessing CD and guest residues.

  12. Binding energies and electronic structures of adsorbed titanium chains on carbon nanotubes

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    Yang, Chih-Kai; Zhao, Jijun; Lu, Jianping

    2002-03-01

    Our calculations based on first principles have shown that titanium is much favored energetically over gold and aluminum to form a continuous chain on a variety of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT). Results from two zigzag nanotubes, (10,0) and (14,0), and two armchairs, (6,6) and (8,8), indicate that binding energy for a Ti-adsorbed SWNT is generally six to seven eV per unit cell larger than a Au or Al-adsorbed SWNT. Furthermore, the adsorbed Ti chain generates additional states in the band gaps of the two semi-conducting zigzag nanotubes, transforming them into metals.

  13. Brownian dynamics simulation of peeling a strongly-adsorbed polymer molecule from a frictionless substrate.

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    Iliafar, Sara; Vezenov, Dmitri; Jagota, Anand

    2013-02-01

    We used brownian dynamics to study the peeling of a polymer molecule, represented by a freely jointed chain, from a frictionless surface in an implicit solvent with parameters representative of single-stranded DNA adsorbed on graphite. For slow peeling rates, simulations match the predictions of an equilibrium statistical thermodynamic model. We show that deviations from equilibrium peeling forces are dominated by a combination of Stokes (viscous) drag forces acting on the desorbed section of the chain and a finite rate of hopping over a desorption barrier. Characteristic velocities separating equilibrium and nonequilibrium regimes are many orders of magnitude higher than values accessible in force spectroscopy experiments. Finite probe stiffness resulted in disappearance of force spikes due to desorption of individual links predicted by the statistical thermodynamic model under displacement control. Probe fluctuations also masked sharp transitions in peeling force between blocks of distinct sequences, indicating limitation in the ability of single-molecule force spectroscopy to distinguish small differences in homologous molecular structures.

  14. Spiropyran main-chain conjugated polymers.

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    Sommer, Michael; Komber, Hartmut

    2013-01-11

    The first main-chain conjugated copolymers based on alternating spiropyran (SP) and 9,9-dioctylfluorene (F8) units synthesized via Suzuki polycondensation (SPC) are presented. The reaction conditions of SPC are optimized to obtain materials of type P(para-SP-F8) with appreciably high molecular weights up to M(w) ≈ 100 kg mol(-1). (13)C NMR is used to identify the random orientation of the non-symmetric SP unit in P(p-SP-F8). Ultrasound-induced isomerization of P(p-SP-F8) to the corresponding merocyanine form P(p-MC-F8) yields a deep-red solution. This isomerization reaction is followed by (1)H NMR in solution using sonication, whereby the color increasingly changes to deep red. The possibility to incorporate multiple SP units into main-chain polymers significantly broadens existing SP-based polymeric architectures.

  15. Surfactant induced aggregation behavior of Merocyanine-540 adsorbed on polymer coated positively charged gold nanoparticles

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    Das, K.; Uppal, A.; Saini, R. K.

    2016-01-01

    Surfactant induced aggregation behavior of Merocyanine 540 adsorbed on polymer (PDD) coated gold nanoparticles (AuNP) is reported. The absorption band of the dye shifts to higher energy in the presence of free polymer and polymer coated AuNP implying aggregation. Addition of a negatively charged surfactant (SDS) induces multiple bands in the extinction spectrum of the dye adsorbed on nanoparticle surface. The highest (460 nm) and lowest (564 nm) energy bands of the dye become prominent at 10 and >50 μM SDS concentrations respectively (dye: 10 μM; AuNP: 100-200 pM). Based on earlier results the high energy band is likely to originate from dye aggregates and the low energy band is likely to originate from dye monomers. This is attributed to the interplay between polymer-surfactant and polymer-dye interactions at the AuNP surface. The extinction spectra of dye adsorbed at AuNP surface remain unaffected in the presence of a positively charged (CTAB) or a neutral surfactant (Tx-100), at low surfactant concentrations. However at higher surfactant concentrations (>60 μM) dye aggregation takes place which is attributed to dye-surfactant interactions. The fluorescence intensity of the dye quenched significantly but its lifetime increased in the presence of polymer coated AuNP. This is attributed to aggregation and reduction in the photoisomerization rate of the dye adsorbed on AuNP surface.

  16. Polymer Chain Dynamics at Interfaces: Role of Boundary Conditions at Solid Interface

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    Tapan G. Desai; Pawel Keblinski; Sanat K. Kumar

    2008-01-01

    Using classical molecular dynamics simulations, we study dynamical properties of a single polymer chain dissolved in an explicit solvent and strongly adsorbed at solid-liquid interface. To circumvent a serious challenge posed by finite size effects due to long-range hydrodynamic effects, we developed a correction procedure that substantially limits the finite size effects. Concurrently, we provide an analysis of distinctly different size effects in the directions, transverse and normal to the interface. We find that on analytically smooth interfaces, corresponding to the slip boundary condition, the motions of the polymer chain and the surrounding solvent are hydrodynamically coupled. This leads to the chain diffusion coefficient, D, scaling with the chain degree of polymerization, N, as D ~ N–3/4, consistent with the Zimm dynamics for strongly adsorbed chains. Introduction of transverse forces at the interface results in loss of correlation between the motion of the polymer chain and the solvent. Consequently, D ~ N–1, which is a characteristic of the Rouse dynamics.

  17. Effect of Uniformly Applied Force and Molecular Characteristics of a Polymer Chain on Its Adhesion to Graphene Substrates.

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    Kumar, Sunil; Pattanayek, Sudip K; Pereira, Gerald G; Mohanty, Sanat

    2016-03-22

    The force-induced desorption of a polymer chain from a graphene substrate is studied with molecular dynamics (MD). A critical force needs to be exceeded before detachment of the polymer from the substrate. It is found that for a chain to exhibit good adhesive properties the chain configuration should consist of fibrils-elongated, aligned sections of polymers and cavities which dissipate the applied energy. A fibrillation index is defined to quantify the quality of fibrils. We focus on the molecular properties of the polymer chain, which can lead to large amounts of fibrillation, and find that both strong attraction between the polymer and substrate and good solvency conditions are important conditions for this. We also vary the stiffness of the chain and find that for less stiff chains a plateau in the stress-strain curve gives rise to good adhesion however for very stiff chains there is limited elongation of the chain but the chain can still exhibit good fibrillation by a lamella-like rearrangement. Finally, it is found that the detachment time, t, of a polymer from the adsorbed substrate is inversely proportional to force, F (i.e., t ∝ F(-γ)), where exponent γ depends on the solvent quality, polymer-substrate attraction, and chain stiffness.

  18. Detailed simulation of the role of functionalized polymer chains on the structural, dynamic and mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites.

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    Liu, Jun; Shen, Jianxiang; Gao, Yangyang; Zhou, Huanhuan; Wu, Youping; Zhang, Liqun

    2014-11-28

    To systematically study the effect of functionalized chain groups on polymer nanocomposites, we perform our simulation work in the following two ways. In the case of dilute loading of nanoparticles (NPs) with different geometries (spherical, sheet-like, rod-like NPs), we adopt coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation to study the structural, dynamic and mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites influenced by the terminal groups of linear polymer chains. We observe that the terminal groups have more probability to be adsorbed onto the surface of NPs with decreasing temperature, chain molecular weight and increasing chain stiffness. For all NPs with different geometries, more terminal groups segregate into the surface of NPs with increase in the interaction energy εf-n between the terminal groups and the NPs. We also notice that the attractive interaction between the terminal groups and the sheet-like NPs induces the appearance of a gradient of translational dynamics of polymer chains, and the relaxation at the chain length scale is evidently different for various adsorbed layers, whereas the segmental relaxation only becomes slightly slower nearby the sheet-like NPs. For both pure and filled systems with spherical NPs, it is found that the stress-strain curves and bond orientations are significantly enhanced with increase in the interaction strength between the terminal groups as well as terminal groups and NPs. In the case of concentrated loading of NPs, we construct the atomistic models of C60, CNT and graphene to accurately account for the "many body effect." We explore the influence of the functionalization position along the chain backbone on the dispersion kinetics, realizing that the end-functionalization is more effective. The end-groups effect on the chain configuration, chain packing and graphene equilibrium dispersibility is examined. The translational and rotational (segmental and terminal relaxation) dynamics influenced by the interactions

  19. Towards Understanding KOH Conditioning of Amidoxime-based Polymer Adsorbents for Sequestering Uranium from Seawater

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    Pan, Horng-Bin; Kuo, Li-Jung; Wood, Jordana R.; Strivens, Jonathan E.; Gill, Gary A.; Janke, C.; Wai, Chien M.

    2015-11-16

    Conditioning of polymer fiber adsorbents grafted with amidoxime and carboxylic acid groups is necessary to make the materials hydrophilic for sequestering uranium from seawater. Spectroscopic techniques were employed to study the effectiveness of the traditional KOH conditioning method (2.5% KOH at 80 oC) on recently developed high-surface-area amidoxime-based polymer fiber adsorbents developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. FTIR spectra reveal that the KOH conditioning process removes the proton from the carboxylic acids and also converts the amidoxime groups to carboxylate groups in the adsorbent. With prolonged KOH treatment (>1 hr) at 80 oC, physical damage to the adsorbent material occurs which can lead to a significant reduction in the adsorbent’s uranium adsorption capability in real seawater during extended exposure times (>21 days). The physical damage to the adsorbent can be minimized by lowering KOH conditioning temperature. For the high-surface-area amidoxime-based adsorbents, 20 min of conditioning in 2.5% KOH at 80 oC or 1 hr of conditioning in 2.5% KOH at 60 oC appears sufficient to achieve de-protonation of the carboxylic acid with minimal harmful effects to the adsorbent material. The use of NaOH instead of KOH can also reduce the cost of the base treatment process required for conditioning the amidoxime-based sorbents with minimal loss of adsorption capacity (≤ 7%).

  20. Polymer composite adsorbents using particles of molecularly imprinted polymers or aluminium oxide nanoparticles for treatment of arsenic contaminated waters.

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    Önnby, L; Pakade, V; Mattiasson, B; Kirsebom, H

    2012-09-01

    Removal of As(V) by adsorption from water solutions was studied using three different synthetic adsorbents. The adsorbents, (a) aluminium nanoparticles (Alu-NPs, <50 nm) incorporated in amine rich cryogels (Alu-cryo), (b) molecular imprinted polymers (<38 μm) in polyacrylamide cryogels (MIP-cryo) and (c) thiol functionalised cryogels (SH-cryo) were evaluated regarding material characteristics and arsenic removal in batch test and continuous mode. Results revealed that a composite design with particles incorporated in cryogels was a successful means for applying small particles (nano- and micro- scale) in water solutions with maintained adsorption capacity and kinetics. Low capacity was obtained from SH-cryo and this adsorbent was hence excluded from the study. The adsorption capacities for the composites were 20.3 ± 0.8 mg/g adsorbent (Alu-cryo) and 7.9 ± 0.7 mg/g adsorbent (MIP-cryo) respectively. From SEM images it was seen that particles were homogeneously distributed in Alu-cryo and heterogeneously distributed in MIP-cryo. The particle incorporation increased the mechanical stability and the polymer backbones of pure polyacrylamide (MIP-cryo) were of better stability than the amine containing polymer backbone (Alu-cryo). Both composites worked well in the studied pH range of pH 2-8. Adsorption tested in real wastewater spiked with arsenic showed that co-ions (nitrate, sulphate and phosphate) affected arsenic removal for Alu-cryo more than for MIP-cryo. Both composites still adsorbed well in the presence of counter-ions (copper and zinc) present at low concentrations (μg/l). The unchanged and selective adsorption in realistic water observed for MIP-cryo was concluded to be due to a successful imprinting, here controlled using a non-imprinted polymer (NIP). A development of MIP-cryo is needed, considering its low adsorption capacity.

  1. Analytic liquid-state theory of the interactions between colloids mediated by reversibly adsorbed polymers.

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    Chervanyov, A I

    2014-12-28

    We develop an analytic liquid-state theory of the effective interactions induced by reversibly adsorbing polymers, acting between colloids immersed in a polymer melt. This theory is based on the polymer reference interaction site model that has no restrictions with respect to the density of the polymer system and colloid-to-polymer size ratio. By making use of the developed theory, we calculate the potential of the polymer mediated interactions as a function of the colloid radius, strength and range of the adsorption potential, and the polymer density. In addition, we investigate the behavior of the second virial coefficient as a function of the polymer density in both the colloid and nano-particle limits. We found out that the presence of the adsorption interactions significantly changes the polymer mediated forces relative to the case of the pure entropic depletion interactions, showing most pronounced difference in the case of large polymer densities and small colloid-to-polymer size ratios. The significance of the above differences is determined by the relation between the range of the adsorption potential and polymer correlation length.

  2. Analytic liquid-state theory of the interactions between colloids mediated by reversibly adsorbed polymers.

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    Chervanyov, A I

    2014-12-28

    We develop an analytic liquid-state theory of the effective interactions induced by reversibly adsorbing polymers, acting between colloids immersed in a polymer melt. This theory is based on the polymer reference interaction site model that has no restrictions with respect to the density of the polymer system and colloid-to-polymer size ratio. By making use of the developed theory, we calculate the potential of the polymer mediated interactions as a function of the colloid radius, strength and range of the adsorption potential, and the polymer density. In addition, we investigate the behavior of the second virial coefficient as a function of the polymer density in both the colloid and nano-particle limits. We found out that the presence of the adsorption interactions significantly changes the polymer mediated forces relative to the case of the pure entropic depletion interactions, showing most pronounced difference in the case of large polymer densities and small colloid-to-polymer size ratios. The significance of the above differences is determined by the relation between the range of the adsorption potential and polymer correlation length. PMID:25554175

  3. Touching polymer chains by organic field-effect transistors

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    Shao, Wei; Dong, Huanli; Wang, Zhigang; Hu, Wenping

    2014-01-01

    Organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) are used to directly “touch” the movement and dynamics of polymer chains, and then determine Tg. As a molecular-level probe, the conducting channel of OFETs exhibits several unique advantages: 1) it directly detects the motion and dynamics of polymer chain at Tg; 2) it allows the measurement of size effects in ultrathin polymer films (even down to 6 nm), which bridges the gap in understanding effects between surface and interface. This facile and reliable determination of Tg of polymer films and the understanding of polymer chain dynamics guide a new prospect for OFETs besides their applications in organic electronics and casting new light on the fundamental understanding of the nature of polymer chain dynamics. PMID:25227159

  4. Investigation of the adsorption of polymer chains on amine-functionalized double-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Ansari, R; Ajori, S; Rouhi, S

    2015-12-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were used to study the adsorption of different polymer chains on functionalized double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWCNTs). The nanotubes were functionalized with two different amines: NH2 (a small amine) and CH2-NH2 (a large amine). Considering three different polymer chains, all with the same number of atoms, the effect of polymer type on the polymer-nanotube interaction was studied. In general, it was found that covalent functionalization considerably improved the polymer-DWCNT interaction. By comparing the results obtained with different polymer chains, it was observed that, unlike polyethylene and polyketone, poly(styrene sulfonate) only weakly interacts with the functionalized DWCNTs. Accordingly, the smallest radius of gyration was obtained with adsorbed poly(styrene sulfonate). It was also observed that the DWCNTs functionalized with the large amine presented more stable interactions with polyketone and poly(styrene sulfonate) than with polyethylene, whereas the DWCNTs functionalized with the small amine showed better interfacial noncovalent bonding with polyethylene.

  5. Mechanism of dialkyl phthalates removal from aqueous solution using γ-cyclodextrin and starch based polyurethane polymer adsorbents.

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    Okoli, Chukwunonso Peter; Adewuyi, Gregory Olufemi; Zhang, Qian; Diagboya, Paul N; Guo, Qingjun

    2014-12-19

    Phthalate esters have been known as potent endocrine disruptors and carcinogens; and their removal from water have been of considerable concern recently. In the present study, γ-cyclodextrin polyurethane polymer (GPP), γ-cyclodextrin/starch polyurethane copolymer (GSP), and starch polyurethane polymer (SPP) have been synthesized and characterized. Their adsorption efficiencies for the removal of dimethyl phthalate (DMP) and diethyl phthalate (DEP) from aqueous solutions were investigated. The characterization results showed the success of the synthesis. The isotherms were L-type, and both the Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption isotherm gave good fittings to the adsorption data. Adsorption mechanisms suggested that these adsorbents spontaneously adsorb phthalate molecules driven mainly by enthalpy change, and the adsorption process was attributed to multiple adsorbent-adsorbate interactions such as hydrogen bonding, π-π stacking, and pore filling. The results showed that starch and γ-cyclodextrin polyurethane polymer adsorbents have excellent potential as adsorbent materials for the removal of phthalates from the contaminated water.

  6. Mechanisms of chain adsorption on porous substrates and critical conditions of polymer chromatography.

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    Cimino, Richard T; Rasmussen, Christopher J; Brun, Yefim; Neimark, Alexander V

    2016-11-01

    Polymer adsorption is a ubiquitous phenomenon with numerous technological and healthcare applications. The mechanisms of polymer adsorption on surfaces and in pores are complex owing to a competition between various entropic and enthalpic factors. Due to adsorption of monomers to the surface, the chain gains in enthalpy yet loses in entropy because of confining effects. This competition leads to the existence of critical conditions of adsorption when enthalpy gain and entropy loss are in balance. The critical conditions are controlled by the confining geometry and effective adsorption energy, which depends on the solvent composition and temperature. This phenomenon has important implications in polymer chromatography, since the retention at the critical point of adsorption (CPA) is chain length independent. However, the mechanisms of polymer adsorption in pores are poorly understood and there is an ongoing discussion in the theoretical literature about the very existence of CPA for polymer adsorption on porous substrates. In this work, we examine the mechanisms of chain adsorption on a model porous substrate using Monte Carlo (MC) simulations. We distinguish three adsorption mechanisms depending on the chain location: on external surface, completely confined in pores, and also partially confined in pores in so-called "flower" conformations. The free energies of different conformations of adsorbed chains are calculated by the incremental gauge cell MC method that allows one to determine the partition coefficient as a function of the adsorption potential, pore size, and chain length. We confirm the existence of the CPA for chain length independent separation on porous substrates, which is explained by the dominant contributions of the chain adsorption at the external surface, in particular in flower conformations. Moreover, we show that the critical conditions for porous and nonporous substrates are identical and depend only on the surface chemistry. The theoretical

  7. Mechanisms of chain adsorption on porous substrates and critical conditions of polymer chromatography.

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    Cimino, Richard T; Rasmussen, Christopher J; Brun, Yefim; Neimark, Alexander V

    2016-11-01

    Polymer adsorption is a ubiquitous phenomenon with numerous technological and healthcare applications. The mechanisms of polymer adsorption on surfaces and in pores are complex owing to a competition between various entropic and enthalpic factors. Due to adsorption of monomers to the surface, the chain gains in enthalpy yet loses in entropy because of confining effects. This competition leads to the existence of critical conditions of adsorption when enthalpy gain and entropy loss are in balance. The critical conditions are controlled by the confining geometry and effective adsorption energy, which depends on the solvent composition and temperature. This phenomenon has important implications in polymer chromatography, since the retention at the critical point of adsorption (CPA) is chain length independent. However, the mechanisms of polymer adsorption in pores are poorly understood and there is an ongoing discussion in the theoretical literature about the very existence of CPA for polymer adsorption on porous substrates. In this work, we examine the mechanisms of chain adsorption on a model porous substrate using Monte Carlo (MC) simulations. We distinguish three adsorption mechanisms depending on the chain location: on external surface, completely confined in pores, and also partially confined in pores in so-called "flower" conformations. The free energies of different conformations of adsorbed chains are calculated by the incremental gauge cell MC method that allows one to determine the partition coefficient as a function of the adsorption potential, pore size, and chain length. We confirm the existence of the CPA for chain length independent separation on porous substrates, which is explained by the dominant contributions of the chain adsorption at the external surface, in particular in flower conformations. Moreover, we show that the critical conditions for porous and nonporous substrates are identical and depend only on the surface chemistry. The theoretical

  8. Mass Distributions of Linear Chain Polymers.

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    Hubler, Shane L; Craciun, Gheorghe

    2012-06-01

    Biochemistry has many examples of linear chain polymers, i.e., molecules formed from a sequence of units from a finite set of possibilities; examples include proteins, RNA, single-stranded DNA, and paired DNA. In the field of mass spectrometry, it is useful to consider the idea of weighted alphabets, with a word inheriting weight from its letters. We describe the distribution of the mass of these words in terms of a simple recurrence relation, the general solution to that relation, and a canonical form that explicitly describes both the exponential form of this distribution and its periodic features, thus explaining a wave pattern that has been observed in protein mass databases. Further, we show that a pure exponential term dominates the distribution and that there is exactly one such purely exponential term. Finally, we illustrate the use of this theorem by describing a formula for the integer mass distribution of peptides and we compare our theoretical results with mass distributions of human and yeast peptides.

  9. Mass Distributions of Linear Chain Polymers

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    Hubler, Shane L.; Craciun, Gheorghe

    2012-01-01

    Biochemistry has many examples of linear chain polymers, i.e., molecules formed from a sequence of units from a finite set of possibilities; examples include proteins, RNA, single-stranded DNA, and paired DNA. In the field of mass spectrometry, it is useful to consider the idea of weighted alphabets, with a word inheriting weight from its letters. We describe the distribution of the mass of these words in terms of a simple recurrence relation, the general solution to that relation, and a canonical form that explicitly describes both the exponential form of this distribution and its periodic features, thus explaining a wave pattern that has been observed in protein mass databases. Further, we show that a pure exponential term dominates the distribution and that there is exactly one such purely exponential term. Finally, we illustrate the use of this theorem by describing a formula for the integer mass distribution of peptides and we compare our theoretical results with mass distributions of human and yeast peptides. PMID:23024448

  10. Nonaffine chain and primitive path deformation in crosslinked polymers

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    Davidson, J. D.; Goulbourne, N. C.

    2016-08-01

    Chains in a polymer network deform nonaffinely at small length scales due to the ability for extensive microscopic rearrangement. Classically, the conformations of an individual chain can be described solely by an end-to-end length. This picture neglects interchain interactions and therefore does not represent the behavior of a real polymer network. The primitive path concept provides the additional detail to represent interchain entanglements, and techniques have recently been developed to identify the network of primitive paths in a polymer simulation. We use coarse-grained molecular dynamics (MD) to track both chain end-to-end and primitive path deformation in crosslinked polymer networks. The range of simulated materials includes short chain unentangled networks to long, entangled chain networks. Both chain end-to-end and primitive path length are found to be linear functions of the applied deformation, and a simple relationship describes the behavior of a network in response to large stretch uniaxial, pure shear, and equi-biaxial deformations. As expected, end-to-end chain length deformation is nonaffine for short chain networks, and becomes closer to affine for networks of long, entangled chains. However, primitive path deformation is found to always be nonaffine, even for long, entangled chains. We demonstrate how the microscopic constraints of crosslinks and entanglements affect nonaffine chain deformation as well as the simulated elastic behavior of the different networks.

  11. Inhibition of cell adhesion by a synthetic polymer adsorbed to glass shown under defined hydrodynamic stress.

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    Owens, N F; Gingell, D; Rutter, P R

    1987-06-01

    A co-polymer with hydrophobic and hydrophilic segments was allowed to adsorb from aqueous solution onto glass previously made hydrophobic by derivatization with octadecyl dimethylchlorosilane. The polymer is thought to adsorb via its hydrophobic segments, leaving the hydrophilic segments free to extend into the water. After allowing cells to settle on the treated surface, the shear stress at the chamber wall required to remove red blood cells, Dictyostelium discoideum amoebae and Escherichia coli was determined in a calibrated laminar flow chamber. On octadecyl glass a shear stress of 2-3 Nm-2 evicts 50% of adherent red cells and E. coli. No D. discoideum amoebae could be removed at 5Nm-2. In striking contrast, the lowest experimentally obtainable shear stress of 0.03 Nm-2 removes 97.0-99.5% of cells of all three types from the polymer-treated surface, even after a cell residence time of 1 h without flow in the absence of free polymer. The minimum shear stress of 0.03Nm-2 corresponds to only approximately equal to 20 times the force of gravity on a red cell. The mechanism of action of the polymer and the implications of the results are discussed. PMID:3312253

  12. Theoretical study of line and boundary tension in adsorbed colloid-polymer mixtures.

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    Koning, Jesper; Vandecan, Yves; Indekeu, Joseph

    2014-07-28

    An extended theoretical study of interface potentials in adsorbed colloid-polymer mixtures is performed. To describe the colloid-polymer mixture near a hard wall, a simple Cahn-Nakanishi-Fisher free-energy functional is used. The bulk phase behaviour and the substrate-adsorbate interaction are modelled by the free-volume theory for ideal polymers with polymer-to-colloid size ratios q = 0.6 and q = 1. The interface potentials are constructed with help from a Fisher-Jin crossing constraint. By manipulating the crossing density, a complete interface potential can be obtained from natural, single-crossing, profiles. The line tension in the partial wetting regime and the boundary tension along prewetting are computed from the interface potentials. The line tensions are of either sign, and descending with increasing contact angle. The line tension takes a positive value of 10(-14)-10(-12) N near a first-order wetting transition, passes through zero and decreases to minus 10(-14)-10(-12) N away from the first-order transition. The calculations of the boundary tension along prewetting yield values increasing from zero at the prewetting critical point up to the value of the line tension at first-order wetting. PMID:25084953

  13. Chain conformation in polymer nanocomposites with uniformly dispersed nanoparticles.

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    Crawford, M K; Smalley, R J; Cohen, G; Hogan, B; Wood, B; Kumar, S K; Melnichenko, Y B; He, L; Guise, W; Hammouda, B

    2013-05-10

    The effect of nanoparticles (NP) on chain dimensions in polymer melts has been the source of considerable theoretical and experimental controversy. We exploit our ability to ensure a spatially uniform dispersion of 13 nm silica NPs miscible in polystyrene melts, together with neutron scattering, x-ray scattering, and transmission electron microscopy, to show that there is no measurable change in the polymer size in miscible mixtures, regardless of the relative sizes of the chains and the nanoparticles, and for NP loadings as high as 32.7 vol%. Our results provide a firm basis from which to understand the properties of polymer nanocomposites.

  14. Hydrophobic, electrostatic, and dynamic polymer forces at silicone surfaces modified with long-chain bolaform surfactants.

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    Rapp, Michael V; Donaldson, Stephen H; Gebbie, Matthew A; Das, Saurabh; Kaufman, Yair; Gizaw, Yonas; Koenig, Peter; Roiter, Yuri; Israelachvili, Jacob N

    2015-05-01

    Surfactant self-assembly on surfaces is an effective way to tailor the complex forces at and between hydrophobic-water interfaces. Here, the range of structures and forces that are possible at surfactant-adsorbed hydrophobic surfaces are demonstrated: certain long-chain bolaform surfactants-containing a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) mid-block domain and two cationic α, ω-quarternary ammonium end-groups-readily adsorb onto thin PDMS films and form dynamically fluctuating nanostructures. Through measurements with the surface forces apparatus (SFA), it is found that these soft protruding nanostructures display polymer-like exploration behavior at the PDMS surface and give rise to a long-ranged, temperature- and rate-dependent attractive bridging force (not due to viscous forces) on approach to a hydrophilic bare mica surface. Coulombic interactions between the cationic surfactant end-groups and negatively-charged mica result in a rate-dependent polymer bridging force during separation as the hydrophobic surfactant mid-blocks are pulled out from the PDMS interface, yielding strong adhesion energies. Thus, (i) the versatile array of surfactant structures that may form at hydrophobic surfaces is highlighted, (ii) the need to consider the interaction dynamics of such self-assembled polymer layers is emphasized, and (iii) it is shown that long-chain surfactants can promote robust adhesion in aqueous solutions. PMID:25504803

  15. Stretching of Single Polymer Chains Using the Atomic Force Microscope

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    Ortiz, C.; van der Vegte, E. W.; van Swieten, E.; Robillard, G. T.; Hadziioannou, G.

    1998-03-01

    A variety of macroscopic phenomenon involve "nanoscale" polymer deformation including rubber elasticity, shear yielding, strain hardening, stress relaxation, fracture, and flow. With the advent of new and improved experimental techniques, such as the atomic force microscope (AFM), the probing of physical properties of polymers has reached finer and finer scales. The development of mixed self-assembling monolayer techniques and the chemical functionalization of AFM probe tips has allowed for mechanical experiments on single polymer chains of molecular dimensions. In our experiments, mixed monolayers are prepared in which end-functionalized, flexible polymer chains of thiol-terminated poly(methacrylic acid) are covalently bonded, isolated, and randomly distributed on gold substrates. The coils are then imaged, tethered to a gold-coated AFM tip, and stretched between the tip and the substrate in a conventional force / distance experiment. An increase in the attractive force due to entropic, elastic resistance to stretching, as well as fracture of the polymer chain is observed. The effect of chain stiffness, topological constraints, strain rate, mechanical hysteresis, and stress relaxation were investigated. Force modulation techniques were also employed in order to image the viscoelastic character of the polymer chains. Parallel work includes similar studies of biological systems such as wheat gluten proteins and polypeptides.

  16. Keto-Functionalized Polymer Scaffolds As Versatile Precursors to Polymer Side Chain Conjugates

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    Liu, Jingquan; Li, Ronald C.; Sand, Gregory J.; Bulmus, Volga; Davis, Thomas P.; Maynard, Heather D.

    2014-01-01

    A new methacrylate monomer with a reactive ketone side-chain, 2-(4-oxo-pentanoate) ethyl methacrylate (PAEMA), was synthesized and subsequently polymerized by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization to give a polymer with a narrow molecular weight distribution (PDI = 1.25). The polymer was chain extended with poly(ethylene glycol methyl ether acrylate) (PEGMA) to yield a block copolymer. Aminooxy containing small molecules and oligoethylene glycol were conjugated to the ketone functionality of the side chain in high yields. Cytotoxicity of the oxime-linked tetra(ethylene glycol) polymer to mouse fibroblast cells was investigated; the polymer was found to be non-cytotoxic up to 1 mg/mL. The ease with which this polymer is functionalized, suggests that it may be useful in forming tailored polymeric medicines. PMID:24761032

  17. Theoretical predictions of structures in dispersions containing charged colloidal particles and non-adsorbing polymers.

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    Xie, Fei; Turesson, Martin; Woodward, Clifford E; van Gruijthuijsen, Kitty; Stradner, Anna; Forsman, Jan

    2016-04-28

    We develop a theoretical model to describe structural effects on a specific system of charged colloidal polystyrene particles, upon the addition of non-adsorbing PEG polymers. This system has previously been investigated experimentally, by scattering methods, so we are able to quantitatively compare predicted structure factors with corresponding experimental data. Our aim is to construct a model that is coarse-grained enough to be computationally manageable, yet detailed enough to capture the important physics. To this end, we utilize classical polymer density functional theory, wherein all possible polymer configurations are accounted for, subject to a mean-field Boltzmann weight. We make efforts to counteract drawbacks with this mean-field approach, resulting in structural predictions that agree very well with computationally more demanding simulations. Electrostatic interactions are handled at the fully non-linear Poisson-Boltzmann level, and we demonstrate that a linearization leads to less accurate predictions. The particle charge is an experimentally unknown parameter. We define the surface charge such that the experimental and theoretical gel point at equal polymer concentration coincide. Assuming a fixed surface charge for a certain salt concentration, we find very good agreements between measured and predicted structure factors across a wide range of polymer concentrations. We also present predictions for other structural quantities, such as radial distribution functions, and cluster size distributions. Finally, we demonstrate that our model predicts the occurrence of equilibrium clusters at high polymer concentrations, but low particle volume fractions and salt levels. PMID:27056112

  18. Ideal linear-chain polymers with fixed angular momentum.

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    Brunner, Matthew; Deutsch, J M

    2011-07-01

    The statistical mechanics of a linear noninteracting polymer chain with a large number of monomers is considered with fixed angular momentum. The radius of gyration for a linear polymer is derived exactly by functional integration. This result is then compared to simulations done with a large number of noninteracting rigid links at fixed angular momentum. The simulation agrees with the theory up to finite-size corrections. The simulations are also used to investigate the anisotropic nature of a spinning polymer. We find universal scaling of the polymer size along the direction of the angular momentum, as a function of rescaled angular momentum.

  19. Generalized conservation law for main-chain polymer nematics

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    Svenšek, Daniel; Podgornik, Rudolf

    2016-05-01

    We explore the implications of the conservation law(s) and the corresponding so-called continuity equation(s), resulting from the coupling between the positional and the orientational order in main-chain polymer nematics, by showing that the vectorial and tensorial forms of these equations are in general not equivalent and cannot be reduced to one another, but neither are they disjoint alternatives. We analyze the relation between them and elucidate the fundamental role that the chain backfolding plays in the determination of their relative strength and importance. Finally, we show that the correct penalty potential in the effective free energy, implementing these conservation laws, should actually connect both the tensorial and the vectorial constraints. We show that the consequences of the polymer chains' connectivity for their consistent mesoscopic description are thus not only highly nontrivial but that its proper implementation is absolutely crucial for a consistent coarse-grained description of the main-chain polymer nematics.

  20. Generalized conservation law for main-chain polymer nematics.

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    Svenšek, Daniel; Podgornik, Rudolf

    2016-05-01

    We explore the implications of the conservation law(s) and the corresponding so-called continuity equation(s), resulting from the coupling between the positional and the orientational order in main-chain polymer nematics, by showing that the vectorial and tensorial forms of these equations are in general not equivalent and cannot be reduced to one another, but neither are they disjoint alternatives. We analyze the relation between them and elucidate the fundamental role that the chain backfolding plays in the determination of their relative strength and importance. Finally, we show that the correct penalty potential in the effective free energy, implementing these conservation laws, should actually connect both the tensorial and the vectorial constraints. We show that the consequences of the polymer chains' connectivity for their consistent mesoscopic description are thus not only highly nontrivial but that its proper implementation is absolutely crucial for a consistent coarse-grained description of the main-chain polymer nematics.

  1. Generalized conservation law for main-chain polymer nematics.

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    Svenšek, Daniel; Podgornik, Rudolf

    2016-05-01

    We explore the implications of the conservation law(s) and the corresponding so-called continuity equation(s), resulting from the coupling between the positional and the orientational order in main-chain polymer nematics, by showing that the vectorial and tensorial forms of these equations are in general not equivalent and cannot be reduced to one another, but neither are they disjoint alternatives. We analyze the relation between them and elucidate the fundamental role that the chain backfolding plays in the determination of their relative strength and importance. Finally, we show that the correct penalty potential in the effective free energy, implementing these conservation laws, should actually connect both the tensorial and the vectorial constraints. We show that the consequences of the polymer chains' connectivity for their consistent mesoscopic description are thus not only highly nontrivial but that its proper implementation is absolutely crucial for a consistent coarse-grained description of the main-chain polymer nematics. PMID:27300956

  2. DPPG Liposomes Adsorbed on Polymer Cushions: Effect of Roughness on Amount, Surface Composition and Topography.

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    Duarte, Andreia A; Botelho do Rego, Ana M; Salerno, Marco; Ribeiro, Paulo A; El Bari, Nezha; Bouchikhi, Benachir; Raposo, Maria

    2015-07-01

    The adsorption of intact liposomes onto solid supports is a fundamental issue when preparing systems with encapsulated biological molecules. In this work, the adsorption kinetic of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-[phospho-rac-(1-glycerol)] (sodium salt) liposomes onto cushions prepared from commom polyelectrolytes by the layer-by-layer technique was investigated with the main objective of finding the surface conditions leading to the adsorption of intact liposomes. For this purpose, different cushion surface roughnesses were obtained by changing the number of cushion bilayers. The adsorbed amount per unit area was measured through quartz crystal microbalance, surface morphology was characterized by atomic force microscopy, and the surface composition was assessed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results show that (1) the amount of adsorbed lipids depends on the number of cushion bilayers, (2) the cushions are uniformly covered by the adsorbed lipids, and (3) the surface morphology of polymer cushions tunes liposome rupture and its adsorption kinetics. The fraction of ruptured liposomes, calculated from the measured amount of adsorbed lipids, is a function of surface roughness together with other surface morphology parameters, namely the dominating in-plane spatial feature size, the fractal dimension, and other textural features as well as amplitude and hybrid parameters. PMID:26076391

  3. Supramolecular polymers: Chain growth in control

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    Deng, Renren; Liu, Xiaogang

    2015-06-01

    Supramolecular polymerizations typically proceed through stepwise intermolecular mechanisms, concomitant with many side reactions to yield aggregates of unpredictable size, shape and mass. Now, a chain-growth strategy is shown to allow assembly of molecules into supramolecular chain structures endowed with precisely controlled characteristics.

  4. Identification of polymer surface adsorbed proteins implicated in pluripotent human embryonic stem cell expansion.

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    Hammad, Moamen; Rao, Wei; Smith, James G W; Anderson, Daniel G; Langer, Robert; Young, Lorraine E; Barrett, David A; Davies, Martyn C; Denning, Chris; Alexander, Morgan R

    2016-08-16

    Improved biomaterials are required for application in regenerative medicine, biosensing, and as medical devices. The response of cells to the chemistry of polymers cultured in media is generally regarded as being dominated by proteins adsorbed to the surface. Here we use mass spectrometry to identify proteins adsorbed from a complex mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEF) conditioned medium found to support pluripotent human embryonic stem cell (hESC) expansion on a plasma etched tissue culture polystyrene surface. A total of 71 proteins were identified, of which 14 uniquely correlated with the surface on which pluripotent stem cell expansion was achieved. We have developed a microarray combinatorial protein spotting approach to test the potential of these 14 proteins to support expansion of a hESC cell line (HUES-7) and a human induced pluripotent stem cell line (ReBl-PAT) on a novel polymer (N-(4-Hydroxyphenyl) methacrylamide). These proteins were spotted to form a primary array yielding several protein mixture 'hits' that enhanced cell attachment to the polymer. A second array was generated to test the function of a refined set of protein mixtures. We found that a combination of heat shock protein 90 and heat shock protein-1 encourage elevated adherence of pluripotent stem cells at a level comparable to fibronectin pre-treatment. PMID:27466628

  5. Anionic synthesis of in-chain and chain-end functionalized polymers

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    Roy Chowdhury, Sumana

    The objective of this work was to anionically synthesize well-defined polymers having functional groups either at the chain-end or along the polymer chain. General functionalization methods (GFM) were used for synthesizing both kinds of polymers. Chain-end functionalized polymers were synthesized by terminating the anionically synthesized, living polymer chains using chlorodimethylsilane. Hydrosilation reactions were then done between the silyl-hydride groups at the chain-ends and the double bonds of commercially available substituted alkenes. This produced a range of well-defined polymers having the desired functional groups at the chain-ends. In-chain functionalized polymers were synthesized by anionically polymerizing a silylhydride functionalized styrene monomer: (4-vinylphenyl)dimethysilane. Polymerizations were done at room temperature in hydrocarbon solvents to produce well-defined polymers. Functional groups were then introduced into the polymer chains by use of hydrosilation reactions done post-polymerization. The functionalized polymers produced were characterized using SEC, 1H and 13C NMR, FTIR, MALDI TOF mass spectrometry and DSC. The monomer reactivity ratios in the copolymerization of styrene with (4-vinylphenyl)dimethylsilane were also measured. A series of copolymerizaions was done with different molar ratios of styrene(S) and (4-vinylphenyl)dimethylsilane(Si). Three different methods were used to determine the values of the monomer reactivity ratios: Fineman-Ross, Kelen-Tudos and Error-In-Variable (EVM) methods. The average values of the two monomer reactivity ratios obtained were: r Si = 0.16 and rS = 1.74. From these values it was observed that in the copolymerization of styrene with (4-vinylphenyl)dimethylsilane, the second monomer was preferentially incorporated into the copolymer chain. Also, rSirS = 0.27, which shows that the copolymer has a tendency to have an alternating structure. Amino acid-functionalized polymers (biohybrids) were

  6. Structural features of polymer adsorbent LiChrolut EN and interfacial behavior of water and water/organic mixtures.

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    Gun'ko, V M; Turov, V V; Zarko, V I; Nychiporuk, Y M; Goncharuk, E V; Pakhlov, E M; Yurchenko, G R; Kulik, T V; Palyanytsya, B B; Borodavka, T V; Krupskaya, T V; Leboda, R; Skubiszewska-Zieba, J; Osovskii, V D; Ptushinskii, Y G; Turov, A V

    2008-07-01

    The structural and adsorption characteristics of polymer adsorbent LiChrolut EN and the behavior of adsorbed water and water/organic mixtures were studied using adsorption, microcalorimetry, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy, 1H NMR spectroscopy with layer-by-layer freezing-out of liquids (190-273 K), and thermally stimulated depolarization current method (90-265 K). This adsorbent is characterized by large specific surface area (approximately 1500 m2/g) and pore volume (0.83 cm3/g) with a major contribution of narrow pores (R<10 nm) of a complicated shape (long hysteresis loop is in nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm). The adsorbent includes aromatic and aliphatic structures and oxygen-containing functionalities and can effectively adsorb organics and water/organic mixtures. On co-adsorption of water and organics (dimethyl sulfoxide, chloroform, methane), there is a weak influence of one on another adsorbate due to their poor mixing in pores. Weakly polar chloroform displaces a fraction of water from narrow pores. These effects can explain high efficiency of the adsorbent in solid-phase extraction of organics from aqueous solutions. The influence of structural features of several carbon and polymer adsorbents on adsorbed nitrogen, water and water/organics is compared on the basis of the adsorption and 1H NMR data. PMID:18440015

  7. Highly Ordered Single Conjugated Polymer Chain Rod Morphologies

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    Adachi, Takuji; Brazard, Johanna; Chokshi, Paresh; Ganesan, Venkat; Bolinger, Joshua; Barbara, Paul F.

    2010-10-15

    We have reexamined the fluorescence polarization anisotropy of single polymer chains of the prototypical conjugated polymer poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV) isolated in a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) matrix employing improved synthetic samples that contain a much smaller number of tetrahedral chemical defects per chain. The new measurements reveal a much larger fraction of highly anisotropic MEH-PPV chains, with >70% of the chains exhibiting polarization anisotropy values falling in the range of 0.6-0.9. High anisotropy is strong evidence for a rod-shaped conformation. A comparison of the experimental results with coarse grain, beads on a chain simulations reveals that simulations with the usual bead-bead pairwise additive potentials cannot reproduce the observed large fraction of high polarization values. Apparently, this type of potential lacks some yet to be identified molecular feature that is necessary to accurately simulate the experimental results.

  8. Polymer chain organization in tensile-stretched poly(ethylene oxide)-based polymer electrolytes

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    Burba, Christopher M.; Woods, Lauren; Millar, Sarah Y.; Pallie, Jonathan

    2011-01-01

    Polymer chain orientation in tensile-stretched poly(ethylene oxide)-lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate polymer electrolytes are investigated with polarized infrared spectroscopy as a function of the degree of strain and salt composition (ether oxygen atom to lithium ion ratios of 20:1, 15:1, and 10:1). The 1359 and 1352 cm-1 bands are used to probe the crystalline PEO and P(EO)3LiCF3SO3 domains, respectively, allowing a direct comparison of chain orientation for the two phases. Two-dimensional correlation FT-IR spectroscopy indicates that the two crystalline domains align at the same rate as the polymer electrolytes are stretched. Quantitative measurements of polymer chain orientation obtained through dichroic infrared spectroscopy show that chain orientation predominantly occurs between strain values of 150% and 250%, regardless of salt composition investigated. There are few changes in chain orientation for either phase when the films are further elongated to a strain of 300%; however, the PEO domains are slightly more oriented at the high strain values. The spectroscopic data are consistent with stretching-induced melt-recrystallization of the unoriented crystalline domains in the solution-cast polymer films. Stretching the films pulls polymer chains from the crystalline domains, which subsequently recrystallize with the polymer helices parallel to the stretch direction. If lithium ion conduction in crystalline polymer electrolytes is viewed as consisting of two major components (facile intra-chain lithium ion conduction and slow helix-to-helix inter-grain hopping), then alignment of the polymer helices will affect the ion conduction pathways for these materials by reducing the number of inter-grain hops required to migrate through the polymer electrolyte. PMID:22184475

  9. Polymer chain organization in tensile-stretched poly(ethylene oxide)-based polymer electrolytes.

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    Burba, Christopher M; Woods, Lauren; Millar, Sarah Y; Pallie, Jonathan

    2011-12-15

    Polymer chain orientation in tensile-stretched poly(ethylene oxide)-lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate polymer electrolytes are investigated with polarized infrared spectroscopy as a function of the degree of strain and salt composition (ether oxygen atom to lithium ion ratios of 20:1, 15:1, and 10:1). The 1359 and 1352 cm(-1) bands are used to probe the crystalline PEO and P(EO)(3)LiCF(3)SO(3) domains, respectively, allowing a direct comparison of chain orientation for the two phases. Two-dimensional correlation FT-IR spectroscopy indicates that the two crystalline domains align at the same rate as the polymer electrolytes are stretched. Quantitative measurements of polymer chain orientation obtained through dichroic infrared spectroscopy show that chain orientation predominantly occurs between strain values of 150% and 250%, regardless of salt composition investigated. There are few changes in chain orientation for either phase when the films are further elongated to a strain of 300%; however, the PEO domains are slightly more oriented at the high strain values. The spectroscopic data are consistent with stretching-induced melt-recrystallization of the unoriented crystalline domains in the solution-cast polymer films. Stretching the films pulls polymer chains from the crystalline domains, which subsequently recrystallize with the polymer helices parallel to the stretch direction. If lithium ion conduction in crystalline polymer electrolytes is viewed as consisting of two major components (facile intra-chain lithium ion conduction and slow helix-to-helix inter-grain hopping), then alignment of the polymer helices will affect the ion conduction pathways for these materials by reducing the number of inter-grain hops required to migrate through the polymer electrolyte.

  10. Ozonolysis of surface adsorbed methoxyphenols: kinetics of aromatic ring cleavage vs. alkene side-chain oxidation

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    O'Neill, E. M.; Kawam, A. Z.; Van Ry, D. A.; Hinrichs, R. Z.

    2013-07-01

    Lignin pyrolysis products, which include a variety of substituted methoxyphenols, constitute a major component of organics released by biomass combustion and may play a central role in the formation of atmospheric brown carbon. Understanding the atmospheric fate of these compounds upon exposure to trace gases is therefore critical to predicting the chemical and physical properties of biomass burning aerosol. We used diffuse reflectance infrared spectroscopy to monitor the heterogeneous ozonolysis of 4-propylguaiacol, eugenol, and isoeugenol adsorbed on NaCl and α-Al2O3 substrates. Adsorption of gaseous methoxyphenols onto these substrates produced near monolayer surface concentrations of 3 × 1018 molecules m-2. The subsequent dark heterogeneous ozonolysis of adsorbed 4-propylguaiacol cleaved the aromatic ring between the methoxy and phenol groups with the product conclusively identified by GC-MS and 1H-NMR. Kinetic analysis of eugenol and isoeugenol dark ozonolysis also suggested the formation of ring-cleaved products, although ozonolysis of the unsaturated substituent groups forming carboxylic acids and aldehydes was an order of magnitude faster. Average uptake coefficients for NaCl-adsorbed methoxyphenols were γ = 2.3 (±0.8) × 10-7 and 2 (±1) × 10-6 for ozonolysis of the aromatic ring and the unsaturated side chain, respectively, and reactions on α-Al2O3 were approximately two times slower. UV-visible radiation (λ>300 nm) enhanced eugenol ozonolysis of the aromatic ring by a factor of 4(±1) but had no effect on ozonolysis of the alkene side-chain.

  11. Influence of polymer charge on the shear yield stress of silica aggregated with adsorbed cationic polymers.

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    Zhou, Ying; Yu, Hai; Wanless, Erica J; Jameson, Graeme J; Franks, George V

    2009-08-15

    Flocs were produced by adding three cationic polymers (10% charge density, 3.0x10(5) g/mol molecular weight; 40% charge density, 1.1x10(5) g/mol molecular weight; and 100% charge density, 1.2x10(5) g/mol molecular weight) to 90 nm diameter silica particles. The shear yield stresses of the consolidated sediment beds from settled and centrifuged flocs were determined via the vane technique. The polymer charge density plays an important role in influencing the shear yield stresses of sediment beds. The shear yield stresses of sediment beds from flocs induced by the 10% charged polymer were observed to increase with an increase in polymer dose, initial solid concentration and background electrolyte concentration at all volume fractions. In comparison, polymer dose has a marginal effect on the shear yield stresses of sediment beds from flocs induced by the 40% and 100% charged polymers. The shear yield stresses of sediments from flocs induced by the 40% charged polymer are independent of salt concentration whereas the addition of salt decreases the shear yield stresses of sediments from flocs induced by the 100% charged polymer. When flocculated at the optimum dose for each polymer (12 mg/g silica for the 10% charged polymer at 0.03 M NaCl, 12 mg/g for 40% and 2 mg/g for 100%), shear yield stress increases as polymer charge increases. The effects observed are related to the flocculation mechanism (bridging, patch attraction or charge neutralisation) and the magnitude of the adhesive force. Comparison of shear and compressive yield stresses show that the network is only slightly weaker in shear than in compression. This is different than many other systems (mainly salt and pH coagulation) which have shear yield stress much less than compressive yield stress. The existing models relating the power law exponent of the volume fraction dependence of the shear yield stress to the network fractal structure are not satisfactory to predict all the experimental behaviour.

  12. Challenges and strategies in the preparation of large-volume polymer-based monolithic chromatography adsorbents.

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    Ongkudon, Clarence M; Kansil, Tamar; Wong, Charlotte

    2014-03-01

    To date, the number of published reports on the large-volume preparation of polymer-based monolithic chromatography adsorbents is still lacking and is of great importance. Many critical factors need to be considered when manufacturing a large-volume polymer-based monolith for chromatographic applications. Structural integrity, validity, and repeatability are thought to be the key factors determining the usability of a large-volume monolith in a separation process. In this review, we focus on problems and solutions pertaining to heat dissipation, pore size distribution, "wall channel" effect, and mechanical strength in monolith preparation. A template-based method comprising sacrificial and nonsacrificial techniques is possibly the method of choice due to its precise control over the porous structure. However, additional expensive steps are usually required for the template removal. Other strategies in monolith preparation are also discussed.

  13. Aminosilane-grafted polymer/silica hollow fiber adsorbents for CO₂ capture from flue gas.

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    Rezaei, Fateme; Lively, Ryan P; Labreche, Ying; Chen, Grace; Fan, Yanfang; Koros, William J; Jones, Christopher W

    2013-05-01

    Amine/silica/polymer composite hollow fiber adsorbents are produced using a novel reactive post-spinning infusion technique, and the obtained fibers are shown to capture CO2 from simulated flue gas. The post-spinning infusion technique allows for functionalization of polymer/silica hollow fibers with different types of amines during the solvent exchange step after fiber spinning. The post-spinning infusion of 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APS) into mesoporous silica/cellulose acetate hollow fibers is demonstrated here, and the materials are compared with hollow fibers infused with poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI). This approach results in silica/polymer composite fibers with good amine distribution and accessibility, as well as adequate porosity retained within the fibers to facilitate rapid mass transfer and adsorption kinetics. The CO2 adsorption capacities for the APS-infused hollow fibers are shown to be comparable to those of amine powders with similar amine loadings. In contrast, fibers that are spun with presynthesized, amine-loaded mesoporous silica powders show negligible CO2 uptake and low amine loadings because of loss of amines from the silica materials during the fiber spinning process. Aminosilica powders are shown to be more hydrophilic than the corresponding amine containing composite hollow fibers, the bare polymer as well as silica support. Both the PEI-infused and APS-infused fibers demonstrate reduced CO2 adsorption upon elevating the temperature from 35 to 80 °C, in accordance with thermodynamics, whereas PEI-infused powders show increased CO2 uptake over that temperature range because of competing diffusional and thermodynamic effects. The CO2 adsorption kinetics as probed via TGA show that the APS-infused hollow fiber adsorbents have more rapid uptake kinetics than their aminosilica powder analogues. The adsorption performance of the functionalized hollow fibers is also assessed in CO2 breakthrough experiments. The breakthrough results show a

  14. Membrane consisting of polyquaternary amine ion exchange polymer network interpenetrating the chains of thermoplastic matrix polymer

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    Rembaum, A.; Wallace, C. J. (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    An ion exchange membrane was formed from a solution containing dissolved matrix polymer and a set of monomers which are capable of reacting to form a polyquaternary ion exchange material; for example vinyl pyride and a dihalo hydrocarbon. After casting solution and evaporation of the volatile component's, a relatively strong ion exchange membrane was obtained which is capable of removing anions, such as nitrate or chromate from water. The ion exchange polymer forms an interpenetrating network with the chains of the matrix polymer.

  15. Temperature Induced Surface Rearrangement of Alkyl Side Chain Comb Polymers at the Polymer/Air Interface

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    Gautam, Keshav S.; Dhinojwala, Ali

    2001-04-01

    Monitoring the structural changes of comb polymer surfaces as a function temperature is of practical importance in order to understand the molecular rearrangement and their influence on surface properties. Sum Frequency Generation (SFG) has been employed to resolve the structural changes of alkyl side chains in these comb polymers at a molecular level. The SFG response of these side chains as a function of chain length and bulk transition temperature show strong contributions from the methyl vibrations when the side chains are in the ordered crystalline state. In the melt state, the SFG spectra show peaks corresponding to methylene vibrations. The presence of methylene peaks indicate gauche defects at the surface. The range of this order-disorder transition is shown to be much broader for polymers when compared to the low molecular weight side chain alcohols.

  16. New polymer systems: Chain extension by dianhydrides

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    Rhein, R. A.; Ingham, J. D.

    1972-01-01

    The results are presented for a systematic investigation on the use of anhydrides to prepare stable elastomeric materials for space use, under mild reaction conditions. The three anhydrides investigated were found to provide effective chain extension of hydroxy-terminated poly(alkylene oxides) and poly(butadienes). These were tetrahydrofuran tetracarboxylic dianhydride, pyromellitic dianhydride, and benzophenone tetracarboxylic diahydride. The most effective catalyst investigated was ferric acetylacetonate, which resulted in chain extension at 333 K (60 C). One feature of these anhydride reactants is that they are difunctional as anhydrides, but tetrafunctional if conditions are selected that lead to reaction of all carboxyl groups. Therefore, chain extension can be effected and then followed by crosslinking via the residual carboxyl groups.

  17. New polymer systems: Chain extension by dianhydrides

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    Rhein, R. A.; Ingham, J. D.

    1974-01-01

    Three anhydrides provide effective chain extension of hydroxy-terminated polyalkylene oxides and polybutadienes. Novel feature of these anhydride reactants is that they are difunctional as anhydrides, but they are tetrafunctional if conditions are selected that lead to total esterification or reaction of all carboxyl groups.

  18. Analytic theory of the adsorption-desorption transition of Gaussian polymers interacting with a periodic lattice of adsorbing centers.

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    Chervanyov, A I; Heinrich, G

    2008-08-21

    Based on the obtained exact analytic solution, we calculate the adsorption-desorption diagram that describes the adsorption of Gaussian polymers onto a rigid surface that bears a periodic array of the adsorbing centers. It is shown that the polymer adsorption onto this substrate is fully governed by a delicate balance between the entropic depletion repulsion of polymers from the rigid surface and their attraction to the adsorbing centers. Magnitudes of these competitive effects are calculated in terms of the reduced overall affinity of the substrate eta(-1) and the reduced separation between the adsorbing centers d. The calculated exact adsorption-desorption diagram eta(d) that describes the equilibrium between the above depletion and adsorption interactions, is shown to obey the scaling law eta approximately d(-1.17).

  19. Rouse Mode Analysis of Chain Relaxation in Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Kalathi, Jagannathan T.; Rubinstein, Michael; Grest, Gary S.

    2016-01-01

    Large-scale Molecular Dynamics simulations are used to study the internal relaxations of chains in nanoparticle (NP)/polymer composites. We examine the Rouse modes of the chains, a quantity that is closest in spirit to the self-intermediate scattering function, typically determined in an (incoherent) inelastic neutron scattering experiment. Our simulations show that for weakly interacting mixtures of NPs and polymers, the effective monomeric relaxation rates are faster than in a neat melt when the NPs are smaller than the entanglement mesh size. In this case, the NPs serve to reduce both the monomeric friction and the entanglements in the polymer melt, as in the case of a polymer-solvent system. However, for NPs larger than half the entanglement mesh size, effective monomer relaxation is essentially unaffected for low NP concentrations. Even in this case, we observe a strong reduction in chain entanglements for larger NP loadings. Thus, the role of NPs is to always reduce the number of entanglements, with this effect only becoming pronounced for small NPs or for high concentrations of large NPs. Our studies of the relaxation of single chains resonate with recent neutron spin echo (NSE) experiments, which deduce a similar entanglement dilution effect. PMID:25939276

  20. Hyperbranched polymer stars with Gaussian chain statistics revisited.

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    Polińska, P; Gillig, C; Wittmer, J P; Baschnagel, J

    2014-02-01

    Conformational properties of regular dendrimers and more general hyperbranched polymer stars with Gaussian statistics for the spacer chains between branching points are revisited numerically. We investigate the scaling for asymptotically long chains especially for fractal dimensions df = 3 (marginally compact) and df = 2.5 (diffusion limited aggregation). Power-law stars obtained by imposing the number of additional arms per generation are compared to truly self-similar stars. We discuss effects of weak excluded-volume interactions and sketch the regime where the Gaussian approximation should hold in dense solutions and melts for sufficiently large spacer chains. PMID:24574057

  1. Polymer chains grafted "to" and "from" layered silicate clay platelets.

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    Mittal, V

    2007-10-01

    Polymerization of lauryl methacrylate "to" and "from" the surface of montmorillonite platelets was studied under a range of different reaction conditions. The polymerization was performed in order to achieve better organic coverage of the platelets, thus facilitating their exfoliation in the polymer matrices. For polymerization "to" the surface, a methacrylic functionality was first generated on the clay surface which was subsequently polymerized with the external lauryl methacrylate monomer. Substantial amounts of the polymer could be attached to the surface when lower polymerization temperatures and longer reaction times were used. Bulk polymerization was more effective in increasing the amount of polymer mass on the surface. In order to achieve polymerization "from" the surface, a bicationic initiator was first ionically bound on the surface followed by polymerization with lauryl methacrylate. Under the nonliving conditions, however, no significant amount of polymer could be grown from the surface. Nitroxide-mediated living polymerization was successful in eliminating suspected termination reactions leading to substantial gains in the organic mass bound to clay surfaces. Care was taken to avoid the presence of excess of unbound ammonium ions which can interfere in the grafting of polymer chains on the surface. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy in conjunction with thermogravimetric analysis confirmed the grafting of the polymer chains on the surface. PMID:17586519

  2. Folding of Polymer Chains in Early Stage of Crystallization

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    Yuan, Shichen; Miyoshi, Toshikazu

    Understanding the structural formation of long polymer chains in the early stage of crystallization is one of the long-standing problems in polymer science. Using solid state NMR, we investigated chain trajectory of isotactic polypropylene in the mesomorphic nano-domains formed via rapid and deep quenching. Comparison of experimental and simulated 13C-13C Double Quantum (DQ) buildup curves demonstrated that instead of random re-entry models and solidification models, individual chains in the mesomorphic form iPP adopt adjacent reentry sequences with an average folding number of = 3-4 (assuming an adjacent re-entry fraction of of 100%) during mesomorphic formation process via nucleation and growth in the early stage. This work was financially supported by the National Science Foundation (Grant DMR-1105829 and 1408855) and startup funds from the UA.

  3. Anomalous chain diffusion in polymer nanocomposites for varying polymer-filler interaction strengths

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    Goswami, Monojoy; Sumpter, Bobby G.

    2010-04-01

    Anomalous diffusion of polymer chains in a polymer nanocomposite melt is investigated for different polymer-nanoparticle interaction strengths using stochastic molecular dynamics simulations. For spherical nanoparticles dispersed in a polymer matrix the results indicate that the chain motion exhibits three distinct regions of diffusion, the Rouse-like motion, an intermediate subdiffusive regime followed by a normal Fickian diffusion. The motion of the chain end monomers shows a scaling that can be attributed to the formation of strong “networklike” structures, which have been seen in a variety of polymer nanocomposite systems. Irrespective of the polymer-particle interaction strengths, these three regimes seem to be present with small deviations. Further investigation on dynamic structure factor shows that the deviations simply exist due to the presence of strong enthalpic interactions between the monomers with the nanoparticles, albeit preserving the anomaly in the chain diffusion. The time-temperature superposition principle is also tested for this system and shows a striking resemblance with systems near glass transition and biological systems with molecular crowding. The universality class of the problem can be enormously important in understanding materials with strong affinity to form either a glass, a gel or networklike structures.

  4. Polymer melt droplets adsorbed on a solid wall: A Monte Carlo simulation

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    Milchev, Andrey; Binder, Kurt

    2001-05-01

    Using a coarse-grained bead-spring model of flexible polymers, we study the contact angle of polymer melt droplets sitting at a flat structureless wall, when the strength ɛ of the adsorption potential Vwall(z)=ɛ/z3 is varied. For this purpose, droplets containing 2048 or 4096 monomers for chain lengths N=16 and N=32 were carefully equilibrated at temperatures in the range from 74% to 82% of the Theta temperature, and the density profile of these droplets both in the z direction perpendicular to the substrate surface and in the radial direction was obtained. Beyond a critical value of ɛ we find that the contact angle vanishes, i.e., the droplets spread out and form a flat film. Such flat polymer films are also studied with considerably more polymers (up to 24 576 monomers contained in the simulation box). It is shown that the density profile ρ(z) is affected by the hard wall (exhibiting the characteristic layering oscillations) up to about z=5 (measuring lengths in units of the length of an effective bond), while at larger z the profile is flat and has the melt density at that temperature, with an interface to the "gas" at about z=20. Analyzing the capillary wave spectrum of the interfacial fluctuations, the surface tension of the polymer melt is extracted. Via the anisotropy of the local pressure near the wall, the wall excess free energy of the polymer melt is found as well, and the Young equation is tested. Thus methods have been developed that allow a systematic study of polymer-wall interactions and wetting vs dewetting behavior.

  5. Self-Assembly of Emulsion Droplets into Polymer Chains

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    Bargteil, Dylan; McMullen, Angus; Brujic, Jasna

    We experimentally investigate `beads-on-a-string' models of polymers using the spontaneous assembly of emulsion droplets into linear chains. Droplets functionalized with surface-mobile DNA allow for programmable 'monomers' through which we can influence the three-dimensional structure of the assembled 'polymer'. Such model polymers can be used to study conformational changes of polypeptides and the principles governing protein folding. In our system, we find that droplets bind via complementary DNA strands that are recruited into adhesion patches. Recruitment is driven by the DNA hybridization energy, and is limited by the energy cost of surface deformation and the entropy loss of the mobile linkers, yielding adhesion patches of a characteristic size with a given number of linkers. By tuning the initial surface coverage of linkers, we control valency between the droplets to create linear or branched polymer chains. We additionally control the flexibility of the model polymers by varying the salt concentration and study their dynamics between extended and collapsed states. This system opens the possibility of programming stable three-dimensional structures, such as those found within folded proteins.

  6. Adsorbed polymer and NOM limits adhesion and toxicity of nano scale zerovalent iron to E. coli.

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    Li, Zhiqiang; Greden, Karl; Alvarez, Pedro J J; Gregory, Kelvin B; Lowry, Gregory V

    2010-05-01

    Nanoscale zerovalent iron (NZVI) is used for groundwater remediation. Freshly synthesized bare, i.e. uncoated NZVI is bactericidal at low mg/L concentration, but the impact of surface modifiers and aging (partial oxidation) on its bactericidal properties have not been determined. Here we assess the effect that adsorbed synthetic polymers and natural organic matter (NOM) and aging (partial oxidation) have on the bactericidal properties of NZVI to the gram-negative bacterium, Escherichia coli. Exposure to 100 mg/L of bare NZVI with 28% Fe(0) content resulted in a 2.2-log inactivation after 10 min and a 5.2-log inactivation after 60 min. Adsorbed poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS), poly(aspartate) (PAP), or NOM on NZVI with the same Fe(0) content significantly decreased its toxicity, causing less than 0.2-log inactivation after 60 min. TEM images and heteroaggregation studies indicate that bare NZVI adheres significantly to cells and that the adsorbed polyelectrolyte or NOM prevents adhesion, thereby decreasing NZVI toxicity. The 1.8-log inactivation observed for bare NZVI with 7% Fe(0) content was lower than the 5.2-log inactivation using NZVI with 28% Fe(0) after 1 h; however, the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) after 24 h was 5 mg/L regardless of Fe(0) content. The MIC of PSS, PAP, and NOM coated NZVI were much higher: 500 mg/L, 100 mg/L, and 100 mg/L, respectively. But the MIC was much lower than the typical injection concentration used in remediation (10 g/L). Complete oxidation of Fe(0) in NZVI under aerobic conditions eliminated its bactericidal effects. This study indicates that polyelectrolyte coatings and NOM will mitigate the toxicity of NZVI for exposure concentrations below 0.1 to 0.5 g/L depending on the coating and that aged NZVI without Fe(0) is relatively benign to bacteria.

  7. On the equivalence of thermodynamics ensembles for flexible polymer chains

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    Manca, Fabio; Giordano, Stefano; Palla, Pier Luca; Cleri, Fabrizio

    2014-02-01

    Although the problem of the ensembles equivalence for flexible polymers has aroused considerable interest, there is not an overall consensus on this topic. In this work, we present a theoretical investigation on the asymptotic equivalence of two ensembles for single flexible polymer chains (without confinement effects, i.e. fluctuating in the entire space): the first is the Gibbs (or isotensional) ensemble with one end-terminal of the chain tethered to a given point and the other subjected to an applied force; the other ensemble is the Helmholtz (or isometric) one characterized by both terminals tethered to fixed points. The equivalence property is rigorously proved for a class of potentials characterized by a continuous pairing interaction between neighboring monomers. To approach the problem we adopted an original analytical formalism based on the stationary phase technique and on the exact determination of the eigenvalues sign of the Hessian matrix of the phase function. To give some examples of application, the general result is successively applied to freely-jointed chains, to flexible polymers with extensible bonds and to chains with domains that exhibit conformational transitions between two stable states.

  8. Rouse mode analysis of chain relaxation in polymer nanocomposites

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    Kalathi, Jagannathan T.; Kumar, Sanat K.; Rubinstein, Michael; Grest, Gary S.

    2015-04-20

    Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations are used to study the internal relaxations of chains in nanoparticle (NP)/polymer composites. We examine the Rouse modes of the chains, a quantity that is closest in spirit to the self-intermediate scattering function, typically determined in an (incoherent) inelastic neutron scattering experiment. Our simulations show that for weakly interacting mixtures of NPs and polymers, the effective monomeric relaxation rates are faster than in a neat melt when the NPs are smaller than the entanglement mesh size. In this case, the NPs serve to reduce both the monomeric friction and the entanglements in the polymer melt, asmore » in the case of a polymer–solvent system. However, for NPs larger than half the entanglement mesh size, the effective monomer relaxation is essentially unaffected for low NP concentrations. Even in this case, we observe a strong reduction in chain entanglements for larger NP loadings. Furthermore, the role of NPs is to always reduce the number of entanglements, with this effect only becoming pronounced for small NPs or for high concentrations of large NPs. Our studies of the relaxation of single chains resonate with recent neutron spin echo (NSE) experiments, which deduce a similar entanglement dilution effect.« less

  9. Rouse mode analysis of chain relaxation in polymer nanocomposites

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    Kalathi, Jagannathan T.; Kumar, Sanat K.; Rubinstein, Michael; Grest, Gary S.

    2015-04-20

    Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations are used to study the internal relaxations of chains in nanoparticle (NP)/polymer composites. We examine the Rouse modes of the chains, a quantity that is closest in spirit to the self-intermediate scattering function, typically determined in an (incoherent) inelastic neutron scattering experiment. Our simulations show that for weakly interacting mixtures of NPs and polymers, the effective monomeric relaxation rates are faster than in a neat melt when the NPs are smaller than the entanglement mesh size. In this case, the NPs serve to reduce both the monomeric friction and the entanglements in the polymer melt, as in the case of a polymer–solvent system. However, for NPs larger than half the entanglement mesh size, the effective monomer relaxation is essentially unaffected for low NP concentrations. Even in this case, we observe a strong reduction in chain entanglements for larger NP loadings. Furthermore, the role of NPs is to always reduce the number of entanglements, with this effect only becoming pronounced for small NPs or for high concentrations of large NPs. Our studies of the relaxation of single chains resonate with recent neutron spin echo (NSE) experiments, which deduce a similar entanglement dilution effect.

  10. Phase Transitions of Single Semistiff Polymer Chains

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    Bastolla, Ugo; Grassberger, Peter

    1997-12-01

    We study numerically a lattice model of semiflexible homopolymers with nearest neighbor (nn) attraction and energetic preference for straight joints between bonded monomers. For this we use a new Monte Carlo algorithm, the “prunedenriched Rosenbluth Method” (PERM). It is very efficient both for relatively open configurations at high temperatures and for compact and frozen-in low- T states. This allows us to study in detail the phase diagram as a function of nn attraction ɛ and stiffness x. It shows a θ-collapse line with a transition from open coils (small ɛ) to molten compact globules (large ɛ) and a freezing transition toward a state with orientational global order (large stiffness x). Qualitatively this is similar to a recently studied mean-field theory [S. Doniach, T. Garel, and H. Orland (1996), J. Chem. Phys. 105(4), 1601], but there are important differences in details. In contrast to the mean-field theory and to naive expectations, the θ-temperature increases with stiffness x. The freezing temperature increases even faster, and reaches the θ-line at a finite value of x. For even stiffer chains, the freezing transition takes place directly, without the formation of an intermediate globular state. Although being in conflict with mean-field theory, the latter had been conjectured already by Doniach et al. on the basis of heuristic arguments and of low-statistics Monte Carlo simulations. Finally, we discuss the relevance of the present model as a very crude model for protein folding.

  11. Polymer side-chains as arms for molecular recognition

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    South, Clinton Ray

    This thesis describes research based on synthetic protocols, methodologies, and applications of polymers containing side-chain molecular recognition elements. The motivation for the thesis lies in the belief among many in the field that a strict covalent paradigm for polymer chemistry is reaching its limit. The use of molecular recognition, in lieu of covalent chemistry, potentially presents a path through the current limits of polymer science. The work described in the following chapters of this thesis is, at least in part, a testament to this proposal. The first two chapters present a basic introduction and survey of the fundamental noncovalent interactions that are ubiquitous in the research of supramolecular polymers and molecular recognition. A hierarchy of noncovalent interactions, molecular recognition, and self-assembly is outlined and discussed. Chapter 2 lays the foundation for the remaining chapters of this thesis by presenting several examples of prior work related specifically to the use of molecular recognition on the side-chains of polymers. The next two chapters present research focused on advancing the functionalization of polymers through molecular recognition. The goal of this research is primarily to develop a general polymer backbone that both site-specifically and strongly associates noncovalently with small molecular substrates. These chapters demonstrate that both architecturally controlled block copolymers and random terpolymers can accept a full load of different substrates without interference among distinct molecular recognition elements along the polymer backbone. Chapters 5 and 6 present a unique application of polymers containing molecular recognition elements, templated synthesis. Chapter 5 first discusses lessons learned from small molecule based templated synthesis in which a template and a substrate are held together by metal coordination and a subsequent bond forming reaction occurs. Ultimately, the results of this chapter

  12. Tumbling dynamics of isolated polymer chains in strong shear flows and the effects of chain resolution

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    Larson, Ronald; Saha Dalal, Indranil; Albaugh, Alex; Hoda, Nazish

    2012-02-01

    Using Brownian dynamics simulations, without hydrodynamic and excluded volume interactions, on polymer chain models encompassing a wide range of resolutions, we present a detailed investigation on the behavior of isolated chains in shear flow. We find a highly non-monotonic behavior for all models, with chain compression occurring at ultra-high shear rates that is consistent with the recent simulation studies. However, results obtained using highly refined models, with resolutions lower than a Kuhn step, reveal that this transition is an artifact of the level of chain discretization. Also, our results clearly indicate that, at high shear rates, the chain thickness in the shear-gradient direction is independent of the chain length, which differ from previously reported scaling law. We show that the chain thickness is fixed by the distance a sub-section of the chain can diffuse in the shear-gradient direction before convection stretches it out and suppresses further diffusion. Simple physical arguments are then used to derive the correct scaling laws for the coil width and the tumbling time at high shear rates. We believe that our findings presented here will provide the foundation for a better understanding of this basic problem in polymer dynamics.

  13. Molecular Insights into the pH-Dependent Adsorption and Removal of Ionizable Antibiotic Oxytetracycline by Adsorbent Cyclodextrin Polymers

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    Zhang, Yu; Cai, Xiyun; Xiong, Weina; Jiang, Hao; Zhao, Haitong; Yang, Xianhai; Li, Chao; Fu, Zhiqiang; Chen, Jingwen

    2014-01-01

    Effects of pH on adsorption and removal efficiency of ionizable organic compounds (IOCs) by environmental adsorbents are an area of debate, because of its dual mediation towards adsorbents and adsorbate. Here, we probe the pH-dependent adsorption of ionizable antibiotic oxytetracycline (comprising OTCH2+, OTCH±, OTC−, and OTC2−) onto cyclodextrin polymers (CDPs) with the nature of molecular recognition and pH inertness. OTCH± commonly has high adsorption affinity, OTC− exhibits moderate affinity, and the other two species have negligible affinity. These species are evidenced to selectively interact with structural units (e.g., CD cavity, pore channel, and network) of the polymers and thus immobilized onto the adsorbents to different extents. The differences in adsorption affinity and mechanisms of the species account for the pH-dependent adsorption of OTC. The mathematical equations are derived from the multiple linear regression (MLR) analysis of quantitatively relating adsorption affinity of OTC at varying pH to adsorbent properties. A combination of the MLR analysis for OTC and molecular recognition of adsorption of the species illustrates the nature of the pH-dependent adsorption of OTC. Based on this finding, γ-HP-CDP is chosen to adsorb and remove OTC at pH 5.0 and 7.0, showing high removal efficiency and strong resistance to the interference of coexisting components. PMID:24465975

  14. Large deviations of Rouse polymer chain: First passage problem

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    Cao, Jing; Zhu, Jian; Wang, Zuowei; Likhtman, Alexei E.

    2015-11-01

    The purpose of this paper is to investigate several analytical methods of solving first passage (FP) problem for the Rouse model, a simplest model of a polymer chain. We show that this problem has to be treated as a multi-dimensional Kramers' problem, which presents rich and unexpected behavior. We first perform direct and forward-flux sampling (FFS) simulations and measure the mean first-passage time τ(z) for the free end to reach a certain distance z away from the origin. The results show that the mean FP time is getting faster if the Rouse chain is represented by more beads. Two scaling regimes of τ(z) are observed, with transition between them varying as a function of chain length. We use these simulation results to test two theoretical approaches. One is a well known asymptotic theory valid in the limit of zero temperature. We show that this limit corresponds to fully extended chain when each chain segment is stretched, which is not particularly realistic. A new theory based on the well known Freidlin-Wentzell theory is proposed, where dynamics is projected onto the minimal action path. The new theory predicts both scaling regimes correctly, but fails to get the correct numerical prefactor in the first regime. Combining our theory with the FFS simulations leads us to a simple analytical expression valid for all extensions and chain lengths. One of the applications of polymer FP problem occurs in the context of branched polymer rheology. In this paper, we consider the arm-retraction mechanism in the tube model, which maps exactly on the model we have solved. The results are compared to the Milner-McLeish theory without constraint release, which is found to overestimate FP time by a factor of 10 or more.

  15. Large deviations of Rouse polymer chain: First passage problem.

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    Cao, Jing; Zhu, Jian; Wang, Zuowei; Likhtman, Alexei E

    2015-11-28

    The purpose of this paper is to investigate several analytical methods of solving first passage (FP) problem for the Rouse model, a simplest model of a polymer chain. We show that this problem has to be treated as a multi-dimensional Kramers' problem, which presents rich and unexpected behavior. We first perform direct and forward-flux sampling (FFS) simulations and measure the mean first-passage time τ(z) for the free end to reach a certain distance z away from the origin. The results show that the mean FP time is getting faster if the Rouse chain is represented by more beads. Two scaling regimes of τ(z) are observed, with transition between them varying as a function of chain length. We use these simulation results to test two theoretical approaches. One is a well known asymptotic theory valid in the limit of zero temperature. We show that this limit corresponds to fully extended chain when each chain segment is stretched, which is not particularly realistic. A new theory based on the well known Freidlin-Wentzell theory is proposed, where dynamics is projected onto the minimal action path. The new theory predicts both scaling regimes correctly, but fails to get the correct numerical prefactor in the first regime. Combining our theory with the FFS simulations leads us to a simple analytical expression valid for all extensions and chain lengths. One of the applications of polymer FP problem occurs in the context of branched polymer rheology. In this paper, we consider the arm-retraction mechanism in the tube model, which maps exactly on the model we have solved. The results are compared to the Milner-McLeish theory without constraint release, which is found to overestimate FP time by a factor of 10 or more. PMID:26627948

  16. Mobility of Small Molecules and Polymer Chains in CO2-Swollen Polymer Matrices

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    Gupta, Ravi; Russell, Thomas; Watkins, James

    2003-03-01

    Compressible and supercritical fluids such as CO2 are gaining increasing importance as a medium for polymer synthesis and processing. For example, CO2 can be used to facilitate ordering in high molecular weight block copolymers for use in photonic applications that cannot be ordered by thermal means alone. In addition, infusion and condensation of metal alkoxides within CO2 - dilated copolymer templates offers an attractive route to mesoporous materials. To fully exploit CO2 as a processing medium, it is necessary to characterize mass transport in CO2-swollen polymers. We have studied the mobility of small molecules and polymer chains in CO2-swollen polymers in situ. Specifically, the mobility of small organic molecules including decacyclene and perylene were measured in a CO2 -swollen polystyrene matrix using high-pressure fluorescence NRET techniques. Polystyrene chain diffusivity was measured in CO2-swollen polystyrene using high-pressure neutron reflectivity. Both the studies were conducted in real time and reveal substantial enhancements in small molecule and chain mobility as the polystyrene matrix was swollen with moderate amounts of CO2 (5-12 wt%). The size and shape of the small molecule, polymer chain length, temperature and CO2 concentration in polystyrene films were each considered. The experimental data for all systems were modeled using the Vrentas-Duda free volume theory using a consistent set of parameters.

  17. Nucleobase-templated polymerization: copying the chain length and polydispersity of living polymers into conjugated polymers.

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    Lo, Pik Kwan; Sleiman, Hanadi F

    2009-04-01

    Conjugated polymers synthesized by step polymerization mechanisms typically suffer from poor molecular weight control and broad molecular weight distributions. We report a new method which uses nucleobase recognition to read out and efficiently copy the controlled chain length and narrow molecular weight distribution of a polymer template generated by living polymerization, into a daughter conjugated polymer. Aligning nucleobase-containing monomers on their complementary parent template using hydrogen-bonding interactions, and subsequently carrying out a Sonogashira polymerization, leads to the templated synthesis of a conjugated polymer. Remarkably, this daughter strand is found to possess a narrow molecular weight distribution and a chain length nearly equivalent to that of the parent template. On the other hand, nontemplated polymerization or polymerization with the incorrect template generates a short conjugated oligomer with a significantly broader molecular weight distribution. Hence, nucleobase-templated polymerization is a useful tool in polymer synthesis, in this case allowing the use of a large number of polymers generated by living methods, such as anionic polymerization, controlled radical polymerizations (NMP, ATRP, and RAFT) and other mechanisms to program the structure, length, and molecular weight distribution of polymers normally generated by step polymerization methods and significantly enhance their properties.

  18. Communication: Polarizable polymer chain under external electric field in a dilute polymer solution

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    Budkov, Yu. A.; Kolesnikov, A. L.; Kiselev, M. G.

    2015-11-28

    We study the conformational behavior of polarizable polymer chain under an external homogeneous electric field within the Flory type self-consistent field theory. We consider the influence of electric field on the polymer coil as well as on the polymer globule. We show that when the polymer chain conformation is a coil, application of external electric field leads to its additional swelling. However, when the polymer conformation is a globule, a sufficiently strong field can induce a globule-coil transition. We show that such “field-induced” globule-coil transition at the sufficiently small monomer polarizabilities goes quite smoothly. On the contrary, when the monomer polarizability exceeds a certain threshold value, the globule-coil transition occurs as a dramatic expansion in the regime of first-order phase transition. The developed theoretical model can be applied to predicting polymer globule density change under external electric field in order to provide more efficient processes of polymer functionalization, such as sorption, dyeing, and chemical modification.

  19. Watching the Annealing Process One Polymer Chain at a Time

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    Vogelsang, Jan; Brazard, Johanna; Adachi, Takuji; Bolinger, Joshua; Barbara, Paul F.

    2011-02-03

    By using single-molecule spectroscopy (SMS) several effects of solvent vapor induced annealing (SVA) were studied directly on single conjugated polymers, e.g.: SVA-induced translocations, folding/unfolding dynamics, and changes in the morphological order. It is shown that single chains can be trapped by spin-coating in a disordered conformation and subsequent SVA leads to an equilibrated, highly ordered conformation.

  20. Effects of Alkylthio and Alkoxy Side Chains in Polymer Donor Materials for Organic Solar Cells.

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    Cui, Chaohua; Wong, Wai-Yeung

    2016-02-01

    Side chains play a considerable role not only in improving the solubility of polymers for solution-processed device fabrication, but also in affecting the molecular packing, electron affinity and thus the device performance. In particular, electron-donating side chains show unique properties when employed to tune the electronic character of conjugated polymers in many cases. Therefore, rational electron-donating side chain engineering can improve the photovoltaic properties of the resulting polymer donors to some extent. Here, a survey of some representative examples which use electron-donating alkylthio and alkoxy side chains in conjugated organic polymers for polymer solar cell applications will be presented. It is envisioned that an analysis of the effect of such electron-donating side chains in polymer donors would contribute to a better understanding of this kind of side chain behavior in solution-processed conjugated organic polymers for polymer solar cells.

  1. Effects of Alkylthio and Alkoxy Side Chains in Polymer Donor Materials for Organic Solar Cells.

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    Cui, Chaohua; Wong, Wai-Yeung

    2016-02-01

    Side chains play a considerable role not only in improving the solubility of polymers for solution-processed device fabrication, but also in affecting the molecular packing, electron affinity and thus the device performance. In particular, electron-donating side chains show unique properties when employed to tune the electronic character of conjugated polymers in many cases. Therefore, rational electron-donating side chain engineering can improve the photovoltaic properties of the resulting polymer donors to some extent. Here, a survey of some representative examples which use electron-donating alkylthio and alkoxy side chains in conjugated organic polymers for polymer solar cell applications will be presented. It is envisioned that an analysis of the effect of such electron-donating side chains in polymer donors would contribute to a better understanding of this kind of side chain behavior in solution-processed conjugated organic polymers for polymer solar cells. PMID:26754772

  2. Multichromophoric electrochromic polymers: colour tuning of conjugated polymers through the side chain functionalization approach.

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    Beverina, L; Pagani, G A; Sassi, M

    2014-05-28

    Organic electrochromic materials have gained constantly increasing interest over the years with respect to their inorganic counterpart due to essentially two distinctive characteristics: their processability through solution based low cost processes and their wide colour palette. Such characteristic features enabled their application in displays, smart windows, electronic paper and ophthalmic lenses. Alongside the established concept of donor-acceptor polymers, side chain functionalized multichromophoric polymers are gaining attention as a highly performing and synthetically feasible alternative, particularly relevant to applications requiring a complete colourlessness in one of the accessible redox states of the material. The primary aim of the present article is to review all the results involving the tuning of the native electrochromic properties of simple conjugated polymers through the introduction of a discrete electrochromic molecule as a side chain substituent. PMID:24647618

  3. Stress relaxation of polymer networks containing low concentrations of dangling chains and star shaped polymers

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    Vega, Daniel A.; Gómez, Leopoldo R.

    2005-03-01

    We analyze the influence of low concentrations of star and dangling polymer chains on the stress relaxation process of model polymer networks. Model PDMS networks with well defined structure were obtained by the hydrosylilation reaction, based on the addition of hydrogen silanes from a trifunctional cross- linker to end vinyl groups of α- φ polydimethylsiloxane chains. Rheological characterization was carried out in a rotational rheometer by dynamic and stress relaxation tests. Viscoelastic properties of the networks depend strongly on the molecular weight of the stars or pendant chains. It was found that a modified Pearson-Helfand model provides a very good fit to the behavior of these networks. This model incorporates the effect of higher Rouse modes on the arm retraction [Milner and McLeish, Macromolecules, 1997] and the potential for arm retraction originally proposed by Doi and Kuzuu.

  4. Structure of entangled polymer network from primitive chain network simulations

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    Masubuchi, Yuichi; Uneyama, Takashi; Watanabe, Hiroshi; Ianniruberto, Giovanni; Greco, Francesco; Marrucci, Giuseppe

    2010-04-01

    The primitive chain network (PCN) model successfully employed to simulate the rheology of entangled polymers is here tested versus less coarse-grained (lattice or atomistic) models for what concerns the structure of the network at equilibrium (i.e., in the absence of flow). By network structure, we mean the distributions of some relevant quantities such as subchain length in space or in monomer number. Indeed, lattice and atomistic simulations are obviously more accurate, but are also more difficult to use in nonequilibrium flow situations, especially for long entangled polymers. Conversely, the coarse-grained PCN model that deals more easily with rheology lacks, strictly speaking, a rigorous foundation. It is therefore important to verify whether or not the equilibrium structure of the network predicted by the PCN model is consistent with the results recently obtained by using lattice and atomistic simulations. In this work, we focus on single chain properties of the entangled network. Considering the significant differences in modeling the polymer molecules, the results here obtained appear encouraging, thus providing a more solid foundation to Brownian simulations based on the PCN model. Comparison with the existing theories also proves favorable.

  5. Non-Gaussian polymers described by alpha-stable chain statistics: Model, effective interactions in binary mixtures, and application to on-surface separation

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    Majka, M.; Góra, P. F.

    2015-05-01

    The Gaussian chain model is the classical description of a polymeric chain, which provides analytical results regarding end-to-end distance, the distribution of segments around the mass center of a chain, coarse-grained interactions between two chains and effective interactions in binary mixtures. This hierarchy of results can be calculated thanks to the α stability of the Gaussian distribution. In this paper we show that it is possible to generalize the model of Gaussian chain to the entire class of α -stable distributions, obtaining the analogous hierarchy of results expressed by the analytical closed-form formulas in the Fourier space. This allows us to establish the α -stable chain model. We begin with reviewing the applications of Levy flights in the context of polymer sciences, which include: chains described by the heavy-tailed distributions of persistence length; polymers adsorbed to the surface; and the chains driven by a noise with power-law spatial correlations. Further, we derive the distribution of segments around the mass center of the α -stable chain and construct the coarse-grained interaction potential between two chains. These results are employed to discuss the model of binary mixture consisting of the α -stable chains. In what follows, we establish the spinodal decomposition condition generalized to the mixtures of the α -stable polymers. This condition is further applied to compare the on-surface phase separation of adsorbed polymers (which are known to be described with heavy-tailed statistics) with the phase separation condition in the bulk. Finally, we predict the four different scenarios of simultaneous mixing and demixing in the two- and three-dimensional systems.

  6. Terthiophene-based D-A polymer with an asymmetric arrangement of alkyl chains that enables efficient polymer solar cells.

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    Hu, Huawei; Jiang, Kui; Yang, Guofang; Liu, Jing; Li, Zhengke; Lin, Haoran; Liu, Yuhang; Zhao, Jingbo; Zhang, Jie; Huang, Fei; Qu, Yongquan; Ma, Wei; Yan, He

    2015-11-11

    We report a series of difluorobenzothiadizole (ffBT) and oligothiophene-based polymers with the oligothiophene unit being quaterthiophene (T4), terthiophene (T3), and bithiophene (T2). We demonstrate that a polymer based on ffBT and T3 with an asymmetric arrangement of alkyl chains enables the fabrication of 10.7% efficiency thick-film polymer solar cells (PSCs) without using any processing additives. By decreasing the number of thiophene rings per repeating unit and thus increasing the effective density of the ffBT unit in the polymer backbone, the HOMO and LUMO levels of the T3 polymers are significantly deeper than those of the T4 polymers, and the absorption onset of the T3 polymers is also slightly red-shifted. For the three T3 polymers obtained, the positions and size of the alkyl chains play a critical role in achieving the best PSC performances. The T3 polymer with a commonly known arrangement of alkyl chains (alkyl chains sitting on the first and third thiophenes in a mirror symmetric manner) yields poor morphology and PSC efficiencies. Surprisingly, a T3 polymer with an asymmetric arrangement of alkyl chains (which is later described as having an "asymmetric bi-repeating unit") enables the best-performing PSCs. Morphological studies show that the optimized ffBT-T3 polymer forms a polymer:fullerene morphology that differs significantly from that obtained with T4-based polymers. The morphological changes include a reduced domain size and a reduced extent of polymer crystallinity. The change from T4 to T3 comonomer units and the novel arrangement of alkyl chains in our study provide an important tool to tune the energy levels and morphological properties of donor polymers, which has an overall beneficial effect and leads to enhanced PSC performance.

  7. Polymer Chain Dynamics in a Random Environment: Heterogeneous Mobilities

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    Niedzwiedz, K.; Wischnewski, A.; Monkenbusch, M.; Richter, D.; Strauch, M.; Straube, E.; Genix, A.-C.; Arbe, A.

    2007-04-20

    We present a neutron scattering investigation on a miscible blend of two polymers with greatly different glass-transition temperatures T{sub g}. Under such conditions, the nearly frozen high-T{sub g} component imposes a random environment on the mobile chain. The results demand the consideration of a distribution of heterogeneous mobilities in the material and demonstrate that the larger scale dynamics of the fast component is not determined by the average local environment alone. This distribution of mobilities can be mapped quantitatively on the spectrum of local relaxation rates measured at high momentum transfers.

  8. Melting at Alkyl Side Chain Comb Polymer Interfaces

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    Gautam, Keshav; Dhinojwala, Ali

    2002-03-01

    IR-visible sum-frequency generation (SFG) in combination with internal reflection geometry has been used to study structure and melting transition temperatures of alkyl side chain acrylate comb polymers at air and sapphire interfaces. At the air interface, the SFG spectra show methyl bands and two transitions are observed. The first transition from crystalline to smectic-like is near the bulk melting transition, Tm, and the second transition from smectic-like to disordered melt state is 10-20K higher than Tm. The shorter the alkyl side chain, the larger the difference between the two transition temperatures. In contrast, methylene bands are observed at sapphire interface with a single transition near Tm. These results will be discussed in context with surface freezing effects observed for n-alkanes and alcohols.

  9. Elution of uranium and transition metals from amidoxime-based polymer adsorbents for sequestering uranium from seawater

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    Pan, Horng-Bin; Kuo, Li-Jung; Miyamoto, Naomi; Wood, Jordana; Strivens, Jonathan E.; Gill, Gary; Janke, Christopher James; Wai, Chien

    2015-11-30

    High-surface-area amidoxime and carboxylic acid grafted polymer adsorbents developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory were tested for sequestering uranium in a flowing seawater flume system at the PNNL-Marine Sciences Laboratory. FTIR spectra indicate that a KOH conditioning process is necessary to remove the proton from the carboxylic acid and make the sorbent effective for sequestering uranium from seawater. The alkaline conditioning process also converts the amidoxime groups to carboxylate groups in the adsorbent. Both Na2CO3 H2O2 and hydrochloric acid elution methods can remove ~95% of the uranium sequestered by the adsorbent after 42 days of exposure in real seawater. Themore » Na2CO3 H2O2 elution method is more selective for uranium than conventional acid elution. Iron and vanadium are the two major transition metals competing with uranium for adsorption to the amidoxime-based adsorbents in real seawater. Tiron (4,5-Dihydroxy-1,3-benzenedisulfonic acid disodium salt, 1 M) can remove iron from the adsorbent very effectively at pH around 7. The coordination between vanadium (V) and amidoxime is also discussed based on our 51V NMR data.« less

  10. Elution of uranium and transition metals from amidoxime-based polymer adsorbents for sequestering uranium from seawater

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    Pan, Horng-Bin; Kuo, Li-Jung; Miyamoto, Naomi; Wood, Jordana; Strivens, Jonathan E.; Gill, Gary; Janke, Christopher James; Wai, Chien

    2015-11-30

    High-surface-area amidoxime and carboxylic acid grafted polymer adsorbents developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory were tested for sequestering uranium in a flowing seawater flume system at the PNNL-Marine Sciences Laboratory. FTIR spectra indicate that a KOH conditioning process is necessary to remove the proton from the carboxylic acid and make the sorbent effective for sequestering uranium from seawater. The alkaline conditioning process also converts the amidoxime groups to carboxylate groups in the adsorbent. Both Na2CO3 H2O2 and hydrochloric acid elution methods can remove ~95% of the uranium sequestered by the adsorbent after 42 days of exposure in real seawater. The Na2CO3 H2O2 elution method is more selective for uranium than conventional acid elution. Iron and vanadium are the two major transition metals competing with uranium for adsorption to the amidoxime-based adsorbents in real seawater. Tiron (4,5-Dihydroxy-1,3-benzenedisulfonic acid disodium salt, 1 M) can remove iron from the adsorbent very effectively at pH around 7. The coordination between vanadium (V) and amidoxime is also discussed based on our 51V NMR data.

  11. New 4,5-dichlorophthalhydrazidate-bridged chained coordination polymers

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    Jin, Juan; Wu, Di; Jia, Ming-Jun; Peng, Yu; Yu, Jie-Hui; Wang, Yu-Chang; Xu, Ji-Qing

    2011-03-15

    The hydrothermal self-assemblies of Pb{sup 2+}/Cd{sup 2+} salt, 4,5-dichlorophthalic acid (dcpha), N{sub 2}H{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O together with 1,10-phenanthroline.H{sub 2}O (phen) or 2,2'-bipyridine (bpy) generated two new monoacylhydrazidate-bridged 1-D chained coordination polymers [Pb{sub 2}(DCPTH){sub 4}(phen){sub 2}] 1 and [Cd{sub 3}(DCPTH){sub 2}(dcph){sub 2}(bpy){sub 2}] 2 (DCPTH=4,5-dichlorophthalhydrazidate, dcph=4,5-dichlorophthalate). The monoacylhydrazidate ligand DCPTH originated from the hydrothermal in situ acylation reaction between dcpha and N{sub 2}H{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O. In compound 1, two types of coordination modes for DCPTH are found, which link alternately the Pb(II) centers into a 1-D chain structure of compound 1 with ancillary phen molecules. In compound 2, DCPTH and dcph as the mixed bridges extend the Cd(II) centers into a 1-D chain structure of compound 2 with auxiliary bpy molecules. DCPTH in compound 2 shows a different coordination mode from those observed in compound 1. -- Graphical abstract: By applying the in situ acylation reaction between 4,5-diclorophthalic acid and N{sub 2}H{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O, two 4,5-dichlorophthalhydrazidate-bridged chained compounds [Pb{sub 2}(DCPTH){sub 4}(phen){sub 2}] and [Cd{sub 3}(DCPTH){sub 2}(dcph){sub 2}(bpy){sub 2}] (4,5-dichlorophthalhydrazidate=DCPTH, and dcph=4,5-dichlorophthalate) were hydrothermally synthesized. Display Omitted Research highlights: > In this article, we first reported the preparations and structural characterization of two examples of 4,5-dichlorophthalhydrazidate-bridged chained coordination polymers [Pb{sub 2}(DCPTH){sub 4}(phen){sub 2}] 1 and [Cd{sub 3}(DCPTH){sub 2}(dcph){sub 2}(bpy){sub 2}] 2. 4,5-dichlorophthalhydrazidate derived from the hydrothermal in situ acylation reactions between 4,5-dichlorophthalic acid and N{sub 2}H{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O. > In this article, a simple method to judge whether the polycarboxylic acid precursors have acylated into the acylhydrazidate ligands is

  12. Diketopyrrolopyrrole-based Conjugated Polymers Bearing Branched Oligo(Ethylene Glycol) Side Chains for Photovoltaic Devices.

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    Chen, Xingxing; Zhang, Zijian; Ding, Zicheng; Liu, Jun; Wang, Lixiang

    2016-08-22

    Conjugated polymers are essential for solution-processable organic opto-electronic devices. In contrast to the great efforts on developing new conjugated polymer backbones, research on developing side chains is rare. Herein, we report branched oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) as side chains of conjugated polymers. Compared with typical alkyl side chains, branched OEG side chains endowed the resulting conjugated polymers with a smaller π-π stacking distance, higher hole mobility, smaller optical band gap, higher dielectric constant, and larger surface energy. Moreover, the conjugated polymers with branched OEG side chains exhibited outstanding photovoltaic performance in polymer solar cells. A power conversion efficiency of 5.37 % with near-infrared photoresponse was demonstrated and the device performance could be insensitive to the active layer thickness.

  13. Thermoresponsive PNIPAAM bottlebrush polymers with tailored side-chain length and end-group structure.

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    Li, Xianyu; ShamsiJazeyi, Hadi; Pesek, Stacy L; Agrawal, Aditya; Hammouda, Boualem; Verduzco, Rafael

    2014-03-28

    We explore the phase behaviour, solution conformation, and interfacial properties of bottlebrush polymers with side-chains comprised of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAM), a thermally responsive polymer that exhibits a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) in water. PNIPAAM bottlebrush polymers with controlled side-chain length and side-chain end-group structure are prepared using a "grafting-through" technique. Due to reduced flexibility of bottlebrush polymer side-chains, side-chain end-groups have a disproportionate effect on bottlebrush polymer solubility and phase behaviour. Bottlebrush polymers with a hydrophobic end-group have poor water solubilities and depressed LCSTs, whereas bottlebrush polymers with thiol-terminated side-chains are fully water-soluble and exhibit an LCST greater than that of PNIPAAM homopolymers. The temperature-dependent solution conformation of PNIPAAM bottlebrush polymers in D2O is analyzed by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), and data analysis using the Guinier-Porod model shows that the bottlebrush polymer radius decreases as the temperature increases towards the LCST for PNIPAAM bottlebrush polymers with relatively long 9 kg mol(-1) side-chains. Above the LCST, PNIPAAM bottlebrush polymers can form a lyotropic liquid crystal phase in water. Interfacial tension measurements show that bottlebrush polymers reduce the interfacial tension between chloroform and water to levels comparable to PNIPAAM homopolymers without the formation of microemulsions, suggesting that bottlebrush polymers are unable to stabilize highly curved interfaces. These results demonstrate that bottlebrush polymer side-chain length and flexibility impact phase behavior, solubility, and interfacial properties.

  14. Protein interactions with bottle-brush polymer layers: Effect of side chain and charge density ratio probed by QCM-D and AFM.

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    Olanya, Geoffrey; Thormann, Esben; Varga, Imre; Makuska, Ricardas; Claesson, Per M

    2010-09-01

    Silica surfaces were coated with a range of cationic bottle-brush polymers with 45 units long poly(ethylene oxide) side chains, and their efficiency in reducing protein adsorption was probed by QCM-D, reflectometry and AFM. Preadsorbed layers formed by bottle-brush polymers with different side chain to charge ratio was exposed to two proteins with different net charge, lysozyme and BSA. The reduction in protein adsorption was found to depend on both the type of protein and on the nature of the polyelectrolyte layer. The most pronounced reduction in protein adsorption was achieved when the fraction of charged backbone segments was in the range 0.25-0.5 equivalent to a fraction of poly(ethylene oxide) side chains of 0.75-0.5. It was concluded that these polymers have enough electrostatic attachment points to ensure a strong binding to the surface, and at the same time a sufficient amount of poly(ethylene oxide) side chains to counteract protein adsorption. In contrast, a layer formed by a highly charged polyelectrolyte without side chains was unable to resists protein adsorption. On such a layer the adsorption of negatively charged BSA was strongly enhanced, and positively charged lysozyme adsorbed to a similar extent as to bare silica. AFM colloidal probe force measurement between silica surfaces with preadsorbed layers of bottle-brush polymers were conducted before and after exposure to BSA and lysozyme to gain insight into how proteins were incorporated in the bottle-brush polymer layers.

  15. Adsorption of enzymes to stimuli-responsive polymer brushes: Influence of brush conformation on adsorbed amount and biocatalytic activity.

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    Koenig, Meike; Bittrich, Eva; König, Ulla; Rajeev, Bhadra Lakshmi; Müller, Martin; Eichhorn, Klaus-Jochen; Thomas, Sabu; Stamm, Manfred; Uhlmann, Petra

    2016-10-01

    Polyelectrolyte brushes can be utilized to immobilize enzymes on macroscopic surfaces. This report investigates the influence of the pH value of the surrounding medium on the amount and the activity of enzymes adsorbed to poly(2-vinylpyridine) and poly(acrylic acid) brushes, as well as the creation of thermoresponsive biocatalytically active coatings via the adsorption of enzymes onto a mixed brush consisting of a polyelectrolyte and temperature-sensitive poly(N-isopropylacryl amide). Spectroscopic ellipsometry and attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy are used to monitor the adsorption process. Additionally, infrared spectra are evaluated in terms of the secondary structure of the enzymes. Glucose oxidase is used as a model enzyme, where the enzymatic activity is measured after different adsorption conditions. Poly(acrylic acid) brushes generally adsorb larger amounts of enzyme, while less glucose oxidase is found on poly(2-vinylpyridine), which however exhibits higher specific activity. This difference in activity could be attributed to a difference in secondary structure of the adsorbed enzyme. For glucose oxidase adsorbed to mixed brushes, switching of enzymatic activity between an active state at 20°C and a less active state at 40°C as compared to the free enzyme in solution is observed. However, this switching is strongly depending on pH in mixed brushes of poly(acrylic acid) and poly(N-isopropylacryl amide) due to interactions between the polymers.

  16. Elution of Uranium and Transition Metals from Amidoxime-Based Polymer Adsorbents for Sequestering Uranium from Seawater

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    Pan, Horng-Bin; Kuo, Li-Jung; Wai, Chien M.; Miyamoto, Naomi; Joshi, Ruma; Wood, Jordana R.; Strivens, Jonathan E.; Janke, Christopher J.; Oyola, Yatsandra; Das, Sadananda; Mayes, Richard T.; Gill, Gary A.

    2015-11-30

    High-surface-area amidoxime and carboxylic acid grafted polymer adsorbents developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory were tested for sequestering uranium in a flowing seawater flume system at the PNNL-Marine Sciences Laboratory. FTIR spectra indicate that a KOH conditioning process is necessary to remove the proton from the carboxylic acid and make the sorbent effective for sequestering uranium from seawater. The alkaline conditioning process also converts the amidoxime groups to carboxylate groups in the adsorbent. Both Na2CO3-H2O2 and hydrochloric acid elution methods can remove ~95% of the uranium sequestered by the adsorbent after 42 days of exposure in real seawater. The Na2CO3-H2O2 elution method is more selective for uranium than conventional acid elution. Iron and vanadium are the two major transition metals competing with uranium for adsorption to the amidoxime-based adsorbents in real seawater.

  17. Adsorption of enzymes to stimuli-responsive polymer brushes: Influence of brush conformation on adsorbed amount and biocatalytic activity.

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    Koenig, Meike; Bittrich, Eva; König, Ulla; Rajeev, Bhadra Lakshmi; Müller, Martin; Eichhorn, Klaus-Jochen; Thomas, Sabu; Stamm, Manfred; Uhlmann, Petra

    2016-10-01

    Polyelectrolyte brushes can be utilized to immobilize enzymes on macroscopic surfaces. This report investigates the influence of the pH value of the surrounding medium on the amount and the activity of enzymes adsorbed to poly(2-vinylpyridine) and poly(acrylic acid) brushes, as well as the creation of thermoresponsive biocatalytically active coatings via the adsorption of enzymes onto a mixed brush consisting of a polyelectrolyte and temperature-sensitive poly(N-isopropylacryl amide). Spectroscopic ellipsometry and attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy are used to monitor the adsorption process. Additionally, infrared spectra are evaluated in terms of the secondary structure of the enzymes. Glucose oxidase is used as a model enzyme, where the enzymatic activity is measured after different adsorption conditions. Poly(acrylic acid) brushes generally adsorb larger amounts of enzyme, while less glucose oxidase is found on poly(2-vinylpyridine), which however exhibits higher specific activity. This difference in activity could be attributed to a difference in secondary structure of the adsorbed enzyme. For glucose oxidase adsorbed to mixed brushes, switching of enzymatic activity between an active state at 20°C and a less active state at 40°C as compared to the free enzyme in solution is observed. However, this switching is strongly depending on pH in mixed brushes of poly(acrylic acid) and poly(N-isopropylacryl amide) due to interactions between the polymers. PMID:27447452

  18. Photoresponsive Amphiphilic Macrocycles Containing Main-Chain Azobenzene Polymers.

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    Sun, Yadong; Wang, Zhao; Li, Yiwen; Zhang, Zhengbiao; Zhang, Wei; Pan, Xiangqiang; Zhou, Nianchen; Zhu, Xiulin

    2015-07-01

    Herein, the first example of photosensitive cyclic amphiphilic homopolymers consisting of multiple biphenyl azobenzene chromophores in the cyclic main chain tethered with hydrophilic tetraethylene glycol monomethyl ether units is presented. The synthetic approach involves sequentially performed thermal catalyzed "click" step-growth polymerization in bulk, and Cu(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) intramolecular cyclization from α-alkyne/ω-azide linear precursors. It is observed that such amphiphilic macrocycles exhibit increased glass transition temperatures (Tg ), slightly faster trans-cis-trans photoisomerization, and enhanced fluorescence emission intensity compared with the corresponding linear polymers. In addition, the cyclic amphiphilic homopolymers self-assemble into spherical nanoparticles with smaller sizes which possess slower photoresponsive behaviors in a tetrahydrofuran/water mixture compared with those of the linear ones. All these interesting observations suggest that the cyclic topology has a great influence on the physical properties and self-assembly behavior of these photoresponsive amphiphilic macrocycles in general.

  19. Force extension response of single self-associating polymer chains

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    Sing, Charles; Alexander-Katz, Alfredo

    2012-02-01

    The structure and dynamics of polymeric molecules plays a crucial role in a number of synthetic and biological processes. Great progress has been made in using force spectroscopy methods, such as optical tweezers and atomic force microscopy, to probe these properties of single molecules in novel ways. While there has been significant advances at using analytical theory to model the behavior of, for example, single domain unfolding or multi-domain unfolding of identical domains, we consider for the first time the force-extension behavior of self-associating homopolymers. We use a Brownian dynamics simulation with a Bell-like association model that represents, in a coarse-grained fashion, biological polymers such as von Willebrand Factor that use domain-domain interactions to modulate a larger quaternary structure. We also present a theoretical description of pulling that utilizes a master equation description of the relevant coordinate of the polymer network's ``shortest chain.'' We can accurately reproduce the force-extension features, notably the appearance of a dissipative plateau upon the increase of the association time scale, and provide a clear conceptual description of the appearance of this feature. Qualitative comparison to von Willebrand pulling in experiment is shown.

  20. Synthesis of main-chain chiral quaternary ammonium polymers for asymmetric catalysis using quaternization polymerization.

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    Haraguchi, Naoki; Ahamed, Parbhej; Parvez, Md Masud; Itsuno, Shinichi

    2012-01-01

    Main-chain chiral quaternary ammonium polymers were successfully synthesized by the quaternization polymerization of cinchonidine dimer with dihalides. The polymerization occurred smoothly under optimized conditions to give novel type of main-chain chiral quaternary ammonium polymers. The catalytic activity of the polymeric chiral organocatalysts was investigated on the asymmetric benzylation of N-(diphenylmethylidene)glycine tert-butyl ester.

  1. Polymer adsorption

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    Joanny, Jean-Francois

    2008-03-01

    The aim of this talk is to review Pierre-Gilles deGennes' work on polymer adsorption and the impact that it has now in our understanding of this problem. We will first present the self-consistent mean-field theory and its applications to adsorption and depletion. De Gennes most important contribution is probably the derivation of the self-similar power law density profile for adsorbed polymer layers that we will present next, emphasizing the differences between the tail sections and the loop sections of the adsorbed polymers. We will then discuss the kinetics of polymer adsorption and the penetration of a new polymer chain in an adsobed layer that DeGennes described very elegantly in analogy with a quantum tunneling problem. Finally, we will discuss the role of polymer adsorption for colloid stabilization.

  2. Communication: Thermodynamic analysis of critical conditions of polymer adsorption

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    Cimino, R.; Neimark, A. V.; Rasmussen, C. J.

    2013-11-28

    Polymer adsorption to solid surfaces is a ubiquitous phenomenon, which has attracted long-lasting attention. Dependent on the competition between the polymer-solid adsorption and polymer-solvent solvation interactions, a chain may assume either 3d solvated conformation when adsorption is weak or 2d adsorbed conformation when adsorption is strong. The transition between these conformations occurring upon variation of adsorption strength is quite sharp, and in the limit of “infinite” chain length, can be treated as a critical phenomenon. We suggest a novel thermodynamic definition of the critical conditions of polymer adsorption from the equality of incremental chemical potentials of adsorbed and free chains. We show with the example of freely jointed Lennard-Jones chains tethered to an adsorbing surface that this new definition provides a link between thermodynamic and geometrical features of adsorbed chains and is in line with classical scaling relationships for the fraction of adsorbed monomers, chain radii of gyration, and free energy.

  3. Monte Carlo simulation of dense polymer melts using event chain algorithms.

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    Kampmann, Tobias A; Boltz, Horst-Holger; Kierfeld, Jan

    2015-07-28

    We propose an efficient Monte Carlo algorithm for the off-lattice simulation of dense hard sphere polymer melts using cluster moves, called event chains, which allow for a rejection-free treatment of the excluded volume. Event chains also allow for an efficient preparation of initial configurations in polymer melts. We parallelize the event chain Monte Carlo algorithm to further increase simulation speeds and suggest additional local topology-changing moves ("swap" moves) to accelerate equilibration. By comparison with other Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations, we verify that the event chain algorithm reproduces the correct equilibrium behavior of polymer chains in the melt. By comparing intrapolymer diffusion time scales, we show that event chain Monte Carlo algorithms can achieve simulation speeds comparable to optimized molecular dynamics simulations. The event chain Monte Carlo algorithm exhibits Rouse dynamics on short time scales. In the absence of swap moves, we find reptation dynamics on intermediate time scales for long chains.

  4. Stiffness parameter of brush-like polymers with rod-like side chains.

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    Nakamura, Yo

    2016-07-01

    The stiffness parameter λ(-1) of brush-like polymers having rod-like side chains with the hard core potential was calculated. Side chains are, first, assumed to be connected with a free joint to the main chain. The free energy per molecule F was calculated invoking the single contact approximation in which only the interaction between two side chains is considered and the higher interactions are ignored. In the calculation, the contact is assumed to occur when the two side chains are in a plain and the condition for the angles between the side chain and the main chain to make a triangle by two side chains and the main chain was exactly taken into account. The change of F after bending the main chain with a certain curvature from the straight state was calculated to obtain λ(-1). The resulting λ(-1) came close to the experimental value for brush-like polymers with a poly(methacrylate) main chain and poly(hexylisocyanate) (PHIC) side chains if we add a constant as the intrinsic stiffness of the main chain, λ0 (-1), to it. By considering the potential function having a minimum when the angle between the side and main chains equals π/2, the data for brush-like polymers with a poly(styrene) main chain and PHIC side chains were also closely fitted by the theoretical values with an appropriate value of λ0 (-1) and the force constant of the angle.

  5. Distribution of Chains in Polymer Brushes Produced by a “Grafting From” Mechanism

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    Martinez, Andre P.; Carrillo, Jan-Michael Y.; Dobrynin, Andrey V.; Adamson, Douglas H.

    2016-01-11

    The molecular weight and polydispersity of the chains in a polymer brush are critical parameters determining the brush properties. However, the characterization of polymer brushes is hindered by the vanishingly small mass of polymer present in brush layers. In this study, in order to obtain sufficient quantities of polymer for analysis, polymer brushes were grown from high surface area fibrous nylon membranes by ATRP. We synthesized the brushes with varying surface initiator densities, polymerization times, and amounts of sacrificial initiator, then cleaved from the substrate, and analyzed by GPC and NMR. Characterization showed that the surface-grown polymer chains were moremore » polydisperse and had lower average molecular weight compared to solution-grown polymers synthesized concurrently. Furthermore, the molecular weight distribution of the polymer brushes was observed to be bimodal, with a low molecular weight population of chains representing a significant mass fraction of the polymer chains at high surface initiator densities. Moreover, the origin of this low MW polymer fraction is proposed to be the termination of growing chains by recombination during the early stages of polymerization, a mechanism confirmed by molecular dynamics simulations of brush polymerization.« less

  6. Ozonolysis of surface-adsorbed methoxyphenols: kinetics of aromatic ring cleavage vs. alkene side-chain oxidation

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    O'Neill, E. M.; Kawam, A. Z.; Van Ry, D. A.; Hinrichs, R. Z.

    2014-01-01

    Lignin pyrolysis products, which include a variety of substituted methoxyphenols, constitute a major component of organics released by biomass combustion, and may play a central role in the formation of atmospheric brown carbon. Understanding the atmospheric fate of these compounds upon exposure to trace gases is therefore critical to predicting the chemical and physical properties of biomass burning aerosol. We used diffuse reflectance infrared spectroscopy to monitor the heterogeneous ozonolysis of 4-propylguaiacol, eugenol, and isoeugenol adsorbed on NaCl and α-Al2O3 substrates. Adsorption of gaseous methoxyphenols onto these substrates produced near-monolayer surface concentrations of 3 × 1018 molecules m-2. The subsequent dark heterogeneous ozonolysis of adsorbed 4-propylguaiacol cleaved the aromatic ring between the methoxy and phenol groups with the product conclusively identified by GC-MS and 1H-NMR. Kinetic analysis of eugenol and isoeugenol dark ozonolysis also suggested the formation of ring-cleaved products, although ozonolysis of the unsaturated substituent groups forming carboxylic acids and aldehydes was an order of magnitude faster. Average uptake coefficients for NaCl-adsorbed methoxyphenols were γ = 2.3 (± 0.8) × 10-7 and 2 (± 1) × 10-6 for ozonolysis of the aromatic ring and the unsaturated side chain, respectively, and reactions on α-Al2O3 were approximately two times slower. UV-visible radiation (λ > 300 nm) enhanced eugenol ozonolysis of the aromatic ring by a factor of 4(± 1) but had no effect on ozonolysis of the alkene side chain.

  7. Particle Restabilization in Silica/PEG/Ethanol Suspensions: How Strongly do Polymers Need To Adsorb To Stabilize Against Aggregation?

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    Kim, So Youn; Zukoski, Charles F.

    2014-09-24

    We study the effects of increasing the concentration of a low molecular weight polyethylene glycol on the stability of 44 nm diameter silica nanoparticles suspended in ethanol. Polymer concentration, c{sub p}, is increased from zero to that characterizing the polymer melt. Particle stability is accessed through measurement of the particle second-virial coefficient, B{sub -2}, performed by light scattering and ultrasmall angle X-ray scattering (USAXS). The results show that at low polymer concentration, c{sub p} < 3 wt %, B{sub -2} values are positive, indicating repulsive interactions between particles. B{sub -2} decreases at intermediate concentrations (3 wt % < c{sub p} < 50 wt %), and particles aggregates are formed. At high concentrations (50 wt % < c{sub p}) B{sub -2} increases and stabilizes at a value expected for hard spheres with a diameter near 44 nm, indicating the particles are thermodynamically stable. At intermediate polymer concentrations, rates of aggregation are determined by measuring time-dependent changes in the suspension turbidity, revealing that aggregation is slowed by the necessity of the particles diffusing over a repulsive barrier in the pair potential. The magnitude of the barrier passes through a minimum at c{sub p} {approx} 12 wt % where it has a value of {approx}12kT. These results are understood in terms of a reduction of electrostatic repulsion and van der Waals attractions with increasing c{sub p}. Depletion attractions are found to play a minor role in particle stability. A model is presented suggesting displacement of weakly adsorbed polymer leads to slow aggregation at intermediate concentration, and we conclude that a general model of depletion restabilization may involve increased strength of polymer adsorption with increasing polymer concentration.

  8. Single polymer dynamics of linear and architecturally complex chains in semi-dilute solutions

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    Hsiao, Kaiwen; Li, Yanfei; McKenna, Gregory; Schroeder, Charles

    The interplay between polymer topology and concentration gives rise to complex dynamics due to inter- and intramolecular interactions. We use a molecular level approach to study the threading behavior for linear and ring polymers near equilibrium and in non-linear flows. A semi-dilute solution of linear DNA chains is doped with fluorescently labeled ring polymers (circular DNA plasmids), and this material is used to study the dynamics of rings in semi-dilute solutions of linear chains. Single molecule fluorescence microscopy in combination with a custom-built microfluidic trapping system is used to study collective polymer dynamics at the molecular level, which allows us to precisely control flow rates and accumulated fluid strain applied to single polymer. We performed step-strain experiments on ring polymer in linear semi-dilute polymer solutions undergoing deformation in planar extensional flow. In comparison to our previous work on semi-dilute linear chains, ring polymers exhibit large fluctuations in fractional extension at steady state extension, indicating strong interactions with the background polymer solution. Transient stretching dynamics of ring polymer is inhibited in semi-dilute linear background, similar to our previous observation in linear systems. Our findings show that topology and concentration play a strong role on polymer chain dynamics in non-equilibrium flow.

  9. Powder-based adsorbents having high adsorption capacities for recovering dissolved metals and methods thereof

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    Janke, Christopher J.; Dai, Sheng; Oyola, Yatsandra

    2016-05-03

    A powder-based adsorbent and a related method of manufacture are provided. The powder-based adsorbent includes polymer powder with grafted side chains and an increased surface area per unit weight to increase the adsorption of dissolved metals, for example uranium, from aqueous solutions. A method for forming the powder-based adsorbent includes irradiating polymer powder, grafting with polymerizable reactive monomers, reacting with hydroxylamine, and conditioning with an alkaline solution. Powder-based adsorbents formed according to the present method demonstrated a significantly improved uranium adsorption capacity per unit weight over existing adsorbents.

  10. Foam-based adsorbents having high adsorption capacities for recovering dissolved metals and methods thereof

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    Janke, Christopher J.; Dai, Sheng; Oyola, Yatsandra

    2015-06-02

    Foam-based adsorbents and a related method of manufacture are provided. The foam-based adsorbents include polymer foam with grafted side chains and an increased surface area per unit weight to increase the adsorption of dissolved metals, for example uranium, from aqueous solutions. A method for forming the foam-based adsorbents includes irradiating polymer foam, grafting with polymerizable reactive monomers, reacting with hydroxylamine, and conditioning with an alkaline solution. Foam-based adsorbents formed according to the present method demonstrated a significantly improved uranium adsorption capacity per unit weight over existing adsorbents.

  11. Tuning the thermal conductivity of solar cell polymers through side chain engineering.

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    Guo, Zhi; Lee, Doyun; Liu, Yi; Sun, Fangyuan; Sliwinski, Anna; Gao, Haifeng; Burns, Peter C; Huang, Libai; Luo, Tengfei

    2014-05-01

    Thermal transport is critical to the performance and reliability of polymer-based energy devices, ranging from solar cells to thermoelectrics. This work shows that the thermal conductivity of a low band gap conjugated polymer, poly(4,8-bis-alkyloxybenzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene-2,6-diyl-alt-(alkylthieno[3,4-b]thiophene-2-carboxylate)-2,6-diyl) (PBDTTT), for photovoltaic applications can be actively tuned through side chain engineering. Compared to the original polymer modified with short branched side chains, the engineered polymer using all linear and long side chains shows a 160% increase in thermal conductivity. The thermal conductivity of the polymer exhibits a good correlation with the side chain lengths as well as the crystallinity of the polymer characterized using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) experiments. Molecular dynamics simulations and atomic force microscopy are used to further probe the molecular level local order of different polymers. It is found that the linear side chain modified polymer can facilitate the formation of more ordered structures, as compared to the branched side chain modified ones. The effective medium theory modelling also reveals that the long linear side chain enables a larger heat carrier propagation length and the crystalline phase in the bulk polymer increases the overall thermal conductivity. It is concluded that both the length of the side chains and the induced polymer crystallization are important for thermal transport. These results offer important guidance for actively tuning the thermal conductivity of conjugated polymers through molecular level design.

  12. Chain Length and Grafting Density Dependent Enhancement in the Hydrolysis of Ester-Linked Polymer Brushes.

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    Melzak, Kathryn A; Yu, Kai; Bo, Deng; Kizhakkedathu, Jayachandran N; Toca-Herrera, José L

    2015-06-16

    Poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide) (PDMA) brushes with different grafting density and chain length were grown from an ester group-containing initiator using surface-initiated polymerization. Hydrolysis of the PDMA chains from the surface was monitored by measuring thickness of the polymer layer by ellipsometry and extension length by atomic force microscopy. It was found that the initial rate of cleavage of one end-tethered PDMA chains was dependent on the grafting density and chain length; the hydrolysis rate was faster for high grafting density brushes and brushes with higher molecular weights. Additionally, the rate of cleavage of polymer chains during a given experiment changed by up to 1 order of magnitude as the reaction progressed, with a distinct transition to a lower rate as the grafting density decreased. Also, polymer chains undergo selective cleavage, with longer chains in a polydisperse brush being preferentially cleaved at one stage of the hydrolysis reaction. We suggest that the enhanced initial hydrolysis rates seen at high grafting densities and high chain lengths are due to mechanical activation of the ester bond connecting the polymer chains to the surface in association with high lateral pressure within the brush. These results have implications for the preparation of polymers brushes, their stability under harsh conditions, and the analysis of polymer brushes from partial hydrolysates. PMID:26010390

  13. Effect of chain architecture on the size, shape, and intrinsic viscosity of chains in polymer solutions: A molecular simulation study

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    Khabaz, Fardin; Khare, Rajesh

    2014-12-01

    Effect of chain architecture on the chain size, shape, and intrinsic viscosity was investigated by performing molecular dynamics simulations of polymer solutions in a good solvent. Four types of chains - linear, comb shaped, H-shaped, and star - were studied for this purpose using a model in which the solvent particles were considered explicitly. Results indicated that the chain length (N) dependence of the mean squared radius of gyration of the chains followed a power-law behavior < {R_g^2 } rangle ^{1/2} ˜ N^\\upsilon with scaling exponents of υ = 0.605, 0.642, 0.602, and 0.608, for the linear, comb shaped, H-shaped, and star shaped chains, respectively. The simulation results for the geometrical shrinking factor were higher than the prior theoretical predictions for comb shaped chains. Analysis of chain shape demonstrated that the star chains were significantly smaller and more spherical than the others, while the comb and H-shaped polymer chains showed a more cylindrical shape. It is shown that the intrinsic viscosity of the chains can be calculated by plotting the specific viscosity determined from simulations against the solution concentration. The intrinsic viscosity exhibited linear behavior with the reciprocal of the overlap concentration for all chain architectures studied. The molecular weight dependence of the intrinsic viscosity followed the Mark-Houwink relation, [η] = KMa, for all chain architectures. When comparing the calculated values of exponent a with the literature experimental values, agreement was found only for the H and star chains, and a disagreement for the linear and comb chains. The viscosity shrinking factor of the branched chains was compared with the available experimental data and the theoretical predictions and a general agreement was found.

  14. Segregation of chain ends to the surface of a polymer melt: Effect of surface profile versus chain discreteness.

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    Mahmoudi, P; Matsen, M W

    2016-08-01

    Silberberg has argued that the surface of a polymer melt behaves like a reflecting boundary on the random-walk statistics of the polymers. Although this is approximately true, independent studies have shown that violations occur due to the finite width of the surface profile and to the discreteness of the polymer molecule, resulting in an excess of chain ends at the surface and a reduction in surface tension inversely proportional to the chain length, N . Using self-consistent field theory (SCFT), we compare the magnitude of these two effects by examining a melt of discrete polymers modeled as N monomers connected by Hookean springs of average length, a , next to a polymer surface of width [Formula: see text]. The effects of the surface width and the chain discreteness are found to be comparable for realistic profiles of [Formula: see text] ∼ a. A semi-analytical approximation is developed to help explain the behavior. The relative excess of ends at the surface is dependent on the details of the model, but in general it decreases for shorter polymers. The excess is balanced by a long-range depletion that has a universal shape independent of the molecular details. Furthermore, the approximation predicts that the reduction in surface energy equals one unit of kBT for every extra chain end at the surface. PMID:27498981

  15. Shear Flow Induced Transition from Liquid-Crystalline to Polymer Behavior in Side-Chain Liquid Crystal Polymers

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    Noirez, L.; Lapp, A.

    1997-01-01

    We determine the structure and conformation of side-chain liquid-crystalline polymers subjected to shear flow in the vicinity of the smectic phase by neutron scattering on the velocity gradient plane. Below the nematic-smectic transition we observe a typical liquid-crystal behavior; the smectic layers slide, leading to a main-chain elongation parallel to the velocity direction. In contrast,a shear applied above the transition induces a tilted main-chain conformation which is typical for polymer behavior. {copyright} {ital 1996} {ital The American Physical Society}

  16. High-productivity membrane adsorbers: Polymer surface-modification studies for ion-exchange and affinity bioseparations

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    Chenette, Heather C. S.

    This dissertation centers on the surface-modification of macroporous membranes to make them selective adsorbers for different proteins, and the analysis of the performance of these membranes relative to existing technology. The common approach used in these studies, which is using membrane technology for chromatographic applications and using atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) as a surface modification technique, will be introduced and supported by a brief review in Chapter 1. The specific approaches to address the unique challenges and motivations of each study system are given in the introduction sections of the respective dissertation chapters. Chapter 2 describes my work to develop cation-exchange membranes. I discuss the polymer growth kinetics and characterization of the membrane surface. I also present an analysis of productivity, which measures the mass of protein that can bind to the stationary phase per volume of stationary phase adsorbing material per time. Surprisingly and despite its importance, this performance measure was not described in previous literature. Because of the significantly shorter residence time necessary for binding to occur, the productivity of these cation-exchange membrane adsorbers (300 mg/mL/min) is nearly two orders of magnitude higher than the productivity of a commercial resin product (4 mg/mL/min). My work studying membrane adsorbers for affinity separations was built on the productivity potential of this approach, as articulated in the conclusion of Chapter 2. Chapter 3 focuses on the chemical formulation work to incorporate glycoligands into the backbone of polymer tentacles grown from the surface of the same membrane stationary phase. Emphasis is given to characterizing and testing the working formulation for ligand incorporation, and details about how I arrived at this formulation are given in Appendix B. The plant protein, or lectin, Concanavalin A (conA) was used as the target protein. The carbohydrate affinity

  17. Polymer chain alignment and transistor properties of nanochannel-templated poly(3-hexylthiophene) nanowires

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    Oh, Seungjun; Hayakawa, Ryoma; Pan, Chengjun; Sugiyasu, Kazunori; Wakayama, Yutaka

    2016-08-01

    Nanowires of semiconducting poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) were produced by a nanochannel-template technique. Polymer chain alignment in P3HT nanowires was investigated as a function of nanochannel widths (W) and polymer chain lengths (L). We found that the ratio between chain length and channel width (L/W) was a key parameter as regards promoting polymer chain alignment. Clear dichroism was observed in polarized ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectra only at a ratio of approximately L/W = 2, indicating that the L/W ratio must be optimized to achieve uniaxial chain alignment in the nanochannel direction. We speculate that an appropriate L/W ratio is effective in confining the geometries and conformations of polymer chains. This discussion was supported by theoretical simulations based on molecular dynamics. That is, the geometry of the polymer chains, including the distance and tilting angles of the chains in relation to the nanochannel surface, was dominant in determining the longitudinal alignment along the nanochannels. Thus prepared highly aligned polymer nanowire is advantageous for electrical carrier transport and has great potential for improving the device performance of field-effect transistors. In fact, a one-order improvement in carrier mobility was observed in a P3HT nanowire transistor.

  18. Relationship between the amount of bitter substances adsorbed onto lipid/polymer membrane and the electric response of taste sensors.

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    Toko, Kiyoshi; Hara, Daichi; Tahara, Yusuke; Yasuura, Masato; Ikezaki, Hidekazu

    2014-01-01

    The bitterness of bitter substances can be measured by the change in the membrane electric potential caused by adsorption (CPA) using a taste sensor (electronic tongue). In this study, we examined the relationship between the CPA value due to an acidic bitter substance and the amount of the bitter substance adsorbed onto lipid/polymer membranes, which contain different lipid contents, used in the taste sensor. We used iso-α-acid which is an acidic bitter substance found in several foods and beverages. The amount of adsorbed iso-α-acid, which was determined by spectroscopy, showed a maximum at the lipid concentration 0.1 wt % of the membrane, and the same phenomenon was observed for the CPA value. At the higher lipid concentration, however, the amount adsorbed decreased and then remained constant, while the CPA value decreased monotonically to zero. This constant adsorption amount was observed when the membrane potential in the reference solution did not change with increasing lipid concentration. The decrease in CPA value in spite of the constant adsorption amount is caused by a decrease in the sensitivity of the membrane as the surface charge density increases. The reason why the peaks appeared in both the CPA value and adsorption amount is based on the contradictory adsorption properties of iso-α-acid. The increasing charged lipid concentration of the membrane causes an increasing electrostatic attractive interaction between iso-α-acid and the membrane, but simultaneously causes a decreasing hydrophobic interaction that results in decreasing adsorption of iso-α-acid, which also has hydrophobic properties, onto the membrane. Estimates of the amount of adsorption suggest that iso-α-acid molecules are adsorbed onto both the surface and interior of the membrane. PMID:25184491

  19. Side Chain Degradable Cationic-Amphiphilic Polymers with Tunable Hydrophobicity Show in Vivo Activity.

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    Uppu, Divakara S S M; Samaddar, Sandip; Hoque, Jiaul; Konai, Mohini M; Krishnamoorthy, Paramanandham; Shome, Bibek R; Haldar, Jayanta

    2016-09-12

    Cationic-amphiphilic antibacterial polymers with optimal amphiphilicity generally target the bacterial membranes instead of mammalian membranes. To date, this balance has been achieved by varying the cationic charge or side chain hydrophobicity in a variety of cationic-amphiphilic polymers. Optimal hydrophobicity of cationic-amphiphilic polymers has been considered as the governing factor for potent antibacterial activity yet minimal mammalian cell toxicity. However, the concomitant role of hydrogen bonding and hydrophobicity with constant cationic charge in the interactions of antibacterial polymers with bacterial membranes is not understood. Also, degradable polymers that result in nontoxic degradation byproducts offer promise as safe antibacterial agents. Here we show that amide- and ester (degradable)-bearing cationic-amphiphilic polymers with tunable side chain hydrophobicity can modulate antibacterial activity and cytotoxicity. Our results suggest that an amide polymer can be a potent antibacterial agent with lower hydrophobicity whereas the corresponding ester polymer needs a relatively higher hydrophobicity to be as effective as its amide counterpart. Our studies reveal that at higher hydrophobicities both amide and ester polymers have similar profiles of membrane-active antibacterial activity and mammalian cell toxicity. On the contrary, at lower hydrophobicities, amide and ester polymers are less cytotoxic, but the former have potent antibacterial and membrane activity compared to the latter. Incorporation of amide and ester moieties made these polymers side chain degradable, with amide polymers being more stable than the ester polymers. Further, the polymers are less toxic, and their degradation byproducts are nontoxic to mice. More importantly, the optimized amide polymer reduces the bacterial burden of burn wound infections in mice models. Our design introduces a new strategy of interplay between the hydrophobic and hydrogen bonding interactions

  20. Configuration of bovine serum albumin adsorbed on polymer particles with grafted dextran corona.

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    Vauthier, Christine; Lindner, Peter; Cabane, Bernard

    2009-03-01

    The configuration of BSA macromolecules adsorbed on the surfaces of poly(alkylcyanoacrylate) nanoparticles has been determined using small angle neutron scattering (SANS). The nanoparticles were made by anionic emulsion polymerization (AEP) and self-assembly of dextran-poly(isobutylcyanoacrylate) (PICBA) copolymers. They have a hydrophobic PICBA core and a hydrophilic dextran corona. In vivo, they are recognized by the macrophages of the mononuclear phagocyte system. The amount of BSA bound to the particles, at adsorption equilibrium, has been determined through immunodiffusion, immunoelectrophoresis, and SANS. For particles with a radius of 25.3nm, the adsorption was found to saturate at 64 adsorbed BSA molecules per particle. The configuration of the adsorbed BSA molecules was determined from the SANS scattering curves, first at full contrast, and then at contrast match. Both experiments indicate that the BSA molecules are adsorbed on the PICBA core, in a flat configuration. This result may be important for understanding the in vivo opsonization mechanisms of nanoparticles and their resulting biodistribution.

  1. A flexible polymer chain in a critical solvent: Coil or globule?

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    Budkov, Yu. A.; Kolesnikov, A. L.; Georgi, N.; Kiselev, M. G.

    2015-02-01

    We study the behavior of a flexible polymer chain in the presence of a low-molecular weight solvent in the vicinity of a liquid-gas critical point within the framework of a self-consistent field theory. The total free energy of the dilute polymer solution is expressed as a function of the radius of gyration of the polymer and the average solvent number density within the gyration volume at the level of the mean-field approximation. Varying the strength of attraction between polymer and solvent we show that two qualitatively different regimes occur at the liquid-gas critical point. In case of weak polymer-solvent interactions the polymer chain is in a globular state. On the contrary, in case of strong polymer-solvent interactions the polymer chain attains an expanded conformation. We discuss the influence of the critical solvent density fluctuations on the polymer conformation. The reported effect could be used to excert control on the polymer conformation by changing the thermodynamic state of the solvent. It could also be helpful to estimate the solvent density within the gyration volume of the polymer for drug delivery and molecular imprinting applications.

  2. Solid-phase microextraction of phthalate esters in water sample using different activated carbon-polymer monoliths as adsorbents.

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    Lirio, Stephen; Fu, Chung-Wei; Lin, Jhih-Yun; Hsu, Meng-Ju; Huang, Hsi-Ya

    2016-07-13

    In this study, the application of different activated carbon-polymer (AC-polymer) monoliths as adsorbents for the solid-phase microextraction (SPME) of phthalate esters (PAEs) in water sample were investigated. The activated carbon (AC) was embedded in organic polymers, poly(butyl methacrylate-co-ethylene dimethacrylate) (poly(BMA-EDMA)) or poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene) (poly(STY-DVB)), via a 5-min microwave-assisted or a 15-min water bath heating polymerization. Preliminary investigation on the performance of the native poly(BMA-EDMA) and poly(STY-DVB) demonstrated remarkable adsorption efficiencies for PAEs. However, due to the strong hydrophobic, π-π, and hydrogen bonding interactions between the analytes and polymers, low extraction recoveries were achieved. In contrast, the presence of AC in native polymers not only enhanced the adsorption efficiencies but also assisted the PAE desorption, especially for AC-poly(STY-DVB) with extraction recovery ranged of 76.2-99.3%. Under the optimized conditions, the extraction recoveries for intra-, inter-day and column-to-column were in the range of 76.5-100.8% (<3.7% RSDs), 77.2-97.6% (<5.6% RSDs) and 75.5-99.7% (<6.2% RSDs), respectively. The developed AC-poly(STY-DVB) monolithic column showed good mechanical stability, which can be reused for more than 30 extraction times without any significant loss in the extraction recoveries of PAEs. The AC-poly(STY-DVB) monolithic column was successfully applied in SPME of PAEs in water sample with extraction recovery ranged of 78.8%-104.6% (<5.5% RSDs). PMID:27237837

  3. Activation energy of aggregation-disaggregation self-oscillation of polymer chain.

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    Hara, Yusuke; Jahan, Rumana A

    2012-12-03

    In this paper, we investigated the activation energies of the aggregation−disaggregation self-oscillation induced by the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction by utilizing the nonthermoresponsive polymer chain in a wide temperature range. This is because the conventional type self-oscillating polymer chain, with thermoresponsive poly(Nisopropylacrylamide) (poly(NIPAAm) main-chain covalently bonded to the ruthenium catalyst (Ru(bpy)(3)) of the BZ reaction, cannot evaluate the activation energy over the lower critical solution temperature (LCST). The nonthermoresponsive self-oscillating polymer chain is composed of a poly-vinylpyrrolidone (PVP) main-chain with the ruthenium catalyst (Ru(bpy)(3)). As a result, we clarified that the activation energy of the aggregation−disaggregation self-oscillation of the polymer chain is hardly affected by the concentrations of the BZ substrates. In addition, the activation energy of the nonthermoresponsive self-oscillating polymer chain was found to be almost the same value as normal BZ reaction, i.e., not including the self-oscillating polymer system with Ru moiety.

  4. Polymer adsorption from the melts - In-situ x-ray/neutron reflectivity studies on the chain conformations at the polymer/solid interfaces

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    Jiang, Naisheng; Shang, Jun; Endoh, Maya; Akgun, Bulent; Satija, Sushil; Koga, Tadanori

    2013-03-01

    Adsorbed polymer layers formed on flat solid substrates have recently been the subject of extensive studies due to their strong influence on the physical properties of polymeric materials confined at the nanometer scale. Such adsorbed layers are stable against temperature and solvents and can be formed even onto weakly attractive substrate surfaces. In this study, we aim to clarify the detailed structures and thermal properties by the combined use of in-situ x-ray/neutron reflectivity and atomic force microscopy techniques. Various polymers including polystyrene, polybutadiene, poly (2-vinylpyridine), polycarbonate, and poly(methyl methacrylate) were used to prepare equilibrium adsorbed polymer layers on silicon substrates. We report the effects of the intramolecular architectures, molecular weight, and polymer/substrate interactions on the structures, leading to a better understanding of the thermodynamics at the polymer melt/solid interfaces. We acknowledges the financial support from NSF Grant No. CMMI-084626.

  5. Effects of nanostructure geometry on polymer chain alignment and device performance in nanoimprinted polymer solar cell

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    Yang, Yi; Mielczarek, Kamil; Zakhidov, Anvar; Hu, Walter

    2013-03-01

    Among the various organic photovoltaic devices, the conjugated polymer/fullerene approach has drawn the most research interest. The performance of these types of solar cells is greatly determined by the nanoscale morphology of the two components (donor/acceptor) and the molecular orientation/crystallinity in the photoactive layer. This article demonstrates our recent studies on the nanostructure geometry effects on the nanoimprint induced poly(3 hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) chain alignment and photovoltaic performance. Out-of-plane and in-plane grazing incident X-ray diffractions are employed to characterize the chain orientations in P3HT nanogratings with different widths and heights. It is found that nanoimprint procedure changes the initial edge-on alignment in non-imprinted P3HT thin film to a vertical orientation which favors the hole transport, with an organization height H≥ 170 nm and width in the range of 60 nm<= W< 210 nm. Samples with better aligned molecules lead to a larger crystallite sizes as well. Imprinted P3HT/[6,6]-penyl-C61-butyric-acid-methyl-ester (PCBM) solar cells show an increase in power conversion efficiency (PCE) with the decrease of nanostructure width, and with the increase of height and junction area. Devices with the highest PCE are made by the fully aligned and highest P3HT nanostructures (width w= 60 nm, height h= 170 nm), allowing for the most efficient charge separation, transport and light absorption. We believe this work will contribute to the optimal geometry design of nanoimprinted polymer solar cells.

  6. Forced desorption of semiflexible polymers, adsorbed and driven by molecular motors.

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    Chaudhuri, Abhishek; Chaudhuri, Debasish

    2016-02-21

    We formulate and characterize a model to describe the dynamics of semiflexible polymers in the presence of activity due to motor proteins attached irreversibly to a substrate, and a transverse pulling force acting on one end of the filament. The stochastic binding-unbinding of the motor proteins and their ability to move along the polymer generate active forces. As the pulling force reaches a threshold value, the polymer eventually desorbs from the substrate. Performing underdamped Langevin dynamics simulation of the polymer, and with stochastic motor activity, we obtain desorption phase diagrams. The correlation time for fluctuations in the desorbed fraction increases as one approaches complete desorption, captured quantitatively by a power law spectral density. We present theoretical analysis of the phase diagram using mean field approximations in the weakly bending limit of the polymer and performing linear stability analysis. This predicts an increase in the desorption force with the polymer bending rigidity, active velocity and processivity of the motor proteins to capture the main features of the simulation results. PMID:26750537

  7. Adsorbed serum albumin is permissive to macrophage attachment to perfluorocarbon polymer surfaces in culture

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    Godek, M.L.; Michel, R.; Chamberlain, L. M.; Castner, D. G.; Grainger, D.W.

    2013-01-01

    Monocyte/macrophage adhesion to biomaterials, correlated with foreign body response, occurs through protein-mediated surface interactions. Albumin-selective perfluorocarbon (FC) biomaterials are generally poorly cell-conducive due to insufficient receptor-mediated surface interactions, but macrophages bind to albumin-coated substrates and also preferentially to highly hydrophobic fluorinated surfaces. Bone marrow macrophages (BMMO) and IC-21, RAW 264.7 and J774A.1 monocyte/macrophage cells were cultured on FC surfaces. Protein deposition onto two distinct FC surfaces from complex and single-component solutions was tracked using fluorescence and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) methods. Cell adhesion and growth on protein pre-treated substrates were compared by light microscopy. Flow cytometry and integrin-directed antibody receptor blocking assessed integrins critical for monocyte/macrophage adhesion in vitro. Albumin predominantly adsorbs onto both FC surfaces from 10% serum. In cultures pre-adsorbed with albumin or serum-dilutions, BMMO responded similar to IC-21 at early time points. Compared to Teflon® AF, plasma-polymerized FC was less permissive to extended cell proliferation. The β2 integrins play major roles in macrophage adhesion to FC surfaces: antibody blocking significantly disrupted cell adhesion. Albumin-mediated cell adhesion mechanisms to FC surfaces could not be clarified. Primary BMMO and secondary IC-21 macrophages behave similarly on FC surfaces, regardless of pre-adsorbed protein biasing, with respect to adhesion, cell morphology, motility and proliferation. PMID:18306309

  8. Influence of backbone rigidness on single chain conformation of thiophene-based conjugated polymers.

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    Hu, Zhongjian; Liu, Jianhua; Simón-Bower, Lauren; Zhai, Lei; Gesquiere, Andre J

    2013-04-25

    Structural order of conjugated polymers at different length scales directs the optoelectronic properties of the corresponding materials; thus it is of critical importance to understand and control conjugated polymer morphology for successful application of these materials in organic optoelectronics. Herein, with the aim of probing the dependence of single chain folding properties on the chemical structure and rigidness of the polymer backbones, single molecule fluorescence spectroscopy was applied to four thiophene-based conjugated polymers. These include regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (RR-P3HT), poly(2,5-bis(3-tetradecylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene) (PBTTT-14), poly(2,5-bis(3-tetradecylthiophen-2-yl)thiophene-2-yl)thiophen-2-ylthiazolo[5,4-d]thiazole) (PTzQT-12), and poly(3,3-didodecylquaterthiophene)] (PQT-12). Our previous work has shown that RR-P3HT and PBTTT-14 polymer chains fold in their nanostructures, whereas PQT-12 and PTzQT-12 do not fold in their nanostructures. At the single molecule level, it was found that RR-P3HT single chains almost exclusively fold into loosely and strongly aggregated conformations, analogous to the folding properties in nanostructures. PQT-12 displays significant chain folding as well, but only into loosely aggregated conformations, showing an absence of strongly aggregated polymer chains. PBTTT-14 exhibits a significant fraction of rigid polymer chain. The findings made for single molecules of PQT-12 and PBTTT-14 are thus in contrast with the observations made in their corresponding nanostructures. PTzQT-12 appears to be the most rigid and planar conjugated polymer of these four polymers. However, although the presumably nonfolding polymers PQT-12 and PTzQT-12 exhibit less folding than RR-P3HT, there is still a significant occurrence of chain folding for these polymers at the single molecule level. These results suggest that the folding properties of conjugated polymers can be influenced by the architecture of the

  9. Surface functionalization of quantum dots with fine-structured pH-sensitive phospholipid polymer chains.

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    Liu, Yihua; Inoue, Yuuki; Ishihara, Kazuhiko

    2015-11-01

    To add novel functionality to quantum dots (QDs), we synthesized water-soluble and pH-responsive block-type polymers by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. The polymers were composed of cytocompatible 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) polymer segments, which contain a small fraction of active ester groups and can be used to conjugate biologically active compounds to the polymer, and pH-responsive poly(2-(N,N-diethylamino) ethyl methacrylate (DEAEMA)) segments. One terminal of the polymer chain had a hydrophobic alkyl group that originated from the RAFT initiator. This hydrophobic group can bind to the hydrophobic layer on the QD surface. A fluorescent dye was conjugated to the polymer chains via the active ester group. The block-type polymers have an amphiphilic nature in aqueous medium. The polymers were thus easily bound to the QD surface upon evaporation of the solvent from a solution containing the block-type polymer and QDs, yielding QD/fluorescence dye-conjugated polymer hybrid nanoparticles. Fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between the QDs (donors) and the fluorescent dye molecules (acceptors) was used to obtain information on the conformational dynamics of the immobilized polymers. Higher FRET efficiency of the QD/fluorescent dye-conjugated polymer hybrid nanoparticles was observed at pH 7.4 as compared to pH 5.0 due to a stretching-shrinking conformational motion of the poly(DEAEMA) segments in response to changes in pH. We concluded that the block-type MPC polymer-modified nanoparticles could be used to evaluate the pH of cells via FRET fluorescence based on the cytocompatibility of the MPC polymer.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of a new type of electro-optic polymer without carbon main chains

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    Zhang, Ying; Qiu, Chengjun; Li, You; Zhang, Wenlong; Xuan, Wang

    2014-09-01

    A new type of electro-optic (EO) polymer is prepared in this work. The main chain of the EO polymer is made of polyphosphazenes, and the side chain consists of carbazole based nitro azobenzene. The principle and method of preparation are given and the characteristics of this material are studied in details. The polymer with an EO coefficient of 35 pm/V has fine stability and can be easily processed. It also shows photoconductivity due to the carbazole group. This polymer thin film is obtained through performance improvement. Terahertz (THz) wave can be detected using the device, which is made of the new polymer. Owing to its fascinating properties, this new type of EO polymer has the potential to be widely applied in photorefractive materials as well as for emission and detection of THz radiation.

  11. Synthesis of π-conjugated polymers containing aminoquinoline-borafluorene complexes in the main-chain.

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    Tokoro, Yuichiro; Nagai, Atsushi; Tanaka, Kazuo; Chujo, Yoshiki

    2012-04-13

    The regulation of electron transfer between a conjugated polymer and ligands orthogonally connected to the main-chain is reported. Poly(arylene-ethynylene)s containing aminoquinoline-borafluorene complexes in the main-chain are synthesized in good yields by a Sonogashira-Hagihara coupling. Single crystal X-ray analysis of a model compound has elucidated the complex's structure in which the aminoquinolate moiety and the borafluorene ring are connected directly and orthogonally. Moreover, the optical properties of the polymers are characterized by UV-vis absorption and photoluminescence spectra. Perfluorinated alkyl chain-containing polymers show strong emission, while hydrocarbon chain-containing ones exhibit only a slight emission. DFT calculation suggests that an electron transfer from the excited main-chain to the aminoquinolate ligand is suppressed because of the lowered LUMO level by introducing the electron withdrawing groups, resulting in the significant emission.

  12. Flexible star polymer chain adsorption by a flat surface: a molecular dynamics simulation

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    Zenak, Siham; Guenachi, Aicha; Sabeur, Sid Ahmed

    2016-08-01

    In this work, we have studied the adsorption of a single flexible star polymer chain by a flat surface. The molecular dynamics simulation has been validated for the case of a free star polymer chain using the diffusion experiment. The scaling laws found are in agreement with the Flory theory predictions and the Rouse model. For the adsorption, preliminary results were obtained for chains of different sizes N=31 to N=199 and different functionalities (f=3,4,6,8,10). For the case of semi-flexible star polymer chains, further investigation is needed to locate the critical point of adsorption when varying the potential interaction strength between the chain and the surface.

  13. Direct Neutron Scattering Measurements of Grafted Polymer Chain Conformations from Functionalized Nanoparticles

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    Hore, Michael J. A.; Hammouda, Boualem

    2014-03-01

    The conformations of grafted polymers play an important role in determining the physical properties of polymer nanocomposites. Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) is performed to quantify the conformation of poly(methyl methacrylate)(Mw > 27,000 g/mol) and polystyrene chains (Mw > 57,000 g/mol) which are attached to iron oxide nanoparticles (Rnp = 2 . 5 nm, σ = 0 . 73 chains/nm2) and small fractal aggregates (R ~ 11 nm, σ = 0 . 2 chains/nm2), respectively. Unlike light scattering or microscopy, SANS can directly measure the grafted polymer chain conformations. In a homopolymer melt, we find the grafted chains adopt stretched conformations near the nanoparticle surface, and transition to ideal, random coils past a cutoff distance rc, in agreement with scaling arguments in the literature. We find the conformation of the polymer chains is largely unaffected by the ratio of the degree of polymerization of the matrix (P) to that of the brush (N). Finally, we extend this work to measure grafted polymer conformation in solution as a function of solvent quality, and find the grafted chains behave as swollen coils with an excluded volume parameter ν that decreases as the solvent cools to the Θ temperature.

  14. Effect of alkane chain length and counterion on the freezing transition of cationic surfactant adsorbed film at alkane mixture - water interfaces.

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    Tokiwa, Yuhei; Sakamoto, Hiroyasu; Takiue, Takanori; Aratono, Makoto; Matsubara, Hiroki

    2015-05-21

    Penetration of alkane molecules into the adsorbed film gives rise to a surface freezing transition of cationic surfactant at the alkane-water interface. To examine the effect of the alkane chain length and counterion on the surface freezing, we employed interfacial tensiometry and ellipsometry to study the interface of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and cetyltrimethylammonium chloride aqueous solutions against dodecane, tetradecane, hexadecane, and their mixtures. Applying theoretical equations to the experimental results obtained, we found that the alkane molecules that have the same chain length as the surfactant adsorb preferentially into the surface freezing film. Furthermore, we demonstrated that the freezing transition temperature of cationic surfactant adsorbed film was independent of the kind of counterion. PMID:25932500

  15. Study of the Relationship between Taste Sensor Response and the Amount of Epigallocatechin Gallate Adsorbed Onto a Lipid-Polymer Membrane

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    Harada, Yuhei; Tahara, Yusuke; Toko, Kiyoshi

    2015-01-01

    A taste sensor using lipid-polymer membranes has been developed to evaluate the taste of foods, beverages and medicines. The response of the taste sensor, measured as a change in the membrane potential caused by adsorption (CPA), corresponds to the aftertaste felt by humans. The relationships between the CPA value and the amount of adsorbed taste substances, quinine and iso-α acid (bitterness), and tannic acid (astringency), have been studied so far. However, that of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) has not been clarified, although EGCg is abundantly present in green tea as one of its astringent substances. This study aimed at clarifying the response of the taste sensor to EGCg and its relationship with the amount of EGCg adsorbed onto lipid-polymer membranes. The lipid concentration dependence of the CPA value was similar to that of the amount of adsorbed EGCg, indicating a high correlation between the CPA value and the amount of adsorbed EGCg. The CPA value increased with increasing amount of adsorbed EGCg; however, the CPA value showed a tendency of leveling off when the amount of adsorbed EGCg further increased. PMID:25781512

  16. Study of the relationship between taste sensor response and the amount of epigallocatechin gallate adsorbed onto a lipid-polymer membrane.

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    Harada, Yuhei; Tahara, Yusuke; Toko, Kiyoshi

    2015-01-01

    A taste sensor using lipid-polymer membranes has been developed to evaluate the taste of foods, beverages and medicines. The response of the taste sensor, measured as a change in the membrane potential caused by adsorption (CPA), corresponds to the aftertaste felt by humans. The relationships between the CPA value and the amount of adsorbed taste substances, quinine and iso-α acid (bitterness), and tannic acid (astringency), have been studied so far. However, that of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) has not been clarified, although EGCg is abundantly present in green tea as one of its astringent substances. This study aimed at clarifying the response of the taste sensor to EGCg and its relationship with the amount of EGCg adsorbed onto lipid-polymer membranes. The lipid concentration dependence of the CPA value was similar to that of the amount of adsorbed EGCg, indicating a high correlation between the CPA value and the amount of adsorbed EGCg. The CPA value increased with increasing amount of adsorbed EGCg; however, the CPA value showed a tendency of leveling off when the amount of adsorbed EGCg further increased. PMID:25781512

  17. Conformation of a flexible polymer in explicit solvent: Accurate solvation potentials for Lennard-Jones chains.

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    Taylor, Mark P; Ye, Yuting; Adhikari, Shishir R

    2015-11-28

    The conformation of a polymer chain in solution is coupled to the local structure of the surrounding solvent and can undergo large changes in response to variations in solvent density and temperature. The many-body effects of solvent on the structure of an n-mer polymer chain can be formally mapped to an exact n-body solvation potential. Here, we use a pair decomposition of this n-body potential to construct a set of two-body potentials for a Lennard-Jones (LJ) polymer chain in explicit LJ solvent. The solvation potentials are built from numerically exact results for 5-mer chains in solvent combined with an approximate asymptotic expression for the solvation potential between sites that are distant along the chain backbone. These potentials map the many-body chain-in-solvent problem to a few-body single-chain problem and can be used to study a chain of arbitrary length, thereby dramatically reducing the computational complexity of the polymer chain-in-solvent problem. We have constructed solvation potentials at a large number of state points across the LJ solvent phase diagram including the vapor, liquid, and super-critical regions. We use these solvation potentials in single-chain Monte Carlo (MC) simulations with n ≤ 800 to determine the size, intramolecular structure, and scaling behavior of chains in solvent. To assess our results, we have carried out full chain-in-solvent MC simulations (with n ≤ 100) and find that our solvation potential approach is quantitatively accurate for a wide range of solvent conditions for these chain lengths. PMID:26627969

  18. Entropic stochastic resonance of a flexible polymer chain in a confined system

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    Zhang, Zhen; Chen, Hanshuang; Hou, Zhonghuai

    2012-07-01

    We have studied the dynamics of a flexible polymer chain in constrained dumb-bell-shape geometry subject to a periodic force and external noise along the longitudinal direction. It is found that the system exhibits a feature of entropic stochastic resonance (ESR), i.e., the temporal coherence of the polymer motion can reach a maximum level for an optimal noise intensity. We demonstrate that the occurrence of ESR is robust to the change of chain length, while the bottleneck width should be properly chosen. A gravity force in the vertical direction is not necessary for the ESR here, however, the elastic coupling between polymer beads is crucial.

  19. Entropic stochastic resonance of a flexible polymer chain in a confined system.

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    Zhang, Zhen; Chen, Hanshuang; Hou, Zhonghuai

    2012-07-28

    We have studied the dynamics of a flexible polymer chain in constrained dumb-bell-shape geometry subject to a periodic force and external noise along the longitudinal direction. It is found that the system exhibits a feature of entropic stochastic resonance (ESR), i.e., the temporal coherence of the polymer motion can reach a maximum level for an optimal noise intensity. We demonstrate that the occurrence of ESR is robust to the change of chain length, while the bottleneck width should be properly chosen. A gravity force in the vertical direction is not necessary for the ESR here, however, the elastic coupling between polymer beads is crucial.

  20. Adsorption and flocculation by polymers and polymer mixtures.

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    Gregory, John; Barany, Sandor

    2011-11-14

    Polymers of various types are in widespread use as flocculants in several industries. In most cases, polymer adsorption is an essential prerequisite for flocculation and kinetic aspects are very important. The rates of polymer adsorption and of re-conformation (relaxation) of adsorbed chains are key factors that influence the performance of flocculants and their mode of action. Polyelectrolytes often tend to adopt a rather flat adsorbed configuration and in this state their action is mainly through charge effects, including 'electrostatic patch' attraction. When the relaxation rate is quite low, particle collisions may occur while the adsorbed chains are still in an extended state and flocculation by polymer bridging may occur. These effects are now well understood and supported by much experimental evidence. In recent years there has been considerable interest in the use of multi-component flocculants, especially dual-polymer systems. In the latter case, there can be significant advantages over the use of single polymers. Despite some complications, there is a broad understanding of the action of dual polymer systems. In many cases the sequence of addition of the polymers is important and the pre-adsorbed polymer can have two important effects: providing adsorption sites for the second polymer or causing a more extended adsorbed conformation as a result of 'site blocking'.

  1. Prediction of Solution Properties of Flexible-Chain Polymers: A Computer Simulation Undergraduate Experiment

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    de la Torre, Jose Garcia; Cifre, Jose G. Hernandez; Martinez, M. Carmen Lopez

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes a computational exercise at undergraduate level that demonstrates the employment of Monte Carlo simulation to study the conformational statistics of flexible polymer chains, and to predict solution properties. Three simple chain models, including excluded volume interactions, have been implemented in a public-domain computer…

  2. Lattice model of linear telechelic polymer melts. II. Influence of chain stiffness on basic thermodynamic properties.

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    Xu, Wen-Sheng; Freed, Karl F

    2015-07-14

    The lattice cluster theory (LCT) for semiflexible linear telechelic melts, developed in Paper I, is applied to examine the influence of chain stiffness on the average degree of self-assembly and the basic thermodynamic properties of linear telechelic polymer melts. Our calculations imply that chain stiffness promotes self-assembly of linear telechelic polymer melts that assemble on cooling when either polymer volume fraction ϕ or temperature T is high, but opposes self-assembly when both ϕ and T are sufficiently low. This allows us to identify a boundary line in the ϕ-T plane that separates two regions of qualitatively different influence of chain stiffness on self-assembly. The enthalpy and entropy of self-assembly are usually treated as adjustable parameters in classical Flory-Huggins type theories for the equilibrium self-assembly of polymers, but they are demonstrated here to strongly depend on chain stiffness. Moreover, illustrative calculations for the dependence of the entropy density of linear telechelic polymer melts on chain stiffness demonstrate the importance of including semiflexibility within the LCT when exploring the nature of glass formation in models of linear telechelic polymer melts.

  3. Lattice model of linear telechelic polymer melts. II. Influence of chain stiffness on basic thermodynamic properties

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    Xu, Wen-Sheng; Freed, Karl F.

    2015-07-01

    The lattice cluster theory (LCT) for semiflexible linear telechelic melts, developed in Paper I, is applied to examine the influence of chain stiffness on the average degree of self-assembly and the basic thermodynamic properties of linear telechelic polymer melts. Our calculations imply that chain stiffness promotes self-assembly of linear telechelic polymer melts that assemble on cooling when either polymer volume fraction ϕ or temperature T is high, but opposes self-assembly when both ϕ and T are sufficiently low. This allows us to identify a boundary line in the ϕ-T plane that separates two regions of qualitatively different influence of chain stiffness on self-assembly. The enthalpy and entropy of self-assembly are usually treated as adjustable parameters in classical Flory-Huggins type theories for the equilibrium self-assembly of polymers, but they are demonstrated here to strongly depend on chain stiffness. Moreover, illustrative calculations for the dependence of the entropy density of linear telechelic polymer melts on chain stiffness demonstrate the importance of including semiflexibility within the LCT when exploring the nature of glass formation in models of linear telechelic polymer melts.

  4. Lattice model of linear telechelic polymer melts. II. Influence of chain stiffness on basic thermodynamic properties

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    Xu, Wen-Sheng; Freed, Karl F.

    2015-07-14

    The lattice cluster theory (LCT) for semiflexible linear telechelic melts, developed in Paper I, is applied to examine the influence of chain stiffness on the average degree of self-assembly and the basic thermodynamic properties of linear telechelic polymer melts. Our calculations imply that chain stiffness promotes self-assembly of linear telechelic polymer melts that assemble on cooling when either polymer volume fraction ϕ or temperature T is high, but opposes self-assembly when both ϕ and T are sufficiently low. This allows us to identify a boundary line in the ϕ-T plane that separates two regions of qualitatively different influence of chain stiffness on self-assembly. The enthalpy and entropy of self-assembly are usually treated as adjustable parameters in classical Flory-Huggins type theories for the equilibrium self-assembly of polymers, but they are demonstrated here to strongly depend on chain stiffness. Moreover, illustrative calculations for the dependence of the entropy density of linear telechelic polymer melts on chain stiffness demonstrate the importance of including semiflexibility within the LCT when exploring the nature of glass formation in models of linear telechelic polymer melts.

  5. Translocation of a Polymer Chain across a Nanopore: A Brownian Dynamics Simulation Study

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    Tian, Pu; Smith, Grant D.

    2003-01-01

    We carried out Brownian dynamics simulation studies of the translocation of single polymer chains across a nanosized pore under the driving of an applied field (chemical potential gradient). The translocation process can be either dominated by the entropic barrier resulted from restricted motion of flexible polymer chains or by applied forces (or chemical gradient across the wall), we focused on the latter case in our studies. Calculation of radius of gyrations at the two opposite sides of the wall shows that the polymer chains are not in equilibrium during the translocation process. Despite this fact, our results show that the one-dimensional diffusion and the nucleation model provide an excellent description of the dependence of average translocation time on the chemical potential gradients, the polymer chain length and the solvent viscosity. In good agreement with experimental results and theoretical predictions, the translocation time distribution of our simple model shows strong non-Gaussian characteristics. It is observed that even for this simple tubelike pore geometry, more than one peak of translocation time distribution can be generated for proper pore diameter and applied field strengths. Both repulsive Weeks-Chandler-Anderson and attractive Lennard-Jones polymer-nanopore interaction were studied, attraction facilitates the translocation process by shortening the total translocation time and dramatically improve the capturing of polymer chain. The width of the translocation time distribution was found to decrease with increasing temperature, increasing field strength, and decreasing pore diameter.

  6. Enhanced physical stabilization of fenofibrate nanosuspensions via wet co-milling with a superdisintegrant and an adsorbing polymer.

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    Azad, Mohammad; Afolabi, Afolawemi; Bhakay, Anagha; Leonardi, Jonathan; Davé, Rajesh; Bilgili, Ecevit

    2015-08-01

    Drug nanoparticles in suspensions can form aggregates leading to physical instability, which is traditionally mitigated using soluble polymers and surfactants. The aim of this paper was to explore common superdisintegrants, i.e., sodium starch glycolate (SSG), croscarmellose sodium (CCS), and crospovidone (CP), as novel class of dispersants for enhanced stabilization of fenofibrate (FNB), a model BCS Class II drug, suspensions. FNB was wet-milled with superdisintegrants along with hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), a soluble adsorbing polymer, in a stirred media mill. For comparison, FNB was also milled in the presence of HPMC and/or SDS (sodium dodecyl sulfate) without superdisintegrants. Laser diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, viscometry, differential scanning calorimetry, and powder X-ray diffraction were used to characterize the suspensions. The results show that 2% HPMC along with 1% SSG or 1% CCS mitigated the aggregation of FNB nanoparticles significantly similar to the use of either 5% HPMC or 1% HPMC-0.075% SDS, whereas CP was not effective due to its low swelling capacity. CCS/SSG enhanced steric-kinetic stabilization of the FNB suspensions owing to their high swelling capacity, viscosity enhancement, and physical barrier action. Overall, this study provides a mechanistic basis for a novel method of formulating surfactant-free drug nanosuspensions with co-milled superdisintegrants. PMID:26079832

  7. Stiffness dependence of critical exponents of semiflexible polymer chains situated on two-dimensional compact fractals.

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    Zivić, Ivan; Elezović-Hadzić, Suncica; Milosević, Sava

    2009-12-01

    We present an exact and Monte Carlo renormalization group (MCRG) study of semiflexible polymer chains on an infinite family of the plane-filling (PF) fractals. The fractals are compact, that is, their fractal dimension df is equal to 2 for all members of the fractal family enumerated by the odd integer b(3chain, on the PF fractals (for 3polymer chain) and gamma (associated with the total number of different polymer chains). In addition, we calculate nu and gamma through the MCRG approach for b up to 201. Our results show that for each particular b, critical exponents are stiffness dependent functions, in such a way that the stiffer polymer chains (with smaller values of s) display enlarged values of nu, and diminished values of gamma. On the other hand, for any specific s, the critical exponent nu monotonically decreases, whereas the critical exponent gamma monotonically increases, with the scaling parameter b. We reflect on a possible relevance of the criticality of semiflexible polymer chains on the PF family of fractals to the same problem on the regular Euclidean lattices.

  8. The recognition of biomaterials: pattern recognition of medical polymers and their adsorbed biomolecules.

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    Love, Ryan J; Jones, Kim S

    2013-09-01

    All biomedical materials are recognized as foreign entities by the host immune system despite the substantial range of different materials that have been developed by material scientists and engineers. Hydrophobic biomaterials, hydrogels, biomaterials with low protein binding surfaces, and those that readily adsorb a protein layer all seem to incite similar host responses in vivo that may differ in magnitude, but ultimately result in encapsulation by fibrotic tissue. The recognition of medical materials by the host is explained by the very intricate pattern recognition system made up of integrins, toll-like receptors, scavenger receptors, and other surface proteins that enable leukocytes to perceive almost any foreign body. In this review, we describe the various pattern recognition receptors and processes that occur on biomedical material surfaces that permit detection of a range of materials within the host.

  9. Phase transfer of citrate stabilized gold nanoparticles using nonspecifically adsorbed polymers.

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    Alkilany, Alaaldin M; Caravana, Aidan C; Hamaly, Majd A; Lerner, Kevin T; Thompson, Lucas B

    2016-01-01

    Many synthetic approaches for gold nanoparticles rely on an aqueous media, resulting in water-soluble nanoparticles, which limits the ability to incorporate gold nanoparticles into other organic solvents or hydrophobic polymeric composites. Surface functionalization and phase transfer approaches using alkylthiols or alkylamines, which strongly bind the gold surface, are common routes to overcome this limitation, however they are typically challenging methods. In this paper we report an approach to transport citrate capped gold nanoparticles into a variety of solvents, including ones that are hydrophobic and not miscible with water without the need for phase transfer agents. We suspend gold nanoparticles in a water-miscible polar organic solvent that also is a solvent for a hydrophobic polymer. After drying, polymer-stabilized gold nanoparticles were found to be dispersible in various hydrophobic solvents with maintained colloidal stability. This work investigates two hydrophobic polymers, namely (polymethylmethacrylate and polyvinylacetate), which share common chemical motifs but have significantly different physiochemical properties. Interestingly, a significant difference in their ability to stabilize the transferred gold nanoparticles is observed and discussed. PMID:26397907

  10. Phase transfer of citrate stabilized gold nanoparticles using nonspecifically adsorbed polymers.

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    Alkilany, Alaaldin M; Caravana, Aidan C; Hamaly, Majd A; Lerner, Kevin T; Thompson, Lucas B

    2016-01-01

    Many synthetic approaches for gold nanoparticles rely on an aqueous media, resulting in water-soluble nanoparticles, which limits the ability to incorporate gold nanoparticles into other organic solvents or hydrophobic polymeric composites. Surface functionalization and phase transfer approaches using alkylthiols or alkylamines, which strongly bind the gold surface, are common routes to overcome this limitation, however they are typically challenging methods. In this paper we report an approach to transport citrate capped gold nanoparticles into a variety of solvents, including ones that are hydrophobic and not miscible with water without the need for phase transfer agents. We suspend gold nanoparticles in a water-miscible polar organic solvent that also is a solvent for a hydrophobic polymer. After drying, polymer-stabilized gold nanoparticles were found to be dispersible in various hydrophobic solvents with maintained colloidal stability. This work investigates two hydrophobic polymers, namely (polymethylmethacrylate and polyvinylacetate), which share common chemical motifs but have significantly different physiochemical properties. Interestingly, a significant difference in their ability to stabilize the transferred gold nanoparticles is observed and discussed.

  11. Confinement and partitioning of a single polymer chain in a dense array of nanoposts.

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    Joo, Heesun; Kim, Jun Soo

    2015-11-14

    We present a Brownian dynamics simulation study on the confinement and partitioning of a single, flexible polymer chain in a dense array of nanoposts with different sizes and separations, especially, when the volume of an interstitial space formed among four nanoposts is less than the volume of the polymer chain. As the interstitial volume decreases by either increasing the nanopost diameter or decreasing the separation between nanoposts, the chain conformation becomes elongated in the direction parallel to the nanoposts. Interestingly, however, the degree of chain elongation varies in a non-monotonic fashion as the interstitial volume decreases while keeping the passage width between two nanoposts constant at a small value. We calculate the free energy of chain partitioning over several interstitial spaces from the partitioning probability, and find that the non-monotonic dependence of the chain elongation results from an interplay between the confinement-driven chain elongation along the direction parallel to the nanoposts and the chain spreading perpendicular to the nanoposts by partitioning chain segments over several interstitial spaces. These results present the possibility of utilizing a dense array of nanoposts as a template to control polymer conformations.

  12. Toward Daisy Chain Polymers: "Wittig Exchange" of Stoppers in

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    Rowan; Cantrill; Stoddart; White; Williams

    2000-03-23

    Two ammonium ion/crown ether-based [2]rotaxane monomers-each incorporating (i) a dumbbell-shaped component, possessing an exchangeable benzylic triphenylphosphonium stopper, and (ii) a ring component, bearing an aldehyde function-undergo a sequence of Wittig reactions in which the surrogate triphenylphosphonium stopper is exchanged for a ring component either (i) in the same rotaxane molecule to give cyclic daisy chains by an intramolecular, chain-terminating reaction or (ii) in another rotaxane molecule to give acyclic daisy chains by an intermolecular chain-propagating reaction.

  13. Computational polymer physics: Hard-sphere chain in solvent systems

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    Gautam, Avinash; Gavazzi, Daniel; Taylor, Mark

    2009-10-01

    In this work we present results for chain conformation in two simple chain-in-solvent systems constructed from hard-sphere monomers of diameter D. The first system consists of a flexible chain of fused hard spheres (i.e., bond length L=D) in a monomeric hard-sphere solvent. The second system consists of a flexible tangent hard-sphere chain (L=D) in a dimeric hard-sphere solvent with L=D. These systems are studied using Monte Carlo simulations which employ both single-site crankshaft and multi-site pivot moves to sample the configuration space of the chain. We report chain structure, in terms of site-site probability functions, as a function of solvent density. In all cases, increasing solvent density leads to an overall compression of the chain. At high solvent density the chain conformation is closely coupled to the local solvent structure and we speculate that incommensurate structures may lead to interesting conformational transitions.

  14. A study of phenylalanine side-chain dynamics in surface-adsorbed peptides using solid-state deuterium NMR and rotamer library statistics.

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    Li, Kun; Emani, Prashant S; Ash, Jason; Groves, Michael; Drobny, Gary P

    2014-08-13

    Extracellular matrix proteins adsorbed onto mineral surfaces exist in a unique environment where the structure and dynamics of the protein can be altered profoundly. To further elucidate how the mineral surface impacts molecular properties, we perform a comparative study of the dynamics of nonpolar side chains within the mineral-recognition domain of the biomineralization protein salivary statherin adsorbed onto its native hydroxyapatite (HAP) mineral surface versus the dynamics displayed by the native protein in the hydrated solid state. Specifically, the dynamics of phenylalanine side chains (viz., F7 and F14) located in the surface-adsorbed 15-amino acid HAP-recognition fragment (SN15: DpSpSEEKFLRRIGRFG) are studied using deuterium magic angle spinning ((2)H MAS) line shape and spin-lattice relaxation measurements. (2)H NMR MAS spectra and T1 relaxation times obtained from the deuterated phenylalanine side chains in free and HAP-adsorbed SN15 are fitted to models where the side chains are assumed to exchange between rotameric states and where the exchange rates and a priori rotameric state populations are varied iteratively. In condensed proteins, phenylalanine side-chain dynamics are dominated by 180° flips of the phenyl ring, i.e., the "π flip". However, for both F7 and F14, the number of exchanging side-chain rotameric states increases in the HAP-bound complex relative to the unbound solid sample, indicating that increased dynamic freedom accompanies introduction of the protein into the biofilm state. The observed rotameric exchange dynamics in the HAP-bound complex are on the order of 5-6 × 10(6) s(-1), as determined from the deuterium MAS line shapes. The dynamics in the HAP-bound complex are also shown to have some solution-like behavioral characteristics, with some interesting deviations from rotameric library statistics.

  15. Stretching Response of Knotted and Unknotted Polymer Chains

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    Caraglio, Michele; Micheletti, Cristian; Orlandini, Enzo

    2015-10-01

    Recent theoretical and experimental advances have clarified the major effects of knotting on the properties of stretched chains. Yet, how knotted chains respond to weak mechanical stretching and how this behavior differs from the unknotted case are still open questions and we address them here by profiling the complete stretching response of chains of hundreds of monomers and different topology. We find that the ratio of the knotted and unknotted chain extensions varies nonmonotonically with the applied force. This surprising feature is shown to be a signature of the crossover between the well-known high-force stretching regime and the previously uncharacterized low-force one. The observed differences of knotted and unknotted chain response increases with knot complexity and are sufficiently marked that they could be harnessed in single-molecule contexts to infer the presence and complexity of physical knots in micron-long biomolecules.

  16. Brownian Dynamics Simulations of Flow Induced Conformation of Single Polymer Chains

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    Oztekin, Alparslan; Webb, Edward; Zhang, Frank; Cheng, Xuanhong

    2012-11-01

    Coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation of single polymer chains is conducted to examine flow induced conformational changes of single polymer chains in shear and extensional flows. Dynamic properties of polymeric molecules are described using bead-spring models; these models put coarse grain groups of atoms into single particles, connected to adjacent particles via spring like interactions. A common representation of the bonded interaction, or spring, is given by the Finitely Extensible Non-linear Elastic model. The constants used in the model are determined form single-molecule force spectroscopic experiments. Simulations and experiments will help to achieve a clear picture of how von Willebrand Factor, a blood clotting protein, model system for flow-induced activation, achieves flow sensing at the single protein/polymer level. The model includes bead-bead interactions, hydrodynamic interaction, the volume of the beads and spring-spring interaction for finitely extensible dumbbell and other spring models. The effects of walls on the dynamics of polymer chains are also presented. The results are presented for various chain lengths and flow conditions. Hydrodynamic interaction and the presence of wall have strong influences on the dynamics of the polymer chain.

  17. Tribochemical synthesis of nano-lubricant films from adsorbed molecules at sliding solid interface: Tribo-polymers from α-pinene, pinane, and n-decane

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    He, Xin; Barthel, Anthony J.; Kim, Seong H.

    2016-06-01

    The mechanochemical reactions of adsorbed molecules at sliding interfaces were studied for α-pinene (C10H16), pinane (C10H18), and n-decane (C10H22) on a stainless steel substrate surface. During vapor phase lubrication, molecules adsorbed at the sliding interface could be activated by mechanical shear. Under the equilibrium adsorption condition of these molecules, the friction coefficient of sliding steel surfaces was about 0.2 and a polymeric film was tribochemically produced. The synthesis yield of α-pinene tribo-polymers was about twice as much as pinane tribo-polymers. In contrast to these strained bicyclic hydrocarbons, n-decane showed much weaker activity for tribo-polymerization at the same mechanical shear condition. These results suggested that the mechanical shear at tribological interfaces could induce the opening of the strained ring structure of α-pinene and pinane, which leads to polymerization of adsorbed molecules at the sliding track. On a stainless steel surface, such polymerization reactions of adsorbed molecules do not occur under typical surface reaction conditions. The mechanical properties and boundary lubrication efficiency of the produced tribo-polymer films are discussed.

  18. Parallelized event chain algorithm for dense hard sphere and polymer systems

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    Kampmann, Tobias A. Boltz, Horst-Holger; Kierfeld, Jan

    2015-01-15

    We combine parallelization and cluster Monte Carlo for hard sphere systems and present a parallelized event chain algorithm for the hard disk system in two dimensions. For parallelization we use a spatial partitioning approach into simulation cells. We find that it is crucial for correctness to ensure detailed balance on the level of Monte Carlo sweeps by drawing the starting sphere of event chains within each simulation cell with replacement. We analyze the performance gains for the parallelized event chain and find a criterion for an optimal degree of parallelization. Because of the cluster nature of event chain moves massive parallelization will not be optimal. Finally, we discuss first applications of the event chain algorithm to dense polymer systems, i.e., bundle-forming solutions of attractive semiflexible polymers.

  19. FTIR spectroscopy and thermodynamics of hydrogen adsorbed in a cross-linked polymer.

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    Spoto, Giuseppe; Vitillo, Jenny G; Cocina, Donato; Damin, Alessandro; Bonino, Francesca; Zecchina, Adriano

    2007-09-28

    The adsorption of H(2) in a cross-linked poly(styrene-co-divinylbenzene) (St-DVB) microporous polymer (BET surface area 920 m(2) g(-1)) is studied by volumetric and gravimetric methods, FTIR spectroscopy at variable temperature (300-14 K) and ab initio calculations. At 77 K the polymer reversibly stores up to 1.3 mass% H(2) at a pressure of 1 bar and 1.8 mass% at 10 bar. The adsorption process involves the specific interaction of H(2) with the structural phenyl rings through weak dispersive forces. The interacting molecules become IR active and give rise to vibrational and rotational-vibrational manifestations which are affected by the temperature, the contact time and the H(2) equilibrium pressure. The spectra of the H(2)/St-DVB system reported here represent the first IR evidence of the adsorption of hydrogen on unsaturated molecules. The adsorption enthalpy is evaluated by the VTIR (variable temperature IR spectroscopy) method (C. Otero Areán et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2007, DOI: 10.1039/b615535a) and compared with the results of ab initio calculations for the H(2)/benzene interaction and with literature data.

  20. Adsorbed serum albumin is permissive to macrophage attachment to perfluorocarbon polymer surfaces in culture.

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    Godek, M L; Michel, R; Chamberlain, L M; Castner, D G; Grainger, D W

    2009-02-01

    Monocyte/macrophage adhesion to biomaterials, correlated with foreign body response, occurs through protein-mediated surface interactions. Albumin-selective perfluorocarbon (FC) biomaterials are generally poorly cell-conducive because of insufficient receptor-mediated surface interactions, but macrophages bind to albumin-coated substrates and also preferentially to highly hydrophobic fluorinated surfaces. Bone marrow macrophages (BMMO) and IC-21, RAW 264.7, and J774A.1 monocyte/macrophage cells were cultured on FC surfaces. Protein deposition onto two distinct FC surfaces from complex and single-component solutions was tracked using fluorescence and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) methods. Cell adhesion and growth on protein pretreated substrates were compared by light microscopy. Flow cytometry and integrin-directed antibody receptor blocking were used to assess integrins critical for monocyte/macrophage adhesion in vitro. Albumin predominantly adsorbs onto both FC surfaces from 10% serum. In cultures preadsorbed with albumin or serum-dilutions, BMMO responded similar to IC-21 at early time points. Compared with Teflon AF, plasma-polymerized FC was less permissive to extended cell proliferation. The beta(2) integrins play major roles in macrophage adhesion to FC surfaces: antibody blocking significantly disrupted cell adhesion. Albumin-mediated cell adhesion mechanisms to FC surfaces could not be clarified. Primary BMMO and secondary IC-21 macrophages behave similarly on FC surfaces, regardless of preadsorbed protein biasing, with respect to adhesion, cell morphology, motility, and proliferation. PMID:18306309

  1. High-order sampling schemes for path integrals and Gaussian chain simulations of polymers

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    Müser, Martin H.; Müller, Marcus

    2015-05-07

    In this work, we demonstrate that path-integral schemes, derived in the context of many-body quantum systems, benefit the simulation of Gaussian chains representing polymers. Specifically, we show how to decrease discretization corrections with little extra computation from the usual O(1/P{sup 2}) to O(1/P{sup 4}), where P is the number of beads representing the chains. As a consequence, high-order integrators necessitate much smaller P than those commonly used. Particular emphasis is placed on the questions of how to maintain this rate of convergence for open polymers and for polymers confined by a hard wall as well as how to ensure efficient sampling. The advantages of the high-order sampling schemes are illustrated by studying the surface tension of a polymer melt and the interface tension in a binary homopolymers blend.

  2. NMR observation of rotory conformers in flexible-chain polymers

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    Sadykov, R.K.; Makhiyanov, N.; Kurbatov, V.A.; Savel'ev, V.S.; Kirpichnikov, P.A.

    1987-08-01

    The authors conduct a comprehensive line analysis of the NMR spectra of a number of polymers, including cis-1,4-polyisoprenes, cis-1-4-polybutadiene, polyisobutylene, and polyethylene, in a deuterated benzene solvent. Data are given on hyperfine structure and spin-spin coupling constants along with conformational behavior and a negative Overhauser effect observed in the isomers.

  3. Chain-length dependence of the dissociation dynamics of oriented molecular adsorbates: n-alkyl bromides on GaAs(110)

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    Khan, K.A.; Camillone, N. III; Osgood, R.M. Jr.

    1999-07-01

    Brominated hydrocarbons adsorbed on semiconductor surfaces serve as ideal model systems for investigating the photoinduced chemistry of oriented molecules in the condensed phase. Under UV irradiation these adsorbates dissociate via attachment of photoexcited substrate electrons giving rise to energetic alkyl and surface-bound bromine fragments. In this report the authors describe the effect on the fragmentation dynamics due to systematic variation of the complexity (alkyl chain length) of the adsorbate. Increasing the length of the alkyl chain leads to distinct changes in the alkyl fragment angular distributions. For methyl bromide, the angular distribution is dominated by a focused beam of directly ejected hyperthermal methyl radicals at 44{degree} (in the [0{bar 1}] direction) from the surface normal. While a similar direct beam is observed for ethyl and propyl bromide, inelastic scattering of these fragments is found to result in increased importance of a slower diffuse cos{sup n} {theta} desorption. In addition, significant retention of alkyl fragments is detected by postirradiation thermal desorption measurements for these longer-chain homologues. Increasing the number of degrees of freedom of the adsorbate is also observed to dramatically alter the energetics of the ejection of the photofragments from the surface. As the number of carbons in the fragment is increased from one to three, the average energy of the directly ejected radicals decreases from 1.48 to 1.1 to 0.69 eV (UV incident at {lambda} = 193 nm). Variations in the energy and angular distributions are discussed in terms of initial adsorbate orientation, energy partitioning into rovibrational modes, and influence of radical-surface interactions.

  4. Ultrafast photogeneration of charged polarons on conjugated polymer chains in dilute solution

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    Miranda, Paulo B.; Moses, Daniel; Heeger, Alan J.

    2004-08-01

    Ultrafast photoinduced absorption by infrared-active vibrational modes is used to study the photogeneration of polarons on semiconducting polymer chains in dilute solutions and in solid films of a soluble derivative of poly(para-phenylene vinylene). In dilute solutions, polaron pairs are photogenerated on the conjugated polymer within less than 250fs with quantum efficiencies ϕch˜3% , about one-third of that for solid films of the same polymer. The excitation spectra of ϕch for both solutions and films show that ϕch is weakly dependent on photon energy between 2.2eV (the onset of absorption) and 4.7eV . The recombination dynamics of polarons is very fast and highly dependent on the excitation density for polymer films, but it is significantly slower and less sensitive to pump intensity for the semiconducting polymer in dilute solution. We conclude that the positive and negative polarons on a single chain in solution are typically separated by hundreds of monomer repeat units and that their one-dimensional diffusion along the chain is inhibited by the intervening excitons. This, together with the suppression of interchain recombination, explains the surprisingly slower polaron recombination in isolated chains.

  5. Tailoring Thermal Conductivity of Single-stranded Carbon-chain Polymers through Atomic Mass Modification

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    Liao, Quanwen; Zeng, Lingping; Liu, Zhichun; Liu, Wei

    2016-01-01

    Tailoring the thermal conductivity of polymers is central to enlarge their applications in the thermal management of flexible integrated circuits. Progress has been made over the past decade by fabricating materials with various nanostructures, but a clear relationship between various functional groups and thermal properties of polymers remains to be established. Here, we numerically study the thermal conductivity of single-stranded carbon-chain polymers with multiple substituents of hydrogen atoms through atomic mass modification. We find that their thermal conductivity can be tuned by atomic mass modifications as revealed through molecular dynamics simulations. The simulation results suggest that heavy homogeneous substituents do not assist heat transport and trace amounts of heavy substituents can in fact hinder heat transport substantially. Our analysis indicates that carbon chain has the biggest contribution (over 80%) to the thermal conduction in single-stranded carbon-chain polymers. We further demonstrate that atomic mass modifications influence the phonon bands of bonding carbon atoms, and the discrepancies of phonon bands between carbon atoms are responsible for the remarkable drops in thermal conductivity and large thermal resistances in carbon chains. Our study provides fundamental insight into how to tailor the thermal conductivity of polymers through variable substituents. PMID:27713563

  6. Disorder, pre-stress and non-affinity in polymer 8-chain models

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    Cioroianu, Adrian R.; Spiesz, Ewa M.; Storm, Cornelis

    2016-04-01

    To assess the role of single-chain elasticity, non-affine strain fields and pre-stressed reference states we present and discuss the results of numerical and analytical analyses of a modified 8-chain Arruda-Boyce model for cross-linked polymer networks. This class of models has proved highly successful in modeling the finite-strain response of flexible rubbers. We extend it to include the effects of spatial disorder and the associated non-affinity, and use it to assess the validity of replacing the constituent chain's nonlinear elastic response with equivalent linear, Hookean springs. Surprisingly, we find that even in the regime of linear response, the full polymer model gives very different results from its linearized counterpart, even though none of the chains are stretched beyond their linear regime. We demonstrate that this effect is due to the fact that the polymer models are under considerable pre-stress in their ground state. We show that pre-stress strongly suppresses non-affinity in these unit cell models, resulting in a marked stiffening of the bulk response. Polymer networks with some degree of flexibility are thus intrinsically prestressed, and one effect of such prestresses is to reduce non-affine deformations. Combined, these findings may help explain why fully affine mechanical models, in many cases, predict the bulk mechanical response of disordered polymer networks so well.

  7. Dependence of crystallite formation and preferential backbone orientations on the side chain pattern in PBDTTPD polymers.

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    El Labban, Abdulrahman; Warnan, Julien; Cabanetos, Clément; Ratel, Olivier; Tassone, Christopher; Toney, Michael F; Beaujuge, Pierre M

    2014-11-26

    Alkyl substituents appended to the π-conjugated main chain account for the solution-processability and film-forming properties of most π-conjugated polymers for organic electronic device applications, including field-effect transistors (FETs) and bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells. Beyond film-forming properties, recent work has emphasized the determining role that side-chain substituents play on polymer self-assembly and thin-film nanostructural order, and, in turn, on device performance. However, the factors that determine polymer crystallite orientation in thin-films, implying preferential backbone orientation relative to the device substrate, are a matter of some debate, and these structural changes remain difficult to anticipate. In this report, we show how systematic changes in the side-chain pattern of poly(benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene-alt-thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione) (PBDTTPD) polymers can (i) influence the propensity of the polymer to order in the π-stacking direction, and (ii) direct the preferential orientation of the polymer crystallites in thin films (e.g., "face-on" vs "edge-on"). Oriented crystallites, specifically crystallites that are well-ordered in the π-stacking direction, are believed to be a key contributor to improved thin-film device performance in both FETs and BHJ solar cells. PMID:25347287

  8. Synthesis and characterisation of new types of side chain cholesteryl polymers.

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    Wang, Bin; Du, Haiyan; Zhang, Junhua

    2011-01-01

    A series of cholesterol derivatives have been synthesised via the alkylation reaction of the 3-hydroxyl group with the aliphatic bromide compounds with different chain lengths, namely 3β-alkyloxy-cholesterol. The double bond between the C5 and C6 positions in these cholesterol derivatives was oxidised into epoxy, followed by an epoxy-ring-opening reaction with the treatment with acrylic acid, resulting in a series of 3β-alkyloxy-5α-hydroxy-6β-acryloyloxycholesterol, C(n)OCh (n=1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12), The acrylate group is connected to the C6 position, which is confirmed by the single crystal structure analysis. The corresponding polymers, PC(n)OCh, were prepared via free radical polymerisation. The structure of monomers and the resulting polymers were characterised with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The thermal properties of PC(n)OCh were studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). To determine the secondary structure of polymers, circular dichroism (CD) spectra were performed. It was found that not all monomers produce high-molecular-weight polymers because of steric hindrance. However, all polymers have a helical structure, which can be enhanced by increasing the alkoxy chain length. In addition, increasing the alkoxy chain length decreases the glass transition temperature and increases the decomposition temperature of the polymers. PMID:21070795

  9. Synthesis and characterisation of new types of side chain cholesteryl polymers.

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    Wang, Bin; Du, Haiyan; Zhang, Junhua

    2011-01-01

    A series of cholesterol derivatives have been synthesised via the alkylation reaction of the 3-hydroxyl group with the aliphatic bromide compounds with different chain lengths, namely 3β-alkyloxy-cholesterol. The double bond between the C5 and C6 positions in these cholesterol derivatives was oxidised into epoxy, followed by an epoxy-ring-opening reaction with the treatment with acrylic acid, resulting in a series of 3β-alkyloxy-5α-hydroxy-6β-acryloyloxycholesterol, C(n)OCh (n=1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12), The acrylate group is connected to the C6 position, which is confirmed by the single crystal structure analysis. The corresponding polymers, PC(n)OCh, were prepared via free radical polymerisation. The structure of monomers and the resulting polymers were characterised with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The thermal properties of PC(n)OCh were studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). To determine the secondary structure of polymers, circular dichroism (CD) spectra were performed. It was found that not all monomers produce high-molecular-weight polymers because of steric hindrance. However, all polymers have a helical structure, which can be enhanced by increasing the alkoxy chain length. In addition, increasing the alkoxy chain length decreases the glass transition temperature and increases the decomposition temperature of the polymers.

  10. Main-chain smectic liquid-crystalline polymers as randomly disordered systems.

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    Muresan, A S; Ostrovskii, B I; Sánchez-Ferrer, A; Finkelmann, H; de Jeu, W H

    2006-04-01

    We report a high-resolution X-ray lineshape study of main-chain smectic polymers. The results indicate that the layer ordering differs fundamentally from the algebraic decay typical for other smectic liquid-crystalline systems. The lineshapes are best described by broad squared Lorentzians indicating some form of short-range correlations. However, several higher harmonics are observed, which excludes simple liquid-like short-range order. This behaviour is tentatively attributed to a random field of defects associated with entangled hairpins in the main-chain polymer structure.

  11. High basicity adsorbents from solid residue of cellulose and synthetic polymer co-pyrolysis for phenol removal: Kinetics and mechanism

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    Lorenc-Grabowska, Ewa; Rutkowski, Piotr

    2014-10-01

    The activated carbons (ACs) produced from solid residue of cellulose and synthetic polymer co-pyrolysis (CACs) and commercial activated carbon from coconut shell (GC) were used for phenol removal. The adsorption kinetics and mechanism were investigated. All studied activated carbons are predominantly microporous and are characterized by basic surface characteristics. Surface area SBET varies between 1235 and 1499 m2/g, whereas the pHPZC changes from 7.70 to 10.63. The bath adsorption of phenol (P) was carried out at ambient temperature. The equilibrium time and equilibrium sorption capacity were determined. It was found that the boundary layer effect is bigger in AC with high basic characteristics of the surface. The rate controlling step is the intraparticle diffusion in CACs only, whereas in ACs with higher amount of acidic functionalities the adsorbate-surface interaction influences the rate of kinetic as well. The equilibrium isotherms are L2 type for commercial AC and L4 for CACs. The CACs are characterized by very high adsorption capacity that vary between 312 and 417 mg/g. The main mechanism of phenol adsorption is micropore filling within pores smaller than 1.4 nm. In the absence of solvent effect further adsorption of phenol on CACs takes place. The enhanced adsorption is due to dispersive/repulsive interaction induced by oxygen functionalities.

  12. Exploring Molecular Dimension and Trajectory of Polymer Chains Embedded in Single Crystals

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    Hong, Youlee; Miyoshi, Toshikazu

    2015-03-01

    Semicrystalline polymers are crystallized as folded chains in thin lamellae of ca. 5-20 nm from random coils in the melt and solution states.. Even though there are continuous efforts on understanding of crystallization mechanisms at molecular levels for understanding of crystallization mechanism of polymers at molecular levels, the fundamental questions - when, where, and how do semicrystalline polymers fold during crystallization?- have not been clarified due to experimental limitations. Recently, we developed a novel strategy to access chain trajectory of semi-crystalline polymers using 13C -13C double Quantum (DQ) NMR. In this work, we recently investigated determined molecular dimension as well as chain-trajectory of 13C CH3-labeled isotactic poly(1-butene) (iPB1) in form III chiral single crystals blended with nonlabeled iPB1 crystallized under low supercooling, using solid-state NMR. Comparisons of 13C -13C double quantum (DQ) NMR results at multiple sites with spin dynamics simulation revealed individual chains form the three dimensional nanoclusters via folding. This result supports proves two step process of i) cluster formation by chain-folding the prestage of crystallization. and ii) depositions of the cluster on the growth front of single crystal. National Science Foundation.

  13. Recent advances in metathesis-derived polymers containing transition metals in the side chain

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    Demonceau, Albert; Fischer, Helmut

    2015-01-01

    Summary This account critically surveys the field of side-chain transition metal-containing polymers as prepared by controlled living ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of the respective metal-incorporating monomers. Ferrocene- and other metallocene-modified polymers, macromolecules including metal-carbonyl complexes, polymers tethering early or late transition metal complexes, etc. are herein discussed. Recent advances in the design and syntheses reported mainly during the last three years are highlighted, with special emphasis on new trends for superior applications of these hybrid materials. PMID:26877797

  14. Single polymer chains in poor solvent: Using the bond fluctuation method with explicit solvent

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    Jentzsch, Christoph; Werner, Marco; Sommer, Jens-Uwe

    2013-03-01

    We use the bond fluctuation model with explicit solvent to study single polymer chains under poor solvent conditions. Static and dynamic properties of the bond fluctuation model with explicit solvent are compared with the implicit solvent model, and the Θ-temperatures are determined for both solvent models. We show that even in the very poor solvent regime, dynamics is not frozen for the explicit solvent model. We investigate some aspects of the structure of a single collapsed globule and show that rather large chain lengths are necessary to reach the scaling regime of a dense sphere. The force-extension curve of a single polymer chain under poor solvent conditions in the fixed end-to-end distance ensemble is analyzed. We find that the transition of the tadpole conformation to the stretched chain conformation is rather smooth because of fluctuation effects, which is in agreement with recent experimental results.

  15. Gene analysis of multiple oral bacteria by the polymerase chain reaction coupled with capillary polymer electrophoresis.

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    Liu, Chenchen; Yamaguchi, Yoshinori; Sekine, Shinichi; Ni, Yi; Li, Zhenqing; Zhu, Xifang; Dou, Xiaoming

    2016-03-01

    Capillary polymer electrophoresis is identified as a promising technology for the analysis of DNA from bacteria, virus and cell samples. In this paper, we propose an innovative capillary polymer electrophoresis protocol for the quantification of polymerase chain reaction products. The internal standard method was modified and applied to capillary polymer electrophoresis. The precision of our modified internal standard protocol was evaluated by measuring the relative standard deviation of intermediate capillary polymer electrophoresis experiments. Results showed that the relative standard deviation was reduced from 12.4-15.1 to 0.6-2.3%. Linear regression tests were also implemented to validate our protocol. The modified internal standard method showed good linearity and robust properties. Finally, the ease of our method was illustrated by analyzing a real clinical oral sample using a one-run capillary polymer electrophoresis experiment. PMID:26648455

  16. Distortion of chain conformation and reduced entanglement in polymer-graphene oxide nanocomposites

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    Weir, Michael; Boothroyd, Stephen; Johnson, David; Thompson, Richard; Coleman, Karl; Clarke, Nigel

    Graphene and related two-dimensional materials are excellent candidates as filler materials in polymer nanocomposites due to their extraordinary physical properties and high aspect ratio. To explore the mechanism by which the filler affects the bulk properties of these unique systems, and to build understanding from the macromolecular level upwards, we use a combination of small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and oscillatory rheology. Where a good dispersion is achieved in poly(methyl methacrylate)-graphene oxide (PMMA-GO) nanocomposites, we observe a reduction in the polymer radius of gyration with increasing GO concentration that is consistent with the predicted behavior of polymer melt chains at a solid interface. We use concepts from thin-film polymer physics to formulate a scaling relation for the reduction in entanglements caused by the GO interfaces. Using these scaling arguments, we utilize SANS results to directly estimate the changes to the elastic plateau modulus of the network of entangled polymer chains, and find a correlation with the measured bulk rheology. We present a direct link between interfacial confinement effects and the bulk polymer nanocomposite properties, whilst demonstrating a model system for measuring thin film polymer physics in the bulk.

  17. Synthesis, Development, and Testing of High-Surface-Area Polymer-Based Adsorbents for the Selective Recovery of Uranium from Seawater

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    Oyola, Yatsandra; Janke, Christopher J.; Dai, Sheng

    2016-02-29

    The ocean contains uranium with an approximate concentration of 3.34 ppb, which can serve as an incredible supply source to sustain nuclear energy in the United States. Unfortunately, technology currently available to recover uranium from seawater is not efficient enough and mining uranium on land is still more economical. For this study, we have developed polymer-based adsorbents with high uranium adsorption capacities by grafting amidoxime onto high-surface-area polyethylene (PE) fibers. Various process conditions have been screened, in combination with developing a rapid testing protocol (<24 h), to optimize the process. These adsorbents are synthesized through radiation-induced grafting of acrylonitrile (AN)more » and methacrylic acid (MAA) onto PE fibers, followed by the conversion of nitriles to amidoximes and basic conditioning. In addition, the uranium adsorption capacity, measured in units of gU/kgads, is greatly increased by reducing the diameter of the PE fiber or changing its morphology. An increase in the surface area of the PE polymer fiber allows for more grafting sites that are positioned in more-accessible locations, thereby increasing access to grafted molecules that would normally be located in the interior of a fiber with a larger diameter. Polymer fibers with hollow morphologies are able to adsorb beyond 1 order of magnitude more uranium from simulated seawater than current commercially available adsorbents. Finally, several high-surface-area fibers were tested in natural seawater and were able to extract 5–7 times more uranium than any adsorbent reported to date.« less

  18. Correlation functions of main-chain polymer nematics constrained by tensorial and vectorial conservation laws.

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    Svenšek, Daniel; Podgornik, Rudolf

    2015-09-21

    We present and analyze correlation functions of a main-chain polymer nematic in a continuum worm-like chain description for two types of constraints formalized by the tensorial and vectorial conservation laws, both originating in the microscopic chain integrity, i.e., the connectivity of the polymer chains. In particular, our aim is to identify the features of the correlation functions that are most susceptible to the differences between the two constraints. Besides the density and director autocorrelations in both the tensorial and vectorial cases, we calculate also the density-director correlation functions, the latter being a direct signature of the presence of a specific constraint. Its amplitude is connected to the strength of the constraint and is zero if none of the constraints are present, i.e., for a standard non-polymeric nematic. Generally, the correlation functions with the constraints differ substantially from the correlation functions in the non-polymeric case, if the constraints are strong which in practice requires long chains. Moreover, for the tensorial conservation law to be well distinguishable from the vectorial one, the chain persistence length should be much smaller than the total length of the chain, so that hairpins (chain backfolding) are numerous and the polar order is small. PMID:26395733

  19. Correlation functions of main-chain polymer nematics constrained by tensorial and vectorial conservation laws.

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    Svenšek, Daniel; Podgornik, Rudolf

    2015-09-21

    We present and analyze correlation functions of a main-chain polymer nematic in a continuum worm-like chain description for two types of constraints formalized by the tensorial and vectorial conservation laws, both originating in the microscopic chain integrity, i.e., the connectivity of the polymer chains. In particular, our aim is to identify the features of the correlation functions that are most susceptible to the differences between the two constraints. Besides the density and director autocorrelations in both the tensorial and vectorial cases, we calculate also the density-director correlation functions, the latter being a direct signature of the presence of a specific constraint. Its amplitude is connected to the strength of the constraint and is zero if none of the constraints are present, i.e., for a standard non-polymeric nematic. Generally, the correlation functions with the constraints differ substantially from the correlation functions in the non-polymeric case, if the constraints are strong which in practice requires long chains. Moreover, for the tensorial conservation law to be well distinguishable from the vectorial one, the chain persistence length should be much smaller than the total length of the chain, so that hairpins (chain backfolding) are numerous and the polar order is small.

  20. Z-Group ketone chain transfer agents for RAFT polymer nanoparticle modification via hydrazone conjugation

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    Bandyopadhyay, Saibal; Xia, Xin; Maiseiyeu, Andrei; Mihai, Georgeta; Rajagopalan, Sanjay

    2012-01-01

    A ketal-containing trithiocarbonyl compound has been synthesized and characterized as a chain transfer agent (CTA) in Reversible Addition Fragmentation Transfer (RAFT) polymerization. The ketal functionality does not interfere with RAFT polymerization of acrylate monomers, which proceeds as previously reported to yield macro-CTA polymers and block co-polymers. Post-polymerization ketal cleavage revealed ketone functionality at the polar terminus of an amphiphilic block co-polymer. Hydrazone-formation was facile in both organic solution as well as in aqueous buffer where polymer nanoparticle assemblies were formed, indicating a conjugation/end-functionalization yield of 40–50%. Conjugation was verified with fluorescein, biotin and Gd-DOTA derivatives, and though the trithiocarbonate linkage is hydrolytically labile, we observed stable conjugation for several days at pH 7.4. and 37°C. As expected, streptavidin binding to biotinylated polymer micelles was observed, and size-change based relaxivity increases were observed when Gd-DOTA hydrazide was conjugated to polymer micelles. Cell-uptake of fluorescently labeled polymer micelles was also readily tracked by FACS and fluorescence microscopy. These polymer derivatives demonstrate a range of potential theranostic/biotechnological applications for this conveniently accessible keto-CTA, which include ligand-based nanoparticle targeting and fluorescent/MR nanoparticle contrast agents. PMID:23148126

  1. Influence of alkyl chain length on the surface activity of antibacterial polymers derived from ROMP.

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    Altay, Esra; Yapaöz, Melda Altıkatoğlu; Keskin, Bahadır; Yucesan, Gundoğ; Eren, Tarik

    2015-03-01

    The purpose of this study is to understand the antibacterial properties of cationic polymers on solid surfaces by investigating the structure-activity relationships. The polymer synthesis was carried via ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of oxanorbornene derivatives. Modulation of molecular weights and alkyl chain lengths of the polymers were studied to investigate the antibacterial properties on the glass surface. Fluorescein (Na salt) staining contact angle measurements were used to characterize the positive charge density and hydrophobicity on the polymer coated surfaces. Positive charge density for the surface coated polymers with molecular weights of 3000 and 10,000 g mol(-1) is observed to be in the range of 2.3-28.5 nmol cm(-2). The ROMP based cationic pyridinium polymer with hexyl unit exhibited the highest bactericidal efficiency against Escherichia coli on solid surface killing 99% of the bacteria in 5 min. However, phenyl and octyl functionalized quaternary pyridinium groups exhibited lower biocidal properties on the solid surfaces compared to their solution phase biocidal properties. Studying the effect of threshold polymer concentrations on the antibacterial properties indicated that changing the concentrations of polymer coatings on the solid surface dramatically influences antibacterial efficiency.

  2. Side-chain engineering of benzodithiophene-fluorinated quinoxaline low-band-gap co-polymers for high-performance polymer solar cells.

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    Xu, Xiaopeng; Wu, Yulei; Fang, Junfeng; Li, Zuojia; Wang, Zhenguo; Li, Ying; Peng, Qiang

    2014-10-01

    A new series of donor-acceptor co-polymers based on benzodithiophene and quinoxaline with various side chains have been developed for polymer solar cells. The effect of the degree of branching and dimensionality of the side chains were systematically investigated on the thermal stability, optical absorption, energy levels, molecular packing, and photovoltaic performance of the resulting co-polymers. The results indicated that the linear and 2D conjugated side chains improved the thermal stabilities and optical absorptions. The introduction of alkylthienyl side chains could efficiently lower the energy levels compared with the alkoxyl-substituted analogues, and the branched alkoxyl side chains could deepen the HOMO levels relative to the linear alkoxyl chains. The branched alkoxyl groups induced better lamellar-like ordering, but poorer face-to-face packing behavior. The 2D conjugated side chains had a negative influence on the crystalline properties of the co-polymers. The performance of the devices indicated that the branched alkoxyl side chains improved the Voc, but decreased the Jsc and fill factor (FF). However, the 2D conjugated side chains would increase the Voc, Jsc, and FF simultaneously. For the first time, our work provides insight into molecular design strategies through side-chain engineering to achieve efficient polymer solar cells by considering both the degree of branching and dimensionality.

  3. Observation of shear-induced nematic-isotropic transition in side-chain liquid crystal polymers

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    Pujolle-Robic, Caroline; Noirez, Laurence

    2001-01-01

    Flow-induced phase transitions are a fundamental (but poorly understood) property of non-equilibrium systems, and are also of practical importance for tuning the processing conditions for plastics, petroleum products, and other related materials. Recognition that polymers may exhibit liquid crystal properties has led to the discovery of the first tailored side-chain liquid crystal polymers (SCLCPs), which are formed by inserting a spacer between the main polymer chain and the lateral mesogen liquid-crystalline graftings. Subsequent research has sought to understand the nature of the coupling between the main polymer chain and the mesogens, with a view to obtaining better control of the properties of these tailored structures. We show here that the parallel or perpendicular orientation of the mesogens with respect to the main chain can be reversed by the application of an external field produced by a shear flow, demonstrating the existence of an isotropic nematic phase transition in SCLCPs. Such a transition, which was theoretically predicted for low-molecular-weight liquid crystals but never observed, is shown to be a general property of SCLCPs too. We expect that these SCLCPs will prove to be good candidate systems for the experimental study of these non-equilibrium phenomena.

  4. Role of Chain Morphology and Stiffness in Thermal Conductivity of Amorphous Polymers.

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    Zhang, Teng; Luo, Tengfei

    2016-02-01

    Designing thermally conductive polymer is of scientific interest and practical importance for applications like thermal interface materials, electronics packing, and plastic heat exchangers. In this work, we study the fundamental relationship between the molecular morphology and thermal conductivity in bulk amorphous polymers. We use polyethylene as a model system and performed systematic parametric study in molecular dynamics simulations. We find that the thermal conductivity is a strong function of the radius of gyration of the molecular chains, which is further correlated to persistence length, an intrinsic property of the molecule that characterizes molecular stiffness. Larger persistence length can lead to more extended chain morphology and thus higher thermal conductivity. Further thermal conductivity decomposition analysis shows that thermal transport through covalent bonds dominates the effective thermal conductivity over other contributions from nonbonded interactions (van der Waals) and translation of molecules disregarding the morphology. As a result, the more extended chains due to larger persistence length provide longer spatial paths for heat to transfer efficiently and thus lead to higher thermal conductivity. In addition, rigid rod-like polymers with very large persistence length tend to spontaneously crystallize and form orientated chains, leading to a thermal conductivity increase by more than 1 order of magnitude. Our results will provide important insights into the design of thermally conductive amorphous polymers. PMID:26751002

  5. Novel Fluorinated Polymers Containing Short Perfluorobutyl Side Chains and Their Super Wetting Performance on Diverse Substrates.

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    Jiang, Jingxian; Zhang, Guangfa; Wang, Qiongyan; Zhang, Qinghua; Zhan, Xiaoli; Chen, Fengqiu

    2016-04-27

    Because the emission of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was completely prohibited in 2015, the widely used poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances with long perfluoroalkyl groups must be substituted by environmentally friendly alternatives. In this study, one kind of potential alternative (i.e., fluorinated polymers with short perfluorobutyl side chains) has been synthesized from the prepared monomers {i.e., (perfluorobutyl)ethyl acrylate (C4A), (perfluorobutyl)ethyl methacrylate (C4MA), 2-[[[[2-(perfluorobutyl)]sulfonyl]methyl]amino]ethyl acrylate (C4SA), and methacrylate (C4SMA)}, and the microstructure, super wetting performance, and applications of the synthesized fluorinated polymers were systematically investigated. The thermal and crystallization behaviors of the fluoropolymer films were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry and wide-angle X-ray diffraction analysis, respectively. Dynamic water-repellent models were constructed. The stable low surface energy and dynamic water- and oil-repellent properties of these synthesized fluorinated polymers with short perfluorobutyl side chains were attributed to the synergetic effect of amorphous fluorinated side chains in perfluoroalkyl acrylate and crystalline hydrocarbon pendant groups in stearyl acrylate. Outstanding water- and oil-repellent properties of fabrics and any other substrates could be achieved by a facile dip-coating treatment using a fluorinated copolymer dispersion. As a result, we believe that our prepared fluorinated copolymers are potential candidates to replace the fluoroalkylated polymers with long perfluorinated chains in nonstick and self-cleaning applications in our daily life. PMID:27052113

  6. Role of Chain Morphology and Stiffness in Thermal Conductivity of Amorphous Polymers.

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    Zhang, Teng; Luo, Tengfei

    2016-02-01

    Designing thermally conductive polymer is of scientific interest and practical importance for applications like thermal interface materials, electronics packing, and plastic heat exchangers. In this work, we study the fundamental relationship between the molecular morphology and thermal conductivity in bulk amorphous polymers. We use polyethylene as a model system and performed systematic parametric study in molecular dynamics simulations. We find that the thermal conductivity is a strong function of the radius of gyration of the molecular chains, which is further correlated to persistence length, an intrinsic property of the molecule that characterizes molecular stiffness. Larger persistence length can lead to more extended chain morphology and thus higher thermal conductivity. Further thermal conductivity decomposition analysis shows that thermal transport through covalent bonds dominates the effective thermal conductivity over other contributions from nonbonded interactions (van der Waals) and translation of molecules disregarding the morphology. As a result, the more extended chains due to larger persistence length provide longer spatial paths for heat to transfer efficiently and thus lead to higher thermal conductivity. In addition, rigid rod-like polymers with very large persistence length tend to spontaneously crystallize and form orientated chains, leading to a thermal conductivity increase by more than 1 order of magnitude. Our results will provide important insights into the design of thermally conductive amorphous polymers.

  7. Main chain acid-degradable polymers for the delivery of bioactive materials

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    Frechet, Jean M. J.; Standley, Stephany M.; Jain, Rachna; Lee, Cameron C.

    2012-03-20

    Novel main chain acid degradable polymer backbones and drug delivery systems comprised of materials capable of delivering bioactive materials to cells for use as vaccines or other therapeutic agents are described. The polymers are synthesized using monomers that contain acid-degradable linkages cleavable under mild acidic conditions. The main chain of the resulting polymers readily degrade into many small molecules at low pH, but remain relatively stable and intact at physiological pH. The new materials have the common characteristic of being able to degrade by acid hydrolysis under conditions commonly found within the endosomal or lysosomal compartments of cells thereby releasing their payload within the cell. The materials can also be used for the delivery of therapeutics to the acidic regions of tumors and other sites of inflammation.

  8. Impact of systematic chain architecture changes on the glass transition and modulus of thin polymer films

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    Vogt, Bryan; Torres, Jessica; Stafford, Christopher; Register, Richard; Uhrig, David

    2012-02-01

    We will discuss two systems that significantly impact the thin film behavior with minor changes in chemistry and chain architecture. First, two polymers based on 5-(2-phenylethylnorbornene) are examined. Depending on the polymerization route chosen, the resulting polymer backbone is comprised of either bicyclic (norbornyl) units, which leads to a relatively rigid polymer with a high bulk Tg, or monocyclic (cyclopentyl) units, which leads to a more flexible structure with a lower bulk Tg. The modulus and Tg of the rigid bicyclic polymer is thickness independent down to <10 nm, whereas the modulus of the more flexible monocyclic polymer decreases with decreasing thickness. By hydrogenation of the pendant phenyl ring to the cyclohexyl counterpart, we illustrate that minor changes in the relative flexibility of the side chain do not impact the observed thin film behavior. Second, a series of polystyrene with controlled branching including linear, comb, 6-arm star and centipede. Based upon the molecular mass of the arms, the comb polymer has a significantly larger persistence length and interestingly exhibits only a modest decrease in Tg (9 K) at 5 nm, while the moduli is thickness independent.

  9. Molecular dynamics simulations of end-grafted centipede-like polymers with stiff charged side chains.

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    Cao, Q Q; Zuo, C C; Li, L J

    2010-05-01

    We use molecular dynamics simulations to investigate centipede-like polymers with stiff charged side chains, end-grafted to a planar wall. The effect of the grafting density and the Bjerrum length on the conformational behaviour of the brush is examined in detail. In addition, we make a comparison of centipede-like polyelectrolyte (CPE) brushes with neutral centipede-like polymer (NCP) and linear polyelectrolyte (LPE) brushes. At weak electrostatic interaction, the main chains of the CPE chains adopt a strongly stretched conformation, and the monomer density profiles of side chains exhibit a clear oscillatory behaviour. With increasing Bjerrum length, the CPE brush undergoes a collapse transition. Compared to the CPE brushes, the counterion condensation effect is stronger for the LPE brushes, regardless of whether the electrostatic interaction is weak or strong and of whether the grafting density is low or high. Additionally, it is shown that the architecture of the grafted chains makes a weak contribution to the counterion condensation at strong electrostatic interaction. We also find that the electrostatic repulsion between charged side chains can enhance the stiffness of the main chains and thus limit the range of movement of the free-end monomers.

  10. Intrinsic electrical conductivity of nanostructured metal-organic polymer chains.

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    Hermosa, Cristina; Vicente Álvarez, Jose; Azani, Mohammad-Reza; Gómez-García, Carlos J; Fritz, Michelle; Soler, Jose M; Gómez-Herrero, Julio; Gómez-Navarro, Cristina; Zamora, Félix

    2013-01-01

    One-dimensional conductive polymers are attractive materials because of their potential in flexible and transparent electronics. Despite years of research, on the macro- and nano-scale, structural disorder represents the major hurdle in achieving high conductivities. Here we report measurements of highly ordered metal-organic nanoribbons, whose intrinsic (defect-free) conductivity is found to be 10(4) S m(-1), three orders of magnitude higher than that of our macroscopic crystals. This magnitude is preserved for distances as large as 300 nm. Above this length, the presence of structural defects (~ 0.5%) gives rise to an inter-fibre-mediated charge transport similar to that of macroscopic crystals. We provide the first direct experimental evidence of the gapless electronic structure predicted for these compounds. Our results postulate metal-organic molecular wires as good metallic interconnectors in nanodevices.

  11. Entangled polymer chain melts: orientation and deformation dependent tube confinement and interchain entanglement elasticity

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    Sussman, Daniel; Schweizer, Kenneth

    2013-01-01

    The phenomenological reptation-tube model is based on a single chain perspective and was originally proposed to explain the remarkable viscoelastic properties of dense entangled polymer liquids. However, simulations over the last two decades have revealed a fundamental tension in the model: it assumes that bonded, single-chain backbone stresses are the sole polymer contribution to the slowly relaxing component of stress storage and elasticity, but mounting evidence suggests that at the local level of forces it is interchain contributions that dominate, as in simple liquids. Here we show that based on a chain model constructed at the level of self-consistently determined primitive paths, an explicit force-level treatment of the correlated intermolecular contributions to stress that arise from chain uncrossability can essentially quantitatively predict the entanglement plateau modulus associated with the soft rubbery response of polymer liquids. Analogies to transient localization and elasticity in glass-forming liquids are identified. Predictions for the effect of macroscopic deformation and anisotropic orientational order on the tube diameter are also made. Based on the interchain stress perspective the theory reproduces some aspects of the rheological response to shear and extensional deformations associated with the single chain tube model.

  12. Brownian dynamics simulations of a flexible polymer chain which includes continuous resistance and multibody hydrodynamic interactions.

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    Butler, Jason E; Shaqfeh, Eric S G

    2005-01-01

    Using methods adapted from the simulation of suspension dynamics, we have developed a Brownian dynamics algorithm with multibody hydrodynamic interactions for simulating the dynamics of polymer molecules. The polymer molecule is modeled as a chain composed of a series of inextensible, rigid rods with constraints at each joint to ensure continuity of the chain. The linear and rotational velocities of each segment of the polymer chain are described by the slender-body theory of Batchelor [J. Fluid Mech. 44, 419 (1970)]. To include hydrodynamic interactions between the segments of the chain, the line distribution of forces on each segment is approximated by making a Legendre polynomial expansion of the disturbance velocity on the segment, where the first two terms of the expansion are retained in the calculation. Thus, the resulting linear force distribution is specified by a center of mass force, couple, and stresslet on each segment. This method for calculating the hydrodynamic interactions has been successfully used to simulate the dynamics of noncolloidal suspensions of rigid fibers [O. G. Harlen, R. R. Sundararajakumar, and D. L. Koch, J. Fluid Mech. 388, 355 (1999); J. E. Butler and E. S. G. Shaqfeh, J. Fluid Mech. 468, 204 (2002)]. The longest relaxation time and center of mass diffusivity are among the quantities calculated with the simulation technique. Comparisons are made for different levels of approximation of the hydrodynamic interactions, including multibody interactions, two-body interactions, and the "freely draining" case with no interactions. For the short polymer chains studied in this paper, the results indicate a difference in the apparent scaling of diffusivity with polymer length for the multibody versus two-body level of approximation for the hydrodynamic interactions.

  13. Brownian dynamics simulations of a flexible polymer chain which includes continuous resistance and multibody hydrodynamic interactions

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    Butler, Jason E.; Shaqfeh, Eric S. G.

    2005-01-01

    Using methods adapted from the simulation of suspension dynamics, we have developed a Brownian dynamics algorithm with multibody hydrodynamic interactions for simulating the dynamics of polymer molecules. The polymer molecule is modeled as a chain composed of a series of inextensible, rigid rods with constraints at each joint to ensure continuity of the chain. The linear and rotational velocities of each segment of the polymer chain are described by the slender-body theory of Batchelor [J. Fluid Mech. 44, 419 (1970)]. To include hydrodynamic interactions between the segments of the chain, the line distribution of forces on each segment is approximated by making a Legendre polynomial expansion of the disturbance velocity on the segment, where the first two terms of the expansion are retained in the calculation. Thus, the resulting linear force distribution is specified by a center of mass force, couple, and stresslet on each segment. This method for calculating the hydrodynamic interactions has been successfully used to simulate the dynamics of noncolloidal suspensions of rigid fibers [O. G. Harlen, R. R. Sundararajakumar, and D. L. Koch, J. Fluid Mech. 388, 355 (1999); J. E. Butler and E. S. G. Shaqfeh, J. Fluid Mech. 468, 204 (2002)]. The longest relaxation time and center of mass diffusivity are among the quantities calculated with the simulation technique. Comparisons are made for different levels of approximation of the hydrodynamic interactions, including multibody interactions, two-body interactions, and the "freely draining" case with no interactions. For the short polymer chains studied in this paper, the results indicate a difference in the apparent scaling of diffusivity with polymer length for the multibody versus two-body level of approximation for the hydrodynamic interactions.

  14. Thermochromism of a Poly(phenylene vinylene): Untangling the Roles of Polymer Aggregate and Chain Conformation

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    Cotlet, M.; Wang, C.-C.; Gao, Y.; Shreve, A.P.; Zhong, C.; Wang, L.; Mudalige, K.; Wang, H.-L.

    2009-12-17

    We report reversible thermochromism of a conjugated polymer, poly{l_brace}2,5-bis[3-(N,N-diethylamino)-1-oxapropyl]-1,4-phenylenevinylene{r_brace} (DAO-PPV), in diluted solutions of toluene and 1,2-dichlorobenzene. By means of temperature- and solvent-dependent steady-state spectroscopy, picosecond time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy, and dynamic light scattering, we provide new insights into the role of polymer aggregates in defining the thermochromic behavior of PPVs. We find DAO-PPV to exhibit a low temperature state with vibronically structured red visible absorption and emission spectra. Structurally, this low temperature state is a densely packed and disordered polymer aggregate, which contains a fraction of well-ordered, packed polymer chains. These ordered regions serve as low energy trap sites for the more disordered regions in the aggregate, thus regulating the final emission of the aggregate and imposing a vibronically resolved emission spectrum, which is usually associated with emission from one or a few chromophores. The high temperature state of DAO-PPV is a loose aggregate, with structureless absorption and emission spectra in the green visible range. Structurally, the loose aggregate is a well-solvated aggregate retaining the physical dimension of the dense aggregate but for which interchain interactions are diminished with the increase of temperature. As a result, the spectroscopic behavior of the loose aggregate is very similar if not identical to that of the single polymer chain. Increased solubility untangles polymer aggregates into single, dispersed, polymer chains, as we demonstrate here for DAO-PPV in 1,2-dichlorobenzene and at high temperature.

  15. DNA Polymer Brush Patterning through Photocontrollable Surface-Initiated DNA Hybridization Chain Reaction.

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    Huang, Fujian; Zhou, Xiang; Yao, Dongbao; Xiao, Shiyan; Liang, Haojun

    2015-11-18

    The fabrication of DNA polymer brushes with spatial resolution onto a solid surface is a crucial step for biochip research and related applications, cell-free gene expression study, and even artificial cell fabrication. Here, for the first time, a DNA polymer brush patterning method is reported based on the photoactivation of an ortho-nitrobenzyl linker-embedded DNA hairpin structure and a subsequent surface-initiated DNA hybridization chain reaction (HCR). Inert DNA hairpins are exposed to ultraviolet light irradiation to generate DNA duplexes with two active sticky ends (toeholds) in a programmable manner. These activated DNA duplexes can initiate DNA HCR to generate multifunctional patterned DNA polymer brushes with complex geometrical shapes. Different multifunctional DNA polymer brush patterns can be fabricated on certain areas of the same solid surface using this method. Moreover, the patterned DNA brush surface can be used to capture target molecules in a desired manner.

  16. HCN polymers characterized by solid state NMR: Chains and sheets formed in the neat liquid

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    Mamajanov, Irena; Herzfeld, Judith

    2009-04-01

    Hydrogen cyanide polymerizes readily under a variety of conditions and significant prebiotic roles have been suggested for these polymers due to the abundance of HCN in universe. However, the structures of HCN polymers have been more speculative than grounded in experimental data. Here we show that C13 and N15 solid state NMR spectra of polymers formed in neat HCN are inconsistent with the previously proposed structures and suggest instead that the polymers are formed by simple monomer addition, first in head-to-tail fashion to form linear, conjugated chains, and then laterally to form saturated two-dimensional networks. This interpretation of the NMR spectra finds support in other information about the polymerization of neat HCN, including the presence of free radicals. As expected from the literature, formation of the HCN tetramer, diaminomaleonitrile, is also observed, but only when the reaction is catalyzed exclusively by base and then in crystalline form.

  17. Bis(thienothiophenyl) diketopyrrolopyrrole-based conjugated polymers with various branched alkyl side chains and their applications in thin-film transistors and polymer solar cells.

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    Shin, Jicheol; Park, Gi Eun; Lee, Dae Hee; Um, Hyun Ah; Lee, Tae Wan; Cho, Min Ju; Choi, Dong Hoon

    2015-02-11

    New thienothiophene-flanked diketopyrrolopyrrole and thiophene-containing π-extended conjugated polymers with various branched alkyl side-chains were successfully synthesized. 2-Octyldodecyl, 2-decyltetradecyl, 2-tetradecylhexadecyl, 2-hexadecyloctadecyl, and 2-octadecyldocosyl groups were selected as the side-chain moieties and were anchored to the N-positions of the thienothiophene-flanked diketopyrrolopyrrole unit. All five polymers were found to be soluble owing to the bulkiness of the side chains. The thin-film transistor based on the 2-tetradecylhexadecyl-substituted polymer showed the highest hole mobility of 1.92 cm2 V(-1) s(-1) due to it having the smallest π-π stacking distance between the polymer chains, which was determined by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction. Bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells incorporating [6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester as the n-type molecule and the additive 1,8-diiodooctane (1 vol %) were also constructed from the synthesized polymers without thermal annealing; the device containing the 2-octyldodecyl-substituted polymer exhibited the highest power conversion efficiency of 5.8%. Although all the polymers showed similar physical properties, their device performance was clearly influenced by the sizes of the branched alkyl side-chain groups.

  18. Searching for low percolation thresholds within amphiphilic polymer membranes: The effect of side chain branching

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    Dorenbos, G.

    2015-06-14

    Percolation thresholds for solvent diffusion within hydrated model polymeric membranes are derived from dissipative particle dynamics in combination with Monte Carlo (MC) tracer diffusion calculations. The polymer backbones are composed of hydrophobic A beads to which at regular intervals Y-shaped side chains are attached. Each side chain is composed of eight A beads and contains two identical branches that are each terminated with a pendant hydrophilic C bead. Four types of side chains are considered for which the two branches (each represented as [C], [AC], [AAC], or [AAAC]) are splitting off from the 8th, 6th, 4th, or 2nd A bead, respectively. Water diffusion through the phase separated water containing pore networks is deduced from MC tracer diffusion calculations. The percolation threshold for the architectures containing the [C] and [AC] branches is at a water volume fraction of ∼0.07 and 0.08, respectively. These are much lower than those derived earlier for linear architectures of various side chain length and side chain distributions. Control of side chain architecture is thus a very interesting design parameter to decrease the percolation threshold for solvent and proton transports within flexible amphiphilic polymer membranes.

  19. Searching for low percolation thresholds within amphiphilic polymer membranes: The effect of side chain branching

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    Dorenbos, G.

    2015-06-01

    Percolation thresholds for solvent diffusion within hydrated model polymeric membranes are derived from dissipative particle dynamics in combination with Monte Carlo (MC) tracer diffusion calculations. The polymer backbones are composed of hydrophobic A beads to which at regular intervals Y-shaped side chains are attached. Each side chain is composed of eight A beads and contains two identical branches that are each terminated with a pendant hydrophilic C bead. Four types of side chains are considered for which the two branches (each represented as [C], [AC], [AAC], or [AAAC]) are splitting off from the 8th, 6th, 4th, or 2nd A bead, respectively. Water diffusion through the phase separated water containing pore networks is deduced from MC tracer diffusion calculations. The percolation threshold for the architectures containing the [C] and [AC] branches is at a water volume fraction of ˜0.07 and 0.08, respectively. These are much lower than those derived earlier for linear architectures of various side chain length and side chain distributions. Control of side chain architecture is thus a very interesting design parameter to decrease the percolation threshold for solvent and proton transports within flexible amphiphilic polymer membranes.

  20. Communication: Role of short chain branching in polymer structure and dynamics.

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    Kim, Jun Mo; Baig, Chunggi

    2016-02-28

    A comprehensive understanding of chain-branching effects, essential for establishing general knowledge of the structure-property-phenomenon relationship in polymer science, has not yet been found, due to a critical lack of knowledge on the role of short-chain branches, the effects of which have mostly been neglected in favor of the standard entropic-based concepts of long polymers. Here, we show a significant effect of short-chain branching on the structural and dynamical properties of polymeric materials, and reveal the molecular origins behind the fundamental role of short branches, via atomistic nonequilibrium molecular dynamics and mesoscopic Brownian dynamics by systematically varying the strength of the mobility of short branches. We demonstrate that the fast random Brownian kinetics inherent to short branches plays a key role in governing the overall structure and dynamics of polymers, leading to a compact molecular structure and, under external fields, to a lesser degree of structural deformation of polymer, to a reduced shear-thinning behavior, and to a smaller elastic stress, compared with their linear analogues. Their fast dynamical nature being unaffected by practical flow fields owing to their very short characteristic time scale, short branches would substantially influence (i.e., facilitate) the overall relaxation behavior of polymeric materials under various flowing conditions. PMID:26931673

  1. Communication: Role of short chain branching in polymer structure and dynamics

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    Kim, Jun Mo; Baig, Chunggi

    2016-02-01

    A comprehensive understanding of chain-branching effects, essential for establishing general knowledge of the structure-property-phenomenon relationship in polymer science, has not yet been found, due to a critical lack of knowledge on the role of short-chain branches, the effects of which have mostly been neglected in favor of the standard entropic-based concepts of long polymers. Here, we show a significant effect of short-chain branching on the structural and dynamical properties of polymeric materials, and reveal the molecular origins behind the fundamental role of short branches, via atomistic nonequilibrium molecular dynamics and mesoscopic Brownian dynamics by systematically varying the strength of the mobility of short branches. We demonstrate that the fast random Brownian kinetics inherent to short branches plays a key role in governing the overall structure and dynamics of polymers, leading to a compact molecular structure and, under external fields, to a lesser degree of structural deformation of polymer, to a reduced shear-thinning behavior, and to a smaller elastic stress, compared with their linear analogues. Their fast dynamical nature being unaffected by practical flow fields owing to their very short characteristic time scale, short branches would substantially influence (i.e., facilitate) the overall relaxation behavior of polymeric materials under various flowing conditions.

  2. Ordering of anisotropic polarizable polymer chains on the full many-body level.

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    Dean, David S; Podgornik, Rudolf

    2012-04-21

    We study the effect of dielectric anisotropy of polymers on their equilibrium ordering within mean-field theory, but with a formalism that takes into account the full n-body nature of van der Waals (vdW) forces. Dielectric anisotropy within polymers is to be expected as the electronic properties of the polymer will typically be different along the polymer than across its cross section. It is therefore physically intuitive that larger charge fluctuations can be induced along the chain than perpendicular to it. We show that this dielectric anisotropy leads to n-body interactions which can induce an isotropic-nematic transition. The two body and three body components of the full vdW interaction are extracted and it is shown how the two body term behaves like the phenomenological self-aligning-pairwise nematic interaction. At the three body interaction level we see that the nematic phase that is energetically favorable is discotic, however, on the full n-body interaction level we find that the normal axial nematic phase is always the stable ordered phase. The n-body nature of our approach also shows that the key parameter driving the nematic-isotropic transition is the bare persistence length of the polymer chain. PMID:22519348

  3. Conformation space renormalization of polymers. I. Single chain equilibrium properties using Wilson-type renormalization

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    Oono, Y.; Freed, Karl F.

    1981-07-01

    A conformation space renormalization group is developed to describe polymer excluded volume in single polymer chains. The theory proceeds in ordinary space in terms of position variables and the contour variable along the chain, and it considers polymers of fixed chain length. The theory is motivated along two lines. The first presents the renormalization group transformation as the means for extracting the macroscopic long wavelength quantities from the theory. An alternative viewpoint shows how the renormalization group transformation follows as a natural consequence of an attempt to correctly treat the presence of a cut-off length scale. It is demonstrated that the current configuration space renormalization method has a one-to-one correspondence with the Wilson-Fisher field theory formulation, so our method is valid to all orders in ɛ = 4-d where d is the spatial dimensionality. This stands in contrast to previous attempts at a configuration space renormalization approach which are limited to first order in ɛ because they arbitrarily assign monomers to renormalized ''blobs.'' In the current theory the real space chain conformations dictate the coarse graining transformation. The calculations are presented to lowest order in ɛ to enable the development of techniques necessary for the treatment of dynamics in Part II. The theory is presented both in terms of the simple delta function interaction as well as using realistic-type interaction potentials. This illustrates the renormalization of the interactions, the emergence of renormalized many-body interactions, and the complexity of the theta point.

  4. Lattice model of linear telechelic polymer melts. I. Inclusion of chain semiflexibility in the lattice cluster theory

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    Xu, Wen-Sheng; Freed, Karl F.

    2015-07-14

    The lattice cluster theory (LCT) for the thermodynamics of polymer systems has recently been reformulated to treat strongly interacting self-assembling polymers composed of fully flexible linear telechelic chains [J. Dudowicz and K. F. Freed, J. Chem. Phys. 136, 064902 (2012)]. Here, we further extend the LCT for linear telechelic polymer melts to include a description of chain semiflexibility, which is treated by introducing a bending energy penalty whenever a pair of consecutive bonds from a single chain lies along orthogonal directions. An analytical expression for the Helmholtz free energy is derived for the model of semiflexible linear telechelic polymer melts. The extension provides a theoretical tool for investigating the influence of chain stiffness on the thermodynamics of self-assembling telechelic polymers, and for further exploring the influence of self-assembly on glass formation in such systems.

  5. Novel main-chain-fluorinated polymers for 157-nm photoresists

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    Toriumi, Minoru; Koh, Meiten; Ishikawa, Takuji; Kodani, T.; Araki, Takayuki; Aoyama, Hirokazu; Yamashita, Tsuneo; Yamazaki, Tamio; Furukawa, Takamitsu; Itani, Toshiro

    2003-06-01

    Main-chain-fluorinated base-resins, including tetrafluoroethylene and norbornene derivatives, were synthesized and their fundamental properties, such as transparency at 157 nm and solubility in a standard alkaline developer, were characterized. A high transparency, i.e., absorbance of less then 0.5 μm-1, was achieved by optimizing the polymerization conditions with a variety of counter monomers. It was found that the polymerization conditions could also control the dissolution rates of the fluoropolymers and increased the dissolution rate of unprotected fluoropolymers by about three orders of magnitude, which was sufficient for the alkaline developability. Positive-working resists based on fluororesins were developed and showed good transparency of less than 1 μm-1 at 157 nm, and good solubility in a standard alkaline solution of 0.26-N tetramethylammonium (without any swelling behavior). And an acceptable etching rate as resistant as ArF resists was obtained and 65-nm dense lines could be delineated by the exposure at 157-nm wavelength.

  6. Interaction of Nano-Sized Materials With Polymer Chains in Polymer-Nanocomposite Thin Films-An AFM Perspective

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    Verma, Gaurav; Kaushik, Anupama; Ghosh, Anup K.

    2011-12-12

    Nanocomposite thin films were prepared with polyurethane as a matrix and organically modified clay as a filler. The interfacial interaction between the exfoliated clay nanoplatelets and the polymeric chains has been investigated by using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The nanoclay platelets show a preferential association with the hard domains of polyurethane matrix on the surface of the thin films. The pendant hydroxyl group on the nanoplatelets attract the isocyanate of the polyisocyanate and a urethane group is formed. This leads to the 'clouding' and 'entwining' of the nanoplatelets by the hard segmental chains. This is the first visual evidence of nanomaterial filler and polymer matrix interaction and it could open up a spectrum of novel property achievements in nanocomposite thin films. Also the understanding of this interaction can lead to more controlled architecture of nanocomposites.

  7. Stretching semiflexible polymer chains: Evidence for the importance of excluded volume effects from Monte Carlo simulation

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    Hsu, Hsiao-Ping; Binder, Kurt

    2012-01-01

    Semiflexible macromolecules in dilute solution under very good solvent conditions are modeled by self-avoiding walks on the simple cubic lattice (d = 3 dimensions) and square lattice (d = 2 dimensions), varying chain stiffness by an energy penalty ɛb for chain bending. In the absence of excluded volume interactions, the persistence length ℓp of the polymers would then simply be ℓ _p=ℓ _b(2d-2)^{-1}q_b^{-1} with qb = exp (-ɛb/kBT), the bond length ℓb being the lattice spacing, and kBT is the thermal energy. Using Monte Carlo simulations applying the pruned-enriched Rosenbluth method (PERM), both qb and the chain length N are varied over a wide range (0.005 ⩽ qb ⩽ 1, N ⩽ 50 000), and also a stretching force f is applied to one chain end (fixing the other end at the origin). In the absence of this force, in d = 2 a single crossover from rod-like behavior (for contour lengths less than ℓp) to swollen coils occurs, invalidating the Kratky-Porod model, while in d = 3 a double crossover occurs, from rods to Gaussian coils (as implied by the Kratky-Porod model) and then to coils that are swollen due to the excluded volume interaction. If the stretching force is applied, excluded volume interactions matter for the force versus extension relation irrespective of chain stiffness in d = 2, while theories based on the Kratky-Porod model are found to work in d = 3 for stiff chains in an intermediate regime of chain extensions. While for qb ≪ 1 in this model a persistence length can be estimated from the initial decay of bond-orientational correlations, it is argued that this is not possible for more complex wormlike chains (e.g., bottle-brush polymers). Consequences for the proper interpretation of experiments are briefly discussed.

  8. Enhanced humoral and cell-mediated immune responses generated by cationic polymer-coated PLA microspheres with adsorbed HBsAg.

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    Chen, Xiaoming; Liu, Yuying; Wang, Lianyan; Liu, Yuan; Zhang, Weifeng; Fan, Bei; Ma, Xiaowei; Yuan, Qipeng; Ma, Guanghui; Su, Zhiguo

    2014-06-01

    Surface-engineered particulate delivery systems for vaccine administration have been widely investigated in experimental and clinical studies. However, little is known about charge-coated microspheres as potential recombinant subunit protein antigen delivery systems in terms of adsorption and related immune responses. In the present study, cationic polymers, including chitosan (CS), chitosan chloride (CSC), and polyethylenimine (PEI), were used to coat PLA microspheres to build positively charged surfaces. Antigen adsorption capacity was enhanced with increased surface charge of coated microspheres. In macrophages, HBsAg adsorbed on the surface of cationic microspheres specifically enhanced antigen uptake and augmented CD86, MHC I, and MHC II expression and IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α, and IL-12 release. Antigens were more likely to localize independent of lysosomes after phagocytosis in antigen-attached cationic microsphere formulations. After intraperitoneal immunization, cationic microsphere-based vaccine formulations generated a rapid and efficient humoral immune response and cytokine release as compared with aluminum-adsorbed vaccine and free antigens in vivo. Moreover, microspheres coated with cationic polymers with relatively high positive charges and higher antigen adsorption exhibited strong stimulation of the Th1 response. In conclusion, PLA microspheres coated with cationic polymers may be a potential recombinant antigen delivery system to induce strong cell and humoral immune responses.

  9. Effect of chain stiffness on structural and thermodynamic properties of polymer melts

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    Luettmer-Strathmann, Jutta

    2008-03-01

    Static and dynamic properties of polymers are affected by the stiffness of the chains. In this work, we investigate structural and thermodynamic properties of a lattice model for semiflexible polymer chains. The model is an extension of Shaffer's bond- fluctuation model [1] and includes attractive interactions between monomers and an adjustable bending penalty that determines the Kuhn segment length. For isolated chains, a competition between monomer-monomer interactions and bending penalties determines the chain conformations at low temperatures. For dense melts, packing effects play an important role in the structure and thermodynamics of the polymeric liquid. In order to investigate static properties as a function of temperature and chain stiffness, we perform Wang-Landau type simulations and construct densities of states over the two- dimensional state space of monomer-monomer and bending contributions to the internal energy. In addition, we present first results from an algorithm for equation-of-state effects in lattice models. [1] J. S. Shaffer, J. Chem. Phys. 101, 4205 (1994).

  10. Unlocking Chain Exchange in Highly Amphiphilic Block Polymer Micellar Systems: Influence of Agitation

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    2015-01-01

    Chain exchange between block polymer micelles in highly selective solvents, such as water, is well-known to be arrested under quiescent conditions, yet this work demonstrates that simple agitation methods can induce rapid chain exchange in these solvents. Aqueous solutions containing either pure poly(butadiene-b-ethylene oxide) or pure poly(butadiene-b-ethylene oxide-d4) micelles were combined and then subjected to agitation by vortex mixing, concentric cylinder Couette flow, or nitrogen gas sparging. Subsequently, the extent of chain exchange between micelles was quantified using small angle neutron scattering. Rapid vortex mixing induced chain exchange within minutes, as evidenced by a monotonic decrease in scattered intensity, whereas Couette flow and sparging did not lead to measurable chain exchange over the examined time scale of hours. The linear kinetics with respect to agitation time suggested a surface-limited exchange process at the air–water interface. These findings demonstrate the strong influence of processing conditions on block polymer solution assemblies. PMID:25642383

  11. Consistent model reduction of polymer chains in solution in dissipative particle dynamics: Model description

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    Moreno, Nicolas; Nunes, Suzana P.; Calo, Victor M.

    2015-11-01

    We introduce a framework for model reduction of polymer chain models for dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulations, where the properties governing the phase equilibria such as the characteristic size of the chain, compressibility, density, and temperature are preserved. The proposed methodology reduces the number of degrees of freedom required in traditional DPD representations to model equilibrium properties of systems with complex molecules (e.g., linear polymers). Based on geometrical considerations we explicitly account for the correlation between beads in fine-grained DPD models and consistently represent the effect of these correlations in a reduced model, in a practical and simple fashion via power laws and the consistent scaling of the simulation parameters. In order to satisfy the geometrical constraints in the reduced model we introduce bond-angle potentials that account for the changes in the chain free energy after the model reduction. Following this coarse-graining process we represent high molecular weight DPD chains (i.e.,  ≥ 200 beads per chain) with a significant reduction in the number of particles required (i.e.,  ≥ 20 times the original system). We show that our methodology has potential applications modeling systems of high molecular weight molecules at large scales, such as diblock copolymer and DNA.

  12. Interplay between polymer chain conformation and nanoparticle assembly in model industrial silica/rubber nanocomposites.

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    Bouty, Adrien; Petitjean, Laurent; Chatard, Julien; Matmour, Rachid; Degrandcourt, Christophe; Schweins, Ralf; Meneau, Florian; Kwasńiewski, Paweł; Boué, François; Couty, Marc; Jestin, Jacques

    2016-01-01

    The question of the influence of nanoparticles (NPs) on chain dimensions in polymer nanocomposites (PNCs) has been treated mainly through the fundamental way using theoretical or simulation tools and experiments on well-defined model PNCs. Here we present the first experimental study on the influence of NPs on the polymer chain conformation for PNCs designed to be as close as possible to industrial systems employed in the tire industry. PNCs are silica nanoparticles dispersed in a styrene-butadiene-rubber (SBR) matrix whose NP dispersion can be managed by NP loading with interfacial coatings or coupling additives usually employed in the manufacturing mixing process. We associated specific chain (d) labeling, and the so-called zero average contrast (ZAC) method, with SANS, in situ SANS and SAXS/TEM experiments to extract the polymer chain scattering signal at rest for non-cross linked and under stretching for cross-linked PNCs. NP loading, individual clusters or connected networks, as well as the influence of the type, the quantity of interfacial agent and the influence of the elongation rate have been evaluated on the chain conformation and on its related deformation. We clearly distinguish the situations where the silica is perfectly matched from those with unperfected matching by direct comparison of SANS and SAXS structure factors. Whatever the silica matching situation, the additive type and quantity and the filler content, there is no significant change in the polymer dimension for NP loading up to 15% v/v within a range of 5%. One can see an extra scattering contribution at low Q, as often encountered, enhanced for non-perfect silica matching but also visible for perfect filler matching. This contribution can be qualitatively attributed to specific h or d chain adsorption on the NP surface inside the NP cluster that modifies the average scattering neutron contrast of the silica cluster. Under elongation, NPs act as additional cross-linking junctions

  13. Interplay between polymer chain conformation and nanoparticle assembly in model industrial silica/rubber nanocomposites.

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    Bouty, Adrien; Petitjean, Laurent; Chatard, Julien; Matmour, Rachid; Degrandcourt, Christophe; Schweins, Ralf; Meneau, Florian; Kwasńiewski, Paweł; Boué, François; Couty, Marc; Jestin, Jacques

    2016-01-01

    The question of the influence of nanoparticles (NPs) on chain dimensions in polymer nanocomposites (PNCs) has been treated mainly through the fundamental way using theoretical or simulation tools and experiments on well-defined model PNCs. Here we present the first experimental study on the influence of NPs on the polymer chain conformation for PNCs designed to be as close as possible to industrial systems employed in the tire industry. PNCs are silica nanoparticles dispersed in a styrene-butadiene-rubber (SBR) matrix whose NP dispersion can be managed by NP loading with interfacial coatings or coupling additives usually employed in the manufacturing mixing process. We associated specific chain (d) labeling, and the so-called zero average contrast (ZAC) method, with SANS, in situ SANS and SAXS/TEM experiments to extract the polymer chain scattering signal at rest for non-cross linked and under stretching for cross-linked PNCs. NP loading, individual clusters or connected networks, as well as the influence of the type, the quantity of interfacial agent and the influence of the elongation rate have been evaluated on the chain conformation and on its related deformation. We clearly distinguish the situations where the silica is perfectly matched from those with unperfected matching by direct comparison of SANS and SAXS structure factors. Whatever the silica matching situation, the additive type and quantity and the filler content, there is no significant change in the polymer dimension for NP loading up to 15% v/v within a range of 5%. One can see an extra scattering contribution at low Q, as often encountered, enhanced for non-perfect silica matching but also visible for perfect filler matching. This contribution can be qualitatively attributed to specific h or d chain adsorption on the NP surface inside the NP cluster that modifies the average scattering neutron contrast of the silica cluster. Under elongation, NPs act as additional cross-linking junctions

  14. Determination of imidazole derivatives by micellar electrokinetic chromatography combined with solid-phase microextraction using activated carbon-polymer monolith as adsorbent.

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    Shih, Yung-Han; Lirio, Stephen; Li, Chih-Keng; Liu, Wan-Ling; Huang, Hsi-Ya

    2016-01-01

    In this study, an effective method for the separation of imidazole derivatives 2-methylimidazole (2-MEI), 4- methylimidazole (4-MEI) and 2-acetyl-4-tetrahydroxybutylimidazole (THI) in caramel colors using cation-selective exhaustive injection and sweeping micellar electrokinetic chromatography (CSEI-sweeping-MEKC) was developed. The limits of detection (LOD) and quantitation (LOQ) for the CSEI-sweeping-MEKC method were in the range of 4.3-80μgL(-1) and 14-270μgL(-1), respectively. Meanwhile, a rapid fabrication activated carbon-polymer (AC-polymer) monolithic column as adsorbent for solid-phase microextraction (SPME) of imidazole colors was developed. Under the optimized SPME condition, the extraction recoveries for intra-day, inter-day and column-to-column were in the range of 84.5-95.1% (<6.3% RSDs), 85.6-96.1% (<4.9% RSDs), and 81.3-96.1% (<7.1% RSDs), respectively. The LODs and LOQs of AC-polymer monolithic column combined with CSEI-sweeping-MEKC method were in the range of 33.4-60.4μgL(-1) and 111.7-201.2μgL(-1), respectively. The use of AC-polymer as SPME adsorbent demonstrated the reduction of matrix effect in food samples such as soft drink and alcoholic beverage thereby benefiting successful determination of trace-level caramel colors residues using CSEI-sweeping-MEKC method. The developed AC-polymer monolithic column can be reused for more than 30 times without any significant loss in the extraction recovery for imidazole derivatives.

  15. Chain conformations dictate multiscale charge transport phenomena in disordered semiconducting polymers.

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    Noriega, Rodrigo; Salleo, Alberto; Spakowitz, Andrew J

    2013-10-01

    Existing models for the electronic properties of conjugated polymers do not capture the spatial arrangement of the disordered macromolecular chains over which charge transport occurs. Here, we present an analytical and computational description in which the morphology of individual polymer chains is dictated by well-known statistical models and the electronic coupling between units is determined using Marcus theory. The multiscale transport of charges in these materials (high mobility at short length scales, low mobility at long length scales) is naturally described with our framework. Additionally, the dependence of mobility with electric field and temperature is explained in terms of conformational variability and spatial correlation. Our model offers a predictive approach to connecting processing conditions with transport behavior. PMID:24062459

  16. Large Molecular Weight Polymer Solar Cells with Strong Chain Alignment Created by Nanoimprint Lithography.

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    Yang, Yi; Mielczarek, Kamil; Zakhidov, Anvar; Hu, Walter

    2016-03-23

    In this work, strong chain alignment in large molecular weight polymer solar cells is for the first time demonstrated by nanoimprint lithography (NIL). The polymer crystallizations in nonimprinted thin films and imprinted nanogratings with different molecular weight poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) are compared. We first observe that the chain alignment is favored by medium molecular weight (Mn = 25 kDa) P3HT for nonimprinted thin films. However, NIL allows large molecular weight P3HT (>40 kDa) to organize more strongly, which has been desired for efficient charge transport but is difficult to achieve through any other technique. Consequently P3HT/[6,6]-penyl-C61-butyric-acid-methyl-ester (PCBM) solar cells with large molecular weight P3HT nanogratings show a high power conversion efficiency of 4.4%, which is among the best reported P3HT/PCBM photovoltaics devices.

  17. Mechanically induced chemiluminescence from polymers incorporating a 1,2-dioxetane unit in the main chain

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    Chen, Yulan; Spiering, A. J. H.; Karthikeyan, S.; Peters, Gerrit W. M.; Meijer, E. W.; Sijbesma, Rint P.

    2012-07-01

    Nature uses mechanochemical transduction processes to achieve diverse and vital functions, such as hearing, cellular adhesion and gating of ion channels. One fascinating example of biological mechanotransduction is the emission of light on mechanical stimulation. However, molecular-level transduction of force into luminescence in a synthetic system remains a challenge. Here, we show that bis(adamantyl)-1,2-dioxetane emits visible light when force is applied to a polymer chain or network in which this unit is incorporated. Bright-blue luminescence was observed on sonication of solutions of dioxetane-containing linear polymers and on the straining of polymer networks with dioxetane crosslinkers. Light is emitted from the adamantanone-excited state that forms on opening of the four-membered dioxetane ring. Increased sensitivity and colour tuning were achieved by energy transfer to suitable acceptors. High spatial and temporal resolutions highlight the potential to study the failure of polymeric materials in unprecedented detail.

  18. Inducing Planar Orientation in Side‐Chain Liquid‐Crystalline Polymer Systems via Interfacial Control

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    2016-01-01

    Abstract For efficient photoresponses of liquid‐crystal (LC) azobenzene (Az) polymer systems, planar LC orientation of the Az mesogenic group is required because the light irradiation process usually occurs with normal incidence to the film surface. However, LC molecules with a rodlike shape tend to orient perpendicularly to the film surface according to the excluded volume effect theory. This review introduces new approaches for inducing planar orientation in side‐chain LC Az polymer films via interface and surface molecular designs. The planar orientation offers efficient in‐plane photoalignment and photoswitching to hierarchical LC architectures from molecular LC mesogens and LC phases to mesoscopic microphase‐separated structures. These approaches are expected to provide new concepts and possibilities in new LC polymer devices. PMID:26775770

  19. Impact of molecular orientation on thermal conduction in linear-chain polymer films

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    Kurabayashi, K.; Goodson, K.E.

    1999-07-01

    Polymer films are serving as passive regions in fast logic circuits and as active regions in organic optoelectronic devices, such as light-emitting diodes. Recent data illustrated the strong anisotropy in the thermal conductivity of polyimide films of thickness near one micrometer, with the in-plane value larger by a factor of approximately five. This manuscript extends previous theoretical work on heat conduction in stretched bulk polymers to model the conductivity anisotropy in linear-chain polymer films. Predictions are based on the standard deviation of the angle of molecular orientation with respect to the film in-plane direction, which can be investigated using birefringence data, and the expected conductivity anisotropy in a material with perfectly-aligned strands. The modeling and previous data indicate that the anisotropy factor could increase to a value larger than 10 for polyimide films much thinner than 1 micrometer.

  20. Exploiting the tetrazine-norbornene reaction for single polymer chain collapse.

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    Hansell, Claire F; Lu, Annhelen; Patterson, Joseph P; O'Reilly, Rachel K

    2014-04-21

    Single chain polymer nanoparticles (SCNPs) have been formed using polystyrenes decorated with pendent norbornenes and a bifunctional tetrazine crosslinker. Characterisation by size exclusion chromatography and (1)H NMR gives evidence for the formation of SCNPs by the tetrazine-norbornene reaction, whilst light scattering, neutron scattering, transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy show that discrete well-defined nanoparticles are formed and their size in solution calculated.

  1. Collective dynamic response of bound polymer chains to nanofillers in a good solvent

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    Koga, Tad; Jiang, Naisheng; Endoh, Maya; Masui, Tomomi; Kishimoto, Hiroyuki; Taniguchi, Takashi; Nagao, Michihiro

    2014-03-01

    As proposed initially by Stickney and Falb, a bound polymer covers the surface of filler particles with a stable layer of macromolecules via van der Walls interactions and is thus resistant to dissolution even in a good solvent. The most thorough experimental and theoretical studies on bound polymer layers (BPLs) have been carried out for carbon black (CB)-filled rubber systems. However, a molecular scale description of real chain conformations/dynamics within such a very thin BPL (typically 1-5 nm in thickness) remains unsolved due to the lack of methods capable of providing high-resolution structural information. Here we present small-angle neutron scattering and neutron spin-echo spectroscopy results for bound polybutadiene (PB, Mw = 38,000) chains to the CB surface in toluene. To label the bound layer for the neutron scattering experiments, deuterated toluene, which has the nearly same scattering length density as that of CB, was used. We will highlight the unique collective dynamic response of the bound polymer chains in the good solvent. We acknowledge the financial support from NSF Grant No. CMMI-1332499.

  2. Nanophase separation and hindered glass transition in side-chain polymers.

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    Beiner, Mario; Huth, Heiko

    2003-09-01

    Nanophase separation on length scales of 1-5 nanometres has been reported previously for small-molecule liquids, metallic glasses and also for several semicrystalline, liquid-crystalline and amorphous polymers. Here we show that nanophase separation of incompatible main and side-chain parts is a general phenomenon in amorphous side-chain polymers with long alkyl groups. We conclude from X-ray scattering and relaxation spectroscopy data for higher poly(n-alkyl acrylates) (PnAA) and poly(n-alkyl methacrylates) (PnAMA) that alkyl groups of different monomeric units aggregate in the melt and form self-assembled alkyl nanodomains with a typical size of 0.5-2 nm. A comparison with data for other polymer series having alkyl groups reveals that important structural and dynamic aspects are main-chain independent. A polyethylene-like glass transition within the alkyl nanodomains is observed and discussed in the context of a hindered glass transition in self-assembled confinements. This is an interesting link between central questions in glass-transition research and structural aspects in nanophase-separated materials.

  3. Microscopic theory of light-induced deformation in amorphous side-chain azobenzene polymers.

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    Toshchevikov, V; Saphiannikova, M; Heinrich, G

    2009-04-16

    We propose a microscopic theory of light-induced deformation of side-chain azobenzene polymers taking into account the internal structure of polymer chains. Our theory is based on the fact that interaction of chromophores with the polarized light leads to the orientation anisotropy of azobenzene macromolecules which is accompanied by the appearance of mechanical stress. It is the first microscopic theory which provides the value of the light-induced stress larger than the yield stress. This result explains a possibility for the inscription of surface relief gratings in glassy side-chain azobenzene polymers. For some chemical architectures, elongation of a sample demonstrates a nonmonotonic behavior with the light intensity and can change its sign (a stretched sample starts to be uniaxially compressed), in agreement with experiments. Using a viscoplastic approach, we show that the irreversible strain of a sample, which remains after the light is switched off, decreases with increasing temperature and can disappear at certain temperature below the glass transition temperature. This theoretical prediction is also confirmed by recent experiments.

  4. Preparation of amino acid-based polymer functionalized magnetic nanoparticles as adsorbents for analysis of plant growth regulators in bean sprouts.

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    Ji, Shilei; Qi, Li; Li, Nan; Wang, Minglin

    2016-09-01

    A novel magnetic solid phase extraction (MSPE) adsorbent has been developed for enriching two plant growth regulators, including 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (4-CPA), in bean sprouts. For preparing the MSPE adsorbent, poly(N-methacryloyl-L-phenylalanine methyl ester (P(MA-L-Phe-OMe)), amino acid-based polymer, was modified onto the magnetic nanoparticles via "grafting to" method by free radical polymerization. The resultant P(MA-L-Phe-OMe)-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4@P(MA-L-Phe-OMe)) were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and elemental analysis. The adsorption amount of Fe3O4@P(MA-L-Phe-OMe) nanoparticles to 2,4-D and 4-CPA were 39.82mgg(-1) and 29.02mgg(-1), respectively. Moreover, the prepared MSPE adsorbents showed good selectivity towards 2,4-D and 4-CPA due to the hydrophobic interactions and electrostatic forces between the target analytes and Fe3O4@P(MA-L-Phe-OMe). The results demonstrated that the proposed MSPE adsorbents have high affinity to the targets 2,4-D and 4-CPA. Under the optimized conditions, the proposed materials were successfully applied to enrich 2,4-D and 4-CPA in bean sprouts samples. The recovery values of the bean sprouts solution spiked the targets were from 90.9% to 96.4% with the relative standard deviations of 2.3-3.9%. Our work proved that the novel Fe3O4@P(MA-L-Phe-OMe) nanoparticles were the good adsorbents of magnetic solid phase extraction (MSPE) and have good potential for the analysis of trace compound in real samples.

  5. Preparation of amino acid-based polymer functionalized magnetic nanoparticles as adsorbents for analysis of plant growth regulators in bean sprouts.

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    Ji, Shilei; Qi, Li; Li, Nan; Wang, Minglin

    2016-09-01

    A novel magnetic solid phase extraction (MSPE) adsorbent has been developed for enriching two plant growth regulators, including 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (4-CPA), in bean sprouts. For preparing the MSPE adsorbent, poly(N-methacryloyl-L-phenylalanine methyl ester (P(MA-L-Phe-OMe)), amino acid-based polymer, was modified onto the magnetic nanoparticles via "grafting to" method by free radical polymerization. The resultant P(MA-L-Phe-OMe)-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4@P(MA-L-Phe-OMe)) were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and elemental analysis. The adsorption amount of Fe3O4@P(MA-L-Phe-OMe) nanoparticles to 2,4-D and 4-CPA were 39.82mgg(-1) and 29.02mgg(-1), respectively. Moreover, the prepared MSPE adsorbents showed good selectivity towards 2,4-D and 4-CPA due to the hydrophobic interactions and electrostatic forces between the target analytes and Fe3O4@P(MA-L-Phe-OMe). The results demonstrated that the proposed MSPE adsorbents have high affinity to the targets 2,4-D and 4-CPA. Under the optimized conditions, the proposed materials were successfully applied to enrich 2,4-D and 4-CPA in bean sprouts samples. The recovery values of the bean sprouts solution spiked the targets were from 90.9% to 96.4% with the relative standard deviations of 2.3-3.9%. Our work proved that the novel Fe3O4@P(MA-L-Phe-OMe) nanoparticles were the good adsorbents of magnetic solid phase extraction (MSPE) and have good potential for the analysis of trace compound in real samples. PMID:27343600

  6. Effect of cation type, alkyl chain length, adsorbate size on adsorption kinetics and isotherms of bromide ionic liquids from aqueous solutions onto microporous fabric and granulated activated carbons.

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    Hassan, Safia; Duclaux, Laurent; Lévêque, Jean-Marc; Reinert, Laurence; Farooq, Amjad; Yasin, Tariq

    2014-11-01

    The adsorption from aqueous solution of imidazolium, pyrrolidinium and pyridinium based bromide ionic liquids (ILs) having different alkyl chain lengths was investigated on two types of microporous activated carbons: a fabric and a granulated one, well characterized in terms of surface chemistry by "Boehm" titrations and pH of point of zero charge measurements and of porosity by N2 adsorption at 77 K and CO2 adsorption at 273 K. The influence of cation type, alkyl chain length and adsorbate size on the adsorption properties was analyzed by studying kinetics and isotherms of eight different ILs using conductivity measurements. Equilibrium studies were carried out at different temperatures in the range [25-55 °C]. The incorporation of ILs on the AC porosity was studied by N2 adsorption-desorption measurements at 77 K. The experimental adsorption isotherms data showed a good correlation with the Langmuir model. Thermodynamic studies indicated that the adsorption of ILs onto activated carbons was an exothermic process, and that the removal efficiency increased with increase in alkyl chain length, due to the increase in hydrophobicity of long chain ILs cations determined with the evolution of the calculated octanol-water constant (Kow). The negative values of free energies indicated that adsorption of ILs with long chain lengths having hydrophobic cations was more spontaneous at the investigated temperatures.

  7. Exploring the melting of a semirigid-chain polymer with temperature-resolved small-angle X-ray scattering.

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    Ivanov, D A; Hocquet, S; Dosiére, M; Koch, M H J

    2004-04-01

    The thermal behavior of semirigid semicrystalline polymers differs significantly from that of flexible-chain polymers. The origin of the differences is believed to lie in the higher energy expenditure associated with the formation of adjacent re-entry folds at the crystalline surface in the case of semirigid chains. The effect of constraints imposed by the interlamellar amorphous regions on the neighboring crystals was studied with temperature-resolved synchrotron radiation small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The analysis of SAXS patterns with a generalized paracrystalline lamellar stack model indicates that melting of a semirigid-chain polymer is not a random process but that the crystals grown in the smallest amorphous gaps melt first. This suggests that the hitherto largely neglected geometrical confinement effects may play an important role in determining the thermodynamic stability of semirigid-chain polymer crystals.

  8. Biodegradation of medium chain hydrocarbons by Acinetobacter venetianus 2AW immobilized to hair-based adsorbent mats.

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    Luckarift, Heather R; Sizemore, Susan R; Farrington, Karen E; Fulmer, Preston A; Biffinger, Justin C; Nadeau, Lloyd J; Johnson, Glenn R

    2011-01-01

    The natural attenuation of hydrocarbons can be hindered by their rapid dispersion in the environment and limited contact with bacteria capable of oxidizing hydrocarbons. A functionalized composite material is described herein, that combines in situ immobilized alkane-degrading bacteria with an adsorbent material that collects hydrocarbon substrates, and facilitates biodegradation by the immobilized bacterial population. Acinetobacter venetianus 2AW was isolated for its ability to utilize hydrophobic n-alkanes (C10-C18) as the sole carbon and energy source. Growth of strain 2AW also resulted in the production of a biosurfactant that aided in the dispersion of complex mixtures of hydrophobic compounds. Effective immobilization of strain 2AW to the surface of Ottimat™ adsorbent hair mats via vapor phase deposition of silica provided a stable and reproducible biocatalyst population that facilitates in situ biodegradation of n-alkanes. Silica-immobilized strain 2AW demonstrated ca. 85% removal of 1% (v/v) tetradecane and hexadecane within 24 h, under continuous flow conditions. The methodology for immobilizing whole bacterial cells at the surface of an adsorbent, for in situ degradation of hydrocarbons, has practical application in the bioremediation of oil in water emulsions. Published 2011 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Biotechnol Prog., 2011. PMID:21948333

  9. Interfacial friction and adhesion of cross-linked polymer thin films swollen with linear chains.

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    Zhang, Qing; Archer, Lynden A

    2007-07-01

    The preparation and interfacial properties of a new type of tethered, thin-film lubricant coating are presented. These coatings are composed of three components: a dense self-assembled monolayer (SAM) underlayer that presents reactive vinyl groups at its surface; a cross-linked polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) overlayer that is covalently tethered to the SAM; and free, mobile linear PDMS chains dispersed in the network. We investigate the influence of the molecular weight (Ms) and concentration of the free PDMS chains on the structure and equilibrium swelling properties of the cross-linked films. Using a bead-probe lateral force microscopy measurement technique, we also quantify the interfacial friction and adhesion characteristics of surfaces functionalized with these coatings. We find that both the volume fraction and the molecular weight of free PDMS molecules in the coatings influence their interfacial friction and adhesion properties. For example, the addition of short PDMS chains in dry, cross-linked PDMS thin films yields tethered surface coatings with ultralow friction coefficients (mu = 5.2 x 10(-3)). An analysis based on classical lubrication theory suggests that the reduction in friction force produced by free polymer is a consequence of the gradual separation of asperities on opposing surfaces and the consequent substitution of solid-solid friction by viscous drag of the free polymer chains in the network.

  10. Hard-sphere-chain Equations of State for Lyotropic Polymer LiquidCrystals

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    Hino, T.; Prausnitz, John M.

    1998-06-01

    Using Parsons-type scaling, the Onsager theory for theisotropic-nematic (I-N) transition of rigid-rod lyotropic polymer liquidcrystals is combined with the equation of state for hard-sphere-chainfluids of Chapman et al. and that of Hu et al. The equation of Hu et al.gives the I-N transition pressure and density in good agreement withcomputer simulation by Wilson and Allen for a semi-flexible hard-spherechain consisting of seven segments. For real semi-flexible polymers, wefollow the Khokhlov-Semenov theory of persistent chains that introduceschain flexibility into the Onsager theory. Using a consistent procedureto regress the equation-of-state parameters, the equations of Chapman etal. and Hu et al. are also compared with the theory of DuPre and Yangthat uses the equation of Lee for hard spherocylinders. These models arecompared with experiment for two binary polymer solutions containingpoly(hexyl isocyanate) and another solution containing polysaccharideschizophyllan. The concentration of polymer at the I-N transition ispredicted as a function of the molecular weight of polymer. All modelsperform similarly and show semi-quantitative agreement withexperiment.

  11. Visualization of two-dimensional single chain conformations solubilized in a miscible polymer blend monolayer by atomic force microscopy.

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    Sugihara, Kouki; Kumaki, Jiro

    2012-06-01

    Polymer Langmuir monolayers spread on a water surface are one of the best models for two-dimensional (2D) polymer and have been extensively studied. However, the most fundamental issue in understanding a 2D film, the polymer chain packing in the film, is still not well-understood, especially from the experimental point of view. Direct observation of the chain packing by microscopy at a molecular level, such as by atomic force microscopy (AFM), might be one of the most promising ways to study this issue; however, because of the limited resolution of the method, the chain packing of polymer cannot be resolved by AFM, except for especially large polymers. Here, we show that a mixed monolayer of vinyl polymers, poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and poly(n-nonyl acrylate) (PNA), was miscible at a low surface pressure, and if a small amount of PMMA chains was solubilized in a PNA monolayer, the isolated PMMA chains in the PNA monolayer were, for the first time, successfully visualized by AFM with a clear contrast, which originated from a difference of rigidities of the polymers due to their different glass transition temperatures (105 °C(PMMA) and -89 °C(PNA)). The PMMA chains were found to strongly interpenetrate into the PNA monolayer, with a radius of gyration (R(g(PMMA))) that was several times larger than that of the 2D ideal chain (segregated-chain). Furthermore, the radius scaled with the molecular weight of the PMMA (M(PMMA)) as R(g(PMMA)) ∝ M(PMMA)(0.63), which was between the scaling of the 2D ideal chain (segregated chain), R(g) ∝ M(0.5), and the 2D chain in good solvent, R(g) ∝ M(0.75). On the other hand, R(g(PMMA)) was independent of the molecular weight of the PNA matrix over a wide range. These results indicate that the PNA/PMMA monolayer is a strongly miscible system, although the R(g(PMMA)) scaling with M(PMMA) (0.63) is somewhat smaller than that expected for a 2D chain in good solvent systems (0.75). The generation of molecular level information

  12. Multi-functionalized side-chain supramolecular polymers: A methodology towards tunable functional materials

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    Nair, Kamlesh Prabhakaran

    Even as we see a significant growth in the field of supramolecular polymers in the last ten years, multi-functionalized systems have been scarcely studied. Noncovalent multi-functionalization provides unique advantages such as rapid materials optimization via reversible functionalization as well as for the tuning of materials properties by exploiting the differences in the nature of these reversible interactions. This thesis involves the design principles, synthesis & methodology of supramolecular side-chain multi-functionalized polymers. The combination of a functionally tolerant & controlled polymerization technique such as ROMP with multiple noncovalent interactions such as hydrogen bonding, metal coordination and ionic interactions has been successfully used to synthesize these polymers. Furthermore, the orthogonality between the above interactions in block/random copolymers has been studied in detail. It has been found that the studied interactions were orthogonal to each other. To validate the viability of this methodology using multiple orthogonal interactions towards materials design noncovalent crosslinking of polymers has been used as a potential application. Three classes of networks have been studied: complementary multiple hydrogen bonded networks, metal crosslinked networks, & multi-functionalized hydrogen bonded and metal coordinated networks. The first room temperature decrosslinking by exclusive complementary hydrogen bonded interactions has been successfully achieved. Furthermore network properties have been successfully tuned by varying the network micro-structure which in turn was tuned by the hydrogen bonding motifs used for inter-chain crosslinking. By combining two different noncovalent interactions used for inter-chain crosslinking, it was possible to make multi-functionalized materials whose properties could be controlled by varying the crosslinking strategy. Hence by employing multi-functionalization methodology, important materials

  13. Topological Constraints on Chain-Folding Structure of Semicrystalline Polymer as Studied by 13C-13C Double Quantum NMR

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    Hong, Youlee; Miyoshi, Toshikazu

    Chain-folding process is a prominent feature of long polymer chains during crystallization. Over the last half century, much effort has been paid to reveal the chain trajectory. Even though various chain-folding models as well as theories of crystallization at molecule levels have been proposed, they could be not reconciled due to the limited experimental evidences. Recent development of double quantum NMR with selective isotope labeling identified the chain-trajectory of 13C labeled isotactic poly(1-butene). The systematic experiments covered a wide range of parameters, i.e. kinetics, concentration, and molecular weight (Mw) . It was demonstrated that i) adjacent re-entry site was invariant as a function of crystallization temperature (Tc) , concentration, andMw, ii) long-range order of adjacent re-entry sequence is independence of kinetics at a given concentration while it decreased with increasing the polymer concentration at a given Tc due to the increased interruption between the chains, and iii) high Mw chains led to the multilayer folded structures in single crystals, but the melt state induced the identical short adjacent sequences of long and short polymer over a wide range of Tc due to the entanglements. The behaviors indicated that the topological restriction plays significant roles in the chain-folding process rather than the kinetics. The proposed framework to control the chain-folding structure presents a new perspective into the chain organization by either the intra- or inter-chain interaction. National Science Foundation Grants DMR-1105829 and 1408855.

  14. Amino-functionalized alkaline clay with cationic star-shaped polymer as adsorbents for removal of Cr(VI) in aqueous solution

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    Pan, Yuanfeng; Cai, Pingxiong; Farmahini-Farahani, Madjid; Li, Yiduo; Hou, Xiaobang; Xiao, Huining

    2016-11-01

    Pentaerythritol (PER) was esterified with 2-bromoisobutyryl bromide to synthesize a four-arm initiator 4Br-PER for atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). Star-shaped copolymers (P(AM-co-DMAEMA)4, CSP) were prepared via ATRP using dimethyl aminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) and acrylamide (AM) as comonomers, while Br-PER and CuBr/2,2‧-bipyridine (BPY) as the initiator and the catalyst, respectively. The resulting four-arm initiator and star-shaped polymer (CSP) were characterized with FT-IR, 1H NMR and Ubbelohde viscometry. Alkaline clay (AC) was immobilized with CSPs to yield amino groups, and the cationic star polymer-immobilized alkaline clay (CSP-AC) was applied to remove Cr(VI) from the aqueous solution in batch experiments. Various influencing factors, including pH, contact time and immobilization amount of CSP on adsorption capacity of CSP-AC for Cr(VI) were also investigated. The results demonstrated that Cr(VI) adsorption was highly pH dependent. The optimized pH value was 4.0. The adsorption isotherms of the adsorbent fit the Langmuir model well, with the maximum adsorption capacity of 137.9 mg/g at 30 °C. The material should be a promising adsorbent for Cr(VI) removal, with the advantages of high adsorption capacity.

  15. Optical Nanofluidic Piston: Assay for Dynamic Force-Compression of Single Confined Polymer Chains

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    Khorshid, Ahmed; Zimny, Philip; Macos, Patrick; Massarelli, Geremia; Tétreault-La Roche, David; Reisner, Walter

    2014-03-01

    While single-molecule approaches now have a long-history in polymer physics, past methodology has a key limitation : it is not currently possible to apply well-defined forces to a precise number of chains in a well-defined volume. To this end,we have developed a nanofluidic assay for the study of DNA compression in vitro, the optical nanofluidic piston. The optical nanofluidic piston is a nanofluidic analog of a macroscopic piston-cylinder apparatus based on a nanosphere (``the piston'') optically trapped inside a 200-400nm nanochannel with embedded barrier (the ``cylinder''). The nanofluidic piston enables quantification of force required to compress single or multiple chains within a defined volume. We present combined fluorescence and force-measurements for the compression of T4 DNA under a variety of compression rates. Surprisingly, we find that compression occurs on a force-scale roughly 100x higher than that predicted by equilibrium theories, suggesting that the DNA is present in highly entangled states during the compression. Moreover, we observe that compression at high rates induces a ``shock-wave'' of high-polymer concentration near the bead, suggesting that our setup can quantitatively access novel non-equilibrium polymer phenomena.

  16. Side Chain Engineering of Naphthalenediimide-Based N-type Polymer for High-Performance All-Polymer Solar Cell near 6% Efficiency

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    Lee, Changyeon; Kang, Hyunbum; Lee, Wonho; Kim, Taesu; Kim, Ki-Hyun; Woo, Han Young; Wang, Cheng; Kim, Bumjoon; Pusan National University (PNU) Collaboration; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Collaboration

    2015-03-01

    Despite the attractive features of all-polymer solar cells (all-PSCs), i.e., enhanced absorption coefficients, the tunability of their energetic and chemical properties and their thermal and mechanical stabilities, they still face the great challenge of having significantly low power conversion efficiency (PCE) values of only 3-5%. The prominent origins of the poor efficiency of all-PSCs are the undesirable features of the bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) blend morphology including the phase-separated large-scale domain size, reduced ordering of the polymer chains. Tuning side alkyl chains of conjugated polymers is an effective route for manipulating the blend morphology in BHJ type solar cells. However, the role of side chains in all-PSCs is poorly understood. Herein, we report high-performing all-PSCs with 5.96% efficiency by developing a series of naphthalenediimide (NDI)-based polymer acceptors with different alkyl side chains. We demonstrated that the use of the PNDIT with hexyldecyl side chains produced highly-ordered polymer stackings with strong face-on geometry and at the same time, forming the optimal BHJ morphology with finely separated phase domains, all of which contributed together to induce well-balanced μe/ μh ratio and generate efficient all-PSCs with PCEs near 6%.

  17. Chain Dynamics in Solid Polymers and Polymerizing Systems as Revealed by Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy

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    Williams, Graham

    2008-08-01

    A number of techniques are used to study the chain-dynamics of solid polymers, including those of dielectric relaxation [1-4], dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA) [1, 5], multinuclear NMR relaxations [6], quasi-elastic dynamic light scattering [7] and neutron scattering [8] (QELS & QENS) and transient fluorescence depolarization (TFD) [9]. Each technique has its own particular probe of the dynamics in a material. e.g. dielectric relaxation gives information on the angular motions of molecular chain-dipoles (for dipole relaxation) and the translational motions of ions (for f-dependent electrical conduction); NMR relaxations relate to the angular motions of chemical bonds; QELS relates to fluctuations in local refractive index; QENS to the time-dependent van Hove correlation function (suitably-defined) for proton-containing groups; TFD to the angular motions of fluorescent groups in a chain. Due to its relevance to practical applications of materials, DMTA is pre-eminent among the many physical techniques applied to solid polymers, but interpretations of behaviour in terms of molecular properties remain difficult since the direct link between an applied macroscopic stress and the molecular response of polymer chains in a bulk material remains an unsolved problem. Of the above techniques, Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy (BDS) offers several advantages. (a) Materials may be studied in the frequency range 10-6 to 1010 Hz, over wide ranges of temperature and applied pressure, using commercially-available instrumentation. (b) Since the electrical capacitance of a film is inversely proportional its thickness, free-standing and supported films may be studied down to nm-thicknesses, giving e.g. information on the behaviour of the dynamic Tg as sample thickness approaches molecular dimensions. (c) Theoretical interpretations of dielectric relaxation and a.c. conduction are well-established in terms of Fourier transforms of molecular time correlation functions (TCFs

  18. Renormalization group for centrosymmetric gauge transformations of the dynamic motion for a Markov-ordered polymer chain

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    Mikhailov, I.D.; Zhuravskii, L.V.

    1987-11-01

    A method is proposed for calculating the vibrational-state density averaged over all configurations for a polymer chain with Markov disorder. The method is based on using a group of centrally symmetric gauge transformations that reduce the dynamic matrix for along polymer chain to renormalized dynamic matrices for short fragments. The short-range order is incorporated exactly in the averaging procedure, while the long-range order is incorporated in the self-consistent field approximation. Results are given for a simple skeletal model for a polymer containing tacticity deviations of Markov type.

  19. Interface relaxation in electrophoretic deposition of polymer chains: effects of segmental dynamics, molecular weight, and field.

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    Bentrem, Frank W; Xie, Jun; Pandey, R B

    2002-04-01

    Using different segmental dynamics and relaxation, characteristics of the interface growth is examined in an electrophoretic deposition of polymer chains on a three (2+1)-dimensional discrete lattice with a Monte Carlo simulation. Incorporation of faster modes such as crankshaft and reptation movements along with the relatively slow kink-jump dynamics seems crucial in relaxing the interface width. As the continuously released polymer chains are driven (via segmental movements) and deposited, the interface width W grows with the number of time steps t, W proportional, variant t(beta), (beta approximately 0.4-0.8), which is followed by its saturation to a steady-state value W(s). Stopping the release of additional chains after saturation while continuing the segmental movements relaxes the saturated width to an equilibrium value (W(s)-->W(r)). Scaling of the relaxed interface width W(r) with the driving field E, W(r) proportional, variant E(-1/2) remains similar to that of the steady-state W(s) width. In contrast to monotonic increase of the steady-state width W(s), the relaxed interface width W(r) is found to decay (possibly as a stretched exponential) with the molecular weight. PMID:12005836

  20. Uranium Recovery from Seawater: Development of Fiber Adsorbents Prepared via Atom-Transfer Radical Polymerization

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    Saito, Tomonori; Brown, Suree; Chatterjee, Sabornie; Kim, Jungseung; Tsouris, Costas; Mayes, Richard T; Kuo, Li-Jung; Gill, Gary; Oyola, Yatsandra; Janke, Christopher James; Dai, Sheng

    2014-01-01

    A novel adsorbent preparation method using atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) combined with radiation-induced graft polymerization (RIGP) was developed to synthesize an adsorbent for uranium recovery from seawater. The ATRP method allowed a much higher degree of grafting on the adsorbent fibers (595 2818%) than that allowed by RIGP alone. The adsorbents were prepared with varied composition of amidoxime groups and hydrophilic acrylate groups. The successful preparation revealed that both ligand density and hydrophilicity were critical for optimal performance of the adsorbents. Adsorbents synthesized in this study showed a relatively high performance (141 179 mg/g at 49 62 % adsorption) in laboratory screening tests using a uranium concentration of ~6 ppm. This performance is much higher than that of known commercial adsorbents. However, actual seawater experiment showed impeded performance compared to the recently reported high-surface-area-fiber adsorbents, due to slow adsorption kinetics. The impeded performance motivated an investigation of the effect of hydrophilic block addition on the graft chain terminus. The addition of hydrophilic block on the graft chain terminus nearly doubled the uranium adsorption capacity in seawater, from 1.56 mg/g to 3.02 mg/g. The investigation revealed the importance of polymer chain conformation, in addition to ligand and hydrophilic group ratio, for advanced adsorbent synthesis for uranium recovery from seawater.

  1. Single molecule spectroscopy of conjugated polymer chains in an electric field-aligned liquid crystal.

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    Chang, Wei-Shun; Link, Stephan; Yethiraj, Arun; Barbara, Paul F

    2008-01-17

    Using single molecule polarization spectroscopy, we investigated the alignment of a polymer solute with respect to the liquid crystal (LC) director in an LC device while applying an external electric field. The polymer solute is poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (or MEH-PPV), and the LC solvent is 5CB. The electric field induces a change in the LC director orientation from a planar alignment (no electric field) to a perpendicular (homeotropic) alignment with an applied field of 5.5 x 103 V/cm. We find that the polymer chains align with the LC director in both planar and homeotropic alignment when measured in the bulk of the LC solution away from the device interface. Single molecule polarization distributions measured as a function of distance from the LC device interface reveal a continuous change of the MEH-PPV alignment from planar to homeotropic. The observed polarization distributions are modeled using a conventional elastic model that predicts the depth profile of the LC director orientation for the applied electric field. The excellent agreement between experiment and simulations shows that the alignment of MEH-PPV follows the LC director throughout the LC sample. Furthermore, our results suggest that conjugated polymers such as MEH-PPV can be used as sensitive local probes to explore complex (and unknown) structures in anisotropic media. PMID:17975912

  2. Grafting of a functionalized side-chain liquid crystal polymer on carbon fiber surfaces: Novel coupling agents for fiber/polymer matrix composites

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    Le Bonheur, V.; Stupp, S.I. )

    1993-09-01

    The authors studied covalent grafting to functionalized carbon fibers of a specially designed liquid crystalline monomer and its corresponding side-chain liquid crystalline polymer containing pendant chemical functions on their mesogenic groups. From a materials point of view these liquid crystalline compounds could act as coupling agents at fiber/polymer matrix interfaces, offering a mechanism to control composite properties not only through bonding but also through their [open quotes]spontaneous[close quotes] molecular orientation in interfacial regions. The grafting methodology for both monomer and polymer to fiber surfaces involved esterification through carbodiimide chemistry in solution. Carboxylic acid groups found on functionalized carbon fiber surfaces were esterified to phenolic functions in the side chains of the experimental polymer. Following grafting procedures the fibers were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and by contact angle measurements. SEM micrographs of fibers grafted with polymer revealed the presence of strongly attached polymeric material on the graphitic surface after rigorous extraction with polymer solvent. Contact angle measurements and polar/dispersive free energy analysis indicated also a smaller polar component of the surface free energy of fibers possibly due to the hydrophobic polymer backbone grafted on the carbon surfaces. On the basis of results, it is concluded that the esterification reaction grafted the polyphenolic liquid-crystal polymer on graphite fiber surfaces. 24 refs., 8 figs., 4 tabs.

  3. Impact of glucose polymer chain length on heat and physical stability of milk protein-carbohydrate nutritional beverages.

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    Chen, Biye; O'Mahony, James A

    2016-11-15

    This study investigated the impact of glucose polymer chain length on heat and physical stability of milk protein isolate (MPI)-carbohydrate nutritional beverages containing 8.5% w/w total protein and 5% w/w carbohydrate. The maltodextrin and corn syrup solids glucose polymers used had dextrose equivalent (DE) values of 17 or 38, respectively. Increasing DE value of the glucose polymers resulted in a greater increase in brown colour development, ionic calcium, protein particle size, apparent viscosity and pseudoplastic rheological behaviour, and greater reduction in pH, hydration and heat stability on sterilisation at 120°C. Incorporation of glucose polymers with MPI retarded sedimentation of protein during accelerated physical stability testing, with maltodextrin DE17 causing a greater reduction in sedimentation velocity and compressibility of sediment formed than corn syrup solids DE38. The results demonstrate that chain length of the glucose polymer used strongly impacts heat and physical stability of MPI-carbohydrate nutritional beverages.

  4. Understanding entangled polymers: What we can learn from athermal chain packings

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    Karayiannis, Nikos

    2012-02-01

    The study of random and ordered packings (from atoms and colloidal particles to sand grains) has been the focus of extensive research. This is not surprising since an understanding of the mechanisms that control morphology and packing is the key to the design and synthesis of novel ``smart'' materials and functionalities. In particular, the study of packings of chain molecules presents challenges but also insights which are absent in monatomic systems and further allows for a direction comparison with them. In this contribution we give an overview of our work on very dense and nearly jammed packings of athermal polymers. We show that chain molecules can be as efficiently and as densely packed as monatomic analogs up to the same maximally random jammed state. We also show that an exact correspondence can be established between the statistical-mechanical ensembles of packings of monatomic, and chain systems, which yields insights on the universality of jamming. By studying the effect of concentration on polymer size and on the underlying network of topological hindrances we precisely identify the distinct universal scaling regimes and the corresponding exponents. An unsuspected connection, valid from dilute up to very dense assemblies, is established between knots (of intermolecular origin) and entanglements (intermolecular constraints). We finally show that, against expectations, entropy-driven crystallization can occur in dense systems of athermal polymers once a critical volume fraction is reached. Such phase transition is driven by the increase in translational entropy: ordered sites exhibit enhanced mobility as their local free volume becomes more spherical and symmetric. Incipient nuclei develop well defined, stack-faulted layered crystal morphologies with a single stacking direction. The ordering transition and the resulting complex morphologies are analyzed, highlighting similarities and differences with respect to monatomic crystallization.

  5. Interaction of polymer with clays.

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    Auvray, L.; Lal, J.

    1999-07-02

    Normally synthetic well defined monodisperse discotic laponite clays are known to form a gel phase at mass concentrations as low as a few percent in distilled water. Hydrosoluble polymer polyethylene oxide was added to this intriguing clay system, it was observed that it either prevents gelation or slows it down extremely depending on the polymer weight, concentration or the laponite concentration. Small Angle Neutron scattering (SANS) was used to study these systems because only by isotopic labelling can the structure of the adsorbed polymer layers be determined. The contrast variation technique is specifically used to determine separately the different partial structure factors of the clay and polymer. In this way the signal of the adsorbed chains is separated from the signal of the free chains.

  6. An atomic finite element model for biodegradable polymers. Part 2. A model for change in Young's modulus due to polymer chain scission.

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    Gleadall, Andrew; Pan, Jingzhe; Kruft, Marc-Anton

    2015-11-01

    Atomic simulations were undertaken to analyse the effect of polymer chain scission on amorphous poly(lactide) during degradation. Many experimental studies have analysed mechanical properties degradation but relatively few computation studies have been conducted. Such studies are valuable for supporting the design of bioresorbable medical devices. Hence in this paper, an Effective Cavity Theory for the degradation of Young's modulus was developed. Atomic simulations indicated that a volume of reduced-stiffness polymer may exist around chain scissions. In the Effective Cavity Theory, each chain scission is considered to instantiate an effective cavity. Finite Element Analysis simulations were conducted to model the effect of the cavities on Young's modulus. Since polymer crystallinity affects mechanical properties, the effect of increases in crystallinity during degradation on Young's modulus is also considered. To demonstrate the ability of the Effective Cavity Theory, it was fitted to several sets of experimental data for Young's modulus in the literature.

  7. Effects of Chain Entanglement on Polymer Solutions and Their Rheological Properties.

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    Berger, Todd Patrick

    observed in dilute solution (c~c*/5). In the concentrated solution (c~2c*) large entangled masses were observed. As a theoretical comparison between linear and branched polymer chains the number of self-avoiding linear and branched polymers on a square lattice was exactly enumerated to investigate the finite-size effect. The behavior of the growth function mu(phi ) as a function of the coverage phi for the two polymers is very different, which, is suggested to be responsible for a first-order transition for the case of a branched polymer, but a second-order transition for a linear polymer.

  8. Cyclic side-chain phenylazo naphthalene polymers: enhanced fluorescence emission and surface relief grating formation.

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    Zhang, Hao; Zhou, Nianchen; Zhu, Xing; Chen, Xinrong; Zhang, Zhengbiao; Zhang, Wei; Zhu, Jian; Hu, Zhijun; Zhu, Xiulin

    2012-11-14

    Well-defined cyclic-polymers (cyclic-PAzoMMAs), bearing side-chain phenylazo naphthalene chromophore, were successfully synthesized by the combination of atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and copper(I)-catalyzed azide/alkyne cycloaddition "click" reaction, as verified by GPC, (1) H NMR, FTIR, and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. The cyclic-PAzoMMA showed higher glass transition temperatures than the linear-PAzoMMA with the same molecular weight. Interestingly, the cyclic-PAzoMMA exhibited deeper modulation depth (M.D.) induced by SRG, larger value of the photoinduced birefringence, increased fluorescence emission, and longer fluorescence lifetime in comparison with its linear counterpart. PMID:22965741

  9. Adsorption of peptides and small proteins with control access polymer permeation to affinity binding sites. Part I: Polymer permeation-immobilized metal ion affinity chromatography separation adsorbents with polyethylene glycol and immobilized metal ions.

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    González-Ortega, Omar; Porath, Jerker; Guzmán, Roberto

    2012-03-01

    Despite the many efforts to develop efficient protein purification techniques, the isolation of peptides and small proteins on a larger than analytical scale remains a significant challenge. Recovery of small biomolecules from diluted complex biological mixtures, such as human serum, employing porous adsorbents is a difficult task mainly due to the presence of concentrated large biomolecules that can add undesired effects in the system such as blocking of adsorbent pores, impairing diffusion of small molecules, or competition for adsorption sites. Adsorption and size exclusion chromatography (AdSEC) controlled access media, using polyethylene glycol (PEG) as a semi-permeable barrier on a polysaccharide matrix, have been developed and explored in this work to overcome such effects and to preferentially adsorb small molecules while rejecting large ones. In the first part of this work, adsorption studies were performed with small peptides and proteins from synthetic mixtures using controlled access polymer permeation adsorption (CAPPA) media created by effectively grafting PEG on an immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC) agarose resin, where chelating agents and immobilized metal ions were used as the primary affinity binding sites. Synthetic mixtures consisted of bovine serum albumin (BSA) with small proteins, peptides, amino acids (such as histidine or Val⁴-Angiotensin III), and small molecules-spiked human serum. The synthesized hybrid adsorbent consisted of agarose beads modified with iminodiacetic (IDA) groups, loaded with immobilized Cu(II) ions, and PEG. These CAPPA media with grafted PEG on the interior and exterior surfaces of the agarose matrix were effective in rejecting high molecular weight proteins. Different PEG grafting densities and PEG of different molecular weight were tested to determine their effect in rejecting and controlling adsorbent permeation properties. Low grafting density of high molecular weight PEG was found to be as

  10. Simulation of bead-and-spring chain models for semidilute polymer solutions in shear flow

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    Fetsko, S. W.; Cummings, P. T.

    1994-11-01

    We report preliminary results of simulations of the steady-state rheological behavior for semidilute polymer solutions of head-and-spring chain models in planar Couette now. The simulations include examination of the effects of excluded volume. hydrodynamic interactions and density. Hydrodynamic interactions are modeled by the Rotne -Prager Yamakawa tensor. The simulations are based on the nonequilibrium Brownian dynamics algorithm of Ermak and McCammon. In addition to the spring potential between neighboring beads in the chain. the interaction between any two beads in the solution is modeled using a shifted, repulsive Leonard-Jones potential. Lees Edward sliding brick boundary conditions are used for consistency with the Couette flow field.

  11. Revealing the Supramolecular Nature of Side-Chain Terpyridine-Functionalized Polymer Networks

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    Brassinne, Jérémy; Jochum, Florian D.; Fustin, Charles-André; Gohy, Jean-François

    2015-01-01

    Nowadays, finely controlling the mechanical properties of polymeric materials is possible by incorporating supramolecular motifs into their architecture. In this context, the synthesis of a side-chain terpyridine-functionalized poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) is reported via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. By addition of transition metal ions, concentrated aqueous solutions of this polymer turn into metallo-supramolecular hydrogels whose dynamic mechanical properties are investigated by rotational rheometry. Hence, the possibility for the material to relax mechanical constrains via dissociation of transient cross-links is brought into light. In addition, the complex phenomena occurring under large oscillatory shear are interpreted in the context of transient networks. PMID:25569082

  12. Adsorption of a single polymer chain on a surface: Effects of the potential range

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    Klushin, Leonid I.; Polotsky, Alexey A.; Hsu, Hsiao-Ping; Markelov, Denis A.; Binder, Kurt; Skvortsov, Alexander M.

    2013-02-01

    We investigate the effects of the range of adsorption potential on the equilibrium behavior of a single polymer chain end-attached to a solid surface. The exact analytical theory for ideal lattice chains interacting with a planar surface via a box potential of depth U and width W is presented and compared to continuum model results and to Monte Carlo (MC) simulations using the pruned-enriched Rosenbluth method for self-avoiding chains on a simple cubic lattice. We show that the critical value Uc corresponding to the adsorption transition scales as W-1/ν, where the exponent ν=1/2 for ideal chains and ν≈3/5 for self-avoiding walks. Lattice corrections for finite W are incorporated in the analytical prediction of the ideal chain theory Uc≈((π2)/(24))(W+1/2)-2 and in the best-fit equation for the MC simulation data Uc=0.585(W+1/2)-5/3. Tail, loop, and train distributions at the critical point are evaluated by MC simulations for 1≤W≤10 and compared to analytical results for ideal chains and with scaling theory predictions. The behavior of a self-avoiding chain is remarkably close to that of an ideal chain in several aspects. We demonstrate that the bound fraction θ and the related properties of finite ideal and self-avoiding chains can be presented in a universal reduced form: θ(N,U,W)=θ(NUc,U/Uc). By utilizing precise estimations of the critical points we investigate the chain length dependence of the ratio of the normal and lateral components of the gyration radius. Contrary to common expectations this ratio attains a limiting universal value /=0.320±0.003 only at N˜5000. Finite-N corrections for this ratio turn out to be of the opposite sign for W=1 and for W≥2. We also study the N dependence of the apparent crossover exponent ϕeff(N). Strong corrections to scaling of order N-0.5 are observed, and the extrapolated value ϕ=0.483±0.003 is found for all values of W. The strong correction to scaling effects found here explain why for

  13. Scope of controlled synthesis via chain-growth condensation polymerization: from aromatic polyamides to π-conjugated polymers.

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    Yokozawa, Tsutomu; Ohta, Yoshihiro

    2013-09-28

    Conventional condensation polymerization proceeds in a step-growth polymerization manner, in which the generated polymers possess a broad molecular weight distribution, and control over molecular weight and polymer end groups is difficult. However, the mechanism of condensation polymerization of some monomers has been converted from step-growth to chain-growth by means of activation of the polymer end group, either due to the difference in substituent effects between the monomer and the polymer, or due to successive intramolecular transfer of catalyst to the polymer end. In this article, we review recent developments in chain-growth condensation polymerization (CGCP) in these two areas. The former approach has yielded many architectures containing aromatic polyamides and aromatic polyethers, with unique properties. In the latter case, the mechanism, catalysts, and initiators of Ni- and Pd-catalyzed coupling polymerizations leading to poly(alkylthiophene)s and poly(p-phenylene)s have been extensively investigated. Other well-defined π-conjugated polymers, such as polyfluorenes, n-type polymers, and alternating aryl polymers, have also been synthesized by means of catalyst-transfer condensation polymerization. Many π-conjugated polymer architectures prepared by utilizing catalyst-transfer condensation polymerization are not covered in this article.

  14. Chain Gang-The Chemistry of Polymers (edited by Mickey Sarquis)

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    Collard, David M.

    1999-01-01

    Science in Our World, Vol. 5. Mickey Sarquis, series editor. Terrific Science Press: Middletown, OH, 1995. xiv + 149 pp. ISBN 1-883822-13-0. Spiral-bound, $13.95. Our familiarity with plastics makes polymers ideal examples of chemicals for discussion in K-12 science classes. Most importantly, polymers can be used as examples of chemicals that are safe to handle and of obvious use to society. The structures of polymers are easily represented by a number of models. These simple models go a long way in explaining the familiar physical properties of plastics. However, the introduction of polymers in the classroom relies on the availability of teaching material, experiments, and demonstrations that illustrate concepts in the current science curriculum. Chain Gang-The Chemistry of Polymers, one of the Science in Our World series published by the Center for Chemical Education at Miami University-Middletown (Ohio), will serve as a great resource for teachers interested in providing their students with a series of activities that can be related to their everyday experiences with these ubiquitous chemicals. After a brief introduction to some basic concepts, the book presents a series of 23 experiments. The collection of experiments presented here spans illustrations of chemistry, physical properties, analysis, and processing. Each experiment is recommended as either a hands-on activity or demonstration for various grade levels. A guide for the teacher suggests how the experiment can be used to illustrate topics in the science curriculum. The materials required for each activity are listed in detail, with quantities and sources (all materials are available from Flinn Scientific or hardware stores). There are detailed instructions for preparation of each experiment and how to introduce the experiment to students, and step-by-step instructions for activity. Very importantly, safety and disposal issues are clearly presented. Suggestions for cross-curriculum integration are also

  15. Electronic and structural properties of extended-chain compounds and polymers

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    Springborg, M.

    2000-04-20

    Results of density functional calculations on infinite, periodic chains are reported. The method that is applied is based on linearized muffin-tin orbitals as basis functions, although the full potential and not only its muffin-tin part is included in the calculations. Special emphasis is put on analyzing the interatomic interactions by means of crystal-orbital overlap or Hamilton populations (COOP and COHP, respectively). As examples of conjugated polymers, trans-polyacetylene and polycarbonitrile are studied. Here, in particular, the existence of a bond length alternation is discussed. Subsequently, PtS{sub 2} (both without and with K counterions) and NbSe{sub 3} chains are considered. For the former, the single-chain calculations are supplemented with calculations on the crystalline compounds, and it is shown how single-chain effects are responsible for the structural properties whereas interchain effects have to be included in order to account for all the electronic properties. Parts of the results are explained through an analysis of the COOP and COHP. For NbSe{sub 3} the three different structures occurring in the crystalline material are considered, and the implications of the results for the existence of charge density waves as well as the importance of spin-orbit couplings are discussed. Finally, HF as an example of an extended hydrogen-bonded system is examined, and it is demonstrated how the electronic interactions change when the covalent and hydrogen bonds are interchanged as it occurs in charge transport via solitons.

  16. Specific Interactions of Neutral Side Chains of an Adsorbed Protein with the Surface of α-Quartz and Silica Gel.

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    Odinokov, Alexey V; Bagaturyants, Alexander A

    2015-07-16

    Many key features of the protein adsorption on the silica surfaces still remain unraveled. One of the open questions is the interaction of nonpolar side chains with siloxane cavities. Here, we use nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations for the detailed investigation of the binding of several hydrophobic and amphiphilic protein side chains with silica surface. These interactions were found to be a possible driving force for protein adsorption. The free energy gain was larger for the disordered surface of amorphous silica gel as compared to α-quartz, but the impact depended on the type of amino acid. The dependence was analyzed from the structural point of view. For every amino acid an enthalpy-entropy compensation behavior was observed. These results confirm a hypothesis of an essential role of hydrophobic interactions in protein unfolding and irreversible adsorption on the silica surface.

  17. Slow knot formation by suppressed self-reptation in a collapsed polymer chain

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    Nakata, Mitsuo; Nakamura, Yoshiki; Sasaki, Naoki; Maki, Yasuyuki

    2012-02-01

    Chain-expansion processes from knotted globules have been measured for poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) in the mixed solvent tert-butyl alcohol (TBA) + water (2.5 vol %) by static light scattering. The solution was quenched from the Θ temperature of 41.5 ∘C to 37.0 ∘C, aged there for a time period tp, and then returned rapidly to the Θ temperature. The chain-expansion process was determined as a time evolution of the expansion factor α2 after the temperature increase. The measurement was carried out by changing the aging time tp from 240 to 7200 min, and the molecular weight from Mw = 4.0 × 106 to 1.5 × 107, by taking advantage of the extremely slow chain aggregation in the solution. The chain-expansion process obtained for Mw = 1.22 × 107 became slow with increasing tp, which revealed the knot formation in single globules. The characteristic time of the chain expansion from globules aged for tp = 7200 min was found to depend on the molecular weight as Mw2.7. This exponent, which is close to 3, demonstrated a disentanglement process due to self-reptation. The present data were compared with the previous data of the chain expansion from compact globules aged at 25.0 ∘C. The comparison made at Mw = 1.22 × 107 and at the same values of tp revealed that the chain expansion from the globules aged at 25.0 ∘C was much faster than that from the globules at 37.0 ∘C, indicating a lower knot density in the more compact globules. It was conjectured that the knot formation due to self-reptation would be suppressed in a compact globule because an entire conformational change required by knot formation would become difficult to occur in the confined space of high segment concentration, particularly for a long polymer chain. The chain collapse of PMMA in the mixed solvent has been observed to occur extremely slowly at the later stage. This slow process was explained by the suppressed self-reptation.

  18. Polymer-grafted lignin surfactants prepared via reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer polymerization.

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    Gupta, Chetali; Washburn, Newell R

    2014-08-12

    Kraft lignin grafted with hydrophilic polymers has been prepared using reversible addition-fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT) polymerization and investigated for use as a surfactant. In this preliminary study, polyacrylamide and poly(acrylic acid) were grafted from a lignin RAFT macroinitiator at average initiator site densities estimated to be 2 per particle and 17 per particle. The target degrees of polymerization were 50 and 100, but analysis of cleaved polyacrylamide was consistent with a higher average molecular weight, suggesting not all sites were able to participate in the polymerization. All materials were readily soluble in water, and dynamic light scattering data indicate polymer-grafted lignin coexisted in isolated and aggregated forms in aqueous media. The characteristic size was 15-20 nm at low concentrations, and aggregation appeared to be a stronger function of degree of polymerization than graft density. These species were surface active, reducing the surface tension to as low as 60 dyn/cm at 1 mg/mL, and a greater decrease was observed than for polymer-grafted silica nanoparticles, suggesting that the lignin core was also surface active. While these lignin surfactants were soluble in water, they were not soluble in hexanes. Thus, it was unexpected that water-in-oil emulsions formed in all surfactant compositions and solvent ratios tested, with average droplet sizes of 10-20 μm. However, although polymer-grafted lignin has structural features similar to nanoparticles used in Pickering emulsions, its interfacial behavior was qualitatively different. While at air-water interfaces, the hydrophilic grafts promote effective reductions in surface tension, we hypothesize that the low grafting density in these lignin surfactants favors partitioning into the hexanes side of the oil-water interface because collapsed conformations of the polymer grafts improve interfacial coverage and reduce water-hexanes interactions. We propose that polymer-grafted lignin

  19. Effect of flexibility on the shear-induced migration of short-chain polymers in parabolic channel flow

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    Saintillan, David; Shaqfeh, Eric S. G.; Darve, Eric

    2006-06-01

    We use Brownian dynamics to investigate the effect of chain flexibility on the cross-streamline migration of short polymers in a pressure-driven flow between two infinite flat plates. A simulation method is described that models a polymer molecule at the Kuhn step level as a chain of N freely jointed Brownian rods, and includes multibody hydrodynamic interactions between the chain segments and the surrounding channel walls. Our study confirms the existence of shear-induced migration away from the solid boundaries toward the channel centreline as a result of wall hydrodynamic interactions. At a fixed ratio H/R_{g} of the channel width to the bulk radius of gyration, and at a fixed value of the Weissenberg number Wi, simulations show that migration is not significantly influenced by flexibility for chains of length N {≥} 2. Much weaker migration is observed however for fully rigid chains (N {=} 1), and a mechanism is discussed to explain migration in that case.

  20. Simulating the dynamics of a single polymer chain in solution: Lattice Boltzmann vs Brownian dynamics

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    Duenweg, Burkhard

    2010-03-01

    Two well--established and complementary methodologies to simulate the dynamics of polymers in solution are (i) Brownian Dynamics (BD), and (ii) Molecular Dynamics coupled dissipatively to a lattice Boltzmann background (MD/LB). The talk gives a brief introduction into both methods, and then presents results of a recent comparative study that applied both methods to the same model of a single chain that moves in a solvent under the influence of thermal noise. Emphasis is put on the question how to map the parameters onto each other, in particular those that are crucial for the dynamics. The agreement of static properties is perfect, as it must be. The dynamic properties agree very well, if for the MD/LB case the effects of finite box size are eliminated by extrapolation. We also find that proper thermalization of all MD/LB degrees of freedom (including the so--called ``kinetic modes'') is necessary. Small deviations between BD and MD/LB remain as a result of the different simulation methodologies. Finally, the computational efficiency of the two methods is compared. For the single--chain system, BD is clearly much faster, while scaling estimates suggest that the opposite is true for semidilute solutions. References: *Tri T. Pham, Ulf D. Schiller, J. Ravi Prakash, and B. D"unweg, J. Chem. Phys. 131, 164114 (2009). *B. D"unweg and A. J. C. Ladd, Adv. Polym. Sci. 221, 89 (2009).

  1. Ionic polymer cluster energetics: Computational analysis of pendant chain stiffness and charge imbalance

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    Weiland, Lisa Mauck; Leo, Donald J.

    2005-06-01

    In recent years there has been considerable study of the potential mechanisms underlying the electromechanical response of ionic-polymer-metal composites. The most recent models have been based on the response of the ion-containing clusters that are formed when the material is synthesized. Most of these efforts have employed assumptions of uniform ion distribution within spherical cluster shapes. This work investigates the impact of dispensing with these assumptions in order to better understand the parameters that impact cluster shape, size, and ion transport potential. A computational micromechanics model applying Monte Carlo methodology is employed to predict the equilibrium state of a single cluster of a solvated ionomeric polymer. For a constant solvated state, the model tracks the position of individual ions within a given cluster in response to ion-ion interaction, mechanical stiffness of the pendant chain, cluster surface energy, and external electric-field loading. Results suggest that cluster surface effects play a significant role in the equilibrium cluster state, including ion distribution; pendant chain stiffness also plays a role in ion distribution but to a lesser extent. Moreover, ion pairing is rarely complete even in cation-rich clusters; this in turn supports the supposition of the formation of anode and cathode boundary layers.

  2. Phthalocyaninato complexes with peripheral alkylthio chains: disk-like adsorbate species for the vertical anchoring of ligands on gold surfaces

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    Siemeling, Ulrich; Schirrmacher, Christian; Glebe, Ulrich; Bruhn, Clemens; Baio, Joe E.; Árnadóttir, Líney; Castner, David G.; Weidner, Tobias

    2011-01-01

    Thin metalorganic films were prepared on gold by self-assembly of thioether-functionalised phthalocyaninato complexes from solution. The phthalocyaninato ligands used contain eight peripheral, β-positioned, alkylthio substituents SR (1a: R = n-C8H17, 1b: R = n-C12H25), which serve as headgroups for surface binding and promote lateral assembly, while the disk-like phthalocyaninato core offers the scope for the attachment of axial ligands to the adsorbed molecules. This process was mimicked by coordination of pyridine (Py) to [Zn(1a)] and [Zn(1b)], respectively. The crystal structures of the products [Zn(1a)(Py)] and [Zn(1b)(Py)] were determined. The crystal structures of 4,5-bis(octylthio)phthalodinitrile and 4,5-bis(dodecylthio)phthalodinitrile were also determined. The films fabricated from [Mn(1a)Cl] and [Mn(1b)Cl] on gold were characterised by XPS, ToF-SIMS and NEXAFS spectroscopy, which revealed the presence of well-defined and homogeneous self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), whose constituents are bound to the substrate by thioether–gold linkages. The orientation of the macrocycles is predominantly parallel to the surface. Strong electronic interaction of the manganese(III) centre with the substrate leads to Cl loss upon adsorption and its reduction to MnII. PMID:21857743

  3. COMPUTER SIMULATION OF THE STATIC AND DYNAMIC PROPERTIES OF A POLYMER CHAIN

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    Ceperley, David; Kalos, M. H.; Lebowitz, Joel L.

    1981-01-01

    We have carried out computer simulations of the statics and dynamics of an isolated model polymer chain with excluded volume in a solvent acting as a heat bath. We find that the disbribution function for the separation of a pair of beads scales as the number of beads N to the power {nu} and that edge effects are small. The dynamical correlation functions, such as that of the end-to-end vector, scale as N{sup 2{nu}+1} with {nu} ~ 0.6. The results of a dynamical lattice polymer model are shown to be consistent with the present results if one adjusts the time scales in such a way that the center of mass diffuses at the same rate in the two models. The relaxation of the stress tensor, is shown to be quite similar to that of the Rouse model. Finally, it is shown that edge effects are much more pronounced in the diffusive motion of the individual beads, there being a skin comprising about 30% of the total polymer, where bead motion is relatively quicker.

  4. On the Anomalous Diffusion of a Polymer Chain in an Unentangled Melt

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    Baschnagel, Jorg

    2014-03-01

    The dynamics of polymer chains in unentangled melts is commonly described by the Rouse model. However, various experimental and simulation studies show that certain dynamical phenomena in unentangled melts cannot be explained by the Rouse theory. One of the puzzling observations is the anomalous diffusion of the center-of-mass (CM) of a polymer chain for times t polymer consisting of N monomers. We explore two attempts to explain this observation: (i) an approach based on the effective interactions between the CMs in the melt and (ii) an approach based on the hydrodynamic flow and viscoelasticity of the melt. For approach (i) we find a partial success: The theory accounts for the anomalous motion by yielding a negative power-law tail for the CM velocity autocorrelation function (CM VAF), Ccm(t) ~ -N-1t - 5 / 4 . This prediction is in good agreement with molecular-dynamics (MD) simulations utilizing Langevin dynamics with a strong damping constant. On the other hand, for simulations with momentum conserving dynamics (i.e., the experimentally relevant situation) the prediction of approach (i) is qualitatively incorrect. In the latter case, the CM VAF rather scales as Ccm(t) ~ -N - 1 / 2t - 3 / 2 . This behavior can be rationalized by approach (ii). The predictions of approach (ii) are found to be good quantitative agreement with the MD simulations. In collaboration with: J. Farago, H. Meyer, A. N. Semenov, J. P. Wittmer, A. Johner (Institut Charles Sadron).

  5. Interaction of polymer with discotic clay particles.

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    Auvray, L.; Lal, J.

    1999-08-04

    Normally synthetic well defined monodisperse discotic laponite clays are known to form a gel phase at mass concentrations as low as a few percent in distilled water. Hydrosoluble polymer polyethylene oxide was added to this intriguing clay system, it was observed that it either prevents gelation or slows it down extremely depending on the polymer weight, concentration or the laponite concentration. Small Angle Neutron scattering (SANS) was used to study these systems because only by isotopic labeling can the structure of the adsorbed polymer layers be determined. The contrast variation technique is specifically used to determine separately the different partial structure factors of the clay and polymer. In this way the signal of the adsorbed chains is separated from the signal of the free chains in the dilute regime. Attempts have also been made to characterize the structure in the concentrated regime of laponite with polymer.

  6. Single chain structure in thin polymer films: corrections to Flory's and Silberberg's hypotheses

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    Cavallo, A.; Müller, M.; Wittmer, J. P.; Johner, A.; Binder, K.

    2005-05-01

    Conformational properties of polymer melts confined between two hard structureless walls are investigated by Monte Carlo simulation of the bond fluctuation model. Parallel and perpendicular components of chain extension, bond-bond correlation function and structure factor are computed and compared with recent theoretical approaches attempting to go beyond Flory's and Silberberg's hypotheses. We demonstrate that for ultrathin films where the thickness, H, is smaller than the excluded volume screening length (blob size), ξ, the chain size parallel to the walls diverges logarithmically, R2/2Napb2+clog(N) with c~1/H. The corresponding bond-bond correlation function decreases like a power law, C(s) = d/sω with s being the curvilinear distance between bonds and ω = 1. Upon increasing the film thickness, H, we find—in contrast to Flory's hypothesis—the bulk exponent ω = 3/2 and, more importantly, a decreasing d(H) that gives direct evidence for an enhanced self-interaction of chain segments reflected at the walls. Systematic deviations from the Kratky plateau as a function of H are found for the single chain form factor parallel to the walls in agreement with the non-monotonic behaviour predicted by theory. This structure in the Kratky plateau might give rise to an erroneous estimation of the chain extension from scattering experiments. For large H the deviations are linear with the wavevector, q, but are very weak. In contrast, for ultrathin films, H<ξ, very strong corrections (albeit logarithmic in q) are found suggesting a possible experimental verification of our results.

  7. Detachment of semiflexible polymer chains from a substrate: A molecular dynamics investigation

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    Paturej, J.; Erbas, A.; Milchev, A.; Rostiashvili, V. G.

    2014-12-07

    Using Molecular Dynamics simulations, we study the force-induced detachment of a coarse-grained model polymer chain from an adhesive substrate. One of the chain ends is thereby pulled at constant speed off the attractive substrate and the resulting saw-tooth profile of the measured mean force 〈f〉 vs height D of the end-segment over the plane is analyzed for a broad variety of parameters. It is shown that the observed characteristic oscillations in the 〈f〉-D profile depend on the bending and not on the torsional stiffness of the detached chains. Allowing for the presence of hydrodynamic interactions (HI) in a setup with explicit solvent and dissipative particle dynamics-thermostat, rather than the case of Langevin thermostat, one finds that HI have little effect on the 〈f〉-D profile. Also the change of substrate affinity with respect to the solvent from solvophilic to solvophobic is found to play negligible role in the desorption process. In contrast, a changing ratio ε{sub s}{sup B}/ε{sub s}{sup A} of the binding energies of A- and B-segments in the detachment of an AB-copolymer from adhesive surface strongly changes the 〈f〉-D profile whereby the B-spikes vanish when ε{sub s}{sup B}/ε{sub s}{sup A}<0.15. Eventually, performing an atomistic simulation of (bio)-polymers, we demonstrate that the simulation results, derived from our coarse-grained model, comply favorably with those from the all-atom simulation.

  8. Detachment of semiflexible polymer chains from a substrate: A molecular dynamics investigation

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    Paturej, J.; Erbas, A.; Milchev, A.; Rostiashvili, V. G.

    2014-12-01

    Using Molecular Dynamics simulations, we study the force-induced detachment of a coarse-grained model polymer chain from an adhesive substrate. One of the chain ends is thereby pulled at constant speed off the attractive substrate and the resulting saw-tooth profile of the measured mean force ⟨f⟩ vs height D of the end-segment over the plane is analyzed for a broad variety of parameters. It is shown that the observed characteristic oscillations in the ⟨f⟩-D profile depend on the bending and not on the torsional stiffness of the detached chains. Allowing for the presence of hydrodynamic interactions (HI) in a setup with explicit solvent and dissipative particle dynamics-thermostat, rather than the case of Langevin thermostat, one finds that HI have little effect on the ⟨f⟩-D profile. Also the change of substrate affinity with respect to the solvent from solvophilic to solvophobic is found to play negligible role in the desorption process. In contrast, a changing ratio ɛ _s^B / ɛ _s^A of the binding energies of A- and B-segments in the detachment of an AB-copolymer from adhesive surface strongly changes the ⟨f⟩-D profile whereby the B-spikes vanish when ɛ _s^B / ɛ _s^A < 0.15. Eventually, performing an atomistic simulation of (bio)-polymers, we demonstrate that the simulation results, derived from our coarse-grained model, comply favorably with those from the all-atom simulation.

  9. Graft copolymer composed of cationic backbone and bottle brush-like side chains as a physically adsorbed coating for protein separation by capillary electrophoresis.

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    Zhou, Dan; Xiang, Lina; Zeng, Rongju; Cao, Fuhu; Zhu, Xiaoxi; Wang, Yanmei

    2011-12-01

    To stabilize electroosmotic flow (EOF) and suppress protein adsorption onto the silica capillary inner wall, a cationic hydroxyethylcellulose-graft-poly (poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (cat-HEC-g-PPEGMA) graft copolymer composed of cationic backbone and bottle brush-like side chains was synthesized for the first time and used as a novel physically adsorbed coating for protein separation by capillary electrophoresis. Reversed (anodal) and very stable EOF was obtained in cat-HEC-g-PPEGMA-coated capillary at pH 2.2-7.8. The effects of degree of cationization, PEGMA grafting ratio, PEGMA molecular mass, and buffer pH on the separation of basic proteins were investigated. A systematic comparative study of protein separation in bare and HEC-coated capillaries and in cat-HEC-g-PPEGMA-coated capillary was also performed. The basic proteins can be well separated in cat-HEC-g-PPEGMA-coated capillary over the pH range of 2.8-6.8 with good repeatability and high separation efficiency, because the coating combines good protein-resistant property of bottle brush-like PPEGMA side chains with excellent coating ability of cat-HEC backbone. Besides its success in separation of basic proteins, the cat-HEC-g-PPEGMA coating was also superior in the fast separation of other protein samples, such as protein mixture, egg white, and saliva, which indicates that it is a promising coating for further proteomics analysis. PMID:22038787

  10. Synthesis and the third-order non-linear optical properties of new azobenzene-containing side-chain polymers

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    Li, Najun; Lu, Jianmei; Xu, Qingfeng; Wang, Lihua

    2006-09-01

    A new series of aromatic azobenzol compounds containing vinyl have been designed as monomers. The azobenzene-containing side-chain polymers containing azo NLO chromophore in each side chain have been synthesized via free radical polymerization. FT-IR, elemental analysis and 1H NMR were performed to characterize the azo monomers. The molecular weight of the polymers and their distribution were determined by gel permeation chromatography (GPC). The third-order NLO coefficient of azo monomers and their polymers were measured by degenerated four wave mixing (DFWM) technique. As a result, the enhancement of the molecular conjugation and the increase of the NLO chromophore concentration in the molecular chain contribute much to heightening the third-order NLO effect. The electronic effect of substituent on the azobenzol group and the push-pull electronic structure contributes much to enhancing the NLO property.

  11. Polymer gels with associating side chains and their interaction with surfactants

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    Gordievskaya, Yulia D.; Rumyantsev, Artem M.; Kramarenko, Elena Yu.

    2016-05-01

    Conformational behaviour of hydrophobically modified (HM) polymer gels in solutions of nonionic surfactants is studied theoretically. A HM gel contains hydrophobic side chains (stickers) grafted to its subchains. Hydrophobic stickers are capable to aggregate into joint micelles with surfactant molecules. Micelles containing more than one sticker serve as additional physical cross-links of the network, and their formation causes gel shrinking. In the proposed theoretical model, the interior of the gel/surfactant complex is treated as an array of densely packed spherical polymer brushes consisting of gel subchains tethered to the surface of the spherical sticker/surfactant micelles. Effect of stickers length and grafting density, surfactant concentration and hydrophobicity on gel swelling as well as on hydrophobic association inside it is analyzed. It is shown that increasing surfactant concentration can result in a gel collapse, which is caused by surfactant-induced hydrophobic aggregation of stickers, and a successive gel reswelling. The latter should be attributed to a growing fraction of surfactants in joint aggregates and, hence, increasing number of micelles containing only one sticker and not participating in gel physical cross-linking. In polyelectrolyte (PE) gels hydrophobic aggregation is opposed by osmotic pressure of mobile counterions, so that at some critical ionization degree hydrophobic association is completely suppressed. Hydrophobic modification of polymers is shown to open new ways for controlling gel responsiveness. In particular, it is discussed that incorporation of photosensitive groups into gel subchains and/or surfactant tail could give a possibility to vary the gel volume by light. Since hydrophobic aggregation regularities in gels and solutions are common, we hope our findings will be useful for design of polymer based self-healing materials as well.

  12. The first example of a liquid crystalline side-chain polymer with bent-core mesogenic units: ferroelectric switching and spontaneous achiral symmetry breaking in an achiral polymer.

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    Keith, Christina; Reddy, R Amaranatha; Tschierske, Carsten

    2005-02-21

    A dimethylsiloxane diluted polysiloxane side chain co-polymer with non-chiral banana-shaped mesogenic units shows an optically isotropic ferroelectric switching polar smectic C phase (SmCPF) consisting of a conglomerate of homogeneously chiral domains with opposite handedness.

  13. Primitive models of chemical association. IV. Polymer Percus{endash}Yevick ideal-chain approximation for heteronuclear hard-sphere chain fluids

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    Kalyuzhnyi, Y.V. |; Lin, C.; Stell, G.

    1998-04-01

    We continue here our series of studies in which integral-equation theory is developed and used for the monomer-monomer correlation functions in a fluid of multicomponent freely jointed hard-sphere polymers. In this study our approach is based on Wertheim{close_quote}s polymer Percus{endash}Yevick (PPY) theory supplemented by the ideal-chain approximation; it can be regarded as a simplified version of Wertheim{close_quote}s four-density PPY approximation for associating fluids considered in the complete-association limit. The numerical procedure of this simplified theory is much easier than that of the original Wertheim{close_quote}s four-density PPY approximation, but the degree of accuracy is reduced. The theory can also be regarded as an extension of the PPY theory for the homonuclear polymer system proposed by Chang and Sandler [J. Chem. Phys. {bold 102}, 437 (1995)]. Their work is based upon a description of a system of hard-sphere monomers that associate into a polydisperse system of chains of prescribed mean length. Our theory instead directly describes a multicomponent system of associating monomers that form monodisperse chains of prescribed length upon complete association. An analytical solution of the PPY ideal-chain approximation for the general case of a multicomponent mixture of heteronuclear hard-sphere linear chain molecules is given. Its use is illustrated by numerical results for two models of copolymer fluids, a symmetrical diblock copolymer system, and an alternating copolymer system. The comparison with Monte Carlo simulations is given to gauge the accuracy of the theory. We find for the molecules we study here that predictions of our theory for heteronuclear chain systems have the same degree of accuracy as Chang and Sandler{close_quote}s theory for homonuclear chain systems. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  14. On the Interfacial Properties of Polymers/Functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

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    Ansari, R.; Rouhi, S.; Ajori, S.

    2016-06-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations is used to study the adsorption of polyethylene (PE) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) on the functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). The effects of functionalization factor weight percent on the interaction energies of polymer chains with nanotubes are studied. Besides, the influences of different functionalization factors on the SWCNT/polymer interactions are investigated. It is shown that for both types of polymer chains, the largest interaction energies associates with the random O functionalized nanotubes. Besides, increasing temperature results in increasing the nanotube/polymer interaction energy. Considering the final shapes of adsorbed polymer chains on the SWCNTs, it is observed that the adsorbed conformations of PE chains are more contracted than those of PEO chains.

  15. Electro-optical and pyroelectrical thermal analysis of novel nonlinear optical side-chain polymers with high thermal stability

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    Gerhard-Multhaupt, Reimund; Bauer, Stefan; Molzow, Wolf-Dietrich; Ren, W.; Wirges, Werner; Yilmaz, S.; Oertel, U.; Haenel, B.; Haeussler, L.; Komber, H.; Lunkwitz, K.

    1994-01-01

    Polymers containing nonlinear optical moieties were prepared on the basis of maleic anhydride copolymers. Azo dyes such as Disperse Red 1 (DR 1) were attached to the polymer backbones via esterification, amidization, or imidization. Optimal poling conditions for the side-chain polymers were determined by means of thermal analysis. After electrode poling with a bias voltage of 200 V at a temperature of 185 degree(s)C, the spin-coated samples were slowly cooled down to room temperature with the poling field still applied. The thermal stabilities of the poled polymer films were measured by means of electro-optical (EOTA) and pyro- electrical (PTA) thermal analysis and compared to the respective responses of DR 1/polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) guest/host polymer samples. Both experimental techniques (EOTA and PTA) are discussed in some detail together with the experimental results.

  16. High electro-optic side-chain polymer by vapor deposition polymerization

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    Roberts, C. C.; Yang, G.-R.; Cocoziello, A.; Zhao, Y.-P.; Wnek, G.; Lu, T.-M.

    1996-04-01

    In this letter, we report high electro-optic methylene di(phenylene isocyanate) (MDI)/DR19 side-chain polymer film polymerization by vapor deposition polymerization. For samples deposited at substrate temperatures from 10 to 30 °C, the electro-optic (EO) coefficient, r33, was measured to be 5 pm/V after poling. A lifetime of about one week was obtained. The highest EO effect observed were films deposited at -40 °C and polymerized after poling. The EO coefficient of these samples is about 24 pm/V while the lifetime is only about 30 min. The effect of substrate temperature, the ratio of monomers, and the poling temperature on the nonlinearity of the films are studied.

  17. Magnetic hydrophilic methacrylate-based polymer microspheres designed for polymerase chain reactions applications.

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    Spanová, Alena; Horák, Daniel; Soudková, Eva; Rittich, Bohuslav

    2004-02-01

    Magnetic hydrophilic non-porous P(HEMA-co-EDMA), P(HEMA-co-GMA) and PGMA microspheres were prepared by dispersion (co)polymerization of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and ethylene dimethacrylate (EDMA) or glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) in the presence of several kinds of magnetite. It was found that some components used in the preparation of magnetic carriers interfered with polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Influence of non-magnetic and magnetic microspheres, including magnetite nanoparticles and various components used in their synthesis, on the PCR course was thus investigated. DNA isolated from bacterial cells of Bifidobacterium longum was used in PCR evaluation of non-interfering magnetic microspheres. The method enabled verification of the incorporation of magnetite nanoparticles in the particular methacrylate-based polymer microspheres and evaluation of suitability of their application in PCR. Preferably, electrostatically stabilized colloidal magnetite (ferrofluid) should be used in the design of new magnetic methacrylate-based microspheres by dispersion polymerization. PMID:14698232

  18. Spatially confined polymer chains: implications of chromatin fibre flexibility and peripheral anchoring on telomere telomere interaction

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    Gehlen, L. R.; Rosa, A.; Klenin, K.; Langowski, J.; Gasser, S. M.; Bystricky, K.

    2006-04-01

    We simulate the extension of spatially confined chromatin fibres modelled as polymer chains and examine the effect of the flexibility of the fibre and its degree of freedom. The developed formalism was used to analyse experimental data of telomere-telomere distances in living yeast cells in the absence of confining factors as identified by the proteins Sir4 and yKu70. Our analysis indicates that intrinsic properties of the chromatin fibre, in particular its elastic properties and flexibility, can influence the juxtaposition of the telomeric ends of chromosomes. However, measurements in intact yeast cells showed that the telomeres of chromosomes 3 and 6 come even closer together than the parameters of constraint imposed on the simulations would predict. This juxtaposition was specific to telomeres on one contiguous chromosome and overrode a tendency for separation that is imposed by anchoring.

  19. Ferrimagnetism and metal—insulator transition in an organic polymer chain

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    Ding, Lin-Jie; Zhong, Yuan; Fan, Shuai-Wei

    2014-02-01

    The ferrimagnetism and quantum phase transition of a bipartite lozenge periodic Anderson-like organic polymer, in which the localized f electrons hybridize with the odd site conduction orbitals, are investigated by means of Green's function theory. The ground state turns out to be gapless ferrimagnetism. At a finite temperature, the ferrimagnetic-to-paramagnetic phase transition takes place. The Kondo screenings and Ruderman—Kittel—Kasuya—Yosida (RKKY) interaction can reduce and increase the transition temperature, respectively. Two Kondo screenings compete with each other, giving rise to the localized f electron spin screened antiferromagnetically. Accordingly, in a magnetic field, all spins are aligned along the chain easily, which is associated with metal—insulator transition. Furthermore, in a temperature-field plane, we reveal the gapless and spin polarized phases, which are characterized by susceptibility and specific heat, and whose behaviours are determined by the competition between the up-spin and down-spin hole excitations.

  20. Shape-Selectivity with Liquid Crystal and Side-Chain Liquid Crystalline Polymer SAW Sensor Interfaces

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    FRYE-MASON,GREGORY CHARLES; OBORNY,MICHAEL C.; PUGH,COLEEN; RICCO,ANTONIO; THOMAS,ROSS C.; ZELLERS,EDWARD T.; ZHANG,GUO-ZHENG

    1999-09-23

    A liquid crystal (LC) and a side-chain liquid crystalline polymer (SCLCP) were tested as surface acoustic wave (SAW) vapor sensor coatings for discriminating between pairs of isomeric organic vapors. Both exhibit room temperature smectic mesophases. Temperature, electric-field, and pretreatment with self-assembled monolayers comprising either a methyl-terminated or carboxylic acid-terminated alkane thiol anchored to a gold layer in the delay path of the sensor were explored as means of affecting the alignment and selectivity of the LC and SCLCP films. Results for the LC were mixed, while those for the SCLCP showed a consistent preference for the more rod-like isomer of each isomer pair examined.

  1. Large-scale simulations of a polymer melt/brush interface: Adhesion enhancement due to surface-tethered chains

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    Sides, Scott; Grest, Gary; Stevens, Mark

    2000-03-01

    Many important adhesives consist of polymeric materials, that are used to bind together flat, hard surfaces. Experiments like the JKR pull test are able to measure the work needed to separate a polymer melt in contact with a flat substrate. Ignoring macroscopic dissipation mechanisms due to viscoelastic effects within the polymer melt, the work of adhesion is related to van der Waals forces between the substrate and melt. Recent experiments have shown that polymer chains tethered to the substrate enhance adhesion due to entanglements with the polymer melt. (L. Léger, E. Raphaël and H. Hervet, in Advances In Polymer Science), edited by S. Granick (Springer, Berlin, 1999), v. 138, p. 185. This increase in the work of adhesion (W_A) is a non-monotonic function of both the length (N) and surface density (σ) of the tethered chains. Using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations we study the dependence of WA on N, σ and the pulling rate. In our simulations, we also observe the various microscopic dissipation mechanisms such as pull-out and scission of the end-tethered chains, which is difficult to observe directly in an experiment. These large simulations are made possible by using a massively-parallel MD code run on Sandia's teraflop machine.

  2. Fiber-based adsorbents having high adsorption capacities for recovering dissolved metals and methods thereof

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    Janke, Christopher J; Dai, Sheng; Oyola, Yatsandra

    2014-05-13

    A fiber-based adsorbent and a related method of manufacture are provided. The fiber-based adsorbent includes polymer fibers with grafted side chains and an increased surface area per unit weight over known fibers to increase the adsorption of dissolved metals, for example uranium, from aqueous solutions. The polymer fibers include a circular morphology in some embodiments, having a mean diameter of less than 15 microns, optionally less than about 1 micron. In other embodiments, the polymer fibers include a non-circular morphology, optionally defining multiple gear-shaped, winged-shaped or lobe-shaped projections along the length of the polymer fibers. A method for forming the fiber-based adsorbents includes irradiating high surface area polymer fibers, grafting with polymerizable reactive monomers, reacting the grafted fibers with hydroxylamine, and conditioning with an alkaline solution. High surface area fiber-based adsorbents formed according to the present method demonstrated a significantly improved uranium adsorption capacity per unit weight over existing adsorbents.

  3. Fiber-based adsorbents having high adsorption capacities for recovering dissolved metals and methods thereof

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    Janke, Christopher J.; Dai, Sheng; Oyola, Yatsandra

    2016-09-06

    A fiber-based adsorbent and a related method of manufacture are provided. The fiber-based adsorbent includes polymer fibers with grafted side chains and an increased surface area per unit weight over known fibers to increase the adsorption of dissolved metals, for example uranium, from aqueous solutions. The polymer fibers include a circular morphology in some embodiments, having a mean diameter of less than 15 microns, optionally less than about 1 micron. In other embodiments, the polymer fibers include a non-circular morphology, optionally defining multiple gear-shaped, winged-shaped or lobe-shaped projections along the length of the polymer fibers. A method for forming the fiber-based adsorbents includes irradiating high surface area polymer fibers, grafting with polymerizable reactive monomers, reacting the grafted fibers with hydroxylamine, and conditioning with an alkaline solution. High surface area fiber-based adsorbents formed according to the present method demonstrated a significantly improved uranium adsorption capacity per unit weight over existing adsorbents.

  4. Equilibrium and dynamical properties of polymer chains in random medium filled with randomly distributed nano-sized fillers.

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    Li, Chao-Yang; Luo, Meng-Bo; Huang, Jian-Hua; Li, Hong

    2015-12-21

    The effect of randomly distributed nano-sized fillers on the equilibrium and dynamical properties of linear polymers is studied by using off-lattice Monte Carlo simulation. Lennard-Jones interactions between polymers and fillers are considered. Results show that the statistical dimensions and dynamical diffusion of polymer are dependent on the polymer-filler interaction strength εpf. The mean square radius of gyration 〈RG(2)〉 shows a minimum at a critical polymer-filler interaction εpf*. The value of εpf* decreases with the increase in the polymer length or the concentration of fillers. The exponent ν in 〈RG(2)〉 ∼ N(2ν) is a typical value of self-avoiding walking chain at small εpf but it increases sharply to a bigger value at εpf > εpf*. The mean square displacement decreases with the increase in εpf. Moreover, the normal diffusion of the polymer at weak interactions changes to subnormal diffusion at moderate and strong attractions. We find that polymers diffuse in dilute filler regions at weak attraction and diffuse in dense filler regions at strong attraction. PMID:26568204

  5. Cyclization and unsaturation rather than isomerisation of side chains govern the selective antibacterial activity of cationic-amphiphilic polymers.

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    Uppu, D S S M; Bhowmik, M; Samaddar, S; Haldar, J

    2016-03-28

    Membrane-active agents represent a promising alternative to overcome antibiotic resistance. Here, we report cationic-amphiphilic polymers with variations in the side chain architecture such as cyclization, isomerization and unsaturation that resulted in potent antibacterial activity and low mammalian cell toxicity with a membrane-active mode of action.

  6. Triazine‐Based Sequence‐Defined Polymers with Side‐Chain Diversity and Backbone–Backbone Interaction Motifs

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    Mo, Kai‐For; Daily, Michael D.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract Sequence control in polymers, well‐known in nature, encodes structure and functionality. Here we introduce a new architecture, based on the nucleophilic aromatic substitution chemistry of cyanuric chloride, that creates a new class of sequence‐defined polymers dubbed TZPs. Proof of concept is demonstrated with two synthesized hexamers, having neutral and ionizable side chains. Molecular dynamics simulations show backbone–backbone interactions, including H‐bonding motifs and pi–pi interactions. This architecture is arguably biomimetic while differing from sequence‐defined polymers having peptide bonds. The synthetic methodology supports the structural diversity of side chains known in peptides, as well as backbone–backbone hydrogen‐bonding motifs, and will thus enable new macromolecules and materials with useful functions. PMID:26865312

  7. Triazine-Based Sequence-Defined Polymers with Side-Chain Diversity and Backbone-Backbone Interaction Motifs.

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    Grate, Jay W; Mo, Kai-For; Daily, Michael D

    2016-03-14

    Sequence control in polymers, well-known in nature, encodes structure and functionality. Here we introduce a new architecture, based on the nucleophilic aromatic substitution chemistry of cyanuric chloride, that creates a new class of sequence-defined polymers dubbed TZPs. Proof of concept is demonstrated with two synthesized hexamers, having neutral and ionizable side chains. Molecular dynamics simulations show backbone-backbone interactions, including H-bonding motifs and pi-pi interactions. This architecture is arguably biomimetic while differing from sequence-defined polymers having peptide bonds. The synthetic methodology supports the structural diversity of side chains known in peptides, as well as backbone-backbone hydrogen-bonding motifs, and will thus enable new macromolecules and materials with useful functions. PMID:26865312

  8. Monte Carlo simulations of a polymer chain conformation. The effectiveness of local moves algorithms and estimation of entropy.

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    Mańka, Agnieszka; Nowicki, Waldemar; Nowicka, Grażyna

    2013-09-01

    A linear chain on a simple cubic lattice was simulated by the Metropolis Monte Carlo method using a combination of local and non-local chain modifications. Kink-jump, crankshaft, reptation and end-segment moves were used for local changes of the chain conformation, while for non-local chain rearrangements the "cut-and-paste" algorithm was employed. The statistics of local micromodifications was examined. An approximate method for estimating the conformational entropy of a polymer chain, based on the efficiency of the kink-jump motion respecting chain continuity and excluded volume constraints, was proposed. The method was tested by calculating the conformational entropy of the undisturbed chain, the chain under tension and in different solvent conditions (athermal, theta and poor) and also of the chain confined in a slit. The results of these test calculations are qualitatively consistent with expectations. Moreover, the obtained values of the conformational entropy of self avoiding chain with ends fixed over different separations, agree very well with the available literature data. PMID:23765038

  9. Probing the conformation and 2D-distribution of pyrene-terminated redox-labeled poly(ethylene glycol) chains end-adsorbed on HOPG using cyclic voltammetry and atomic force electrochemical microscopy.

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    Anne, Agnès; Bahri, Mohamed Ali; Chovin, Arnaud; Demaille, Christophe; Taofifenua, Cécilia

    2014-03-14

    The present paper aims at illustrating how end-attachment of water-soluble flexible chains bearing a terminal functional group onto graphene-like surfaces has to be carefully tuned to ensure the proper positioning of the functional moiety with respect to the anchoring surface. The model experimental system considered here consists of a layer of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) chains, bearing an adsorbing pyrene foot and a ferrocene (Fc) redox functional head, self-assembled onto highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG). Cyclic voltammetry is used to accurately measure the chain coverage and gain insights into the microenvironment experienced by the Fc heads. Molecule-touching atomic force electrochemical microscopy (Mt/AFM-SECM) is used to simultaneously probe the chain conformation and the position of the Fc heads within the layer, and also to map the 2D-distribution of the chains over the surface. This multiscale electrochemical approach allows us to show that whereas Fc-PEG-pyrene readily self-assembles to form extremely homogeneous layers, the strongly hydrophobic nature of graphite planes results in a complex coverage-dependent structure of the PEG layer due to the interaction of the ferrocene label with the HOPG surface. It is shown that, even though pyrene is known to adsorb particularly strongly onto HOPG, the more weakly adsorbing terminal ferrocene can also act as the chain anchoring moiety especially at low coverage. However we show that beyond a critical coverage value the Fc-PEG-pyrene chains adopt an ideal "foot-on" end-attached conformation allowing the Fc head to explore a volume away from the surface solely limited by the PEG chain elasticity.

  10. Two-step adsorption on jungle-gym-type porous coordination polymers: dependence on hydrogen-bonding capability of adsorbates, ligand-substituent effect, and temperature.

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    Uemura, Kazuhiro; Yamasaki, Yukari; Onishi, Fumiaki; Kita, Hidetoshi; Ebihara, Masahiro

    2010-11-01

    A preliminary study of isopropanol (IPA) adsorption/desorption isotherms on a jungle-gym-type porous coordination polymer, [Zn(2)(bdc)(2)(dabco)](n) (1, H(2)bdc = 1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid, dabco =1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane), showed unambiguous two-step profiles via a highly shrunk intermediate framework. The results of adsorption measurements on 1, using probing gas molecules of alcohol (MeOH and EtOH) for the size effect and Me(2)CO for the influence of hydrogen bonding, show that alcohol adsorption isotherms are gradual two-step profiles, whereas the Me(2)CO isotherm is a typical type-I isotherm, indicating that a two-step adsorption/desorption is involved with hydrogen bonds. To further clarify these characteristic adsorption/desorption behaviors, selecting nitroterephthalate (bdc-NO(2)), bromoterephthalate (bdc-Br), and 2,5-dichloroterephthalate (bdc-Cl(2)) as substituted dicarboxylate ligands, isomorphous jungle-gym-type porous coordination polymers, {[Zn(2)(bdc-NO(2))(2)(dabco)]·solvents}(n) (2 ⊃ solvents), {[Zn(2)(bdc-Br)(2)(dabco)]·solvents}(n) (3 ⊃ solvents), and {[Zn(2)(bdc-Cl(2))(2)(dabco)]·solvents}(n) (4 ⊃ solvents), were synthesized and characterized by single-crystal X-ray analyses. Thermal gravimetry, X-ray powder diffraction, and N(2) adsorption at 77 K measurements reveal that [Zn(2)(bdc-NO(2))(2)(dabco)](n) (2), [Zn(2)(bdc-Br)(2)(dabco)](n) (3), and [Zn(2)(bdc-Cl(2))(2)(dabco)](n) (4) maintain their frameworks without guest molecules with Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface areas of 1568 (2), 1292 (3), and 1216 (4) m(2) g(-1). As found in results of MeOH, EtOH, IPA, and Me(2)CO adsorption/desorption on 2-4, only MeOH adsorption on 2 shows an obvious two-step profile. Considering the substituent effects and adsorbate sizes, the hydrogen bonds, which are triggers for two-step adsorption, are formed between adsorbates and carboxylate groups at the corners in the pores, inducing wide pores to become narrow pores. Interestingly, such

  11. Intricacies of Polymer Dewetting: Nanoscaled Architectures for the Tailored Control of Polystyrene Thin Film Stability

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    Cheung, Justin; Sen, Mani; Chen, Zhizhao; Jiang, Naisheng; Endoh, Maya; Koga, Tadanori; Satija, Sushil

    Recently, structural properties of polymer thin films have garnered attention for their relevance in the fields of organic photovoltaics and biosensors. The dewetting of polymer films poses an obstacle in the face of widespread implementation. For this study, we show that adsorbed polymer chains on a substrate surface play crucial roles in film stability. Polystyrene (PS) thin films (20 nm in thickness) with different molecular weights (Mw) on silicon (Si) substrates were used as a model. The PS films were annealed at high temperatures for several days, and Mw dependence on film stability was evidenced. At the same time, the annealed PS films were leached with a good solvent and the residue films (i.e., irreversibly adsorbed layers) were characterized by x-ray reflectivity (XR). We reveal strong correlation between film stability and two different interfacial structures of the adsorbed polymer chains: their opposing wettability against chemically identical free polymer chains results in a wetting-dewetting transition at the adsorbed polymer-free polymer interface. This is a unique aspect of polymer thin film stability and may be generalizable to other polymer systems regardless of the magnitude of solid-polymer attractive interactions. We acknowledge the financial support of NSF Grant (CMMI-1332499).

  12. Adsorptive selenite removal from water using a nano-hydrated ferric oxides (HFOs)/polymer hybrid adsorbent.

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    Pan, Bingjun; Xiao, Lili; Nie, Guangze; Pan, Bingcai; Wu, Jun; Lv, Lu; Zhang, Weiming; Zheng, Shourong

    2010-01-01

    Selenite (SeO(3)(2-)) is an oxyanion of environmental significance due to its toxicity when taken in excess. In the present study, a hybrid adsorbent (HFO-201) was prepared by irreversibly impregnating hydrated ferric oxide (HFO) nanoparticles within a commercial available anion-exchange resin (D-201), and its adsorption towards selenite from water was investigated in batch and column tests. HFO-201 exhibited improved sorption selectivity toward selenite as compared to the polymeric anion exchanger D-201. Two possible adsorption interactions were responsible for selenite removal by HFO-201, the electrostatic interaction from the ammonium groups bound to the D-201 matrix, and the formation of inner-sphere complexes between the loaded HFO nanoparticles and selenite. In a wide pH range (i.e., 3-8), increasing solution pH was found to result in a decrease of selenite removal on HFO-201. Adsorption isotherms fit the Freundlich model well, and selenite adsorption increased with increasing ambient temperature, indicating its endothermic nature. Column adsorption tests suggested that satisfactory removal of selenite from 2 mg/L to less than 0.01 mg/L could be achieved by HFO-201 even in the presence of the commonly encountered anionic competition at greater concentration, with the treatment capacity of approximately 1200 bed volume (BV) per run, while that for D-201 was only less than 30 BV under otherwise identical conditions. Furthermore, the exhausted HFO-201 was amenable to efficient in situ regeneration with a binary NaOH-NaCl solution.

  13. Liquid crystalline polymers in good nematic solvents: Free chains, mushrooms, and brushes

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    Williams, D.R.M. . Lab. de Physique de la Matiere Condensee); Halperin, A. . Dept. of Materials)

    1993-08-02

    The swelling of main chain liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) in good nematic solvents is theoretically studied, focusing on brushes of terminally anchored, grafted LCPs. The analysis is concerned with long LCPs, of length L, with n[sub 0] >> 1 hairpin defects. The extension behavior of the major axis, R[parallel], of these ellipsoidal objects gives rise to an Ising elasticity with a free energy penalty of F[sub el](R[parallel])/kT [approx] n[sub 0] [minus] n[sub 0](1 [minus] R[parallel][sup 2]/L[sup 2])[sup 1/2]. The theory of the extension behavior enables the formulation of a Flory type theory of swelling of isolated LCPs yielding R[parallel] [approx] exp(2U[sub h]/5kT)N[sup 3/5] and R [perpendicular] [approx] exp([minus]U[sub h]/10kT)N[sup 3/5], with N the degree of polymerization and U[sub h] the hairpin energy. It also allows the generalization of the Alexander model for polymer brushes to the case of grafted LCPs. The behavior of LCP brushes depends on the alignment imposed by the grafting surface and the liquid crystalline solvent. A tilting phase transition is predicted as the grafting density is increased for a surface imposing homogeneous, parallel anchoring. A related transition is expected upon compression of a brush subject to homeotropic, perpendicular alignment. The effect of magnetic or electric fields on these phase transitions is also studied. The critical magnetic/electric field for the Frederiks transition can be lowered to arbitrarily small values by using surfaces coated by brushes of appropriate density.

  14. Dissipative particle dynamics study of translational diffusion of rigid-chain rodlike polymer in nematic phase

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    Zhao, Tongyang; Wang, Xiaogong

    2013-09-01

    In this study, dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) method was employed to investigate the translational diffusion of rodlike polymer in its nematic phase. The polymer chain was modeled by a rigid rod composed of consecutive DPD particles and solvent was represented by independent DPD particles. To fully understand the translational motion of the rods in the anisotropic phase, four diffusion coefficients, D_{||}u, D_ bot u, D_{||}n, D_ bot n were obtained from the DPD simulation. By definition, D_{||}n and D_ bot n denote the diffusion coefficients parallel and perpendicular to the nematic director, while D_{||}u and D_ bot u denote the diffusion coefficients parallel and perpendicular to the long axis of a rigid rod u. In the simulation, the velocity auto-correlation functions were used to calculate the corresponding diffusion coefficients from the simulated velocity of the rods. Simulation results show that the variation of orientational order caused by concentration and temperature changes has substantial influences on D_{||}u and D_ bot u. In the nematic phase, the changes of concentration and temperature will result in a change of local environment of rods, which directly influence D_{||}u and D_ bot u. Both D_{||}n and D_ bot n can be represented as averages of D_{||}u and D_ bot u, and the weighted factors are functions of the orientational order parameter S2. The effect of concentration and temperature on D_{||}n and D_ bot n demonstrated by the DPD simulation can be rationally interpreted by considering their influences on D_{||}u, D_ bot u and the order parameter S2.

  15. An Adsorbate Discriminatory Gate Effect in a Flexible Porous Coordination Polymer for Selective Adsorption of CO2 over C2H2.

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    Foo, Maw Lin; Matsuda, Ryotaro; Hijikata, Yuh; Krishna, Rajamani; Sato, Hiroshi; Horike, Satoshi; Hori, Akihiro; Duan, Jingui; Sato, Yohei; Kubota, Yoshiki; Takata, Masaki; Kitagawa, Susumu

    2016-03-01

    The adsorptive separation of C2H2 and CO2 via porous materials is nontrivial due to the close similarities of their boiling points and kinetic diameters. In this work, we describe a new flexible porous coordination polymer (PCP) [Mn(bdc)(dpe)] (H2bdc = 1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid, dpe = 1,2-di(4-pyridyl)ethylene) having zero-dimensional pores, which shows an adsorbate discriminatory gate effect. The compound shows gate opening type abrupt adsorption for C2H2 but not for CO2, leading to an appreciable selective adsorption of CO2 over C2H2 at near ambient temperature (273 K). The origin of this unique selectivity, as unveiled by in situ adsorption-X-ray diffraction experiments and density functional theory calculations, is due to vastly different orientations between the phenylene ring of bdc and each gas in the nanopores. The structural change by photochemical transformation of this PCP via [2 + 2] photodimerization leads to the removal of inverse CO2/C2H2 selectivity, verifying the mechanism of the guest discriminatory gate effect. PMID:26876504

  16. An Adsorbate Discriminatory Gate Effect in a Flexible Porous Coordination Polymer for Selective Adsorption of CO2 over C2H2.

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    Foo, Maw Lin; Matsuda, Ryotaro; Hijikata, Yuh; Krishna, Rajamani; Sato, Hiroshi; Horike, Satoshi; Hori, Akihiro; Duan, Jingui; Sato, Yohei; Kubota, Yoshiki; Takata, Masaki; Kitagawa, Susumu

    2016-03-01

    The adsorptive separation of C2H2 and CO2 via porous materials is nontrivial due to the close similarities of their boiling points and kinetic diameters. In this work, we describe a new flexible porous coordination polymer (PCP) [Mn(bdc)(dpe)] (H2bdc = 1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid, dpe = 1,2-di(4-pyridyl)ethylene) having zero-dimensional pores, which shows an adsorbate discriminatory gate effect. The compound shows gate opening type abrupt adsorption for C2H2 but not for CO2, leading to an appreciable selective adsorption of CO2 over C2H2 at near ambient temperature (273 K). The origin of this unique selectivity, as unveiled by in situ adsorption-X-ray diffraction experiments and density functional theory calculations, is due to vastly different orientations between the phenylene ring of bdc and each gas in the nanopores. The structural change by photochemical transformation of this PCP via [2 + 2] photodimerization leads to the removal of inverse CO2/C2H2 selectivity, verifying the mechanism of the guest discriminatory gate effect.

  17. Ion solvation in polymer blends and block copolymer melts: effects of chain length and connectivity on the reorganization of dipoles.

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    Nakamura, Issei

    2014-05-29

    We studied the thermodynamic properties of ion solvation in polymer blends and block copolymer melts and developed a dipolar self-consistent field theory for polymer mixtures. Our theory accounts for the chain connectivity of polymerized monomers, the compressibility of the liquid mixtures under electrostriction, the permanent and induced dipole moments of monomers, and the resultant dielectric contrast among species. In our coarse-grained model, dipoles are attached to the monomers and allowed to rotate freely in response to electrostatic fields. We demonstrate that a strong electrostatic field near an ion reorganizes dipolar monomers, resulting in nonmonotonic changes in the volume fraction profile and the dielectric function of the polymers with respect to those of simple liquid mixtures. For the parameter sets used, the spatial variations near an ion can be in the range of 1 nm or larger, producing significant differences in the solvation energy among simple liquid mixtures, polymer blends, and block copolymers. The solvation energy of an ion depends substantially on the chain length in block copolymers; thus, our theory predicts the preferential solvation of ions arising from differences in chain length.

  18. Pruned-enriched Rosenbluth method: Simulations of θ polymers of chain length up to 1 000 000

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    Grassberger, Peter

    1997-09-01

    We present an algorithm for simulating flexible chain polymers. It combines the Rosenbluth-Rosenbluth method with recursive enrichment. Although it can be applied also in more general situations, it is most efficient for three-dimensional θ polymers on the simple-cubic lattice. There it allows high statistics simulations of chains of length up to N=106. For storage reasons, this is feasable only for polymers in a finite volume. For free θ polymers in infinite volume, we present very high statistics runs with N=10 000. These simulations fully agree with previous simulations made by Hegger and Grassberger [J. Chem. Phys. 102, 6681 (1995)] with a similar but less efficient algorithm, showing that logarithmic corrections to mean field behavior are much stronger than predicted by field theory. But the finite volume simulations show that the density inside a collapsed globule scales with the distance from the θ point as predicted by mean field theory, in contrast to claims in the work mentioned above. In addition to the simple-cubic lattice, we also studied two versions of the bond fluctuation model, but with much shorter chains. Finally, we show that our method can be applied also to off-lattice models, and illustrate this with simulations of a model studied in detail by Freire et al. [Macromolecules 19, 452 (1986) and later work].

  19. Synthesis and Photophysical Properties of Soluble Low-Bandgap Thienothiophene Polymers with Various Alkyl Side-Chain Lengths

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    Bae, W. J.; Scilla, C.; Duzhko, V. V.; Jo, Jang; Coughlin, E. B.

    2011-05-27

    We report the facile synthesis and characterization of a class of thienothiophene polymers with various lengths of alkyl side chains. A series of 2-alkylthieno[3,4-b]thiophene monomers (Ttx) have been synthesized in a two-step protocol in an overall yield of 28–37%. Poly(2-alkylthieno[3,4-b]thiophenes) (PTtx, alkyl: pentyl, hexyl, heptyl, octyl, and tridecyl) were synthesized by oxidative polymerization with FeCl₃ or via Grignard metathesis (GRIM) polymerization methods. The polymers are readily soluble in common organic solvents. The polymers synthesized by GRIM polymerization method (PTtx-G) have narrower molecular weight distribution (Ð) with lower molecular weight (Mn) than those synthesized by oxidative polymerization (PTtx-O). The band structures of the polymers with various lengths of alkyl side chains were investigated by UV–vis spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. These low-bandgap polymers are good candidates for organic transistors, organic light-emitting diodes, and organic photovoltaic cells.

  20. Impact of glucose polymer chain length on heat and physical stability of milk protein-carbohydrate nutritional beverages.

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    Chen, Biye; O'Mahony, James A

    2016-11-15

    This study investigated the impact of glucose polymer chain length on heat and physical stability of milk protein isolate (MPI)-carbohydrate nutritional beverages containing 8.5% w/w total protein and 5% w/w carbohydrate. The maltodextrin and corn syrup solids glucose polymers used had dextrose equivalent (DE) values of 17 or 38, respectively. Increasing DE value of the glucose polymers resulted in a greater increase in brown colour development, ionic calcium, protein particle size, apparent viscosity and pseudoplastic rheological behaviour, and greater reduction in pH, hydration and heat stability on sterilisation at 120°C. Incorporation of glucose polymers with MPI retarded sedimentation of protein during accelerated physical stability testing, with maltodextrin DE17 causing a greater reduction in sedimentation velocity and compressibility of sediment formed than corn syrup solids DE38. The results demonstrate that chain length of the glucose polymer used strongly impacts heat and physical stability of MPI-carbohydrate nutritional beverages. PMID:27283657

  1. Structure and Electronic Properties of Polymer Chains and Graphene Nanoribbon Formed by Molecular Self-Assembly on Au(111)

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    Ma, Chuanxu; Fuentes-Cabrera, Miguel A.; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Hong, Kunlun; Li, An-Ping; Xiao, Zhongcan; Lu, Wenchang; Bernholc, J.

    Graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) with bandgaps are promising building blocks for ultra-fast electronics. Bottom-up synthesis of GNRs from aromatic hydrocarbon molecules has been proven to be an effective way to control GNR's width with atomically precise edge structures. Using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we study the formation of both linear polymer chains and narrow GNRs in the bottom-up self-assembly process with the DBBA molecules as the precursor on Au(111). The linear polymer chains are formed after the deposition of DBBA and 200 °C annealing for 30 min. The polymers can be converted to 7-AGNRs (seven-carbon wide armchair GNRs) after 400 °C annealing. Interestingly, second-layer polymer is seen to survive on the GNRs during the annealing process. This result indicates that the Au(111) substrate plays an important role in the dehydrogenation process and the formation of GNRs, which is confirmed by our DFT calculations. Electronically, the polymers show a bandgap of 3.4 eV, much larger than that of GNRs. After annealing at 500 °C for 30 min, wider GNRs can form: 14-AGNR, 21-AGNR. The 7-AGNR shows a typical edge state at -1.1 eV, while for 14-AGNR it is at -1.35 eV. Moreover, junctions of GNRs with different widths can be formed with pronounced boundary states.

  2. Solution‐crystallization and related phenomena in 9,9‐dialkyl‐fluorene polymers. II. Influence of side‐chain structure

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    Perevedentsev, Aleksandr; Stavrinou, Paul N.; Smith, Paul

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Solution‐crystallization is studied for two polyfluorene polymers possessing different side‐chain structures. Thermal analysis and temperature‐dependent optical spectroscopy are used to clarify the nature of the crystallization process, while X‐ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy reveal important differences in the resulting microstructures. It is shown that the planar‐zigzag chain conformation termed the β‐phase, which is observed for certain linear‐side‐chain polyfluorenes, is necessary for the formation of so‐called polymer‐solvent compounds for these polymers. Introduction of alternating fluorene repeat units with branched side‐chains prevents formation of the β‐phase conformation and results in non‐solvated, i.e. melt‐crystallization‐type, polymer crystals. Unlike non‐solvated polymer crystals, for which the chain conformation is stabilized by its incorporation into a crystalline lattice, the β‐phase conformation is stabilized by complexation with solvent molecules and, therefore, its formation does not require specific inter‐chain interactions. The presented results clarify the fundamental differences between the β‐phase and other conformational/crystalline forms of polyfluorenes. © 2015 The Authors. Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part B: Polym. Phys. 2015, 53, 1492–1506 PMID:27546983

  3. Influence of side-chain regiochemistry on the transistor performance of high-mobility, all-donor polymers.

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    Fei, Zhuping; Pattanasattayavong, Pichaya; Han, Yang; Schroeder, Bob C; Yan, Feng; Kline, R Joseph; Anthopoulos, Thomas D; Heeney, Martin

    2014-10-29

    Three novel polythiophene isomers are reported whereby the only difference in structure relates to the regiochemistry of the solubilizing side chains on the backbone. This is demonstrated to have a significant impact on the optoelectronic properties of the polymers and their propensity to aggregate in solution. These differences are rationalized on the basis of differences in backbone torsion. The polymer with the largest effective conjugation length is demonstrated to exhibit the highest field-effect mobility, with peak values up to 4.6 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). PMID:25302474

  4. Adsorbent phosphates

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    Watanabe, S.

    1983-01-01

    An adsorbent which uses as its primary ingredient phosphoric acid salts of zirconium or titanium is presented. Production methods are discussed and several examples are detailed. Measurements of separating characteristics of some gases using the salts are given.

  5. Nonreducing terminal modifications determine the chain length of polymannose O antigens of Escherichia coli and couple chain termination to polymer export via an ATP-binding cassette transporter.

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    Clarke, Bradley R; Cuthbertson, Leslie; Whitfield, Chris

    2004-08-20

    The chain length of bacterial lipopolysaccharide O antigens is regulated to give a modal distribution that is critical for pathogenesis. This paper describes the process of chain length determination in the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter-dependent pathway, a pathway that is widespread among Gram-negative bacteria. Escherichia coli O8 and O9/O9a polymannans are synthesized in the cytoplasm, and an ABC transporter exports the nascent polymer across the inner membrane prior to completion of the LPS molecule. The polymannan O antigens have nonreducing terminal methyl groups. The 3-O-methyl group in serotype O8 is transferred from S-adenosylmethionine by the WbdD(O8) enzyme, and this modification terminates polymerization. Methyl groups are added to the O9a polymannan in a reaction dependent on preceding phosphorylation. The bifunctional WbdD(O9a) catalyzes both reactions, but only the kinase activity controls chain length. Chain termination occurs in a mutant lacking the ABC transporter, indicating that it precedes export. An E. coli wbdD(O9a) mutant accumulated O9a polymannan in the cytoplasm, indicating that WbdD activity coordinates polymannan chain termination with export across the inner membrane.

  6. Crystal structures and thermodynamics/kinetics of Zn(II) coordination polymers with helical chains

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    He, Tian; Yue, Ke-Fen; Zhao, Yi-xing; Chen, San-Ping; Zhou, Chun-sheng; Yan, Ni

    2016-07-01

    Solvothermal reactions of Zn(II) acetates and four V-shaped carboxylates ligands in the presence of 1,4-Bis(2-methyl-imidazol-1-yl)butane afforded four interesting Zn(II) coordination polymers with helical chains, namely, {[Zn(bib)(atibdc)]·2H2O}n (1), {[Zn(bib)(atbip)]·H2O}n (2), [Zn(bib)(2,2‧-tda)]}n (3) and {[Zn(bib)(5-tbipa)]·EtOH}n (4), (H2atibdc=5-amino-2,4,6-triiodoisophthalic acid, H2atbip=5-amino-2,4,6-tribromoisophthalic acid, 2,2‧-H2tad=2,2‧-thiodiacetic acid, 5-H2tbipa=5-tert-butyl-isophthalic acid). 1 reveals a 3D chiral framework with three kinds of helical chains along a, b and c axis. 2 shows a 2D step-type chiral framework with right-handed helical chains. 3 displays a wavelike 2D layer network possessing alternate left- and right-handed helical chains. 4 presents a four-connected 3D framework with zigzag and meso-helical chains. The different spacers and substituent group of carboxylic acid ligands may lead to the diverse network structures of 1-4. The fluorescent properties of complexes 1-4 were studied. In addition, the thermal decompositions properties of 1-4 were investigated by simultaneous TG/DTG-DSC technique. The apparent activation energy E and the pre-exponential factor (A) of skeleton collapse for the complexes 1-4 are calculated by the integral Kissinger's method and Ozawa-Doyle's method. The activation energy E (E1=209.658 kJ·mol-1, E2=250.037 kJ mol-1, E3=225.300 kJ mol-1, E4=186.529 kJ·mol-1) demonstrates that the reaction rate of the melting decomposition is slow. The thermodynamic parameters (ΔH‡, ΔG‡ and ΔS‡) at the peak temperatures of the DTG curves were also calculated. ΔG‡>0 indicates that the skeleton collapse is not spontaneous. ΔHd>0 suggests that the skeleton collapse is endothermic, corresponding to the intense endothermic peak of the DSC curve. The structural stability could be illustrated from the point of thermodynamics and kinetics. Their thermal decompositions properties of 1-4 were

  7. Multifunctional conjugated polymers with main-chain donors and side-chain acceptors for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs).

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    Chang, Dong Wook; Ko, Seo-Jin; Kim, Jin Young; Park, Su-Moon; Lee, Hyo Joong; Dai, Liming; Baek, Jong-Beom

    2011-11-15

    A novel multifunctional conjugated polymer (RCP-1) composed of an electron-donating backbone (carbazole) and an electron-accepting side chain (cyanoacetic acid) connected through conjugated vinylene and terthiophene has been synthesized and tested as a photosensitizer in two major molecule-based solar cells, namely dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and organic photovoltaic cells (OPVs). Promising initial results on overall power conversion efficiencies of 4.11% and 1.04% are obtained from the basic structure of DSSCs and OPVs based on RCP-1, respectively. The well-defined donor (D)-acceptor (A) structure of RCP-1 has made it possible, for the first time, to reach over 4% of power conversion efficiency in DSSCs with an organic polymer sensitizer and good operation stability.

  8. Facile synthesis of thiol-functionalized long-chain highly branched ROMP polymers and surface-decorated with gold nanoparticles.

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    Ding, Liang; Qiu, Jun; Zhu, Zhenshu

    2013-10-01

    The synthesis of thiol-functionalized long-chain highly branched polymers (LCHBPs) has been accomplished in combination of ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) and thiol-Michael addition click reaction. A monotelechelic polymer with a terminal acrylate and many pendent thiol groups is first prepared through adding an internal cis-olefin terminating agent to the reaction mixture immediately after the completion of the living ROMP, and then utilized as an ABn -type macromonomer in subsequent thiol-ene reaction between acrylate and thiol, yielding LCHBPs as the reaction time prolonged. Au nanoparticles are then covalently conjugated onto the surface of thiol-functionalized LCHBP to fabricate novel hybrid nanostructures, which is shown as one interesting application of such functionalized metathesis polymers. This facile approach can be extended toward the fabrication of novel nanomaterials with sophisticated structures and tunable multifunctionalities.

  9. Dielectric properties of liquid-crystal azomethine polymer with a side alkyl-substituted chain, doped with fullerene C60

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    Kovalev, D. S.; Kostromin, S. V.; Musteaţa, V.; Cozan, V.; Bronnikov, S. V.

    2016-04-01

    We studied the actual and imaginary components of the dielectric constant of liquid-crystal azomethine polymer with a side chain, doped with 0.5 wt % of fullerene C60, over a wide range of temperatures and frequencies; measurements were made by means of dielectric spectroscopy. By analyzing the frequency dependence of the dielectric constant, we detected the relaxation processes (α, β1, and β2) in the nanocomposite, corresponding to certain modes of molecular motion and described them by the Arrhenius equations (β1- and β2-processes) and the Vogel-Fulcher-Tamman equation (α-process). An antiplasticization effect is discovered after doping the polymer with fullerene C60, which manifests itself in increasing the glass transition temperature of the nanocomposite compared to this parameter typical of pure polymer.

  10. Effects of the internal friction and the solvent quality on the dynamics of a polymer chain closure.

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    Yu, Wancheng; Luo, Kaifu

    2015-03-28

    Using 3D Langevin dynamics simulations, we investigate the effects of the internal friction and the solvent quality on the dynamics of a polymer chain closure. We show that the chain closure in good solvents is a purely diffusive process. By extrapolation to zero solvent viscosity, we find that the internal friction of a chain plays a non-ignorable role in the dynamics of the chain closure. When the solvent quality changes from good to poor, the mean closure time τc decreases by about 1 order of magnitude for the chain length 20 ≤ N ≤ 100. Furthermore, τc has a minimum as a function of the solvent quality. With increasing the chain length N, the minimum of τc occurs at a better solvent. Finally, the single exponential distributions of the closure time in poor solvents suggest that the negative excluded volume of segments does not alter the nearly Poisson statistical characteristics of the process of the chain closure.

  11. On the construction of coarse-grained models for linear flexible polymer chains: Distribution functions for groups of consecutive monomers

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    Baschnagel, J.; Binder, K.; Paul, W.; Laso, M.; Suter, U. W.; Batoulis, I.; Jilge, W.; Bürger, T.

    1991-10-01

    Coarse-grained models for linear flexible polymers are constructed defining effective segments by taking together n successive chemical monomers of a polymer chain, for n=1,2,3,... . The distribution function Pn(l) for the length l of such effective segments is studied as well as the distribution function Pn(ϑ) of the angle between successive effective segments. If n is large enough, all these distribution functions tend towards universal limiting functions. For small n, information on chemical structure and effective potentials for the various degrees of freedom of the polymer chains is still preserved. Using polyethylene (PE) as one example, it is shown that these distribution functions for small n depend somewhat on the choice of the model for the effective potential (and the degrees of freedom included). Bisphenol-A-polycarbonate (BPA-PC) as a second example, serves to study to which extent these distribution functions Pn(l) and Pn(ϑ) differ for chemically different polymers, such as PE and BPA-PC. Consequences for the molecular modeling of polymeric materials are briefly discussed.

  12. Interphase and particle dispersion correlations in polymer nanocomposites

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    Senses, Erkan

    Particle dispersion in polymer matrices is a major parameter governing the mechanical performance of polymer nanocomposites. Controlling particle dispersion and understanding aging of composites under large shear and temperature variations determine the processing conditions and lifetime of composites which are very important for diverse applications in biomedicine, highly reinforced materials and more importantly for the polymer composites with adaptive mechanical responses. This thesis investigates the role of interphase layers between particles and polymer matrices in two bulk systems where particle dispersion is altered upon deformation in repulsive composites, and good-dispersion of particles is retained after multiple oscillatory shearing and aging cycles in attractive composites. We demonstrate that chain desorption and re-adsorption processes in attractive composites under shear can effectively enhance the bulk microscopic mechanical properties, and long chains of adsorbed layers lead to a denser entangled interphase layer. We further designed experiments where particles are physically adsorbed with bimodal lengths of homopolymer chains to underpin the entanglement effect in interphases. Bimodal adsorbed chains are shown to improve the interfacial strength and used to modulate the elastic properties of composites without changing the particle loading, dispersion state or polymer conformation. Finally, the role of dynamic asymmetry (different mobilities in polymer blends) and chemical heterogeneity in the interphase layer are explored in systems of poly(methyl methacrylate) adsorbed silica nanoparticles dispersed in poly(ethylene oxide) matrix. Such nanocomposites are shown to exhibit unique thermal-stiffening behavior at temperatures above glass transitions of both polymers. These interesting findings suggest that the mobility of the surface-bound polymer is essential for reinforcement in polymer nanocomposites, contrary to existing glassy layer theories

  13. Polarized optical spectroscopy applied to investigate two poly(phenylene-vinylene) polymers with different side chain structures

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    Pâlsson, Lars-Olof; Vaughan, Helen L.; Monkman, Andrew P.

    2006-10-01

    Two related poly(phenylene-vinylene) (PPV) light-emitting polymers have been investigated by means of polarized optical spectroscopy. The purpose of the investigation was to investigate the nature of the interactions in thin films and to examine what impact the difference in side chain structure and molecular weight in poly(2'-methoxy-5-2-ethyl-hexoxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene (MEH-PPV) and poly(2-(3',7'-dimethyloctyloxy)-5-methoxy-1,4-phenylene-vinylene) (OC1C10-PPV) has on the electronic and optical properties of the two polymers. Aligning the polymers by dispersing them in anisotropic solvents and stretched films shows that the side chains have an impact on the relative orientations of the transition dipole moments. In anisotropic solvents the linear dichroism is larger for MEH-PPV than for the related polymer OC1C10-PPV, while in stretched films the opposite situation prevails. A lower polarization of the luminescence from OC1C10-PPV, relative to MEH-PPV, was also obtained independent of alignment medium used. The data therefore suggest that while mechanical stretching may align the OC1C10-PPV to a greater degree, the emitting species is distinct from the absorbing species. The circular dichroism (CD) spectra of both polymers undergo dramatic changes when the liquid phase and the solid state (film) are compared. The solution CD spectra shows no evidence of interchain interactions; instead the spectra of both systems indicate a helical conformation of the polymers. The CD spectra of films are dramatically different with the strong Cotton effect being observed. This points to the formation of an aggregate in the film, with an associated ground state interaction, an interchain species such as a physical dimer, or a more complex higher aggregate.

  14. Amide side chain amphiphilic polymers disrupt surface established bacterial bio-films and protect mice from chronic Acinetobacter baumannii infection.

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    Uppu, Divakara S S M; Samaddar, Sandip; Ghosh, Chandradhish; Paramanandham, Krishnamoorthy; Shome, Bibek R; Haldar, Jayanta

    2016-01-01

    Bacterial biofilms represent the root-cause of chronic or persistent infections in humans. Gram-negative bacterial infections due to nosocomial and opportunistic pathogens such as Acinetobacter baumannii are more difficult to treat because of their inherent and rapidly acquiring resistance to antibiotics. Due to biofilm formation, A. baumannii has been noted for its apparent ability to survive on artificial surfaces for an extended period of time, therefore allowing it to persist in the hospital environment. Here we report, maleic anhydride based novel cationic polymers appended with amide side chains that disrupt surface established multi-drug resistant A. baumannii biofilms. More importantly, these polymers significantly (p < 0.0001) decrease the bacterial burden in mice with chronic A. baumannii burn wound infection. The polymers also show potent antibacterial efficacy against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin resistant Enterococci (VRE) and multi-drug resistant clinical isolates of A. baumannii with minimal toxicity to mammalian cells. We observe that optimal hydrophobicity dependent on the side chain chemical structure of these polymers dictate the selective toxicity to bacteria. Polymers interact with the bacterial cell membranes by causing membrane depolarization, permeabilization and energy depletion. Bacteria develop rapid resistance to erythromycin and colistin whereas no detectable development of resistance occurs against these polymers even after several passages. These results suggest the potential use of these polymeric biomaterials in disinfecting biomedical device surfaces after the infection has become established and also for the topical treatment of chronic bacterial infections.

  15. Biomedical applications of polymers derived by reversible addition - fragmentation chain-transfer (RAFT).

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    Fairbanks, Benjamin D; Gunatillake, Pathiraja A; Meagher, Laurence

    2015-08-30

    RAFT- mediated polymerization, providing control over polymer length and architecture as well as facilitating post polymerization modification of end groups, has been applied to virtually every facet of biomedical materials research. RAFT polymers have seen particularly extensive use in drug delivery research. Facile generation of functional and telechelic polymers permits straightforward conjugation to many therapeutic compounds while synthesis of amphiphilic block copolymers via RAFT allows for the generation of self-assembled structures capable of carrying therapeutic payloads. With the large and growing body of literature employing RAFT polymers as drug delivery aids and vehicles, concern over the potential toxicity of RAFT derived polymers has been raised. While literature exploring this complication is relatively limited, the emerging consensus may be summed up in three parts: toxicity of polymers generated with dithiobenzoate RAFT agents is observed at high concentrations but not with polymers generated with trithiocarbonate RAFT agents; even for polymers generated with dithiobenzoate RAFT agents, most reported applications call for concentrations well below the toxicity threshold; and RAFT end-groups may be easily removed via any of a variety of techniques that leave the polymer with no intrinsic toxicity attributable to the mechanism of polymerization. The low toxicity of RAFT-derived polymers and the ability to remove end groups via straightforward and scalable processes make RAFT technology a valuable tool for practically any application in which a polymer of defined molecular weight and architecture is desired.

  16. Gel-like elasticity in glass-forming side-chain liquid-crystal polymers

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    Pozo, O.; Collin, D.; Finkelmann, H.; Rogez, D.; Martinoty, P.

    2009-09-01

    We study the complex shear modulus G of two side-chain liquid-crystal polymers (SCLCPs), a methoxy-phenylbenzoate substituted polyacrylate (thereafter called PAOCH3 ), and a cyanobiphenyl substituted polyacrylate supplied by Merck (thereafter called LCP105) using a piezoelectric rheometer. Two methods of filling the cell are used: (a) a capillary method, which can be used only at high temperature because of the low value of the viscosity, and (b) the classical one, thereafter called compression method, which consists in placing the sample between the two slides of the cell and to bring them closer. By filling the cell at high temperature either with the compression or the capillary method, we show that the response of both compounds is liquidlike ( G'˜f2 and G″˜f , where f is the frequency) for temperatures higher than a certain temperature T0 and gel-like (G'˜const,G″˜f) below T0 . This change in behavior from the conventional flow response to a gel-like response, when approaching the glass transition, is observed for nonsliding conditions and for very weak-imposed shear strains. It can be explained by a percolation-type mechanism of preglassy elastic clusters, which correspond to long-range and long-lived density fluctuations that are frozen at the time scale of the experiment. The sample response is therefore the sum of two contributions: one is due to the flow response of the polymer melt and the other to the elastic response of the network formed by the preglassy elastic clusters. By filling the cell below T0 with the compression method, both compounds exhibit a gel-type behavior by gently bringing closer the slides of the cell and an anomalous low-frequency behavior characterized by G'=const and G″=const by increasing the pressure used to bring closer the slides of the cell. A compression-assisted aggregation of the preglassy elastic clusters can explain both the increase in the low-frequency elastic plateau when the sample thickness is decreased

  17. Bubble-surface interactions with graphite in the presence of adsorbed carboxymethylcellulose.

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    Wu, Jueying; Delcheva, Iliana; Ngothai, Yung; Krasowska, Marta; Beattie, David A

    2015-01-21

    The adsorption of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), and the subsequent effect on bubble-surface interactions, has been studied for a graphite surface. CMC adsorbs on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) in specific patterns: when adsorbed from a solution of low concentration it forms stretched, isolated and sparsely distributed chains, while upon adsorption from a solution of higher concentration, it forms an interconnected network of multilayer features. The amount and topography of the adsorbed CMC affect the electrical properties as well as the wettability of the polymer-modified HOPG surface. Adsorption of CMC onto the HOPG surface causes the zeta potential to be more negative and the modified surface becomes more hydrophilic. This increase in both the absolute value of zeta potential and the surface hydrophilicity originates from the carboxymethyl groups of the CMC polymer. The effect of the adsorbed polymer layer on wetting film drainage and bubble-surface/particle attachment was determined using high speed video microscopy to monitor single bubble-surface collision, and single bubble Hallimond tube flotation experiments. The time of wetting film drainage and the time of three-phase contact line spreading gets significantly longer for polymer-modified HOPG surfaces, indicating that the film rupture and three-phase contact line expansion were inhibited by the presence of polymer. The effect of longer drainage times and slower dewetting correlated with reduced flotation recovery. The molecular kinetic (MK) model was used to quantify the effect of the polymer on dewetting dynamics, and showed an increase in the jump frequency for the polymer adsorbed at the higher concentration.

  18. Main-chain Chiral Smectic Polymers Showing a Large Electroclinic Effect in the SmA* Phase

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    Walba,D.; Yang, H.; Shoemaker, R.; Keller, P.; Shao, r.; Coleman, D.; Jones, C.; Nakata, M.; Clark, N.

    2006-01-01

    The synthesis and characterization of a main-chain smectic liquid-crystalline polymer system designed for development into electromechanical actuators is described. The chemical structure is chosen to provide a large electroclinic effect in the SmA* phase, with large concomitant layer shrinkage (a rare combination). The polymers are prepared by acyclic diene metathesis polymerization (ADMET) of liquid-crystalline ,-dienes. Oligomers with a degree of polymerization of {approx}10-30 are obtained using Grubbs first-generation catalyst, while oligomers with a degree of polymerization of {approx}200 are obtained using Grubbs second-generation catalyst. All polymer samples show the following phase sequence: I - SmA* - SmC* - Glass. X-ray analysis of polymer powder samples demonstrates the desired layer shrinkage at the SmA* - SmC* transition. The polymers form well-aligned fibers by pulling from the isotropic melt, and X-ray analysis of fibers in the SmA* phase shows that in the bulk of the fiber the layers are oriented perpendicular to the fiber axis, while at the surfaces there appears to be a thin sheath where the layers are parallel to the fiber/air interface. The desired layer shrinkage with tilt at the SmA* - SmC* transition in these fibers is seen as well, and in the SmC* phase the fibers exhibit an interesting conical chevron layer structure. Electro-optic investigation of aligned thin films of the polymer, prepared from quenched fiber glasses using a novel technique, exhibit a large electroclinic effect, with substantial degradation of alignment quality upon field-induced tilt. This degradation in alignment quality, coupled with the layer shrinkage at the SmA* - SmC* transition demonstrated by X-ray scattering, strongly suggests the desired layer shrinkage with electroclinic tilt is in fact occurring in the polymer films.

  19. Highly grafted polystyrene/polyvinylpyridine polymer gold nanoparticles in a good solvent: effects of chain length and composition.

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    Posel, Zbyšek; Posocco, Paola; Lísal, Martin; Fermeglia, Maurizio; Pricl, Sabrina

    2016-04-21

    In this work, the structural features of spherical gold nanoparticles (NPs) decorated with highly grafted poly(styrene) (PS), poly(vinylpyridine) (PVP) and PS-PVP diblock copolymer brushes immersed in a good solvent are investigated by means of Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) simulations as a function of grafted chain length and of homopolymer and copolymer chain composition. For NPs grafted either by PS or PVP homopolymer brushes (selected as a proof of concept), good agreement between the Daoud-Cotton theory, experimental evidence, and our DPD simulations is observed in the scaling behavior of single chain properties, especially for longer grafted chains, and in brush thickness prediction. On the other hand, for grafted chain lengths comparable to NP dimensions parabolic-like profiles of the end-monomer distributions are obtained. Furthermore, a region of high concentration of polymer segments is observed in the monomer density distribution for long homopolymers. In the case of copolymer-decorated NPs, the repulsion between PS and PVP blocks is found to substantially influence the radius of gyration and the shape of the end-monomer distribution of the relevant polymer shell. Moreover, for diblock chains, the un-swollen region is observed to be thinner (and, correspondingly, the swollen layer thicker) than that of a NP modified with a homopolymer of the same length. Finally, the lateral segregation of PS and PVP blocks is evidenced by our calculations and a detailed analysis of the corona behavior is reported, thus revealing the key parameters in controlling the surface properties and the response of diblock copolymer modified nanoparticles. PMID:26980360

  20. New theories for smectic and nematic liquid-crystal polymers: Backbone LCPs (liquid crystalline polymers) and their mixtures and side-chain LCPs

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    Dowell, F.

    1987-01-01

    A summary of predictions and explanations from statistical-physics theories for both backbone and side-chain liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) and for mixtures with backbone LCPs are presented. Trends in the thermodynamic and molecular ordering properties have been calculated as a function of pressure, density, temperature, and molecule chemical structures (including degree of polymerization and the following properties of the chemical structures of the repeat units: lengths and shapes, intra-chain rotation energies, dipole moments, site-site polarizabilities and Lennard-Jones potentials, etc.) in nematic and multiple smectic-A LC phases and in the isotropic liquid phase. The theoretical results are found to be in good agreement with existing experimental data. These theories can also be applied to combined LCPs. Since these theories have no ad hoc or arbitrarily adjustable parameters, these theories can be used to design new LCPs and new solvents as well as to predict and explain properties. 27 refs., 4 tabs.

  1. Note: Perturbation theory of polymer chains revisited. I. Corrected C1 and C2 parameters for excluded volume chains

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    Zifferer, Gerhard; Olaj, Oskar Friedrich

    2011-06-01

    Random walks (RWs) and self-avoiding random walks (SAWs) embedded in the cubic lattice are evaluated with respect to the number of i-tuples of overlaps within incompatible pairs leading to the parameters Ck of the perturbation theory of the excluded volume u. These parameters are strongly dependent on chain length N never before realized by theory. Extrapolated to infinite chain length C1 and C2 are fairly well recovered for RWs while markedly larger values appear for SAWs. The Kurata-Yamakawa approach recovers the simulation results with high accuracy if self-consistent C1 and C2 values are applied thus representing an easy to use well-performing method for the prediction of u in athermal solution.

  2. Reversible Addition Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) Polymerization in Undergraduate Polymer Science Lab

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    Nguyen, T. L. U.; Bennet, Francesca; Stenzel, Martina H.; Barner-Kowollik, Christopher

    2008-01-01

    This 8-hour experiment (spread over two 4-hour sessions) is designed to equip students with essential skills in polymer synthesis, particularly in synthesizing polymers of well-defined molecular weight. The experiment involves the synthesis and characterization of poly(vinyl neodecanoate) via living free radical polymerization, specifically the…

  3. Identification of polymer surface adsorbed proteins implicated in pluripotent human embryonic stem cell expansion† †Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6bm00214e Click here for additional data file.

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    Hammad, Moamen; Rao, Wei; Smith, James G. W.; Anderson, Daniel G.; Langer, Robert; Young, Lorraine E.; Barrett, David A.; Davies, Martyn C.; Denning, Chris

    2016-01-01

    Improved biomaterials are required for application in regenerative medicine, biosensing, and as medical devices. The response of cells to the chemistry of polymers cultured in media is generally regarded as being dominated by proteins adsorbed to the surface. Here we use mass spectrometry to identify proteins adsorbed from a complex mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEF) conditioned medium found to support pluripotent human embryonic stem cell (hESC) expansion on a plasma etched tissue culture polystyrene surface. A total of 71 proteins were identified, of which 14 uniquely correlated with the surface on which pluripotent stem cell expansion was achieved. We have developed a microarray combinatorial protein spotting approach to test the potential of these 14 proteins to support expansion of a hESC cell line (HUES-7) and a human induced pluripotent stem cell line (ReBl-PAT) on a novel polymer (N-(4-Hydroxyphenyl) methacrylamide). These proteins were spotted to form a primary array yielding several protein mixture ‘hits’ that enhanced cell attachment to the polymer. A second array was generated to test the function of a refined set of protein mixtures. We found that a combination of heat shock protein 90 and heat shock protein-1 encourage elevated adherence of pluripotent stem cells at a level comparable to fibronectin pre-treatment. PMID:27466628

  4. A Comprehensive study of the Effects of Chain Morphology on the Transport Properties of Amorphous Polymer Films

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    Mendels, Dan; Tessler, Nir

    2016-01-01

    Organic semiconductors constitute one of the main components underlying present-day paradigm shifting optoelectronic applications. Among them, polymer based semiconductors are deemed particularly favorable due to their natural compatibility with low-cost device fabrication techniques. In light of recent advances in the syntheses of these classes of materials, yielding systems exhibiting charge mobilities comparable with those found in organic crystals, a comprehensive study of their charge transport properties is presented. Among a plethora of effects arising from these systems morphological and non morphological attributes, it is shown that a favorable presence of several of these attributes, including that of rapid on-chain carrier propagation and the presence of elongated conjugation segments, can lead to an enhancement of the system’s mobility by more than 5 orders of magnitude with respect to ‘standard’ amorphous organic semiconductors. New insight for the formulation of new engineering strategies for next generation polymer based semiconductors is thus gathered. PMID:27405103

  5. Migration insertion polymerization (MIP) of cyclopentadienyldicarbonyldiphenylphosphinopropyliron (FpP): a new concept for main chain metal-containing polymers (MCPs).

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    Wang, Xiaosong; Cao, Kai; Liu, Yibo; Tsang, Brian; Liew, Sean

    2013-03-01

    We report a conceptually new polymerization technique termed migration insertion polymerization (MIP) for main chain metal-containing polymer (MCP) synthesis. Cyclopentadienyldicarbonyldiphenylphosphinopropyliron (FpP) is synthesized and polymerized via MIP, resulting in air stable poly(cyclopentadienylcarbonyldiphenylphosphinobutanoyliron) (PFpP) displaying narrow molecular weight distribution. The backbone of PFpP contains asymmetric iron units connected by both phosphine coordination and Fe-acyl bonds, which is representative of a new type of polymer. Furthermore, PFpP is tested to be soluble in a wide range of organic solvents and shown to possess reactive Fp end groups. PFpP amphiphiles have therefore been prepared via an end group migration insertion reaction in the presence of oligoethylene phosphine. PMID:23425192

  6. A Comprehensive study of the Effects of Chain Morphology on the Transport Properties of Amorphous Polymer Films

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    Mendels, Dan; Tessler, Nir

    2016-07-01

    Organic semiconductors constitute one of the main components underlying present-day paradigm shifting optoelectronic applications. Among them, polymer based semiconductors are deemed particularly favorable due to their natural compatibility with low-cost device fabrication techniques. In light of recent advances in the syntheses of these classes of materials, yielding systems exhibiting charge mobilities comparable with those found in organic crystals, a comprehensive study of their charge transport properties is presented. Among a plethora of effects arising from these systems morphological and non morphological attributes, it is shown that a favorable presence of several of these attributes, including that of rapid on-chain carrier propagation and the presence of elongated conjugation segments, can lead to an enhancement of the system’s mobility by more than 5 orders of magnitude with respect to ‘standard’ amorphous organic semiconductors. New insight for the formulation of new engineering strategies for next generation polymer based semiconductors is thus gathered.

  7. Thermodynamics of polymer nematics described with a worm-like chain model: particle-based simulations and SCF theory calculations

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    Greco, Cristina; Yiang, Ying; Kremer, Kurt; Chen, Jeff; Daoulas, Kostas

    Polymer liquid crystals, apart from traditional applications as high strength materials, are important for new technologies, e.g. Organic Electronics. Their studies often invoke mesoscale models, parameterized to reproduce thermodynamic properties of the real material. Such top-down strategies require advanced simulation techniques, predicting accurately the thermodynamics of mesoscale models as a function of characteristic features and parameters. Here a recently developed model describing nematic polymers as worm-like chains interacting with soft directional potentials is considered. We present a special thermodynamic integration scheme delivering free energies in particle-based Monte Carlo simulations of this model, avoiding thermodynamic singularities. Conformational and structural properties, as well as Helmholtz free energies are reported as a function of interaction strength. They are compared with state-of-art SCF calculations invoking a continuum analog of the same model, demonstrating the role of liquid-packing and fluctuations.

  8. Highly efficient stabilisation of meta-ethynylpyridine polymers with amide side chains in water by coordination of rare-earth metals.

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    Makida, Hiroki; Abe, Hajime; Inouye, Masahiko

    2015-02-14

    An amphiphilic meta-ethynylpyridine polymer with chiral amide side chains was developed. The polymer was prepared by sequential Sonogashira reactions, and the product was soluble in polar and apolar solvents. The additive effects of metal salts on the polymer were examined in water and aqueous EtOH on the basis of UV-vis and CD spectra. The enhancement of the positive Cotton effect and hypochromism around 360 nm occurred by the addition of various metal salts, indicating the coordination of the cations to the amide side chains of the polymer to stabilise the helical structure. Among them, rare-earth metal salts, especially Sc(OTf)3 showed more efficient additive effects probably because of its strong coordination ability even in water. Positive cooperativity was observed for the coordination of Sc(OTf)3 to the polymer in aqueous EtOH.

  9. Molecular Simulation studies of adsorption of polymers on non-planar surfaces: Influence of surface characteristics

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    Venkatakrishnan, Abishek; Shim, Anne; Frost, Aquil; Lewnard, John; Kuppa, Vikram

    2015-03-01

    Molecular simulations are employed to investigate the adsorption of freely rotating polymer chains adsorbing on to non-planar surfaces. Adsorption studies on planar surfaces have been studied extensively and fairly well understood. However, in reality, surfaces are non-planar and cannot be represented using smooth surface models. We investigate the effect of surface characteristics on adsorption via molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo molecular simulations in the NVT ensemble. Both regular (uniform) and irregular (self-affine) roughness parameters are studied. The adsorbed polymer chains are characterized by density and orientation profiles, adsorbed fraction and chain topologies. Our results elucidate the extent to which surface roughness influences adsorption, in competition with other factors such as chain length and monomer-surface interaction. We also demonstrate how both adsorption and desorption can be controlled solely by tuning surface inhomogeneities.

  10. Phase behaviors, molecular and supramolecular structures in polymers containing rigid-rod backbones with cyanobiphenyl side chains

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    Ruan, Jrjeng

    One of the most important and challenging topics in materials chemistry involves designing nano-structures in synthetic materials via self-assembly for various highly technical applications. A specially designed combined liquid crystalline polymer containing a polyester backbone with cyanobiphenyl side chains has been studied in aspects of phase behaviors and crystal structures. The triclinic crystal phases identified in this series of polymer are all found to be constricted by 4-monomer unit cells. This discovery of 4-monomer triclinic unit cells motivates a search for the existence of supramolecular phases and understanding the possible molecular packing. A series of newly designed polyimides, which are composed of aromatic polyimide backbones with 4-cyanobiphenyl mesogens on the side chains has been synthesized. This series of polymers possesses a lesser degree of coupling between the backbones and side chains, which indicates the possibility of microphase separation between them. The representative polyimides of BPDA-7CBBP and BPDA-11CBBP in this series, in which 4-cyanobiphenyl side chains are connected onto the backbones through seven and eleven methylene units respectively have systematically studied in this research. Two crystal forms were recognized in BPDA-11CBBA, and one of them possesses six repeating units in one monoclinic unit cell. Moreover, the existence of a supramolecular phase has been proposed based on 2D WAXD fiber patterns. In the case of BPDA-7CBBP, three crystal forms were identified: two of them are constructed by triclinic lattices with large unit cells. The numbers of repeating units in those unit cells are seven and eight, respectively. Complicated phase behaviors including a second-order transition between the supramolecular phase and a high-order liquid crystal phase have been explored. The fact that large unit cells in both polymers with the numbers of repeating units in unit cells being 6, 7, and 8 leads to an important issue for

  11. Evidence for Distinct Polymer Chain Orientations in KC{sub 60} and RbC{sub 60 }

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    Launois, P.; Moret, R.; Hone, J.; Zettl, A. |

    1998-11-01

    The KC{sub 60} and RbC{sub 60} polymer phases exhibit contrasting electronic properties while powder diffraction studies have revealed no definite structural difference. We have performed single crystal x-ray diffraction and diffuse scattering studies of these compounds. It is found that KC{sub 60} and RbC{sub 60} possess different chain orientations about their axes, which are described by distinct space groups Pmnn and I2/m , respectively. Such a structural difference will be of great importance to a complete understanding of the physical properties. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  12. Effects of shear flow on reactive coupling of polymer chains at melt interfaces

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    Zhang, Jianbin; Lodge, Timothy; Macosko, Christopher

    2006-03-01

    The coupling reaction of functional polymers at static polymer-polymer interfaces is typically much slower than that at interfaces formed during mixing (see, for example, Reference 1). We have demonstrated that the imposed simple shear can accelerate coupling reactions at flat interfaces. For amine-terminal polystyrene (PS-NH2)/anhydride terminal poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA-anh), the PMMA-anh conversion under dynamic oscillation even at strain amplitude as small as 1% is seven times that under static conditions. Reaction time and temperature and the total interfacial area were maintained the same. Similar behavior was found for both bilayer and multilayer samples. Under steady simple shear, the reaction conversion and the rate of interfacial area generation are comparable to that of batch mixing. *Macosko, C. W.; Jeon. H. K.; Hoye, T. R. Prog. Polym. Sci. 2005, 30, 939.

  13. Protein Adsorption on Surfaces with Grafted Polymers

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    Szleifer, I.

    1997-01-01

    A general theoretical framework for studying the adsorption of protein molecules on surfaces with grafted polymers is presented. The approach is a generalization of the single-chain mean-field theory, in which the grafted polymer-protein-solvent layer is assumed to be inhomogeneous in the direction perpendicular to the grafting surface. The theory enables the calculation of the adsorption isotherms of the protein as a function of the surface coverage of grafted polymers, concentration of protein in bulk, and type of solvent molecules. The potentials of mean force of the protein with the surface are calculated as a function of polymer surface coverage and amount of protein adsorbed. The theory is applied to model lysozyme on surfaces with grafted polyethylene oxide. The protein is modeled as spherical in solution, and it is assumed that the protein-polymer, protein-solvent, and polymer-solvent attractive interactions are all equal. Therefore, the interactions determining the structure of the layer (beyond the bare polymer-surface and protein-surface interactions) are purely repulsive. The bare surface-protein interaction is taken from atomistic calculations by Lee and Park. For surfaces that do not have preferential attractions with the grafted polymer segments, the adsorption isotherms of lysozyme are independent of the polymer length for chains with more than 50 ethylene oxide units. However, the potentials of mean force show strong variations with grafted polymer molecular weight. The competition between different conformations of the adsorbed protein is studied in detail. The adsorption isotherms change qualitatively for surfaces with attractive interactions with ethylene oxide monomers. The protein adsorption is a function of chain length—the longer the polymer the more effective it is in preventing protein adsorption. The structure of the layer and its deformation upon protein adsorption are very important in determining the adsorption isotherms and the

  14. Reflectivity studies on adsorbed block copolymers under shear

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    Smith, G.S.; Wages, S.; Baker, S.M.; Toprakcioglu, C.; Hadziioannou, G.

    1994-12-01

    The authors report neutron reflectivity data on (poly)styrene-(poly)ethylene oxide (PS-PEO) diblock copolymers adsorbed onto quartz from the selective solvent cyclohexane (a non-solvent for PEO and a poor solvent for PS). The PEO ``anchor block`` adsorbs strongly to form a thin layer on the quartz substrate, while the deuterated PS chains dangle into the solvent. They find that under static conditions the density profile of the PS block in a poor solvent can be well described by a Schultz function which is indicative of a polymer ``mushroom.`` Furthermore, they have studied the same system under shear at shear rates from 0--400s{sup {minus}1}. They find that there is a dramatic increase in the thickness of the PS layer under shear in cyclohexane and that the relaxation time from the shear-on profile back to the static profile is on the order of several days.

  15. Co-assembly of Zn(SPh){sub 2} and organic linkers into helical and zig-zag polymer chains

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    Liu Yi; Yu Lingmin; Loo, Say Chye Joachim; Blair, Richard G.; Zhang Qichun

    2012-07-15

    Two novel one-dimensional coordination polymers, single helicate [Zn(SPh){sub 2}(TPyTA)(EG)]{sub n} (EG=ethylene glycol) (1) and zig-zag structure [Zn(SPh){sub 2}(BPyVB)]{sub n} (2), were synthesized under solvothermal conditions at 150 Degree-Sign C or room temperature by the co-assembly of Zn(SPh){sub 2} and organic linkers such as 2,4,6-tri(4-pyridyl)-1,3,5-triazine (TPyTA) and 1,3-bis(trans-4-pyridylvinyl)benzene (BPyVB). X-ray crystallography study reveals that both polymers 1 and 2 crystallize in space group P2{sub 1}/c of the monoclinic system. The solid-state UV-vis absorption spectra show that 1 and 2 have maxium absorption onsets at 400 nm and 420 nm, respectively. TGA analysis indicates that 1 and 2 are stable up to 110 Degree-Sign C and 210 Degree-Sign C. - Graphical abstract: Two novel one-dimensional coordination polymers, single helicate [Zn(SPh){sub 2}(TPyTA)(EG)]{sub n} (1) and zig-zag structure [Zn(SPh){sub 2}(BPyVB)]{sub n} (2), were synthesized. Solid-state UV-vis absorptions show that 1 and 2 have maxium absorption onsets at 400 nm and 420 nm, respectively. TGA analysis indicates that 1 and 2 are stable up to 110 Degree-Sign C and 210 Degree-Sign C. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Two novel one-dimensional coordination polymers have been synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TPyTA results in helical structures in 1 while BPyVB leads to zig-zag chains in 2. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Solid-state UV-vis absorption spectra and TGA analysis of the title polymers were studied.

  16. Reversible Thermal Stiffening in Polymer Nanocomposites.

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    Senses, Erkan; Isherwood, Andrew; Akcora, Pinar

    2015-07-15

    Miscible polymer blends with different glass transition temperatures (Tg) are known to create confined interphases between glassy and mobile chains. Here, we show that nanoparticles adsorbed with a high-Tg polymer, poly(methyl methacrylate), and dispersed in a low-Tg matrix polymer, poly(ethylene oxide), exhibit a liquid-to-solid transition at temperatures above Tg's of both polymers. The mechanical adaptivity of nanocomposites to temperature underlies the existence of dynamically asymmetric bound layers on nanoparticles and more importantly reveals their impact on macroscopic mechanical response of composites. The unusual reversible stiffening behavior sets these materials apart from conventional polymer composites that soften upon heating. The presented stiffening mechanism in polymer nanocomposites can be used in applications for flexible electronics or mechanically induced actuators responding to environmental changes like temperature or magnetic fields.

  17. A statistical theory of coil-to-globule-to-coil transition of a polymer chain in a mixture of good solvents

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    Budkov, Yu. A.; Kolesnikov, A. L.; Kalikin, N. N.; Kiselev, M. G.

    2016-05-01

    We present an off-lattice statistical model of a single polymer chain in mixed-solvent media. Taking into account the polymer conformational entropy, renormalization of solvent composition near the polymer backbone, the universal intermolecular excluded-volume and van der Waals interactions within the self-consistent field theory, the reentrant coil-to-globule-to-coil transition (co-nonsolvency) has been described in this paper. For convenience we split the system volume in two parts: the volume occupied by the polymer chain and the volume of bulk solution. Considering the equilibrium between two sub-volumes, the polymer solvation free energy as a function of radius of gyration and co-solvent mole fraction within internal polymer volume has been obtained. Minimizing the free energy of solvation with respect to its arguments, we show two qulitatively different regimes of co-nonsolvency. Namely, at sufficiently high temperature the reentrant coil-to-globule-to-coil transition proceeds smoothly. On the contrary, when the temperature drops below a certain threshold value a coil-globule transition occurs in the regime of first-order phase transition, i.e., discontinuous changes of the radius of gyration and the local co-solvent mole fraction near the polymer backbone. We show that, when the collapse of the polymer chain takes place, the entropy and enthalpy contributions to the solvation free energy of the globule strongly grow. From the first principles of statistical thermodynamics we confirm earlier speculations based on the MD simulations results that the co-nonsolvency is the essentially enthalpic-entropic effect and is caused by enthalpy-entropy compensation. We show that the temperature dependences of the solution heat capacity change due to the solvation of the polymer chain are in qualitative agreement with the differential scanning calorimetry data for PNIPAM in aqueous methanol.

  18. Exploiting Supramolecular Interactions for the Intramolecular Folding of Side-Chain Functionalized Polymers and Assembly of Anisotropic Colloids

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    Romulus, Joy

    The overarching goal presented in this thesis is the self-assembly of synthetic systems into higher ordered structures utilizing supramolecular chemistry. Noncovalent interactions including charge-transfer and hydrogen bonding as well as DNA hybridization are exploited to induce the assembly of polymers and colloids into well-defined architectures. This strategy provides a tunable handle on materials bulk properties that can be adjusted by simply changing variables such as temperature and solvent. A brief overview of design principles for the supramolecular assembly of side-chain functionalized polymers is presented. The polymerization technique selected was living ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP), thus affording control over molecular weight and molecular weight distributions. ROMP also allowed for the incorporation of functional groups that were used to assemble the polymers into ordered structures. Charge-transfer motifs were exploited and shown to drive the assembly of random and alternating copolymers via intramolecular side-chain interactions. Incorporation of complementary hydrogen bonding motifs was shown to guide the single-chain folding of a multifunctional triblock copolymer into sheet-like structures. Precision over the size, shape, and monomer sequence were identified as key elements for efficient self-assembly. The self-assembly of colloids using DNA hybridization was also investigated. Previously, the majority of colloid-based research relied upon the self-assembly of spherical isotropic particles into closed-packed arrangements. In contrast, anisotropic particles may allow for the realization of open structures. By expanding upon a method to permanently cross-link DNA strands incubated on a colloidal surface, a new strategy to engineer patchy particles is described. These functional DNA-coated patches are demonstrated to direct particle assembly. The self-assembly of polymer and colloidal systems utilizing noncovalent interactions

  19. A new 68Ge/68Ga generator system using an organic polymer containing N-methylglucamine groups as adsorbent for 68Ge.

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    Nakayama, M; Haratake, M; Ono, M; Koiso, T; Harada, K; Nakayama, H; Yahara, S; Ohmomo, Y; Arano, Y

    2003-01-01

    A macroporous styrene-divinylbenzene copolymer containing N-methylglucamine groups was selected for a new 68Ge/68Ga generator system. This resin packed into a column effectively adsorbed the parent nuclide 68Ge. The daughter 68Ga was eluted from the resin with a solution of a low-affinity gallium chelating ligand such as citric or phosphoric acid. The 68Ge leakage was less than 0.0004% of the 68Ge adsorbed on the resin. By simple mixing of transferrin and desferoxamine conjugated HSA and IgG with the eluate from the column, 68Ga-labeling was completed in high yield. PMID:12485657

  20. Structure and rheology of star polymers in confined geometries: a mesoscopic simulation study.

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    Zheng, Feiwo; Goujon, Florent; Mendonça, Ana C F; Malfreyt, Patrice; Tildesley, Dominic J

    2015-11-28

    Mesoscopic simulations of star polymer melts adsorbed onto solid surfaces are performed using the dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) method. A set of parameters is developed to study the low functionality star polymers under shear. The use of a new bond-angle potential between the arms of the star creates more rigid chains and discriminates between different functionalities at equilibrium, but still allows the polymers to deform appropriately under shear. The rheology of the polymer melts is studied by calculating the kinetic friction and viscosity and there is good agreement with experimental properties of these systems. The study is completed with predictive simulations of star polymer solutions in an athermal solvent. PMID:26435466

  1. NMR evidence for spin-rotation effects observed on entangled polymer chain solutions

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    Cohen-Addad, J. P.; Guillermo, A.

    It is known that slow diffusion of long polyisobutylene chains through entanglements induces a partial motional narrowing process which results in a nonzero time average of tensorial nuclear spin interactions. The purpose of the present paper is to use specific pulse sequences and effects of steady magnetic field variations to show that spin-rotation couplings are involved in the observed residual tensorial interactions. This nonzero time average of spin-rotation interactions directly reflects rotational isomerization of successive monomer units along entangled chains; accordingly, it is sensitive to the chain flexibility. Residual dipolar couplings and spin-rotation couplings have about the same strength: 5 × 10 2 Hz at a concentration corresponding to one monomer unit per CS 2 solvent molecule (the chain molecular weight is 10 6).

  2. Crystal-to-crystal transformation from a chain compound to a layered coordination polymer.

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    Shi, Jinbiao; Zhang, Yan; Zhang, Bin; Zhu, Daoben

    2016-01-01

    A crystal-to-crystal transformation was observed from a green chain compound CuBr2(1,4-dioxane)2(H2O)2 (1) to a brown layered compound (CuBr2)3(1,4-dioxane)2 (2). The hydrogen bond connecting chains in were replaced by a μ-Br bridge in and the antiferromagnetic interaction between the metal atoms in became stronger than in 1. PMID:26600206

  3. Characterization of the orientational behavior of liquid-crystalline side-chain polymers for reversible optical data storage by Fourier transform IR spectroscopy

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    Kulinna, Ch.; Zebger, I.; Siesler, Heinz W.; Hvilsted, Soeren; Ramanujam, P. S.

    1994-01-01

    It has been demonstrated that the photo-induced orientation or reorientation of dye-containing liquid-crystalline side-chain (LCSC) polymers can be used for reversible optical data storage. A method which enables the determination of this orientational behavior in addition to the order parameter is infrared dichroism. The present experimental approach uses Fourier- Transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy with polarized radiation to determine the orientation of the main chain and side chains in a LCSC polyester with a dodecamethylene spacing of the ester groups in the main chain and six methylene groups in the spacer, after irradiation with an Argon ion laser beam.

  4. Influence of alkyl chain length on charge transport in symmetrically substituted poly(2,5-dialkoxy- p -phenylenevinylene) polymers

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    Tuladhar, Sachetan M.; Sims, Marc; Kirkpatrick, James; Maher, Robert C.; Chatten, Amanda J.; Bradley, Donal D. C.; Nelson, Jenny; Etchegoin, Pablo G.; Nielsen, Christian B.; Massiot, Philippe; George, Wayne N.; Steinke, Joachim H. G.

    2009-01-01

    We report on the hole transport characteristics, as measured by time of flight, of a family of symmetrically substituted dialkoxy poly( p -phenylenevinylene) polymers with different side-chain length. As side-chain length is decreased, the magnitude of the hole mobility μh increases while the field dependence of μh becomes more positive and the temperature dependence of μh becomes stronger. For the shortest side-chain derivative studied, μh exceeds 10-4cm2V-1s-1 at electric fields greater than 105Vcm-1 . The trend in magnitude of μh with side-chain length is consistent with the expected increase in electronic wave-function overlap as interchain separation decreases, while the trends in electric-field and temperature dependences of μh are consistent with increasing site energy disorder. We show that the electrostatic contribution to the site energy difference for pairs of oligomers follows the observed trend as a function of interchain separation, although the pairwise contribution is too small to explain the data quantitatively. Nonresonant Raman spectroscopy is used to characterize the microstructure of our films. We construct spatial maps of the Raman ratio I1280/I1581 and confirm an expected decrease in average film density with side-chain extension. The structural heterogeneity in the maps is analyzed but no clear correlation is observed with transport properties, suggesting that the structural variations relevant for charge transport occur on a length scale finer than the resolution of ˜1μm .

  5. Introduction to Polymer Chemistry.

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    Harris, Frank W.

    1981-01-01

    Reviews the physical and chemical properties of polymers and the two major methods of polymer synthesis: addition (chain, chain-growth, or chain-reaction), and condensation (step-growth or step-reaction) polymerization. (JN)

  6. Kinetic aspects of the coil-stretch transition of polymer chains in dilute solution under extensional flow

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    Hernández Cifre, J. G.; García de la Torre, J.

    2001-11-01

    When linear polymer chains in dilute solution are subject to extensional flow, each chain in the sample experiences the coil-stretch transition at a different time. Using Brownian dynamics simulation, we have studied the distribution of transition times in terms of the extensional rate and the length of the chains. If instead of time one characterizes the effect of the flow by the accumulated strain, then the distribution and its moments seem to take general forms, independent of molecular weight and flow rate, containing some numerical, universal constants that have been evaluated from the dynamical simulation. The kinetics of the transition, expressed by the time-dependence of the fraction of remaining coils, has also been simulated, and the results for the kinetic rate constant has been rationalized in a manner similar to that used for the transition time. The molecular individualism, characterized in this work by the distribution of transition times, is related to the excess of the applied extensional rate over its critical value, which will determine the transition time and other features of the coil-stretch transition.

  7. Polymers.

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    Tucker, David C.

    1986-01-01

    Presents an open-ended experiment which has students exploring polymer chemistry and reverse osmosis. This activity involves construction of a polymer membrane, use of it in a simple osmosis experiment, and application of its principles in solving a science-technology-society problem. (ML)

  8. Influence of annealing on chain entanglement and molecular dynamics in weak dynamic asymmetry polymer blends.

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    Lin, Yu; Tan, Yeqiang; Qiu, Biwei; Shangguan, Yonggang; Harkin-Jones, Eileen; Zheng, Qiang

    2013-01-17

    The influence of annealing above the glass transition temperature (T(g)) on chain entanglement and molecular dynamics of solution-cast poly(methyl methacrylate)/poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride) (PMMA/SMA) blends was investigated via a combination of dynamic rheological measurement and broadband dielectric spectroscopy. Chain entanglement density increases when the annealing temperature and/or time increases, resulting from the increased efficiency of chain packing and entanglement recovery. The results of the annealing treatment without cooling revealed that the increase of the entanglement density occurred during the annealing process instead of the subsequent cooling procedure. Annealing above T(g) exerts a profound effect on segmental motion, including the transition temperature and dynamics. Namely, T(g) shifts to higher temperatures and the relaxation time (τ(max)) increases due to the increased entanglement density and decreased molecular mobility. Either T(g) or τ(max) approaches an equilibrium value gradually, corresponding to the equilibrium entanglement density that might be obtained through the theoretical predictions. However, no obvious distribution broadening is observed due to the unchanged heterogeneous dynamics. Furthermore, side group rotational motion could be freely achieved without overcoming the chain entanglement resistance. Hence, neither the dynamics nor the distribution width of the subglass relaxation (β- and γ-relaxation) processes is affected by chain entanglement resulting from annealing, indicating that the local environment of the segments is unchanged.

  9. Polymer-attractive spherical cage system

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    Arkın, Handan; Janke, Wolfhard

    2013-01-01

    We analyze the structural behavior of a single polymer chain inside an attractive sphere. Our model is composed of a coarse-grained polymer governed by Lennard-Jones interactions of the monomers and an attractive sphere potential which follows by integrating the monomer-monomer interaction over the (inner) surface of the sphere. By means of extensive multicanonical Monte Carlo simulations it is shown that the system exhibits a rich phase diagram in the adsorption strength-temperature ( ɛ - T) plane ranging from highly ordered and compact to extended and random coil structures and from desorbed to partially or even completely adsorbed conformations. These findings are identified with different energetic and structural observables. The resulting phase diagram in the ɛ - T plane is compared with that for a polymer adsorbing to a plane, attractive substrate obtained previously by Möddel, Bachmann, and one of the authors.

  10. Two Zn coordination polymers with meso-helical chains based on mononuclear or dinuclear cluster units

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    Qin, Ling; Qiao, Wen-Cheng; Zuo, Wei-Juan; Zeng, Si-Ying; Mei, Cao; Liu, Chang-Jiang

    2016-07-01

    Two zinc coordination polymers {[Zn2(TPPBDA)(oba)2]·DMF·1.5H2O}n (1), {[Zn(TPPBDA)1/2(tpdc)]·DMF}n (2) have been synthesized by zinc metal salt, nanosized tetradentate pyridine ligand with flexible or rigid V-shaped carboxylate co-ligands. These complexes were characterized by elemental analyses and X-ray single-crystal diffraction analyses. Compound 1 is a 2-fold interpenetrated 3D framework with [Zn2(CO2)4] clusters. Compound 2 can be defined as a five folded interpenetrating bbf topology with mononuclear Zn2+. These mononuclear or dinuclear cluster units are linked by mix-ligands, resulting in various degrees of interpenetration. In addition, the photoluminescent properties for TPPBDA ligand under different state and coordination polymers have been investigated in detail.

  11. Side-Chain Supramolecular Polymers Employing Conformer Independent Triple Hydrogen Bonding Arrays

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    2013-01-01

    Derivatives of thymine have been extensively used to promote supramolecular materials assembly. Such derivatives can be synthetically challenging to access and may be susceptible to degradation. The current article uses a conformer-independent acceptor–donor–acceptor array (ureidopyrimidine) which forms moderate affinity interactions with diamidopyridine derivatives to effect supramolecular blend formation between polystyrene and poly(methyl methacrylate) polymers obtained by RAFT which have been functionalized with the hydrogen bonding motifs. PMID:24478529

  12. Exploring the folding pattern of a polymer chain in a single crystal by combining single-molecule force spectroscopy and steered molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Song, Yu; Feng, Wei; Liu, Kai; Yang, Peng; Zhang, Wenke; Zhang, Xi

    2013-03-26

    Understanding the folding pattern of a single polymer chain within its single crystal will shed light on the mechanism of crystallization. Here, we use the combined techniques of atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based single-molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS) and steered molecular dynamics (SMD) simulations to study the folding pattern of a polyethylene oxide (PEO) chain in its single crystal. Our results show that the folding pattern of a PEO chain in the crystal formed in dilute solution follows the adjacent re-entry folding model. While in the crystal obtained from the melt, the nonadjacent folding with large and irregular loops contributes to big force fluctuations in the force-extension curves. The method established here can offer a novel strategy to directly unravel the chain-folding pattern of polymer single crystals at single-molecule level.

  13. Chain Confinement in Electrospun Nanocomposites: using Thermal Analysis to Investigate Polymer-Filler Interactions

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    Q Ma; B Mao; P Cebe

    2011-12-31

    We investigate the interaction of the polymer matrix and filler in electrospun nanofibers using advanced thermal analysis methods. In particular, we study the ability of silicon dioxide nanoparticles to affect the phase structure of poly(ethylene terephthalate), PET. SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (either unmodified or modified with silane) ranging from 0 to 2.0 wt% in PET were electrospun from hexafluoro-2-propanol solutions. The morphologies of both the electrospun (ES) nanofibers and the SiO{sub 2} powders were observed by scanning and transmission electron microscopy, while the amorphous or crystalline nature of the fibers was determined by real-time wide-angle X-ray scattering. The fractions of the crystal, mobile amorphous, and rigid amorphous phases of the non-woven, nanofibrous composite mats were quantified by using heat capacity measurements. The amount of the immobilized polymer layer, the rigid amorphous fraction, was obtained from the specific reversing heat capacity for both as-spun amorphous fibers and isothermally crystallized fibers. Existence of the rigid amorphous phase in the absence of crystallinity was verified in nanocomposite fibers, and two origins for confinement of the rigid amorphous fraction are proposed. Thermal analysis of electrospun fibers, including quasi-isothermal methods, provides new insights to quantitatively characterize the polymer matrix phase structure and thermal transitions, such as devitrification of the rigid amorphous fraction.

  14. Étude thermodynamique du polymère super absorbant X10 vis à vis de l'eau vapeur

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    Bakass, M.; Bellat, J. P.; Mokhlisse, A.; Bertrand, G.

    2004-12-01

    The organic polymers super absorbents present values of specific surface lower than 2m2/g. The isobars of adsorption of water vapor on studied polymer are of type III at ambient temperature with the hysterisis phenomena. For temperatures lower than ambient, the isobars become deformed because of an effect of chains. This type of polymer is characterized by a multi-layer adsorption which occurs before the full-course one is complete. During reactions of adsorption, the polymer undergoes rearrangement polymeric network which results from a co-operative diffusion of the water molecules and from a spacing of chain followed by an expansion of the polymeric network. Three types of water molecules adsorbed on polymer were identified: strongly dependent water, adsorbed water and the water only trapped between the macromolecular chains.

  15. Molecular dynamics simulation of the interfacial structure of [C(n)mim][PF6] adsorbed on a graphite surface: effects of temperature and alkyl chain length.

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    Dou, Q; Sha, M L; Fu, H Y; Wu, G Z

    2011-05-01

    The structures and diffusion behaviors of a series of ionic liquids [C(n)mim][PF(6)] (n = 1, 4, 8 and 12) on a graphite surface have been investigated by means of molecular dynamics simulation. It was found that three or four ordering layers of ionic liquids were formed near the graphite surface, and this layering structure was stable over the temperature range investigated. At the liquid/vacuum interface, the ionic liquid with a butyl chain had a monolayer ordering surface, while [C(8)mim][PF(6)] and [C(12)mim][PF(6)] exhibited a bilayer ordering with a polar domain sandwiched between two orientational nonpolar domains. More impressively, the simulated results showed that for the ionic liquids with alkyl chains longer than C(4), the adjacent alkyl chains in the whole film tended to be parallel to each other, with the imidazolium rings packed closely together. This indicated that the ionic liquids have a better regulated short-range structure than was previously expected. It was also found that both in the bottom layer and in the bulk region, the diffusion of the alkyl chains was much faster than that of the polar groups. However, as the alkyl chain length increased, the charge delocalization in the cation and the enhanced van der Waals interaction between the nonpolar groups contributed by reducing this difference in the diffusivity of major groups.

  16. Electrophoretic mobilities of counterions and a polymer in cylindrical pores

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    Singh, Sunil P.; Muthukumar, M.

    2014-01-01

    We have simulated the transport properties of a uniformly charged flexible polymer chain and its counterions confined inside cylindrical nanopores under an external electric field. The hydrodynamic interaction is treated by describing the solvent molecules explicitly with the multiparticle collision dynamics method. The chain consisting of charged monomers and the counterions interact electrostatically with themselves and with the external electric field. We find rich behavior of the counterions around the polymer under confinement in the presence of the external electric field. The mobility of the counterions is heterogeneous depending on their location relative to the polymer. The adsorption isotherm of the counterions on the polymer depends nonlinearly on the electric field. As a result, the effective charge of the polymer exhibits a sigmoidal dependence on the electric field. This in turn leads to a nascent nonlinearity in the chain stretching and electrophoretic mobility of the polymer in terms of their dependence on the electric field. The product of the electric field and the effective polymer charge is found to be the key variable to unify our simulation data for various polymer lengths. Chain extension and the electrophoretic mobility show sigmoidal dependence on the electric field, with crossovers from the linear response regime to the nonlinear regime and then to the saturation regime. The mobility of adsorbed counterions is nonmonotonic with the electric field. For weaker and moderate fields, the adsorbed counterions move with the polymer and at higher fields they move opposite to the polymer's direction. We find that the effective charge and the mobility of the polymer decrease with a decrease in the pore radius. PMID:25240366

  17. Local know model of entangled polyme chains. 1. Computer simulations of local knots and their collective motion

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    Iwata, Kazuyoshi; Tanaka, Mitsuya

    1992-05-14

    The local know (LK) theory recently proposed is confirmed by computer simulations of entangled ring polymer chains. The simple cubic lattice model chains (ring) of length L = 512 (volume fraction c = 0.5) is used. By tracing local maxima of Gauss integral along polymer chains, many {open_quotes}true{close_quotes} LKs (lifetime {tau}{sub true}={infinity}) and {open_quotes}temporary{close_quotes} LKs (lifetime {tau}{sub temp} = 2.3 Mu.t;u.t. = unit of time) are found. It is observed that the orders of true and temporary LKs along rings are conserved and that they perform a collective motion (reptation) as predicted by the theory. Various strange motions of true LKs, such as {open_quotes}merging effect{close_quotes}, {open_quotes}multipeak effect{close_quotes}, {open_quotes}ghost effect{close_quotes}, and {open_quotes}probe fluctuations{close_quotes}, are found. In this (part 1) and the following paper (part 2), we discuss in detail how to separate the true Markov motion of LKs and their collective motions from these non-Markov motions. The average number of true and temporary LKs per ring (L = 512) are estimated to be {bar n}{sub true} = 3.44 and {bar n}{sub temp} = 3.0{sub 6}. The average chain length per true LKs is L{sub true} = 149. The diffusion coefficient of single LK is estimated to be d{sub 0} = 0.0172 bond{sup 2}/u.t. The mean-square displacement of LK coordinate {xi} along a ring, g(t) = ({xi}(t) - {xi}(0)){sup 2}, approaches the Markov line computed for the diffusion coefficient d{sub 0}/({bar n}{sub true} + {bar n}{sub temp}); this suggests that the temporary LKs join to the collective motion of LKs. The empirical entanglement spacing n{sub e} of this system is estimated to be 230 or slightly less; this n{sub e} = 120-133 estimated by Skolnick et al. 26 refs., 16 figs., 6 tabs.

  18. Peptide immobilized monolith containing tentacle-type functionalized polymer chains for high-capacity binding of immunoglobulin G.

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    Du, Kaifeng

    2014-12-29

    A peptide immobilized tentacle-type monolith is developed here for high-performance IgG purification. In this work, the glucose-anchored GMA molecules serve as monomers to be grafted into the tentacle-type chains on highly porous monolith by a series of chemical reactions. While maintaining high column permeability, the tentacle grafting endows the monolith with lots of reactive handles to anchor more peptides. With that, the grafted monolith shows high peptide density of about 155μmolmL(-1), up to approximately 4.7 times higher over the ungrafted one (33μmolmL(-1)). As a result, the static adsorbing capacity and dynamic adsorption capacity at 50% breakthrough point reach 101.8 and 83.3mgmL(-1) for IgG adsorption, respectively. Regeneration, recycle and reuse of grafted monolith are highly successful for 25 runs without obvious capacity loss. By taking these advantages of high capacity and excellent structure stability, the affinity grafted monolith is evaluated by using cleared human blood supernatant. And the result shows the peptide immobilized tentacle type monolith displays excellent specificity and high effectiveness for IgG purification.

  19. Peptide immobilized monolith containing tentacle-type functionalized polymer chains for high-capacity binding of immunoglobulin G.

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    Du, Kaifeng

    2014-12-29

    A peptide immobilized tentacle-type monolith is developed here for high-performance IgG purification. In this work, the glucose-anchored GMA molecules serve as monomers to be grafted into the tentacle-type chains on highly porous monolith by a series of chemical reactions. While maintaining high column permeability, the tentacle grafting endows the monolith with lots of reactive handles to anchor more peptides. With that, the grafted monolith shows high peptide density of about 155μmolmL(-1), up to approximately 4.7 times higher over the ungrafted one (33μmolmL(-1)). As a result, the static adsorbing capacity and dynamic adsorption capacity at 50% breakthrough point reach 101.8 and 83.3mgmL(-1) for IgG adsorption, respectively. Regeneration, recycle and reuse of grafted monolith are highly successful for 25 runs without obvious capacity loss. By taking these advantages of high capacity and excellent structure stability, the affinity grafted monolith is evaluated by using cleared human blood supernatant. And the result shows the peptide immobilized tentacle type monolith displays excellent specificity and high effectiveness for IgG purification. PMID:25476688

  20. Polystyrene chains orientation: A rubbed and non-rubbed polymer comparative study

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    Ghorbal, Achraf; Arfi, Rim Ben; Bistac, Sophie; Brogly, Maurice

    2007-08-01

    Polarization-modulation infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (PMIRRAS) measurements have been carried out so as to analyze atactic polystyrene layers transferred (nano-wear) onto hydroxylated silicon substrates. This technique has been used to determine the three-dimensional orientation geometry of aliphatic part and phenyl rings of rubbed polystyrene on hydroxyl-terminated wafers. The PMIRRAS analysis of PS bulk and transfer film showed an orientation of chains under different mechanical stresses.

  1. Distinct polymer chain orientations in KC{sub 60} and RbC{sub 60}

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    Launois, P.; Moret, R.; Erwin, S. C.; Hone, J.; Zettl, A.

    1999-09-30

    Polymerized alkali fullerides KC{sub 60} and RbC{sub 60} display different electronic properties. Single crystal X-ray diffraction and diffuse scattering studies show that the C{sub 60} chains possess different relative orientations about their axes. We will discuss this result in relation with electronic band structure calculations. The influence of pressure will also be discussed. (c) 1999 American Institute of Physics.

  2. Slow dynamics of the magnetization in one-dimensional coordination polymers: single-chain magnets.

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    Miyasaka, Hitoshi; Julve, Miguel; Yamashita, Masahiro; Clérac, Rodolphe

    2009-04-20

    Slow relaxation of the magnetization (i.e., "magnet-like" behavior) in materials composed of magnetically isolated chains was observed for the first time in 2001. This type of behavior was predicted in the 1960s by Glauber in a chain of ferromagnetically coupled Ising spins (the so-called Glauber dynamics). In 2002, this new class of nanomagnets was named single-chain magnets (SCMs) by analogy to single-molecule magnets that are isolated molecules displaying related superparamagnetic properties. A long-range order occurs only at T = 0 K in any pure one-dimensional (1D) system, and thus such systems remain in their paramagnetic state at any finite temperature. Nevertheless, the combined action of large uniaxial anisotropy and intrachain magnetic interactions between high-spin magnetic units of the 1D arrangement promotes long relaxation times for the magnetization reversal with decreasing temperature, and finally at significantly low temperatures, the material can behave as a magnet. In this Forum Article, we summarize simple theoretical approaches used for understanding typical SCM behavior and some rational synthetic strategies to obtain SCM materials together with representative examples of SCMs previously reported.

  3. Deuterium Magic Angle Spinning NMR Used to Study the Dynamics of Peptides Adsorbed onto Polystyrene and Functionalized Polystyrene Surfaces

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    Breen, Nicholas F.; Li, Kun; Olsen, Gregory L.; Drobny, Gary P.

    2011-01-01

    LKα14 is a 14 amino acid peptide with a periodic sequence of leucine and lysine residues consistent with an amphipathic α-helix. This “hydrophobic periodicity” has been found to result in an α-helical secondary structure at air-water interfaces and on both polar and non-polar solid polymer surfaces. In this paper the dynamics of LKα14 peptides, selectively deuterated at a single leucine and adsorbed onto polystyrene and carboxylated polystyrene beads, are studied using 2H Magic Angle Spinning (MAS) solid state NMR over a 100 degree temperature range. We first demonstrate the sensitivity enhancement possible with 2H MAS techniques, which in turn enables us to obtain high quality 2H NMR spectra for selectively deuterated peptides adsorbed onto solid polymer surfaces. An extensive literature shows that the dynamics of leucine side chains are sensitive to the local structural environment of the protein. Therefore the degree to which the dynamics of leucine side chains and the backbone of the peptide LKα14 are influenced by surface proximity and surface chemistry is studied as a function of temperature with 2H MAS NMR. It is found that the dynamics of the leucine side chains in LKα14 depend strongly upon the orientation of the polymer on the surface, which in turn depends on whether the LKα14 peptide adsorbs onto a polar or non-polar surface. 2H MAS line shapes therefore permit probes of surface orientation over a wide temperature range. PMID:21650191

  4. Stealth filaments: Polymer chain length and conformation affect the in vivo fate of PEGylated potato virus X.

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    Lee, Karin L; Shukla, Sourabh; Wu, Mengzhi; Ayat, Nadia R; El Sanadi, Caroline E; Wen, Amy M; Edelbrock, John F; Pokorski, Jonathan K; Commandeur, Ulrich; Dubyak, George R; Steinmetz, Nicole F

    2015-06-01

    Nanoparticles hold great promise for delivering medical cargos to cancerous tissues to enhance contrast and sensitivity of imaging agents or to increase specificity and efficacy of therapeutics. A growing body of data suggests that nanoparticle shape, in combination with surface chemistry, affects their in vivo fates, with elongated filaments showing enhanced tumor targeting and tissue penetration, while promoting immune evasion. The synthesis of high aspect ratio filamentous materials at the nanoscale remains challenging using synthetic routes; therefore we turned toward nature's materials, developing and studying the filamentous structures formed by the plant virus potato virus X (PVX). We recently demonstrated that PVX shows enhanced tumor homing in various preclinical models. Like other nanoparticle systems, the proteinaceous platform is cleared from circulation and tissues by the mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS). To increase bioavailability we set out to develop PEGylated stealth filaments and evaluate the effects of PEG chain length and conformation on pharmacokinetics, biodistribution, as well as potential immune and inflammatory responses. We demonstrate that PEGylation effectively reduces immune recognition while increasing pharmacokinetic profiles. Stealth filaments show reduced interaction with cells of the MPS; the protein:polymer hybrids are cleared from the body tissues within hours to days indicating biodegradability and biocompatibility. Tissue compatibility is indicated with no apparent inflammatory signaling in vivo. Tailoring PEG chain length and conformation (brush vs. mushroom) allows tuning of the pharmacokinetics, yielding long-circulating stealth filaments for applications in nanomedicine.

  5. Stealth filaments: polymer chain length and conformation affect the in vivo fate of PEGylated potato virus X

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    Lee, Karin L.; Shukla, Sourabh; Wu, Mengzhi; Ayat, Nadia R.; El Sanadi, Caroline E.; Wen, Amy M.; Edelbrock, John F.; Pokorski, Jonathan K.; Commandeur, Ulrich; Dubyak, George R.

    2015-01-01

    Nanoparticles hold great promise for delivering medical cargos to cancerous tissues to enhance contrast and sensitivity of imaging agents or to increase specificity and efficacy of therapeutics. A growing body of data suggests that nanoparticle shape, in combination with surface chemistry, affects their in vivo fates, with elongated filaments showing enhanced tumor targeting and tissue penetration, while promoting immune evasion. The synthesis of high aspect ratio filamentous materials at the nanoscale remains challenging using synthetic routes; therefore we turned toward nature’s materials, developing and studying the filamentous structures formed by the plant virus potato virus X (PVX). We recently demonstrated that PVX shows enhanced tumor homing in various preclinical models. Like other nanoparticle systems, the proteinaceous platform is cleared from circulation and tissues by the mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS). To increase bioavailability we set out to develop PEGylated stealth filaments and evaluate the effects of PEG chain length and conformation on pharmacokinetics, biodistribution, as well as potential immune and inflammatory responses. We demonstrate that PEGylation effectively reduces immune recognition while increasing pharmacokinetic profiles. Stealth filaments show biodistribution consistent with MPS clearance mechanisms; the protein:polymer hybrids are cleared from the body indicating biodegradability and biocompatibility. Tissue compatibility is indicated with no apparent inflammatory signaling in vivo. Tailoring PEG chain length and conformation (brush vs. mushroom) allows tuning of the pharmacokinetics, yielding long-circulating stealth filaments for applications in nanomedicine. PMID:25769228

  6. Effects of variation in chain length on ternary polymer electrolyte - Ionic liquid mixture - A molecular dynamics simulation study

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    Raju, S. G.; Hariharan, Krishnan S.; Park, Da-Hye; Kang, HyoRang; Kolake, Subramanya Mayya

    2015-10-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of ternary polymer electrolyte - ionic liquid mixtures are conducted using an all-atom model. N-alkyl-N-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([CnMPy][TFSI], n = 1, 3, 6, 9) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) are used. Microscopic structure, energetics and dynamics of ionic liquid (IL) in these ternary mixtures are studied. Properties of these four pure IL are also calculated and compared to that in ternary mixtures. Interaction between pyrrolidinium cation and TFSI is stronger and there is larger propensity of ion-pair formation in ternary mixtures. Unlike the case in imidazolium IL, near neighbor structural correlation between TFSI reduces with increase in chain length on cation in both pure IL and ternary mixtures. Using spatial density maps, regions where PEO and TFSI interact with pyrrolidinium cation are identified. Oxygens of PEO are above and below the pyrrolidinium ring and away from the bulky alkyl groups whereas TFSI is present close to nitrogen atom of CnMPy. In pure IL, diffusion coefficient (D) of C3MPy is larger than of TFSI but D of C9MPy and C6MPy are larger than that of TFSI. The reasons for alkyl chain dependent phenomena are explored.

  7. Synthesis of metronidazole-imprinted molecularly imprinted polymers by distillation precipitation polymerization and their use as a solid-phase adsorbent and chromatographic filler.

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    Liu, Jiang; Zhang, Lu; Li Han Song, Le; Liu, Yuan; Tang, Hui; Li, Yingchun

    2015-04-01

    Metronidazole-imprinted polymers with superior recognition properties were prepared by a novel strategy called distillation-precipitation polymerization. The as-obtained polymers were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, laser particle size determination and scanning electron microscopy, and their binding performances were evaluated in detail by static, kinetic and dynamic rebinding tests, and Scatchard analysis. The results showed that when the fraction of the monomers was 5 vol% in the whole reaction system, the prepared polymers afforded good morphology, monodispersity, and high adsorption capacity and excellent selectivity to the target molecule, metronidazole. The optimal binding performance is 12.41 mg/g for metronidazole just before leakage occurred and 38.51 mg/g at saturation in dynamic rebinding tests. Metronidazole-imprinted polymers were further applied as packing agents in solid-phase extraction and as chromatographic filler, both of which served for the detection of metronidazole in fish tissue. The results illustrated the recoveries of spiked samples ranged from 82.97 to 87.83% by using molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction combined with a C18 commercial column and 93.7 to 101.2% by directly using the polymer-packed chromatographic column. The relative standard deviation of both methods was less than 6%. PMID:25594306

  8. Polymer-Induced Depletion Interaction and Its Effect on Colloidal Sedimentation in Colloid-Polymer Mixtures

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    Tong, Penger

    1996-01-01

    In this paper we focus on the polymer-induced depletion attraction and its effect on colloidal sedimentation in colloid-polymer mixtures. We first report a small angle neutron scattering (SANS) study of the depletion effect in a mixture of hard-sphere-like colloid and non-adsorbing polymer. Then we present results of our recent sedimentation measurements in the same colloid-polymer mixture. A key parameter in controlling the sedimentation of heavy colloidal particles is the interparticle potential U(tau), which is the work required to bring two colloidal particles from infinity to a distance tau under a give solvent condition. This potential is known to affect the average settling velocity of the particles and experimentally one needs to have a way to continuously vary U(tau) in order to test the theory. The interaction potential U(tau) can be altered by adding polymer molecules into the colloidal suspension. In a mixture of colloid and non-adsorbing polymer, the potential U(tau) can develop an attractive well because of the depletion effect, in that the polymer chains are expelled from the region between two colloidal particles when their surface separation becomes smaller than the size of the polymer chains. The exclusion of polymer molecules from the space between the colloidal particles leads to an unbalanced osmotic pressure difference pushing the colloidal particles together, which results in an effective attraction between the two colloidal particles. The polymer-induced depletion attraction controls the phase stability of many colloid-polymer mixtures, which are directly of interest to industry.

  9. Extending framework based on the linear coordination polymers: Alternative chains containing lanthanum ion and acrylic acid ligand

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    Li, Hui; Guo, Ming; Tian, Hong; He, Fei-Yue; Lee, Gene-Hsiang; Peng, Shie-Ming

    2006-11-01

    One-dimensional alternative chains of two lanthanum complexes: [La( L1) 3(CH 3OH)(H 2O) 2]·5H 2O ( L1=anion of α-cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid ) 1 and [La( L2) 3(H 2O) 2]·3H 2O ( L2=anion of trans-3-(4-methyl-benzoyl)-acrylic acid) 2 were synthesized and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, element analysis, IR and thermogravimetric analysis. The crystal structure data are as follows for 1: C 31H 36LaN 3O 17, triclinic, P-1, a=9.8279(4) Å, b=11.8278(5) Å, c=17.8730(7) Å, α=72.7960(10)°, β=83.3820(10)°, γ=67.1650(10)º, Z=2, R1=0.0377, wR2=0.0746; for 2: C 33H 37LaO 14, triclinic, P-1, a=8.7174(5) Å, b=9.9377(5) Å, c=21.153(2) Å, α=81.145(2)°, β=87.591(2)°, γ=67.345(5)°, Z=2, R1=0.0869, wR2=0.220. 1 is a rare example of the alternative chain constructed by syn-syn and anti-syn coordination mode of carboxylato ligand arranged along the chain alternatively. La(III) ions in 2 are linked by two η3-O bridges and four bridges (two η2-O and two η3-O) alternatively. Both of the linear coordination polymers grow into two- and three-dimensional networks by packing through extending hydrogen-bond network directed by ligands.

  10. Chain-Folding Structures of a Semi-crystalline Polymer in Bulk and Single Crystals Elucidated by 13C-13C Double Quantum NMR

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    Hong, You-Lee; Miyoshi, Toshikazu

    2014-03-01

    Semi-crystalline polymers are crystallized as folded chains in thin lamellae of ca. 5-20 nm from random coils in the melt and solution states. However, understanding of detailed chain-folding structure and crystallization mechanism are still challenging issue due to various experimental limitations. We recently developed a new strategy using 13C-13C double-quantum (DQ) NMR with selectively 13C isotope labeled isotactic poly(1-butene) form I to investigate chain-trajectory in solution and melt grown crystals at various Tcs. This new method can determine the re-entrance sites, the successive folding number (n) , and the fractions (F) of chain-folding in a wide Tc range. In melt grown crystals at Tc = 95 °C, a comparison of experimental and simulated DQ efficiency determined that the polymer chains alternatively change chain-folding directions and the stems tightly pack via intramolecular interactions, and the fraction (F) of adjacent re-entry structure ranges from 70% at n = 4 to 100% at mixed structures of n = 1 and 2. Furthermore, DQ efficiency is independent of Tc in bulk crystals. This means chain-folding do not change in a wide Tcs. DMR-1105829.

  11. Influence of polymer architecture and polymer-wall interaction on the adsorption of polymers into a slit-pore.

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    Chen, Zhong; Escobedo, Fernando A

    2004-02-01

    The effects of molecular topology and polymer-surface interaction on the properties of isolated polymer chains trapped in a slit were investigated using off-lattice Monte Carlo simulations. Various methods were implemented to allow efficient simulation of molecular structure, confinement force, and free energy for a chain interacting with such "sticky" surfaces. The simulations were performed in the canonical ensemble, and the free energy was sampled via virtual slit-separation moves. Six different chain architectures were studied: linear, star-branched, dendritic, cyclic, two-node (i.e., containing two tetrafunctional intramolecular crosslinks), and six-node molecules. The first three topologies entail increasing degrees of branching, and the last three topologies entail increasing degrees of intramolecular bonding. The confinement force, monomer density profile, and conformational properties for all these systems were compared (for identical molecular weight N) and analyzed as a function of adsorption strength. The compensation point where the wall attraction counterbalances the polymer-slit exclusion effects was the focus of our study. It was found that the attractive energy at the compensation point, epsilon(c), is a weak increasing function of the chain length for excluded-volume chains. The value of epsilon(c) differs significantly for different topologies, and smaller values are associated with better-adsorbing molecules. Due to their globular shape and numerous chain ends, branched molecules (e.g., stars and dendrimers) experience a relatively small entropic penalty for adsorption at low adsorption force and moderate confinement. However, as the adsorption force increases, the more flexible linear chains reach the compensation point at a weaker attractive energy because of the ease with which monomers can be packed near the walls. In moderate to weak confinement, molecules with intramolecular cross-links, such as cyclic, two-node, and six-node molecules

  12. Influence of polymer architecture and polymer-wall interaction on the adsorption of polymers into a slit-pore

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    Chen, Zhong; Escobedo, Fernando A.

    2004-02-01

    The effects of molecular topology and polymer-surface interaction on the properties of isolated polymer chains trapped in a slit were investigated using off-lattice Monte Carlo simulations. Various methods were implemented to allow efficient simulation of molecular structure, confinement force, and free energy for a chain interacting with such “sticky” surfaces. The simulations were performed in the canonical ensemble, and the free energy was sampled via virtual slit-separation moves. Six different chain architectures were studied: linear, star-branched, dendritic, cyclic, two-node (i.e., containing two tetrafunctional intramolecular crosslinks), and six-node molecules. The first three topologies entail increasing degrees of branching, and the last three topologies entail increasing degrees of intramolecular bonding. The confinement force, monomer density profile, and conformational properties for all these systems were compared (for identical molecular weight N) and analyzed as a function of adsorption strength. The compensation point where the wall attraction counterbalances the polymer-slit exclusion effects was the focus of our study. It was found that the attractive energy at the compensation point, ɛc, is a weak increasing function of the chain length for excluded-volume chains. The value of ɛc differs significantly for different topologies, and smaller values are associated with better-adsorbing molecules. Due to their globular shape and numerous chain ends, branched molecules (e.g., stars and dendrimers) experience a relatively small entropic penalty for adsorption at low adsorption force and moderate confinement. However, as the adsorption force increases, the more flexible linear chains reach the compensation point at a weaker attractive energy because of the ease with which monomers can be packed near the walls. In moderate to weak confinement, molecules with intramolecular cross-links, such as cyclic, two-node, and six-node molecules, always

  13. Investigation of the effects of short chain processing additives on polymers

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    Singh, J. J.; Stclair, T. L.; Pratt, J. R.

    1986-01-01

    The effects of low level concentrations of several short chain processing additives on the properties of the 4,4'-bis(3,4-dicarboxyphenoxy) diphenylsulfide dianhydride (BDSDA)/4,4'-diaminodiphenyl ether (ODA)/1,3'-diaminobenzene (m-phenylene diamine) (MPA) (422) copolyimide were investigated. It was noted that 5 percent MPD/phthalic anhydride (PA) is more effective than 5 percent ODA/PA and BDSDA/aniline (AN) in strengthening the host material. However, the introduction of 10 percent BDSDA/AN produces disproportionately high effects on free volume and free electron density in the host copolyimide.

  14. Communication: fast transport and relaxation of vibrational energy in polymer chains.

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    Kurnosov, Arkady A; Rubtsov, Igor V; Burin, Alexander L

    2015-01-01

    We investigate ballistic vibrational energy transport through optical phonon band in oligomeric chains in the presence of decoherence. An exact solution is obtained for the excitation density in the space-time representation in the continuous limit and this solution is used to characterize the energy transport time and intensity. Three transport mechanisms are identified such as ballistic, diffusive, and directed diffusive regimes, occurring at different distances and time scales. The crossover between the two diffusive regimes is continuous, while the switch between the ballistic and diffusive mechanisms occurs in a discontinuous manner in accord with the recent experimental results on energy transport in perfluoroalkanes. PMID:25573545

  15. Phase diagram of a semiflexible polymer chain in a θ solvent: Application to protein folding

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    Doniach, S.; Garel, T.; Orland, H.

    1996-07-01

    We consider a lattice model of a semiflexible homopolymer chain in a bad solvent. Beside the temperature T, this model is described by (i) a curvature energy ɛh, representing the stiffness of the chain; (ii) a nearest-neighbor attractive energy ɛv, representing the solvent; and (iii) the monomer density ρ=N/Ω, where N and Ω denote, respectively, the number of monomers and the number of lattice sites. This model is a simplified view of the protein folding problem, which encompasses the geometrical competition between secondary structures (the curvature term modelling helix formation) and the global compactness (modeled here by the attractive energy), but contains no side chain information. By allowing the monomer density ρ to depart from unity one has made a first (albeit naive) step to include the role of the water. In previous analytical studies, we considered only the (fully compact) case ρ=1, and found a first order freezing transition towards a crystalline ground state (also called the native state in the protein literature). In this paper, we extend this calculation to the description of both compact and noncompact phases. The analysis is done first at a mean-field level. We then find that the transition from the high temperature swollen coil state to the crystalline ground state is a two-step process for which (i) there is first a θ collapse transition towards a compact ``liquid'' globule, and (ii) at low temperature, this ``liquid'' globule undergoes a discontinuous freezing transition. The mean-field value of the θ collapse temperature is found to be independent of the curvature energy ɛh. This mean-field analysis is improved by a variational bound, which confirms the independence of the θ collapse temperature with respect to ɛh. This result is confirmed by a Monte Carlo simulation, although with a much lower value of the θ temperature. This lowering of the collapse transition allows the possibility (for large ɛh) of a direct first order

  16. Filled elastomers: polymer chain and filler characterization by a SANS-SAXS approach

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    Botti, A.; Pyckhout-Hintzen, W.; Richter, D.; Straube, E.

    2002-02-01

    One of the important features of filled elastomers in general is the so-called strain amplification, or the enhancement of the local deformation of the rubbery matrix in comparison to the macroscopic deformation of the sample. This is due to the presence of the filler, taken as an indeformable substance, that changes the properties of the system, both macroscopically like the stiffnesss or the Young modulus, and microscopically like the local overstrain of chains. We used commercially interesting fillers, all of them based on silica particles showing different surface properties, while the rubbery matrix was a blend of protonated and deuterated polyisoprene (PI). We varied the filler volume fraction and the applied strain. First, we studied separately the two components of the composite, characterizing by X-ray and neutrons the filler, to use this information later in the extraction of the single chain scattering from SANS measurements. For a description of the microscopic deformation we rely on the previous finding on the unfilled network obtained using the tube model by Heinrich and Straube, modified and rewritten for SANS experiments on this kind of system.

  17. Induced crystallization of single-chain polyethylene on a graphite surface: molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Yang, Hua; Zhao, Xiao Jun; Sun, Miao

    2011-07-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been carried out on the crystallization of single-chain polyethylene (PE) which was adsorbed on a graphite (001) surface on one side and exposed to vacuum on the other at different temperatures. The MD simulation data have been analyzed to provide information about the crystallization process of polymer adsorbed on the solid substrate. The isothermal crystallization of PE proceeds in two steps: (1) adsorption and (2) orientation. The results detail the radial density distribution function, ordered parameters, local bond-orientational order parameters, and the local properties displayed in layers of the polymer parallel to the graphite and vacuum interfaces. It was also shown that the film thickness affected the critical crystallization temperature of the adsorbed polymer on the substrate surface. Furthermore, the influence of the graphite surface area on the crystallization of PE is discussed by comparing the crystallinity evolution of PE on graphite with different coverage.

  18. Magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers synthesized by surface-initiated reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization for the enrichment and determination of synthetic estrogens in aqueous solution.

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    Chen, Fangfang; Zhang, Jingjing; Wang, Minjun; Kong, Jie

    2015-08-01

    Magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers have attracted significant interest because of their multifunctionality of selective recognition of target molecules and rapid magnetic response. In this contribution, magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers were synthesized via surface-initiated reversible addition addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization using diethylstilbestrol as the template for the enrichment of synthetic estrogens. The uniform imprinted surface layer and the magnetic property of the magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers favored a fast binding kinetics and rapid analysis of target molecules. The static and selective binding experiments demonstrated a desirable adsorption capacity and good selectivity of the magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers in comparison to magnetic non-molecularly imprinted polymers. Accordingly, a corresponding analytical method was developed in which magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers were employed as magnetic solid-phase extraction materials for the concentration and determination of four synthetic estrogens (diethylstilbestrol, hexestrol, dienestrol, and bisphenol A) in fish pond water. The recoveries of these synthetic estrogens in spiked fish pond water samples ranged from 61.2 to 99.1% with a relative standard deviation of lower than 6.3%. This study provides a versatile approach to prepare well-defined magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers sorbents for the analysis of synthetic estrogens in water solution. PMID:25989155

  19. Large and Reversible Plasmon Tuning using Ultrathin Responsive Polymer film

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    Singamaneni, Srikanth; Nergiz, Saide

    2011-03-01

    We demonstrate reversible linear and branched aggregation of gold nanoparticles adsorbed on an ultrathin responsive polymer ((poly(4-vinyl pyridine), P4VP) film. P4VP is a weak cationic polymer, which exhibits a reversible coil to globule transition with change in external pH. Atomic force microscopy revealed that in the coiled state (below the isoelectric point of the polymer) of the polymer chains, gold nanoparticles adsorbed on the polymer layer existed as primarily individual nanoparticles. On the other hand, lowering the pH caused the polymer chains to transition from coil to globule state, resulting in aggregation of the nanoparticles into linear and branched chains. Reversible aggregation of the nanoparticles results in a dramatic change in the optical properties of the metal nanostructures. Apart from the large redistribution of the intensity between the individual (530 nm) and coupled (650 nm) plasmon bands, the coupled plasmon band exhibits a shift of nearly 60 nm with change in external pH. The pH triggered aggregation of the nanoparticles and the dramatic change in the optical properties associated with the same can form an excellent platform for colorimetric sensing. The work reported here is supported by the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

  20. The importance of chain connectivity in the formation of non-covalent interactions between polymers and single-walled carbon nanotubes and its impact on dispersion

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    Sumpter, Bobby G; Dadmun, Mark D; Driva, Paraskevi; Ivanov, Ilia N; Geohegan, David B; Linton, Dias; Feigerle, Charles S

    2010-01-01

    In this study we investigate the formation of non-covalent electron donor acceptor (EDA) interactions between polymers and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with the goal of optimizing interfacial adhesion and homogeneity of nanocomposites without modifying the SWNT native surface. Nanocomposites of SWNTs and three sets of polymer matrices with varying composition of electron donating 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) or electron accepting acrylonitrile (AN) and cyanostyrene (CNSt) were prepared, quantitatively characterized by optical microscopy and Raman spectroscopy (Raman mapping, Raman D* peak shifts) and qualitatively compared through thick film composite visualization. The experimental data show that copolymers with 30 mol% DMAEMA, 45 mol% AN, 23 mol% CNSt and polyacrylonitrile homopolymer have the highest extent of intermolecular interaction, which translates to an optimum SWNT spatial dispersion among the series. These results are found to correlate very well with the intermolecular interaction energies obtained from quantum density functional theory calculations. Both experimental and computational results also illustrate that chain connectivity is critical in controlling the accessibility of the functional groups to form intermolecular interactions. This means that an adequate distance between interacting functional groups on a polymer chain is needed in order to allow efficient intermolecular contact. Thus, controlling the amount of electron donating or withdrawing moieties throughout the polymer chain will direct the extent of EDA interaction, which enables tuning the SWNT dispersion.

  1. The importance of chain connectivity in the formation of non-covalent interactions between polymers and single-walled carbon nanotubes and its impact on dispersion

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    Linton, Dias; Driva, Paraskevi; Ivanov, Ilia N; Geohegan, David B; Feigerle, Charles S; Dadmun, Mark D

    2010-05-01

    In this study we investigate the formation of non-covalent electron donor acceptor (EDA) interactions between polymers and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) with the goal of optimizing interfacial adhesion and homogeneity of nanocomposites without modifying the SWNT native surface. Nanocomposites of SWNTs and three sets of polymer matrices with varying composition of electron donating 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) or electron accepting acrylonitrile (AN) and cyanostyrene (CNSt) were prepared, quantitatively characterized by optical microscopy and Raman spectroscopy (Raman mapping, Raman D* peak shifts) and qualitatively compared through thick film composite visualization. The experimental data show that copolymers with 30 mol% DMAEMA, 45 mol% AN, 23 mol% CNSt and polyacrylonitrile homopolymer have the highest extent of intermolecular interaction, which translates to an optimum SWNT spatial dispersion among the series. These results are found to correlate very well with the intermolecular interaction energies obtained from quantum density functional theory calculations. Both experimental and computational results also illustrate that chain connectivity is critical in controlling the accessibility of the functional groups to form intermolecular interactions. This means that an adequate distance between interacting functional groups on a polymer chain is needed in order to allow efficient intermolecular contact. Thus, controlling the amount of electron donating or withdrawing moieties throughout the polymer chain will direct the extent of EDA interaction, which enables tuning the SWNT dispersion.

  2. The Rouse-Mooney model for coherent quasielastic neutron scatterings of single chains well entangled in polymer melts

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    Lin, Y.-H.; Huang, C.-F.

    2008-06-01

    The dynamic structure factor (DSF) for single (labeled) chains well entangled in polymer melts has been developed based on the Rouse-Mooney picture; the DSF functions derived from the Langevin equations of the model in both discrete and continuous forms are given. It is shown that for all practical purposes, it is sufficient to use the continuous form to analyze experimental results in the ``safe'' q region (q being the magnitude of the scattering wave vector q) where the Rouse-segment-based theories are applicable. The DSF form reduces to the same limiting form as that of the free Rouse chain as q2a2 or q2R2-->∞ (a and R being the entanglement distance and the root mean square end-to-end distance, respectively), confirming what has been expected physically. The natural reduction to the limiting form allows the full range of DSF curves to be displayed in terms of the reduced Rouse variable q2(Zdt)0.5 in a unified way. The displayed full range represents a framework or ``map,'' with respect to which effects occurring in different regions of the DSF may be located and studied in a consistent manner. One effect is the significant or noticeable deviations of the theoretical DSF curves from the limiting curve in the region ~4>q2(Zdt)0.5>~0.1 (a time region where t<τ1e) to the faster side as qa is in the range 1-5. This is supported by the comparison of the experimental results of an entangled poly(vinylethylene) sample with the theoretical curves. The DSF functional forms predict plateaus with heights depending on the value of q-q-split plateaus-as can be experimentally observed in the time region greater than the relaxation time τ1e of the lowest Rouse-Mooney mode, when qa falls between ~1 and ~7. High sensitivity of the distribution of the q-split plateaus to a enables its value to be extracted from matching the calculated with the experimental results. The thus obtained a value for a well-entangled poly(ethylene-co-butene) polymer is in close agreement with the

  3. Adsorption of Polymers on Rough Surfaces

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    Venkatakrishnan, Abishek; Kuppa, Vikram

    2014-03-01

    Most of the surfaces encountered in nature display irregularity and self-similarity at certain length scales. Such real surfaces can be mimicked via fractal surfaces using an algorithm that produces random surfaces. The problem of polymer chains adsorbed on smooth surfaces has been well understood whereas adsorption on rough surfaces still remains unclear due to the complexity involved in equilibration and sampling of molecules in such systems. The enthalpic interactions between the monomers and the entropic penalty arising due to adsorption on rough surfaces are significantly different from smooth surfaces. In this study, we investigate the adsorption of freely rotating polymer chains on fractal surfaces by Monte-Carlo molecular simulations. Random fractal surfaces are generated using the diamond-square algorithm for different values of the Hurst parameter. Properties like monomer-surface interaction, density profiles, chain orientation profiles and distribution of adsorbed chain fractions are investigated. We also demonstrate the significant effect of fractal dimension on adsorption of polymers on rough surfaces.

  4. Chain-growth click polymerization of AB2 monomers for the formation of hyperbranched polymers with low polydispersities in a one-pot process.

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    Shi, Yi; Graff, Robert W; Cao, Xiaosong; Wang, Xiaofeng; Gao, Haifeng

    2015-06-22

    Hyperbranched polymers are important soft nanomaterials but robust synthetic methods with which the polymer structures can be easily controlled have rarely been reported. For the first time, we present a one-pot one-batch synthesis of polytriazole-based hyperbranched polymers with both low polydispersity and a high degree of branching (DB) using a copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) polymerization. The use of a trifunctional AB2 monomer that contains one alkyne and two azide groups ensures that all Cu catalysts are bound to polytriazole polymers at low monomer conversion. Subsequent CuAAC polymerization displayed the features of a "living" chain-growth mechanism with a linear increase in molecular weight with conversion and clean chain extension for repeated monomer additions. Furthermore, the triazole group in a linear (L) monomer unit complexed Cu(I) , which catalyzed a faster reaction of the second azide group to quickly convert the L unit into a dendritic unit, producing hyperbranched polymers with DB=0.83.

  5. Thermal aging of interfacial polymer chains in ethylene-propylene-diene terpolymer/aluminum hydroxide composites: solid-state NMR study.

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    Gabrielle, Brice; Lorthioir, Cédric; Lauprêtre, Françoise

    2011-11-01

    The possible influence of micrometric-size filler particles on the thermo-oxidative degradation behavior of the polymer chains at polymer/filler interfaces is still an open question. In this study, a cross-linked ethylene-propylene-diene (EPDM) terpolymer filled by aluminum trihydrate (ATH) particles is investigated using (1)H solid-state NMR. The time evolution of the EPDM network microstructure under thermal aging at 80 °C is monitored as a function of the exposure time and compared to that of an unfilled EPDM network displaying a similar initial structure. While nearly no variations of the topology are observed on the neat EPDM network over 5 days at 80 °C, a significant amount of chain scission phenomena are evidenced in EPDM/ATH. A specific surface effect induced by ATH on the thermodegradative properties of the polymer chains located in their vicinity is thus pointed out. Close to the filler particles, a higher amount of chain scissions are detected, and the characteristic length scale related to these interfacial regions displaying a significant thermo-oxidation process is determined as a function of the aging time.

  6. Wetting and spreading of long-chain ZDOL polymer nanodroplet on graphene-coated amorphous carbon

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    Sorkin, V.; Zhang, Y. W.

    2014-12-01

    Wetting transparency/translucency/opacity of graphene recently has attracted great interest. The underlying mechanisms and physics for simple liquid droplets containing small molecules on graphene coated crystalline substrates have been studied extensively. However, the behavior of more complicated polymeric droplets on graphene coated amorphous substrates has not been explored. In this work, we perform molecular dynamics simulations to examine the wetting of long-chain ZDOL polymeric droplet on graphene coated amorphous hydrogenated diamond-like carbon or DLCH. We find that at room temperature, the droplet adopts a nearly spherical cap shape with no protruding foot on bare DLCH, and a complex multi-layered structure is formed at the droplet-substrate interface. With addition of graphene layers, externally, the height of the droplet decreases and the protruding foot at the droplet edge appears and grows in size; while internally, the complex multi-layered structure near the droplet-substrate interface remains, but the density distribution for the formed layers becomes increasingly non-uniform. A steady state of the droplet is attained when the number of graphene layers reaches three. These changes can be explained by the interactions between the droplet and substrate across the number of graphene layers. Therefore, it is concluded that the graphene monolayer and bilayer are translucent, while trilayer and above are opaque from the wetting point of view.

  7. Nucleic acid chemistry in the organic phase: from functionalized oligonucleotides to DNA side chain polymers.

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    Liu, Kai; Zheng, Lifei; Liu, Qing; de Vries, Jan Willem; Gerasimov, Jennifer Y; Herrmann, Andreas

    2014-10-01

    DNA-incorporating hydrophobic moieties can be synthesized by either solid-phase or solution-phase coupling. On a solid support the DNA is protected, and hydrophobic units are usually attached employing phosphoramidite chemistry involving a DNA synthesizer. On the other hand, solution coupling in aqueous medium results in low yields due to the solvent incompatibility of DNA and hydrophobic compounds. Hence, the development of a general coupling method for producing amphiphilic DNA conjugates with high yield in solution remains a major challenge. Here, we report an organic-phase coupling strategy for nucleic acid modification and polymerization by introducing a hydrophobic DNA-surfactant complex as a reactive scaffold. A remarkable range of amphiphile-DNA structures (DNA-pyrene, DNA-triphenylphosphine, DNA-hydrocarbon, and DNA block copolymers) and a series of new brush-type DNA side-chain homopolymers with high DNA grafting density are produced efficiently. We believe that this method is an important breakthrough in developing a generalized approach to synthesizing functional DNA molecules for self-assembly and related technological applications.

  8. Effects of molecular structure on microscopic heat transport in chain polymer liquids

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    Matsubara, Hiroki; Kikugawa, Gota; Bessho, Takeshi; Yamashita, Seiji; Ohara, Taku

    2015-04-01

    In this paper, we discuss the molecular mechanism of the heat conduction in a liquid, based on nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations of a systematic series of linear- and branched alkane liquids, as a continuation of our previous study on linear alkane [T. Ohara et al., J. Chem. Phys. 135, 034507 (2011)]. The thermal conductivities for these alkanes in a saturated liquid state at the same reduced temperature (0.7Tc) obtained from the simulations are compared in relation to the structural difference of the liquids. In order to connect the thermal energy transport characteristics with molecular structures, we introduce the new concept of the interatomic path of heat transfer (atomistic heat path, AHP), which is defined for each type of inter- and intramolecular interaction. It is found that the efficiency of intermolecular AHP is sensitive to the structure of the first neighbor shell, whereas that of intramolecular AHP is similar for different alkane species. The dependence of thermal conductivity on different lengths of the main and side chain can be understood from the natures of these inter- and intramolecular AHPs.

  9. Effects of molecular structure on microscopic heat transport in chain polymer liquids.

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    Matsubara, Hiroki; Kikugawa, Gota; Bessho, Takeshi; Yamashita, Seiji; Ohara, Taku

    2015-04-28

    In this paper, we discuss the molecular mechanism of the heat conduction in a liquid, based on nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations of a systematic series of linear- and branched alkane liquids, as a continuation of our previous study on linear alkane [T. Ohara et al., J. Chem. Phys. 135, 034507 (2011)]. The thermal conductivities for these alkanes in a saturated liquid state at the same reduced temperature (0.7Tc) obtained from the simulations are compared in relation to the structural difference of the liquids. In order to connect the thermal energy transport characteristics with molecular structures, we introduce the new concept of the interatomic path of heat transfer (atomistic heat path, AHP), which is defined for each type of inter- and intramolecular interaction. It is found that the efficiency of intermolecular AHP is sensitive to the structure of the first neighbor shell, whereas that of intramolecular AHP is similar for different alkane species. The dependence of thermal conductivity on different lengths of the main and side chain can be understood from the natures of these inter- and intramolecular AHPs. PMID:25933776

  10. Effects of molecular structure on microscopic heat transport in chain polymer liquids

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    Matsubara, Hiroki Kikugawa, Gota; Ohara, Taku; Bessho, Takeshi; Yamashita, Seiji

    2015-04-28

    In this paper, we discuss the molecular mechanism of the heat conduction in a liquid, based on nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations of a systematic series of linear- and branched alkane liquids, as a continuation of our previous study on linear alkane [T. Ohara et al., J. Chem. Phys. 135, 034507 (2011)]. The thermal conductivities for these alkanes in a saturated liquid state at the same reduced temperature (0.7T{sub c}) obtained from the simulations are compared in relation to the structural difference of the liquids. In order to connect the thermal energy transport characteristics with molecular structures, we introduce the new concept of the interatomic path of heat transfer (atomistic heat path, AHP), which is defined for each type of inter- and intramolecular interaction. It is found that the efficiency of intermolecular AHP is sensitive to the structure of the first neighbor shell, whereas that of intramolecular AHP is similar for different alkane species. The dependence of thermal conductivity on different lengths of the main and side chain can be understood from the natures of these inter- and intramolecular AHPs.

  11. Orientation Control of Molecular Chains in Polymers Using Atomic Force Microscopy

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    Kimura, Kuniko; Kobayashi, Kei; Yamada, Hirofumi; Horiuchi, Toshihisa; Ishida, Kenji; Matsushige, Kazumi

    2004-07-01

    We successfully controlled the molecular orientation of flat-on lamellar crystals of the ferroelectric copolymer, vinylidenefluoride and trifluoroethylene (P(VDF-TrFE)), on Pt and Au surfaces utilizing atomic force microscopy (AFM). The orientation was controlled by scanning a cantilever tip in contact with the film surface whose temperature was kept at just below its melting point (Tm). The molecules were stretched in the scan direction and new edge-on crystals were subsequently formed, whose lamellar planes were perpendicular to the scan direction. We also attempted to modify an isotactic poly-1-butene (IPB) thin film and a polyaniline emeraldine base (PANI-EB) thin film utilizing AFM. In the case of IPB film, structures similar to edge-on crystals of P(VDF-TrFE) were obtained when modified with the film temperature kept at just below its Tm. The result strongly suggests that this orientation control technique is also applicable to IPB. On the other hand, in the case of PANI-EB film, we could obtain many ellipsoidal grains in the scanned area. One possible mechanism is that PANI-EB molecular chains were stretched parallel to the modification scan to form fibrils or bundles.

  12. Atomic force microscopy study of the interaction between adsorbed poly(ethylene oxide) layers: effects of surface modification and approach velocity.

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    McLean, Scott C; Lioe, Hadi; Meagher, Laurence; Craig, Vincent S J; Gee, Michelle L

    2005-03-15

    The interaction forces between layers of the triblock copolymer Pluronic F108 adsorbed onto hydrophobic radio frequency glow discharge (RFGD) thin film surfaces and hydrophilic silica, in polymer-free 0.15 M NaCl solution, have been measured using the atomic force microscope (AFM) colloid probe technique. Compression of Pluronic F108 layers adsorbed on the hydrophobic RFGD surfaces results in a purely repulsive force due to the steric overlap of the layers, the form of which suggests that the PEO chains adopt a brush conformation. Subsequent fitting of these data to the polymer brush models of Alexander-de Gennes and Milner, Witten, and Cates confirms that the adsorbed Pluronic F108 adsorbs onto hydrophobic surfaces as a polymer brush with a parabolic segment density profile. In comparison, the interaction between Pluronic F108 layers adsorbed on silica exhibits a long ranged shallow attractive force and a weaker steric repulsion. The attractive component is reasonably well described by van der Waals forces, but polymer bridging cannot be ruled out. The weaker steric component of the force suggests that the polymer is less densely packed on the surface and is less extended into solution, existing as polymeric isolated mushrooms. When the surfaces are driven together at high piezo ramp velocities, an additional repulsive force is measured, attributable to hydrodynamic drainage forces between the surfaces. In comparing theoretical predictions of the hydrodynamic force to the experimentally obtained data, agreement could only be obtained if the flow profile of the aqueous solution penetrated significantly into the polymer brush. This finding is in line with the theoretical predictions of Milner and provides further evidence that the segment density profile of the adsorbed polymer brush is parabolic. A velocity dependent additional stepped repulsive force, reminiscent of a solvation oscillatory force, is also observed when the adsorbed layers are compressed under high

  13. Tuning backbones and side-chains of cationic conjugated polymers for optical signal amplification of fluorescent DNA detection.

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    Huang, Yan-Qin; Liu, Xing-Fen; Fan, Qu-Li; Wang, Lihua; Song, Shiping; Wang, Lian-Hui; Fan, Chunhai; Huang, Wei

    2009-06-15

    Three cationic conjugated polymers (CCPs) exhibiting different backbone geometries and charge densities were used to investigate how their conjugated backbone and side chain properties, together with the transitions of DNA amphiphilic properties, interplay in the CCP/DNA-C* (DNA-C*: fluorophore-labeled DNA) complexes to influence the optical signal amplification of fluorescent DNA detection based on Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET). By examining the FRET efficiencies to dsDNA-C* (dsDNA: double-stranded DNA) and ssDNA-C* (ssDNA: single-stranded DNA) for each CCP, twisted conjugated backbones and higher charge densities were proved to facilitate electrostatic attraction in CCP/dsDNA-C* complexes, and induced improved sensitivity to DNA hybridization. Especially, by using the CCP with twisted conjugated backbone and the highest charge density, a more than 7-fold higher efficiency of FRET to dsDNA-C* was found than to ssDNA-C*, indicating a high signal amplification for discriminating between dsDNA and ssDNA. By contrast, linear conjugated backbones and lower charge density were demonstrated to favor hydrophobic interactions in CCP/ssDNA-C* complexes. These findings provided guidelines for the design of novel sensitive CCP, which can be useful to recognize many other important DNA activities involving transitions of DNA amphiphilic properties like DNA hybridization, such as specific DNA binding with ions, some secondary or tertiary structural changes of DNA, and so forth.

  14. Molecular Packing of High-Mobility Diketo Pyrrolo-Pyrrole Polymer Semiconductors with Branched Alkyl Side Chains

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    X Zhang; L Richter; D DeLongchamp; R Kline; M Hammond; I McCulloch; M Heeney; R Ashraf; J Smith; et al.

    2011-12-31

    We describe a series of highly soluble diketo pyrrolo-pyrrole (DPP)-bithiophene copolymers exhibiting field effect hole mobilities up to 0.74 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1}, with a common synthetic motif of bulky 2-octyldodecyl side groups on the conjugated backbone. Spectroscopy, diffraction, and microscopy measurements reveal a transition in molecular packing behavior from a preferentially edge-on orientation of the conjugated plane to a preferentially face-on orientation as the attachment density of the side chains increases. Thermal annealing generally reduces both the face-on population and the misoriented edge-on domains. The highest hole mobilities of this series were obtained from edge-on molecular packing and in-plane liquid-crystalline texture, but films with a bimodal orientation distribution and no discernible in-plane texture exhibited surprisingly comparable mobilities. The high hole mobility may therefore arise from the molecular packing feature common to the entire polymer series: backbones that are strictly oriented parallel to the substrate plane and coplanar with other backbones in the same layer.

  15. Probing solvation decay length in order to characterize hydrophobicity-induced bead-bead attractive interactions in polymer chains.

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    Das, Siddhartha; Chakraborty, Suman

    2011-08-01

    In this paper, we quantitatively demonstrate that exponentially decaying attractive potentials can effectively mimic strong hydrophobic interactions between monomer units of a polymer chain dissolved in aqueous solvent. Classical approaches to modeling hydrophobic solvation interactions are based on invariant attractive length scales. However, we demonstrate here that the solvation interaction decay length may need to be posed as a function of the relative separation distances and the sizes of the interacting species (or beads or monomers) to replicate the necessary physical interactions. As an illustrative example, we derive a universal scaling relationship for a given solute-solvent combination between the solvation decay length, the bead radius, and the distance between the interacting beads. With our formalism, the hydrophobic component of the net attractive interaction between monomer units can be synergistically accounted for within the unified framework of a simple exponentially decaying potential law, where the characteristic decay length incorporates the distinctive and critical physical features of the underlying interaction. The present formalism, even in a mesoscopic computational framework, is capable of incorporating the essential physics of the appropriate solute-size dependence and solvent-interaction dependence in the hydrophobic force estimation, without explicitly resolving the underlying molecular level details.

  16. Low half-wave voltage Y-branch electro-optic polymer modulator based on side-chain polyurethane-imide

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    Tang, Jie; Wang, Long-De; Li, Ruo-Zhou; Zhang, Qiang; Zhang, Tong

    2016-06-01

    A Y-branch electro-optic (EO) polymer modulator has been designed and fabricated. High performance side-chain polyurethane-imide (PUI) with a high EO coefficient of larger than 50 pm/V and a moderate glass-transition temperature (Tg) of 206∘C is used as EO polymer core layer of the modulator. The fabricated phase modulator exhibits a low half-wave voltage of 1.94 V at 1550 nm in single arm modulation with 1 cm EO interaction length and 2 cm total length. The results show that the modulator fabricated by side-chain PUI EO materials possesses potential applications in low driving voltage and low cost optical systems.

  17. Unraveling the Nanostructure and Chain Conformation of Peptide-polymer Conjugates in Solution using Small-angle X-ray Scattering

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    Lund, Reidar; Xu, Ting; Dong, He

    For therapeutics, polymer functionalization, often by poly(ethylene glycol), PEG (``PEGylation''), is an effective method to improve the solubility, increase the life time and protect the proteins from the immune system[1]. However it is essential that the proteins maintain their structural integrity in solution- thus the role of the polymer and their interactions with proteins needs to be understood. In this work we show how small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) can be used as a powerful technique to characterize the structural components of peptide-polymer conjugates in solution [2, 3]. We specifically show that by applying detailed modelling very detailed structural features can be revealed, including the PEG chain conformation. In the presentation we will provide an overview of the methodology, specifically addressing peptides that form either alpha-helical bundles [2, 3] or beta-sheet structures [4, 5] and relate their structure in solution to their crystal structure.

  18. Cadmium and zinc chain and cluster-based layered coordination polymers prepared from flexible-arm aromatic ortho-dicarboxylic acids and 4-pyridylnicotinamide

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    Kraft, Peter E.; Uebler, Jacob W.; LaDuca, Robert L.

    2013-04-01

    Hydrothermal reaction of a d10-metal nitrate salt, a flexible-arm aromatic ortho-dicarboxylic acid, and 4-pyridylnicotinamide (4-pna) afforded four new crystalline coordination polymers, which were characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. [Cd(Hhmph)(nic)(H2O)2]n (1, hmph = homophthalate, nic = nicotinate) is a 1-D coordination polymer chain compound whose nic ligands were generated in situ via 4-pna hydrolysis. Addition of base and a shorter reaction duration afforded [Cd(hmph)(4-pna)]n (2), which has dinuclear [Cd2(hmph)2] dimers linked into a 1-D ladder polymer via 4-pna ligands. A similar chain structure, albeit with a different hmph binding mode, is seen in [Zn(hmph)(4-pna)]n (3). {[Zn2(phda)2(4-pna)2(H2O)]ṡH2O}n (4, phda = 1,2-phenylenediacetate) has both anti-syn bridged [Zn2(OCO)2] ring dimers and [Zn2(OCO)4] paddlewheel dimers, linked into a layered coordination polymer by dipodal 4-pna ligands. Luminescent properties of these new materials are also presented.

  19. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Ion Solvation in Polymer Melts: Effects of Dielectric Inhomogeneity and Chain Connectivity on Solvation Energy of Ions

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    Liu, Lijun; Nakamura, Issei

    We study the ion solvation in block copolymer melts and polymer blends using molecular dynamics simulations. In our simulations, polymers are formed through the connection of beads that provide the dielectric response. Thus, we highlight the effect of the dielectric contrast between different species on the solvation energy of ions. We demonstrate the local enrichment of higher-dielectric components near ions, which corresponds well with the result of mean-field theories. Moreover, the chain connectivity significantly affects the reorientation of molecular dipoles in response to the electrostatic field from ions. Thus, we illustrate the marked difference in the solvation energy between the block copolymer and polymer blend. Importantly, the solvation energy substantially depends on the chain length of the polymers, in stark contrast to the Born solvation energy. We also show that our simulation results exhibit striking similarity to the result of the recent self-consistent mean field theories. However, for strongly correlated dipoles and ions, our simulations provide qualitatively opposite behaviors to these results, suggesting further development of the theoretical frameworks. This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21474112 and 21404103). We are grateful to the Computing Center of Jilin Province for essential support.

  20. Exact solution of the thermodynamics and size parameters of a polymer confined to a lattice of finite size: Large chain limit

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    Snyder, Chad R. Guttman, Charles M.; Di Marzio, Edmund A.

    2014-01-21

    We extend the exact solutions of the Di Marzio-Rubin matrix method for the thermodynamic properties, including chain density, of a linear polymer molecule confined to walk on a lattice of finite size. Our extensions enable (a) the use of higher dimensions (explicit 2D and 3D lattices), (b) lattice boundaries of arbitrary shape, and (c) the flexibility to allow each monomer to have its own energy of attraction for each lattice site. In the case of the large chain limit, we demonstrate how periodic boundary conditions can also be employed to reduce computation time. Advantages to this method include easy definition of chemical and physical structure (or surface roughness) of the lattice and site-specific monomer-specific energetics, and straightforward relatively fast computations. We show the usefulness and ease of implementation of this extension by examining the effect of energy variation along the lattice walls of an infinite rectangular cylinder with the idea of studying the changes in properties caused by chemical inhomogeneities on the surface of the box. Herein, we look particularly at the polymer density profile as a function of temperature in the confined region for very long polymers. One particularly striking result is the shift in the critical condition for adsorption due to surface energy inhomogeneities and the length scale of the inhomogeneities; an observation that could have important implications for polymer chromatography. Our method should have applications to both copolymers and biopolymers of arbitrary molar mass.

  1. Exact solution of the thermodynamics and size parameters of a polymer confined to a lattice of finite size: large chain limit.

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    Snyder, Chad R; Guttman, Charles M; Di Marzio, Edmund A

    2014-01-21

    We extend the exact solutions of the Di Marzio-Rubin matrix method for the thermodynamic properties, including chain density, of a linear polymer molecule confined to walk on a lattice of finite size. Our extensions enable (a) the use of higher dimensions (explicit 2D and 3D lattices), (b) lattice boundaries of arbitrary shape, and (c) the flexibility to allow each monomer to have its own energy of attraction for each lattice site. In the case of the large chain limit, we demonstrate how periodic boundary conditions can also be employed to reduce computation time. Advantages to this method include easy definition of chemical and physical structure (or surface roughness) of the lattice and site-specific monomer-specific energetics, and straightforward relatively fast computations. We show the usefulness and ease of implementation of this extension by examining the effect of energy variation along the lattice walls of an infinite rectangular cylinder with the idea of studying the changes in properties caused by chemical inhomogeneities on the surface of the box. Herein, we look particularly at the polymer density profile as a function of temperature in the confined region for very long polymers. One particularly striking result is the shift in the critical condition for adsorption due to surface energy inhomogeneities and the length scale of the inhomogeneities; an observation that could have important implications for polymer chromatography. Our method should have applications to both copolymers and biopolymers of arbitrary molar mass. PMID:25669412

  2. Thermodynamics of polymer adsorption to a flexible membrane

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    Karalus, Steffen; Janke, Wolfhard; Bachmann, Michael

    2011-09-01

    We analyze the structural behavior of a single polymer chain grafted to an attractive, flexible surface. Our model is composed of a coarse-grained bead-and-spring polymer and a tethered membrane. By means of extensive parallel tempering Monte Carlo simulations it is shown that the system exhibits a rich phase behavior ranging from highly ordered, compact to extended random coil structures, and from desorbed to completely adsorbed or even partially embedded conformations. These findings are summarized in a pseudophase diagram indicating the predominant class of conformations as a function of the external parameters temperature and polymer-membrane interaction strength. By comparison with adsorption to a stiff membrane surface it is shown that the flexibility of the membrane gives rise to qualitatively new behavior such as stretching of adsorbed conformations.

  3. Structure, scattering patterns and phase behavior of polymer nanocomposites with nonspherical fillers

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    Hall, Lisa M; Schweizer, Kenneth S

    2010-01-01

    Polymer nanocomposites made with carbon nanotubes, clay platelets, laponite disks and other novel nonspherical fillers have been the focus of many recent experiments. However, the effects of nanoparticle shape on statistical structure, polymer-mediated effective interactions, scattering patterns, and phase diagrams are not well understood. We extend and apply the polymer reference interaction site model liquid state theory to study the equilibrium properties of pseudo one-, two- and threedimensional particles (rod, disk, cube) of modest steric anisotropy and fixed space-filling volume in a dense adsorbing homopolymer melt up to relatively high volume fractions. The second virial coefficient, nanoparticle potential-of-mean force, osmotic compressibilities, and isotropic spinodal demixing boundaries have been determined. The entropic depletion attraction between nanoparticles is dominant for weakly adsorbing polymer, while strongly adsorbing chains induce a bridging attraction. Intermediate interfacial cohesion results in the formation of a steric stabilizing adsorbed polymer layer around each nanoparticle, which can partially damp inter-filler collective order on various length scales and increase order on an averaged length scale. The details of depletion, stabilization, or bridging behavior are shape-dependent and often, but not always, trends are monotonic with increasing filler dimensionality. Distinctive nanoparticle shape-dependent low angle features are predicted for the collective polymer structure factor associated with competing macrophase fluctuations and microphase-like ordering. The influence of nonzero mixture compressibility on the scattering profiles is established.

  4. Influence of Irreversible Adsorption on the Glass Transition Temperature of Polymer Thin Films as Measured by Fluorescence

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    Burroughs, Mary; Priestley, Rodney

    2014-03-01

    Polymers confined to the nanometer length scale have been shown to exhibit deviations in the glass transition temperature (Tg) from the bulk. With the increasing use of confined polymers in nanotechnology, understanding and predicting this behavior is extremely relevant to industries ranging from pharmaceuticals to organic electronics. Recent work (Napolitano, Wübbenhorst, Nature Communications, 2, 260 (2011)) has connected deviations in Tg under confinement with irreversible physical adsorption of polymer chains at substrate interfaces. Here we investigate the influence of irreversibly adsorbed layers on the Tg of polystyrene (PS) thin films supported on silica via fluorescence. We examine the Tg of the brushes as a function of annealing time and irreversibly adsorbed layer thickness. By incorporating fluorescently labeled polymer layers into multilayered films of unlabeled polymer, we will examine the influence of brushes on adjacent layers dynamics. Finally, we will compare the results on PS with those of poly(methyl methacrylate).

  5. Facile Isolation of Adsorbent-Free Long and Highly-Pure Chirality-Selected Semiconducting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Using A Hydrogen-bonding Supramolecular Polymer

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    Toshimitsu, Fumiyuki; Nakashima, Naotoshi

    2015-01-01

    The ideal form of semiconducting-single-walled carbon nanotubes (sem-SWNTs) for science and technology is long, defect-free, chirality pure and chemically pure isolated narrow diameter tubes. While various techniques to solubilize and purify sem-SWNTs have been developed, many of them targeted only the chiral- or chemically-purity while sacrificing the sem-SWNT intrinsic structural identities by applying strong ultra-sonication and/or chemical modifications. Toward the ultimate purification of the sem-SWNTs, here we report a mild-conditioned extraction of the sem-SWNTs using removable supramolecular hydrogen-bonding polymers (HBPs) that are composed of dicarboxylic- or diaminopyridyl-fluorenes with ~70%-(8,6)SWNT selective extraction. Replacing conventional strong sonication techniques by a simple shaking using HPBs was found to provide long sem-SWNTs (>2.0 μm) with a very high D/G ratio, which was determined by atomic force microscopy observations. The HBPs were readily removed from the nanotube surfaces by an outer stimulus, such as a change in the solvent polarities, to provide chemically pure (8,6)-enriched sem-SWNTs. We also describe molecular mechanics calculations to propose possible structures for the HBP-wrapped sem-SWNTs, furthermore, the mechanism of the chiral selectivity for the sorted sem-SWNTs is well explained by the relationship between the molecular surface area and mass of the HBP/SWNT composites. PMID:26658356

  6. Facile Isolation of Adsorbent-Free Long and Highly-Pure Chirality-Selected Semiconducting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Using A Hydrogen-bonding Supramolecular Polymer

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    Toshimitsu, Fumiyuki; Nakashima, Naotoshi

    2015-12-01

    The ideal form of semiconducting-single-walled carbon nanotubes (sem-SWNTs) for science and technology is long, defect-free, chirality pure and chemically pure isolated narrow diameter tubes. While various techniques to solubilize and purify sem-SWNTs have been developed, many of them targeted only the chiral- or chemically-purity while sacrificing the sem-SWNT intrinsic structural identities by applying strong ultra-sonication and/or chemical modifications. Toward the ultimate purification of the sem-SWNTs, here we report a mild-conditioned extraction of the sem-SWNTs using removable supramolecular hydrogen-bonding polymers (HBPs) that are composed of dicarboxylic- or diaminopyridyl-fluorenes with ~70%-(8,6)SWNT selective extraction. Replacing conventional strong sonication techniques by a simple shaking using HPBs was found to provide long sem-SWNTs (>2.0 μm) with a very high D/G ratio, which was determined by atomic force microscopy observations. The HBPs were readily removed from the nanotube surfaces by an outer stimulus, such as a change in the solvent polarities, to provide chemically pure (8,6)-enriched sem-SWNTs. We also describe molecular mechanics calculations to propose possible structures for the HBP-wrapped sem-SWNTs, furthermore, the mechanism of the chiral selectivity for the sorted sem-SWNTs is well explained by the relationship between the molecular surface area and mass of the HBP/SWNT composites.

  7. Facile Isolation of Adsorbent-Free Long and Highly-Pure Chirality-Selected Semiconducting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Using A Hydrogen-bonding Supramolecular Polymer.

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    Toshimitsu, Fumiyuki; Nakashima, Naotoshi

    2015-01-01

    The ideal form of semiconducting-single-walled carbon nanotubes (sem-SWNTs) for science and technology is long, defect-free, chirality pure and chemically pure isolated narrow diameter tubes. While various techniques to solubilize and purify sem-SWNTs have been developed, many of them targeted only the chiral- or chemically-purity while sacrificing the sem-SWNT intrinsic structural identities by applying strong ultra-sonication and/or chemical modifications. Toward the ultimate purification of the sem-SWNTs, here we report a mild-conditioned extraction of the sem-SWNTs using removable supramolecular hydrogen-bonding polymers (HBPs) that are composed of dicarboxylic- or diaminopyridyl-fluorenes with ~70%-(8,6)SWNT selective extraction. Replacing conventional strong sonication techniques by a simple shaking using HPBs was found to provide long sem-SWNTs (>2.0 μm) with a very high D/G ratio, which was determined by atomic force microscopy observations. The HBPs were readily removed from the nanotube surfaces by an outer stimulus, such as a change in the solvent polarities, to provide chemically pure (8,6)-enriched sem-SWNTs. We also describe molecular mechanics calculations to propose possible structures for the HBP-wrapped sem-SWNTs, furthermore, the mechanism of the chiral selectivity for the sorted sem-SWNTs is well explained by the relationship between the molecular surface area and mass of the HBP/SWNT composites.

  8. Facile Isolation of Adsorbent-Free Long and Highly-Pure Chirality-Selected Semiconducting Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Using A Hydrogen-bonding Supramolecular Polymer.

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    Toshimitsu, Fumiyuki; Nakashima, Naotoshi

    2015-01-01

    The ideal form of semiconducting-single-walled carbon nanotubes (sem-SWNTs) for science and technology is long, defect-free, chirality pure and chemically pure isolated narrow diameter tubes. While various techniques to solubilize and purify sem-SWNTs have been developed, many of them targeted only the chiral- or chemically-purity while sacrificing the sem-SWNT intrinsic structural identities by applying strong ultra-sonication and/or chemical modifications. Toward the ultimate purification of the sem-SWNTs, here we report a mild-conditioned extraction of the sem-SWNTs using removable supramolecular hydrogen-bonding polymers (HBPs) that are composed of dicarboxylic- or diaminopyridyl-fluorenes with ~70%-(8,6)SWNT selective extraction. Replacing conventional strong sonication techniques by a simple shaking using HPBs was found to provide long sem-SWNTs (>2.0 μm) with a very high D/G ratio, which was determined by atomic force microscopy observations. The HBPs were readily removed from the nanotube surfaces by an outer stimulus, such as a change in the solvent polarities, to provide chemically pure (8,6)-enriched sem-SWNTs. We also describe molecular mechanics calculations to propose possible structures for the HBP-wrapped sem-SWNTs, furthermore, the mechanism of the chiral selectivity for the sorted sem-SWNTs is well explained by the relationship between the molecular surface area and mass of the HBP/SWNT composites. PMID:26658356

  9. Monte Carlo study of the percolation in two-dimensional polymer systems.

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    Pawłowska, Monika; Sikorski, Andrzej

    2013-10-01

    The structure of a two-dimensional film formed by adsorbed polymer chains was studied by means of Monte Carlo simulations. The polymer chains were represented by linear sequences of lattice beads and positions of these beads were restricted to vertices of a two-dimensional square lattice. Two different Monte Carlo methods were employed to determine the properties of the model system. The first was the random sequential adsorption (RSA) and the second one was based on Monte Carlo simulations with a Verdier-Stockmayer sampling algorithm. The methodology concerning the determination of the percolation thresholds for an infinite chain system was discussed. The influence of the chain length on both thresholds was presented and discussed. It was shown that the RSA method gave considerably lower thresholds for longer chains. This behavior can be explained by a different pool of chain conformations used in the calculations in both methods under consideration.

  10. Relationships between physical properties of polymers and cross-sectional area per polymer chain. Final report, August 1, 1980-July 31, 1982

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    Miller, R.L.; Boyer, R.F.

    1982-12-01

    X-ray scattering patterns from amorphous polymers frequently contain halos corresponding to distances significantly greater than that of van der Waals packing of carbon atoms. Regularities in the positions of such halos as a function of pendant group size have been reported, primarily for the crystallizable comb polymers. This work concerns n-alkylacrylate, n-alkylmethacrylate, and cyclo-alkylmethacrylate polymers with small alkyl groups: regularities in halo position with alkyl group size are seen, but the behavior with size is quantitatively different than that of the comb polymers. A case is made for the existence of a moderate amount of intersegmental order as the normal condition in the condensed amorphous state. The behavior of poly(methylmethacrylate) is anomalous and studies on it may not be used to generalize about the structure of the amorphous state.

  11. Multiple dynamic regimes in colloid-polymer dispersions: New insight using X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy

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    Srivastava, Sunita; Kishore, Suhasini; Narayanan, Suresh; Sandy, Alec R.; Bhatia, Surita R.

    2015-12-01

    We present an X-ray photon correlation spectros- copy (XPCS) study of dynamic transitions in an anisotropic colloid-polymer dispersion with multiple arrested states. The results provide insight into the mechanism for formation of repulsive glasses, attractive glasses, and networked gels of col- loids with weakly adsorbing polymer chains. In the presence of adsorbing polymer chains, we observe three distinct regimes: a state with slow dynamics consisting of finite particles and clusters, for which interparticle interactions are predominantly repulsive; a second dynamic regime occurring above the satu- ration concentration of added polymer, in which small clusters of nanoparticles form via a short-range depletion attraction; and a third regime above the overlap concentration in which dynamics of clusters are independent of polymer chain length. The observed complex dynamic state diagram is primarily gov- erned by the structural reorganization of a nanoparticle cluster and polymer chains at the nanoparticle-polymer surface and in the concentrated medium, which in turn controls the dynamics of the dispersion

  12. Fast formation of hydrophilic and reactive polymer micropatterns by photocatalytic lithography method

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    Chang, Chi-Jung; Wang, Chih-Feng; Chen, Jem-Kun; Hsieh, Chih-Chiao; Chen, Po-An

    2013-12-01

    An approach is developed for the fast formation of a hydrophilic pattern on superhydrophobic substrates with good contrast due to the large wettability contrast between superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic areas. It can be used for forming a polymer pattern with reactive functional groups. TiO2 nanoparticles were grafted with long alkyl chains and then coated on substrates to produce superhydrophobic films. Photocatalytic degradation of the grafted alkyl chains was effected with UV light irradiation and resulted in transition from superhydrophobicity to superhydrophilicity. After UV light irradiation through a mask for 30 s, dyes or polymers were adsorbed on the photoinduced superhydrophilic areas to make micropatterns. The photoinduced superhydrophilic switching properties can be tuned by changing the alkyl chain length. The ninhydrin assay was adapted to identify free amino groups of polymers on the patterned area. Polymer patterns with free amino groups can be achieved.

  13. The Dependence of Strength in Plastics upon Polymer Chain Length and Chain Orientation: An Experiment Emphasizing the Statistical Handling and Evaluation of Data.

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    Spencer, R. Donald

    1984-01-01

    Describes an experiment (using plastic bags) designed to give students practical understanding on using statistics to evaluate data and how statistical treatment of experimental results can enhance their value in solving scientific problems. Students also gain insight into the orientation and structure of polymers by examining the plastic bags.…

  14. Effects of topology on the adsorption of singly tethered ring polymers to attractive surfaces.

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    Li, Bing; Sun, Zhao-Yan; An, Li-Jia

    2015-07-14

    We investigate the effect of topology on the equilibrium behavior of singly tethered ring polymers adsorbed on an attractive surface. We focus on the change of square radius of gyration Rg(2), the perpendicular component Rg⊥(2) and the parallel component Rg‖(2) to the adsorbing surface, the mean contacting number of monomers with the surface , and the monomer distribution along z-direction during transition from desorption to adsorption. We find that both of the critical point of adsorption εc and the crossover exponent ϕ depend on the knot type when the chain length of ring ranges from 48 to 400. The behaviors of Rg(2), Rg⊥(2), and Rg‖(2) are found to be dependent on the topology and the monomer-surface attractive strength. At weak adsorption, the polymer chains with more complex topology are more adsorbable than those with simple topology. However, at strong adsorption, the polymer chains with complex topology are less adsorbable. By analyzing the distribution of monomer along z-direction, we give a possible mechanism for the effect of topology on the adsorption behavior.

  15. Modeling adsorption: Investigating adsorbate and adsorbent properties

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    Webster, Charles Edwin

    1999-12-01

    Surface catalyzed reactions play a major role in current chemical production technology. Currently, 90% of all chemicals are produced by heterogeneously catalyzed reactions. Most of these catalyzed reactions involve adsorption, concentrating the substrate(s) (the adsorbate) on the surface of the solid (the adsorbent). Pore volumes, accessible surface areas, and the thermodynamics of adsorption are essential in the understanding of solid surface characteristics fundamental to catalyst and adsorbent screening and selection. Molecular properties such as molecular volumes and projected molecular areas are needed in order to convert moles adsorbed to surface volumes and areas. Generally, these molecular properties have been estimated from bulk properties, but many assumptions are required. As a result, different literature values are employed for these essential molecular properties. Calculated molar volumes and excluded molecular areas are determined and tabulated for a variety of molecules. Molecular dimensions of molecules are important in the understanding of molecular exclusion as well as size and shape selectivity, diffusion, and adsorbent selection. Molecular dimensions can also be used in the determination of the effective catalytic pore size of a catalyst. Adsorption isotherms, on zeolites, (crystalline mineral oxides) and amorphous solids, can be analyzed with the Multiple Equilibrium Analysis (MEA) description of adsorption. The MEA produces equilibrium constants (Ki), capacities (ni), and thermodynamic parameters (enthalpies, ΔHi, and entropies, ΔSi) of adsorption for each process. Pore volumes and accessible surface areas are calculated from the process capacities. Adsorption isotherms can also be predicted for existing and new adsorbate-adsorbent systems with the MEA. The results show that MEA has the potential of becoming a standard characterization method for microporous solids that will lead to an increased understanding of their behavior in gas

  16. Porous silica particles grafted with an amphiphilic side-chain polymer as a stationary phase in reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Shahruzzaman, Md; Takafuji, Makoto; Ihara, Hirotaka

    2015-07-01

    The amphiphilic polymer-grafted silica was newly prepared as a stationary phase in high-performance liquid chromatography. Poly(4-vinylpyridine) with a trimethoxysilyl group at one end was grafted onto porous silica particles and the pyridyl side chains were quaternized with 1-bromooctadecane. The obtained poly(octadecylpyridinium)-grafted silica was characterized by elemental analysis, diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analysis. The degree of quaternization of the pyridyl groups on the obtained stationary phase was estimated to be 70%. The selective retention behaviors of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons including some positional isomers were investigated using poly(octadecylpyridinium)-grafted silica as an amphiphilic polymer stationary phase in high-performance liquid chromatography and results were compared with commercially available polymeric octadecylated silica and phenyl-bonded silica columns. The results indicate that the selectivity toward polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons exhibited by the amphiphilic polymer stationary phase is higher than the corresponding selectivity exhibited by a conventional phenyl-bonded silica column. However, compared with the polymeric octadecylated silica phase, the new stationary phase presents similar retention behavior for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons but different retention behavior particularly for positional isomers of disubstituted benzenes as the aggregation structure of amphiphilic polymers on the surface of silica substrate has been altered during mobile phase variation.

  17. Molecular Structure and Equilibrium Forces of Bovine Submaxillary Mucin Adsorbed at a Solid-Liquid Interface.

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    Zappone, Bruno; Patil, Navinkumar J; Madsen, Jan B; Pakkanen, Kirsi I; Lee, Seunghwan

    2015-04-21

    By combining dynamic light scattering, circular dichroism spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and surface force apparatus, the conformation of bovine submaxillary mucin in dilute solution and nanomechanical properties of mucin layers adsorbed on mica have been investigated. The samples were prepared by additional chromatographic purification of commercially available products. The mucin molecule was found to have a z-average hydrodynamic diameter of ca. 35 nm in phosphate buffered solution, without any particular secondary or tertiary structure. The contour length of the mucin is larger than, yet of the same order of magnitude as the diameter, indicating that the molecule can be modeled as a relatively rigid polymeric chain due to the large persistence length of the central glycosylated domain. Mucin molecules adsorbed abundantly onto mica from saline buffer, generating polymer-like, long-ranged, repulsive, and nonhysteretic forces upon compression of the adsorbed layers. Detailed analysis of such forces suggests that adsorbed mucins had an elongated conformation favored by the stiffness of the central domain. Acidification of aqueous media was chosen as means to reduce mucin-mucin and mucin-substrate electrostatic interactions. The hydrodynamic diameter in solution did not significantly change when the pH was lowered, showing that the large persistence length of the mucin molecule is due to steric hindrance between sugar chains, rather than electrostatic interactions. Remarkably, the force generated by an adsorbed layer with a fixed surface coverage also remained unaltered upon acidification. This observation can be linked to the surface-protective, pH-resistant role of bovine submaxillary mucin in the variable environmental conditions of the oral cavity. PMID:25806669

  18. Organometallic Polymers.

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    Carraher, Charles E., Jr.

    1981-01-01

    Reactions utilized to incorporate a metal-containing moiety into a polymer chain (addition, condensation, and coordination) are considered, emphasizing that these reactions also apply to smaller molecules. (JN)

  19. Trypsin immobilization on hairy polymer chains hybrid magnetic nanoparticles for ultra fast, highly efficient proteome digestion, facile 18O labeling and absolute protein quantification.

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    Qin, Weijie; Song, Zifeng; Fan, Chao; Zhang, Wanjun; Cai, Yun; Zhang, Yangjun; Qian, Xiaohong

    2012-04-01

    In recent years, quantitative proteomic research attracts great attention because of the urgent needs in biological and clinical research, such as biomarker discovery and verification. Currently, mass spectrometry (MS) based bottom up strategy has become the method of choice for proteomic quantification. In this strategy, the amount of proteins is determined by quantifying the corresponding proteolytic peptides of the proteins, therefore highly efficient and complete protein digestion is crucial for achieving accurate quantification results. However, the digestion efficiency and completeness obtained using conventional free protease digestion is not satisfactory for highly complex proteomic samples. In this work, we developed a new type of immobilized trypsin using hairy noncross-linked polymer chains hybrid magnetic nanoparticle as the matrix aiming at ultra fast, highly efficient proteomic digestion and facile (18)O labeling for absolution protein quantification. The hybrid nanoparticle is synthesized by in situ growth of hairy polymer chains from the magnetic nanoparticle surface using surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization technique. The flexible noncross-linked polymer chains not only provide large amount of binding sites but also work as scaffolds to support three-dimensional trypsin immobilization which leads to increased loading amount and improved accessibility of the immobilized trypsin. For complex proteomic samples, obviously increased digestion efficiency and completeness was demonstrated by 27.2% and 40.8% increase in the number of identified proteins and peptides as well as remarkably reduced undigested proteins residues compared with that obtained using conventional free trypsin digestion. The successful application in absolute protein quantification of enolase from Thermoanaerobacter tengcongensis protein extracts using (18)O labeling and MRM strategy further demonstrated the potential of this hybrid nanoparticle immobilized trypsin

  20. General approach to polymer chains confined by interacting boundaries. II. Flow through a cylindrical nano-tube

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    Freed, Karl F.; Wu, Chi

    2011-10-01

    The Laplace-Green's function methods of Paper I are extended to describe polymers confined in interacting, impenetrable cylindrical geometries, whose treatment is far more challenging than the slit and box geometries considered in Paper I. The general methods are illustrated with calculations (as a function of the polymer-surface interaction) of the free energy of confinement, the radial density profile, and the average of the drag force in the free draining limit, quantities that will be used elsewhere to analyze experiments of Wu and co-workers involving the flow of polymers through nanopores. All these properties are evaluated by numerical inverse Laplace transforms of closed form analytical expressions, a significant savings over the traditional eigenfunction approaches. The example of the confinement free energy for a 3-arm star polymer illustrates the treatment when a closed form expression for the Laplace transform is unavailable.

  1. Mass transport in low Tg azo-polymers: Effect on the surface relief grating induction and stability of additional side chain groups able to generate physical interactions

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    Luca, Alina Raicu; Moleavin, Ioana-Andreea; Hurduc, Nicolae; Hamel, Matthieu; Rocha, Licinio

    2014-01-01

    The nanostructuration ability of low glass transition temperature (Tg) azo-polysiloxanes films is investigated at working temperatures close or higher than the film Tg. The behavior of materials incorporating additional side chain nitrobenzene or naphthalene groups and as a result presenting different Tg is compared in terms of the surface modulation dynamics and stability of the induced topographic modifications. This comparison is carried out under light exposure and in dark environment. We demonstrate the ability to optically generate surface modulations on these materials even at operating temperatures corresponding to the film Tg. Along with a modification of the opto-mechanic properties correlated with the materials chemical structure, a collapse of the surface structures occurring with different dynamics in materials of similar Tg is highlighted. These observations suggest the existence of an additional mechanism rather than a purely thermal redistribution of the polymer chains in the films.

  2. Dynamics of various polymer-graphene interfacial systems through atomistic molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Rissanou, Anastassia N; Harmandaris, Vagelis

    2014-04-28

    The current work refers to a simulation study on hybrid polymer-graphene interfacial systems. We explore the effect of graphene on the mobility of polymers, by studying three well known and widely used polymers, polyethylene (PE), polystyrene (PS) and poly(methyl-methacrylate) (PMMA). Qualitative and quantitative differences in the dynamical properties of the polymer chains in particular at the polymer-graphene interface are detected. Results concerning both the segmental and the terminal dynamics render PE much faster than the other two polymers; PS follows, while PMMA is the slowest one. Clear spatial dynamic heterogeneity has been observed for all model systems, with different dynamical behavior of the adsorbed polymer segments. The segmental relaxation time of the polymer (τseg) as a function of the distance from graphene shows an abrupt decrease beyond the first adsorption layer for PE, as a result of its well-ordered layered structure close to graphene, though a more gradual decay is observed for PS and PMMA. The distribution of the relaxation times of adsorbed segments was also found to be broader than those of the bulk ones for all three polymer-graphene systems. PMID:24667937

  3. Chain packing in glassy polymers by natural-abundance 13C-13C spin diffusion using 2D centerband-only detection of exchange.

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    Singh, Manmilan; Schaefer, Jacob

    2011-03-01

    The proximities of specific subgroups of nearest-neighbor chains in glassy polymers are revealed by distance-dependent (13)C-(13)C dipolar couplings and spin diffusion. The measurement of such proximities is practical even with natural-abundance levels of (13)C using a 2D version of centerband-only detection of exchange (CODEX). Two-dimensional CODEX is a relaxation-compensated experiment that avoids the problems associated with variations in T(1)(C)'s due to dynamic site heterogeneity in the glass. Isotropic chemical shifts are encoded in the t(1) preparation times before and after mixing, and variations in T(2)'s are compensated by an S(0) reference (no mixing). Data acquisition involves acquisition of an S(0) reference signal on alternate scans, and the active control of power amplifiers, to achieve stability and accuracy over long accumulation times. The model system to calibrate spin diffusion is the polymer itself. For a mixing time of 200 ms, only (13)C-(13)C pairs separated by one or two bonds (2.5 Å) show cross peaks, which therefore identify reference intrachain proximities. For a mixing time of 1200 ms, 5 Å interchain proximities appear. The resulting cross peaks are used in a simple and direct way to compare nonrandom chain packing for two commercial polycarbonates with decidedly different mechanical properties.

  4. A roundabout approach to control morphological orientation and solar-cell performance by modulating side-chain branching position in benzodithiophene-based polymers.

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    Lee, Kyu Cheol; Song, Seyeong; Lee, Junghoon; Kim, Dong Suk; Kim, Jin Young; Yang, Changduk

    2015-04-27

    To be meaningful to guide the rational design of novel high-performance conjugated semiconductors, we prepared three benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene (BDT)-based polymers by systematically moving the branching point of the alkyl chain. The effect of side-chain engineering was thoroughly investigated by a range of techniques. We demonstrate that a subtle change in the branching position in the BDT core can have a critical impact on polymer packing and preferential backbone orientation in thin films; copolymers made from BDT and thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione units (TPD) adopt more of a face-on orientation as the branching point is shifted closer to the backbone, which can be correlated with a dramatic difference in solar-cells performance. The high short-circuit current density (11.6 mA cm(-2) ) for the copolymer with one carbon atom between the alkoxylated oxygen atom and the branching point results from its predominantly face-on orientation and smoother surface in thin films, which results in power conversion efficiencies as high as 4.56 %.

  5. Adsorption properties of the nanozirconia/anionic polyacrylamide system-Effects of surfactant presence, solution pH and polymer carboxyl groups content

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    Wiśniewska, Małgorzata; Chibowski, Stanisław; Urban, Teresa

    2016-05-01

    The adsorption mechanism of anionic polyacrylamide (PAM) on the nanozirconia surface was examined. The effects of solution pH, carboxyl groups content in macromolecules and anionic surfactant (sodium dodecyl sulfate-SDS) addition were determined. The more probable structure of polymer adsorption layer was characterized based on the data obtained from spectrophotometry, viscosimetry and potentiometric titration methods. The adsorbed amount of polymer, size of macromolecules in the solution and surface charge density of ZrO2 particles in the absence and presence of PAM were assessed, respectively. Analysis of these results indicated that the increase of solution pH and content of carboxyl groups in the polymeric chains lead to more expanded conformations of adsorbing macromolecules. As a result, the adsorption of anionic polyacrylamide decreased. The SDS presence caused the significant increase of PAM adsorbed amount at pH 3, whereas at pH 6 and 9 the surfactant addition resulted in reduction of polymer adsorption level.

  6. Nonlinear Rheology of Unentangled Polymer Melts Reinforced with High Concentration of Rigid Nanoparticles.

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    Sarvestani, Alireza S

    2010-04-01

    A scaling model is presented to analyze the nonlinear rheology of unentangled polymer melts filled with high concentration of small spherical particles. Assuming the majority of chains to be reversibly adsorbed to the surface of the particles, we show that the emergence of nonlinearity in the viscoelastic response of the composite system subjected to a 2D shear flow results from stretching of the adsorbed chains and increasing desorption rate of the adsorbed segments due to the imposed deformation. The steady-state shear viscosity of the mixture in nonlinear shear thinning regime follows the power law η ∼ ɣ̇(-½) where ɣ̇ is the applied shear rate. At large strain amplitude γ(0,) the storage and loss moduli in strain sweep tests scale as G' ∼ ɣ(0)(-1) and G″ ∼ ɣ(0)(-½) respectively. PMID:20672142

  7. Nonlinear Rheology of Unentangled Polymer Melts Reinforced with High Concentration of Rigid Nanoparticles

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    2010-01-01

    A scaling model is presented to analyze the nonlinear rheology of unentangled polymer melts filled with high concentration of small spherical particles. Assuming the majority of chains to be reversibly adsorbed to the surface of the particles, we show that the emergence of nonlinearity in the viscoelastic response of the composite system subjected to a 2D shear flow results from stretching of the adsorbed chains and increasing desorption rate of the adsorbed segments due to the imposed deformation. The steady-state shear viscosity of the mixture in nonlinear shear thinning regime follows the power lawwhereis the applied shear rate. At large strain amplitude γ 0, the storage and loss moduli in strain sweep tests scale asandrespectively. PMID:20672142

  8. Nonlinear Rheology of Unentangled Polymer Melts Reinforced with High Concentration of Rigid Nanoparticles

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    Sarvestani, Alireza S.

    2010-04-01

    A scaling model is presented to analyze the nonlinear rheology of unentangled polymer melts filled with high concentration of small spherical particles. Assuming the majority of chains to be reversibly adsorbed to the surface of the particles, we show that the emergence of nonlinearity in the viscoelastic response of the composite system subjected to a 2D shear flow results from stretching of the adsorbed chains and increasing desorption rate of the adsorbed segments due to the imposed deformation. The steady-state shear viscosity of the mixture in nonlinear shear thinning regime follows the power law η ˜ dot{γ }^{ - 1/2} , where dot{γ } is the applied shear rate. At large strain amplitude γ0, the storage and loss moduli in strain sweep tests scale as G^'˜ γ0^{ - 1} and G^''˜ γ0^{ - 1/2} , respectively.

  9. Synthesis of a polymer bearing several coumarin dyes along the side chain and study of its fluorescence in pure and binary solvent mixtures as well as aqueous surfactant solutions.

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    Kedia, Niraja; Roy, Saswati Ghosh; De, Priyadarsi; Bagchi, Sanjib

    2014-05-01

    A copolymer bearing several pendent dyes (coumarin derivatives) along the side chain has been synthesized, and its fluorescence parameters have been monitored in pure solvents and also as a function of composition of binary solvent mixtures. Fluorescence parameters (the maximum energy of fluorescence, quantum yield, and rate constant for the decay of the excited state) of the free fluorophore show significant dependence on the nature of the immediate environment around it. The value of a parameter measured in neat solvent for the fluorophore covalently bound to the polymer is different from that of the free fluorophore, indicating that the polymer chain influences the spectroscopic properties of the dye. Whereas the energy of maximum fluorescence of the free fluorophore shows a nonlinear correlation with the solvent composition of solvent mixtures, an almost linear correlation has been observed for the polymer. A significant variation of photophysical parameters of the dye dissolved in binary solvent mixtures, which is different from that of the free fluorophore, has been observed. Thus, the free fluorophore and the fluorophore bound to the polymer sense different environments in binary solvent mixtures. A dramatic variation of fluorescence intensity of the fluorophore bound to the polymer has been observed when sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) is added to an aqueous solution of the polymer. The results have been explained in terms of the existence of different species (polymer, polymer-SDS aggregates, micelles) in equilibrium in solution.

  10. An atomic force microscopy investigation of bioadhesive polymer adsorption onto human buccal cells.

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    Patel, D; Smith, J R; Smith, A W; Grist, N; Barnett, P; Smart, J D

    2000-05-10

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to examine the buccal cell surface in order to image the presence of adsorbed bioadhesive polymers identified from previous work. Isotonic saline solution (5 ml) containing either polycarbophil (pH 7.6), chitosan (pH 4.5) or hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (pH 7.6) (0.5% w/v) was exposed to freshly collected buccal cells (ca. 48x10(4) cells/test) for 15 min at 30 degrees C. The cells were then rinsed with a small volume of double distilled water, allowed to air-dry on a freshy cleaved mica surface and imaged using contact mode AFM. Untreated cells showed relatively smooth surface characteristics, with many small 'crater-like' pits and indentations spread over cell surfaces. Cells that had been treated with all the investigated polymers appeared to have lost the crater and indentation characteristic and gained a higher surface roughness. These results suggest that polymer chains had adsorbed onto the cell surfaces. Quantitative image analysis of cell topography showed significant increases (P<0.05) in arithmetic roughness average (R(a)) for all the investigated polymer treated cells surfaces with respect to untreated control specimens. The changes in surface topography indicate the presence of adsorbed polymer, confirming previous work. This study demonstrates the suitability of AFM as a powerful and sensitive technique for detecting and imaging bioadhesive polymers present on mucosal cell surfaces. PMID:10867257

  11. Decades-Scale Degradation of Commercial, Side-Chain, Fluorotelomer-Based Polymers in Soils and Water

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    Fluorotelomer-based polymers (FTPs) are a primary product of the jluorotelomer industry, yet the role of commercial FTPs in degrading to form perjluorocarboxylic acids (P FCAs), including perjluorooctanoic acid, and P FCA precursors, remains ill-defined. Here we report on a 376-d...

  12. Significant Improvement of Semiconducting Performance of the Diketopyrrolopyrrole-Quaterthiophene Conjugated Polymer through Side-Chain Engineering via Hydrogen-Bonding.

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    Yao, Jingjing; Yu, Chenmin; Liu, Zitong; Luo, Hewei; Yang, Yang; Zhang, Guanxin; Zhang, Deqing

    2016-01-13

    Three diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)-quaterthiophene conjugated polymers, pDPP4T-1, pDPP4T-2, and pDPP4T-3, in which the molar ratios of the urea-containing alkyl chains vs branching alkyl chains are 1:30, 1:20, and 1:10, respectively, were prepared and investigated. In comparison with pDPP4T without urea groups in the alkyl side chains and pDPP4T-A, pDPP4T-B, and pDPP4T-C containing both linear and branched alkyl chains, thin films of pDPP4T-1, pDPP4T-2, and pDPP4T-3 exhibit higher hole mobilities; thin-film mobility increases in the order pDPP4T-1 < pDPP4T-2 < pDPP4T-3, and hole mobility of a thin film of pDPP4T-3 can reach 13.1 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) after thermal annealing at just 100 °C. The incorporation of urea groups in the alkyl side chains also has an interesting effect on the photovoltaic performances of DPP-quaterthiophene conjugated polymers after blending with PC71BM. Blended thin films of pDPP4T-1:PC71BM, pDPP4T-2:PC71BM, and pDPP4T-3:PC71BM exhibit higher power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) than pDPP4T:PC71BM, pDPP4T-A:PC71BM, pDPP4T-B:PC71BM, and pDPP4T-C:PC71BM. The PCE of pDPP4T-1:PC71BM reaches 6.8%. Thin films of pDPP4T-1, pDPP4T-2, and pDPP4T-3 and corresponding thin films with PC71BM were characterized with AFM, GIXRD, and STEM. The results reveal that the lamellar packing order of the alkyl chains is obviously enhanced for thin films of pDPP4T-1, pDPP4T-2, and pDPP4T-3; after thermal annealing, slight inter-chain π-π stacking emerges for pDPP4T-2 and pDPP4T-3. Blends of pDPP4T-1, pDPP4T-2, and pDPP4T-3 with PC71BM show a more pronounced micro-phase separation. These observations suggest that the presence of urea groups may further facilitate the assemblies of these conjugated polymers into nanofibers and ordered aggregation of PC71BM. PMID:26669732

  13. Playing with Polymers.

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    Chemecology, 1997

    1997-01-01

    Presents an activity that enables students to gain a better understanding of the importance of polymers. Students perform an experiment in which polymer chains of polyvinyl acetate form crosslinks. Includes background information and discussion questions. (DDR)

  14. Linear side chains in benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene-thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione polymers direct self-assembly and solar cell performance.

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    Cabanetos, Clément; El Labban, Abdulrahman; Bartelt, Jonathan A; Douglas, Jessica D; Mateker, William R; Fréchet, Jean M J; McGehee, Michael D; Beaujuge, Pierre M

    2013-03-27

    While varying the size and branching of solubilizing side chains in π-conjugated polymers impacts their self-assembling properties in thin-film devices, these structural changes remain difficult to anticipate. This report emphasizes the determining role that linear side-chain substituents play in poly(benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene-thieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione) (PBDTTPD) polymers for bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cell applications. We show that replacing branched side chains by linear ones in the BDT motifs induces a critical change in polymer self-assembly and backbone orientation in thin films that correlates with a dramatic drop in solar cell efficiency. In contrast, we show that for polymers with branched alkyl-substituted BDT motifs, controlling the number of aliphatic carbons in the linear N-alkyl-substituted TPD motifs is a major contributor to improved material performance. With this approach, PBDTTPD polymers were found to reach power conversion efficiencies of 8.5% and open-circuit voltages of 0.97 V in BHJ devices with PC71BM, making PBDTTPD one of the best polymer donors for use in the high-band-gap cell of tandem solar cells. PMID:23473262

  15. Size selective hydrophobic adsorbent for organic molecules

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    Sharma, Pramod K. (Inventor); Hickey, Gregory S. (Inventor)

    1997-01-01

    The present invention relates to an adsorbent formed by the pyrolysis of a hydrophobic silica with a pore size greater than 5 .ANG., such as SILICALITE.TM., with a molecular sieving polymer precursor such as polyfurfuryl alcohol, polyacrylonitrile, polyvinylidene chloride, phenol-formaldehyde resin, polyvinylidene difluoride and mixtures thereof. Polyfurfuryl alcohol is the most preferred. The adsorbent produced by the pyrolysis has a silicon to carbon mole ratio of between about 10:1 and 1:3, and preferably about 2:1 to 1:2, most preferably 1:1. The pyrolysis is performed as a ramped temperature program between about 100.degree. and 800.degree. C., and preferably between about 100.degree. and 600.degree. C. The present invention also relates to a method for selectively adsorbing organic molecules having a molecular size (mean molecular diameter) of between about 3 and 6 .ANG. comprising contacting a vapor containing the small organic molecules to be adsorbed with the adsorbent composition of the present invention.

  16. Multi-dimensional transition-metal coordination polymers of 4,4'-bipyridine-N,N'-dioxide: 1D chains and 2D sheets.

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    Jia, Junhua; Blake, Alexander J; Champness, Neil R; Hubberstey, Peter; Wilson, Claire; Schröder, Martin

    2008-10-01

    Reaction of 4,4'-bipyridine -N, N' -dioxide (L) with a variety of transition-metal salts in MeOH affords a range of coordination polymer products. For the complexes [FeCl 3(mu-L)] infinity, 1, and ([Cu(L) 2(OHMe) 2(mu-L)].2PF 6. n(solv)) infinity, 2, 1D chain structures are observed, whereas ([Mn(mu-L) 3].2ClO 4) infinity, 3, and ([Cu(mu-L) 3].2BF 4) infinity, 4, both show 2D sheet architectures incorporating an unusual 3 (6)- hxl topology. The more common 4 (4)- sql topology is observed in [Cd(ONO 2) 2(mu-L) 2] infinity, 5, ([Cu(OHMe) 2(mu-L) 2].2ZrF 5) infinity, 6, ([Cu(L) 2(mu-L) 2].2EF 6) infinity ( 7 E = P; 8 E = Sb), and ([Et 4N][Cu(OHMe) 0.5(mu-L) 2(mu-FSiF 4F) 0.5].2SbF 6. n(solv)) infinity, 9. In 6, the [ZrF 5] (-) anion, formed in situ from [ZrF 6] (2-), forms 1D anionic chains ([ZrF 5] (-)) infinity of vertex-linked octahedra, and these chains thread through a pair of inclined polycatenated ([Cu(OHMe) 2(mu-L) 2] (2+)) infinity 4 (4)- sql grids to give a rare example of a triply intertwined coordination polymer. 9 also shows a 3D matrix structure with 4 (4)- sql sheets of stoichiometry ([Cu(L) 2] (2+)) infinity coordinatively linked by bridging [SiF 6] (2-) anions to give a structure of 5-c 4 (4).6 (6)- sqp topology. The mononuclear [Cu(L) 6].2BF 4 ( 10) and [Cd(L) 6].2NO 3 ( 11) and binuclear complexes [(Cu(L)(OH 2)) 2(mu-L) 2)].2SiF 6. n(solv), 12, are also reported. The majority of the coordination polymers are free of solvent and are nonporous. Thermal treatment of materials that do contain solvent results in structural disintegration of the complex structures giving no permanent porosity.

  17. Molecular Adsorber Coating

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    Straka, Sharon; Peters, Wanda; Hasegawa, Mark; Hedgeland, Randy; Petro, John; Novo-Gradac, Kevin; Wong, Alfred; Triolo, Jack; Miller, Cory

    2011-01-01

    A document discusses a zeolite-based sprayable molecular adsorber coating that has been developed to alleviate the size and weight issues of current ceramic puck-based technology, while providing a configuration that more projects can use to protect against degradation from outgassed materials within a spacecraft, particularly contamination-sensitive instruments. This coating system demonstrates five times the adsorption capacity of previously developed adsorber coating slurries. The molecular adsorber formulation was developed and refined, and a procedure for spray application was developed. Samples were spray-coated and tested for capacity, thermal optical/radiative properties, coating adhesion, and thermal cycling. Work performed during this study indicates that the molecular adsorber formulation can be applied to aluminum, stainless steel, or other metal substrates that can accept silicate-based coatings. The coating can also function as a thermal- control coating. This adsorber will dramatically reduce the mass and volume restrictions, and is less expensive than the currently used molecular adsorber puck design.

  18. Hydrothermal synthesis, crystal structure and properties of a novel chain coordination polymer constructed by tetrafunctional phosphonate anions and cobalt ions

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    Guan, Lei; Wang, Ying

    2015-08-15

    A novel cobalt phosphonate, [Co(HL)(H{sub 2}O){sub 3}]{sub n} (1) (L=N(CH{sub 2}PO{sub 3}H){sub 3}{sup 3−}) has been synthesized by hydrothermal reaction at 150 °C and structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, elemental and thermogravimetric analysis. Complex 1 features a 1D chain structure with double-channel built from CoO{sub 6} octahedra bridged together by the phosphonate groups. Each cobalt ion is octahedrally coordinated by three phosphonate oxygen atoms and three water molecules. The coordinated water molecules can form the hydrogen bonds with the phosphonate oxygen atoms to link the 1D chains, building a 2D layered structure, further resulting in a 3D network. The luminescence spectrum indicates an emission maximum at 435 nm. The magnetic susceptibility curve exhibits a dominant antiferromagnetic behavior with a weakly ferromagnetic component at low temperatures. - Graphical abstract: The connectivity between cobalt ions and the ligands results in a chain structure with a 1D double-channel structure, which is constructed by A-type subrings and B-type subrings. - Highlights: • The tetrafunctional phosphonate ligand was used as the ligand. • A novel chain structure can be formed by A-type rings and B-type rings. • Two types of rings can form a 1D double-channel structure, along the c-axis.

  19. Influence of the ordered structure of short-chain polymer molecule all-trans-β-carotene on Raman scattering cross section in liquid

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    Qu, Guan-Nan; Ou, Yang Shun-Li; Wang, Wei-Wei; Li, Zuo-Wei; Sun, Cheng-Lin; Men, Zhi-Wei

    2011-03-01

    We measured the resonant Raman spectra of all-trans-β-carotene in solvents with different densities and concentrations at different temperatures. The results demonstrated that the Raman scattering cross section (RSCS) of short-chain polymer all-trans-β-carotene is extremely high in liquid. Resonance and strong coherent weakly damped CC bond vibrating properties play important roles under these conditions. Coherent weakly damped CC bond vibration strength is associated with molecular ordered structure. All-trans-β-carotene has highly ordered structure and strong coherent weakly damped CC bond vibrating properties, which lead to large RSCS in the solvent with large density and low concentration at low temperature. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 10774057 and 10974067) and the Graduate Innovation Fund of Jilin University, China (Grant No. 20101046).

  20. A temperature control method for shortening thermal cycling time to achieve rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in a disposable polymer microfluidic device

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    Bu, Minqiang; Perch-Nielsen, Ivan R.; Sørensen, Karen S.; Skov, Julia; Sun, Yi; Duong Bang, Dang; Pedersen, Michael E.; Hansen, Mikkel F.; Wolff, Anders

    2013-07-01

    We present a temperature control method capable of effectively shortening the thermal cycling time of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in a disposable polymer microfluidic device with an external heater and a temperature sensor. The method employs optimized temperature overshooting and undershooting steps to achieve a rapid ramping between the temperature steps for DNA denaturation, annealing and extension. The temperature dynamics within the microfluidic PCR chamber was characterized and the overshooting and undershooting parameters were optimized using the temperature-dependent fluorescence signal from Rhodamine B. The method was validated with the PCR amplification of mecA gene (162 bp) from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacterium (MRSA), where the time for 30 cycles was reduced from 50 min (without over- and undershooting) to 20 min.

  1. Novel tentacle-type polymer stationary phase grafted with anion exchange polymer chains for open tubular CEC of nucleosides and proteins.

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    Aydoğan, Cemil; Çetin, Kemal; Denizli, Adil

    2014-08-01

    A novel and simple method for preparation of a tentacle-type polymer stationary phase grafted with polyethyleneimine (PEI) anion exchanger was developed for open tubular capillary electrochromatography (OT-CEC) of nucleosides and proteins. The polymeric stationary phase was prepared using 3-chloro-2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate (HPMA-Cl)-based reactive monomer. The preparation procedure included pretreatment of the capillary inner wall, silanization, in situ graft polymerization with HPMA-Cl and PEI modification. To compare with the tentacle-type capillary column with PEI functionalization, a monolayer capillary column without PEI functionalization was also prepared. The electrochromatographic characterization of the prepared open tubular column was performed using alkylbenzenes. The electroosmotic flow (EOF) with regard to PEI concentrations and the running buffer pH was investigated. The separation conditions of the nucleosides and the proteins were optimized. The modified tentacle-type column with high anion exchange capacity has proven to afford better retention and resolution for the separation of nucleosides and proteins. The PEI functionalization column can also provide long-term stable use for biomolecule separation using a single capillary with relative standard deviation values of retention times of less than 2%. The results indicate that the present method for open tubular capillary preparation with a HPMA-Cl-based reactive monomer is promising for OT-CEC biomolecule separation.

  2. Nanoscale confinement and interfacial effects on the dynamics and glass transition/crystallinity of thin adsorbed films on silica nanoparticles

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    Madathingal, Rajesh Raman

    The research investigated in this dissertation has focused on understanding the structure-property-function relationships of polymer nanocomposites. The properties of composite systems are dictated by the properties of their components, typically fillers in a polymer matrix. In nanocomposites, the polymer near an interface has significantly different properties compared with the bulk polymer, and the contribution of the adsorbed polymer to composite properties becomes increasingly important as the filler size decreases. Despite many reports of highly favorable properties, the behavior of polymer nanocomposites is not generally predictable, and thus requires a better understanding of the interfacial region. The ability to tailor the filler/matrix interaction and an understanding of the impact of the interface on macroscopic properties are keys in the design of nanocomposite properties. In this original work the surface of silica nanoparticles was tailored by: (a) Changing the number of sites for polymer attachment by varying the surface silanols and, (b) By varying the size/curvature of nanoparticles. The effect of surface tailoring on the dynamic properties after the adsorption of two model polymers, amorphous polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and semicrystalline polyethylene oxide (PEO) was observed. The interphase layer of polymers adsorbed to silica surfaces is affected by the surface silanol density as well as the relative size of the polymer compared with the size of the adsorbing substrate. The non-equilibrium adsorption of PMMA onto individual colloidal Stober silica (SiO2) particles, where Rparticle (100nm) > RPMMA (˜6.5nm) was compared with the adsorption onto fumed silica, where Rparticle (7nm) ˜ RPMMA (6.5nm) < Raggregate (˜1000nm), both as a function of silanol density [SiOH] and hydrophobility. In the former case, TEM images showed that the PMMA adsorbed onto individual nanoparticles, so that the number of PMMA chains/bead could be calculated, whereas

  3. Using specialized adsorbents for remediation

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    Hochmuth, D.P.; Grant, A.

    1995-11-01

    This paper describes two remediation case studies in which specialized adsorbents were used. In one case, the adsorbents were used to treat effluent from a soil vapor extraction system. In the other case, the adsorbents were used to treat air from a groundwater air stripper. The specialized adsorbents effectively removed volatile organic compounds from each air stream.

  4. A simple strategy to the side chain functionalization on the quinoxaline unit for efficient polymer solar cells.

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    Yuan, Jun; Qiu, Lixia; Zhang, Zhiguo; Li, Yongfang; He, Yuehui; Jiang, Lihui; Zou, Yingping

    2016-05-25

    A new tetrafluoridequinoxaline electron accepting block from a quinoxaline core, which is substituted with a fluorine atom onto its backbone and side chains, was designed. A new copolymer (PBDTT-ffQx) was synthesized from tetrafluoridequinoxaline and benzodithiophene. The copolymer was characterized in detail. The photovoltaic properties were well investigated. A high PCE of 8.6% based on the single junction device was obtained.

  5. RADIOLYSIS OF ORGANIC COMPOUNDS IN THE ADSORBED STATE

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    Sutherland, J.W.; Allen, A.O.

    1961-10-01

    >A method of forming branch chained hydrocarbons by means of energetic penetrating radiation is described. A solid zeolite substrate is admixed with a cobalt ion and is irradiated with a hydrocarbon adsorbed therein. Upon irradiation with gamma rays, there is an increased yield of branched and lower molecular straight chain compounds. (AEC)

  6. Accessing conjugated polymers with precisely controlled heterobisfunctional chain ends via post-polymerization modification of the OTf group and controlled Pd(0)/t-Bu3P-catalyzed Suzuki cross-coupling polymerization

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    Hu, Qiao -Sheng; Hong, Kunlun; Zhang, Hong -Hai

    2015-08-12

    In this study, a general strategy toward the synthesis of well-defined conjugated polymers with controlled heterobisfunctional chain ends via combination of controlled Pd(0)/t-Bu3P Suzuki cross-coupling polymerization with the post-polymerization modification of the triflate (OTf) group was disclosed.

  7. Accessing conjugated polymers with precisely controlled heterobisfunctional chain ends via post-polymerization modification of the OTf group and controlled Pd(0)/t-Bu3P-catalyzed Suzuki cross-coupling polymerization

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    Hu, Qiao -Sheng; Hong, Kunlun; Zhang, Hong -Hai

    2015-08-12

    In this study, a general strategy toward the synthesis of well-defined conjugated polymers with controlled heterobisfunctional chain ends via combination of controlled Pd(0)/t-Bu3P Suzuki cross-coupling polymerization with the post-polymerization modification of the triflate (OTf) group was disclosed.

  8. From polymers to proteins: the effect of side chains and broken symmetry on the formation of secondary structures within a Wang-Landau approach.

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    Škrbić, Tatjana; Badasyan, Artem; Hoang, Trinh Xuan; Podgornik, Rudolf; Giacometti, Achille

    2016-05-25

    We use a micro-canonical Wang-Landau technique to study the equilibrium properties of a single flexible homopolymer where consecutive monomers are represented by impenetrable hard spherical beads tangential to each other, and non-consecutive monomers interact via a square-well potential. To mimic the characteristics of a protein-like system, the model is then refined in two different directions. Firstly, by allowing partial overlap between consecutive beads, we break the spherical symmetry and thus provide a severe constraint on the possible conformations of the chain. Alternatively, we introduce additional spherical beads at specific positions in the direction normal to the backbone, to represent the steric hindrance of the side chains in real proteins. Finally, we consider also a combination of these two ingredients. In all three systems, we obtain the full phase diagram in the temperature-interaction range plane and find the presence of helicoidal structures at low temperatures in the intermediate range of interactions. The effect of the range of the square-well attraction is highlighted, and shown to play a role similar to that found in simple liquids and polymers. Perspectives in terms of protein folding are finally discussed. PMID:27137225

  9. Grafting of molecularly imprinted polymers from the surface of silica gel particles via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization: a selective sorbent for theophylline.

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    Li, Yong; Zhou, Wen-Hui; Yang, Huang-Hao; Wang, Xiao-Ru

    2009-07-15

    Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) were grafted successfully from the surface of silica gel particles via surface initiated reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization using RAFT agent functionalized silica gel as the chain transfer agent. The intrinsic characteristics of the controlled/living polymerization mechanism of RAFT allowed for the effective control of the grafting process. Thus the grafting copolymerization of methacrylic acid and divinyl benzene in the presence of template theophylline led to thin MIP film coating silica gel (MIP-Silica). The thickness of MIP film prepared in this study is about 1.98 nm, which was calculated from the nitrogen sorption analysis results. Measured binding kinetics for theophylline to the MIP-Silica and MIPs prepared by conventional bulk polymerization demonstrated that MIP-Silica had improved mass-transfer properties. In addition, the theophylline-imprinted MIP-Silica was used as the sorbent in solid-phase extraction to determine theophylline in blood serum with satisfactory recovery higher than 90%. Nonspecific adsorption of interfering compounds can be eliminated by a simple elution with acetonitrile, without sacrificing the selective binding of theophylline.

  10. Formation of a supramolecular gel between alpha-cyclodextrin and free and adsorbed PEO on the surface of colloidal silica: effect of temperature, solvent, and particle size.

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    Dreiss, Cécile A; Cosgrove, Terence; Newby, Francisco N; Sabadini, Edvaldo

    2004-10-12

    Aqueous solutions of alpha-cyclodextrin (alpha-CD) complex spontaneously with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), forming a supramolecular structure known as pseudopolyrotaxane. We have studied the formation of the complex obtained from the threading of alpha-CD onto PEO, both free in solution and adsorbed on colloidal silica. The kinetics of the reaction were studied by gravimetric methods and determined as a function of temperature and solvent composition for the PEO free in solution. PEO was then adsorbed on the surface of colloidal silica particles, and the monomers were displaced by systematically varying the degree of complexation, the concentration of particles, and the molecular weight of the polymer. The effect of the size of the silica particles on the yield of the reaction was also studied. With the adsorbed PEO, the complexation was found to be partial and to take place from the tails of the polymer. The formation of a gel network containing silica at high degrees of complexation was observed. Small-angle X-ray and neutron scattering experiments were performed to study the configuration of the polymeric chains and confirmed the partial desorption of the polymer from the surface of the silica upon complexation.

  11. Polymer composites containing nanotubes

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    Bley, Richard A. (Inventor)

    2008-01-01

    The present invention relates to polymer composite materials containing carbon nanotubes, particularly to those containing singled-walled nanotubes. The invention provides a polymer composite comprising one or more base polymers, one or more functionalized m-phenylenevinylene-2,5-disubstituted-p-phenylenevinylene polymers and carbon nanotubes. The invention also relates to functionalized m-phenylenevinylene-2,5-disubstituted-p-phenylenevinylene polymers, particularly to m-phenylenevinylene-2,5-disubstituted-p-phenylenevinylene polymers having side chain functionalization, and more particularly to m-phenylenevinylene-2,5-disubstituted-p-phenylenevinylene polymers having olefin side chains and alkyl epoxy side chains. The invention further relates to methods of making polymer composites comprising carbon nanotubes.

  12. Regenerative adsorbent heat pump

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    Jones, Jack A. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    A regenerative adsorbent heat pump process and system is provided which can regenerate a high percentage of the sensible heat of the system and at least a portion of the heat of adsorption. A series of at least four compressors containing an adsorbent is provided. A large amount of heat is transferred from compressor to compressor so that heat is regenerated. The process and system are useful for air conditioning rooms, providing room heat in the winter or for hot water heating throughout the year, and, in general, for pumping heat from a lower temperature to a higher temperature.

  13. Capillary zone electrophoresis in polymer networks of polymerase chain reaction-amplified oligonucleotides: the case of congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

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    Gelfi, C; Orsi, A; Righetti, P G; Zanussi, M; Carrera, P; Ferrari, M

    1994-07-01

    The use of capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) in polymer networks for the analysis of an 8 bp (base pair) deletion in congenital adrenal hyperplasia was investigated. Separations were performed in Tris-borate-EDTA buffer (pH 8.3) containing 6% liquid linear polyacrylamide as a sieving dynamic matrix and 10 microM ethidium bromide for improving DNA fragment separation. Easy analysis and detection of the 127 and 135 bp amplified fragments was accomplished. The capillary column can be used for > 50 analyses before degradation and loss of resolution. The results are comparable to those obtained by gel-slab zone electrophoresis in a 12%T, 4%C polyacrylamide matrix. The sensitivity, by simple UV absorption at 254 nm, is similar to that obtained in gel slabs by dye intercalation staining. PMID:7952069

  14. Modeling the Assembly of Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticles at Oil-Water Interfaces.

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    Yong, Xin

    2015-10-27

    Using dissipative particle dynamics (DPD), I model the interfacial adsorption and self-assembly of polymer-grafted nanoparticles at a planar oil-water interface. The amphiphilic core-shell nanoparticles irreversibly adsorb to the interface and create a monolayer covering the interface. The polymer chains of the adsorbed nanoparticles are significantly deformed by surface tension to conform to the interface. I quantitatively characterize the properties of the particle-laden interface and the structure of the monolayer in detail at different surface coverages. I observe that the monolayer of particles grafted with long polymer chains undergoes an intriguing liquid-crystalline-amorphous phase transition in which the relationship between the monolayer structure and the surface tension/pressure of the interface is elucidated. Moreover, my results indicate that the amorphous state at high surface coverage is induced by the anisotropic distribution of the randomly grafted chains on each particle core, which leads to noncircular in-plane morphology formed under excluded volume effects. These studies provide a fundamental understanding of the interfacial behavior of polymer-grafted nanoparticles for achieving complete control of the adsorption and subsequent self-assembly. PMID:26439456

  15. Star Polymers.

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    Ren, Jing M; McKenzie, Thomas G; Fu, Qiang; Wong, Edgar H H; Xu, Jiangtao; An, Zesheng; Shanmugam, Sivaprakash; Davis, Thomas P; Boyer, Cyrille; Qiao, Greg G

    2016-06-22

    Recent advances in controlled/living polymerization techniques and highly efficient coupling chemistries have enabled the facile synthesis of complex polymer architectures with controlled dimensions and functionality. As an example, star polymers consist of many linear polymers fused at a central point with a large number of chain end functionalities. Owing to this exclusive structure, star polymers exhibit some remarkable characteristics and properties unattainable by simple linear polymers. Hence, they constitute a unique class of technologically important nanomaterials that have been utilized or are currently under audition for many applications in life sciences and nanotechnologies. This article first provides a comprehensive summary of synthetic strategies towards star polymers, then reviews the latest developments in the synthesis and characterization methods of star macromolecules, and lastly outlines emerging applications and current commercial use of star-shaped polymers. The aim of this work is to promote star polymer research, generate new avenues of scientific investigation, and provide contemporary perspectives on chemical innovation that may expedite the commercialization of new star nanomaterials. We envision in the not-too-distant future star polymers will play an increasingly important role in materials science and nanotechnology in both academic and industrial settings.

  16. Adsorbent and adsorbent bed for materials capture and separation processes

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    Liu, Wei

    2011-01-25

    A method device and material for performing adsorption wherein a fluid mixture is passed through a channel in a structured adsorbent bed having a solid adsorbent comprised of adsorbent particles having a general diameter less than 100 um, loaded in a porous support matrix defining at least one straight flow channel. The adsorbent bed is configured to allow passage of a fluid through said channel and diffusion of a target material into said adsorbent under a pressure gradient driving force. The targeted molecular species in the fluid mixture diffuses across the porous support retaining layer, contacts the adsorbent, and adsorbs on the adsorbent, while the remaining species in the fluid mixture flows out of the channel.

  17. Silver coordination polymers for prevention of implant infection: thiol interaction, impact on respiratory chain enzymes, and hydroxyl radical induction.

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    Gordon, Oliver; Vig Slenters, Tünde; Brunetto, Priscilla S; Villaruz, Amer E; Sturdevant, Daniel E; Otto, Michael; Landmann, Regine; Fromm, Katharina M

    2010-10-01

    Prosthetic joint replacements are used increasingly to alleviate pain and improve mobility of the progressively older and more obese population. Implant infection occurs in about 5% of patients and entails significant morbidity and high social costs. It is most often caused by staphylococci, which are introduced perioperatively. They are a source of prolonged seeding and difficult to treat due to antibiotic resistance; therefore, infection prevention by prosthesis coating with nonantibiotic-type anti-infective substances is indicated. A renewed interest in topically used silver has fostered development of silver nanoparticles, which, however, present a potential health hazard. Here we present new silver coordination polymer networks with tailored physical and chemical properties as nanostructured coatings on metallic implant substrates. These compounds exhibited strong biofilm sugar-independent bactericidal activity on in vitro-grown biofilms and prevented murine Staphylococcus epidermidis implant infection in vivo with slow release of silver ions and limited transient leukocyte cytotoxicity. Furthermore, we describe the biochemical and molecular mechanisms of silver ion action by gene screening and by targeting cell metabolism of S. epidermidis at different levels. We demonstrate that silver ions inactivate enzymes by binding sulfhydryl (thiol) groups in amino acids and promote the release of iron with subsequent hydroxyl radical formation by an indirect mechanism likely mediated by reactive oxygen species. This is the first report investigating the global metabolic effects of silver in the context of a therapeutic application. We anticipate that the compounds presented here open a new treatment field with a high medical impact.

  18. Irreversible adsorption from concentrated polymer solutions

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    Auvray, Loïc; Cruz, Margerida; Auroy, Philippe

    1992-05-01

    We study the adsorption of concentrated Poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) solutions in Dichloromethane on porous silica. We vary the plymerization index N and the chain volume fraction Φ from the overlap concentration to the melt. The adsorption of PDMS on silica by hydrogen bonding is very strong and a large amount of polymer remains bound to the surface after the washing of the silica with a good solvent of the chains. We measure this quantity Γ by small angle neutron scattering. If there is no chain desorption, Γ represents the weight of polymer attached to the solid in the initial solution, which varies as the product N^{1/2} Φ^{7/8} according to a recent prediction. This relation of proportionality indeed interprets our experimental results. When the size of the chains is comparable to the pore diameter (either 500, 1 200, or 3 000 Å depending on the samples) we observe confinement effects which lower the adsorbed amount. Nous étudions d'adsorption de solutions concentrées de Poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) dans le chlorure de méthylène sur de la silice poreuse. Nous varions le degré de polymérisation N et la fraction volumique Φ des chaînes depuis la concentration de recouvrement jusqu'au fondu. L'adsorption de PDMS sur la silice par liaison hydrogène est très forte et une grande quantité de polymère reste liée à la surface après lavage de la silice par du bon solvant. Nous mesurons cette quantité Γ par diffusion centrale des neutrons. S'il n'y a pas eu désorption des chaînes, Γ représente le poids de polymère attaché au solide dans la solution initiale qui varie selon une prédiction récente comme le produit N^{1/2} Φ^{7/8}. Cette relation de proportionnalité rend effectivement compte de nos résultats. Quand la taille des chaînes est du même ordre de grandeur que le diamètre des pores (qui prend les valeurs 500, 1 200 et 3 000 Å selon les échantillons), nous observons des effets de confinement abaissant la quantité adsorbée.

  19. Electrospun regenerated cellulose nanofibrous membranes surface-grafted with polymer chains/brushes via the atom transfer radical polymerization method for catalase immobilization.

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    Feng, Quan; Hou, Dayin; Zhao, Yong; Xu, Tao; Menkhaus, Todd J; Fong, Hao

    2014-12-10

    In this study, an electrospun regenerated cellulose (RC) nanofibrous membrane with fiber diameters of ∼200-400 nm was prepared first; subsequently, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), 2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA), and acrylic acid (AA) were selected as the monomers for surface grafting of polymer chains/brushes via the atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) method. Thereafter, four nanofibrous membranes (i.e., RC, RC-poly(HEMA), RC-poly(DMAEMA), and RC-poly(AA)) were explored as innovative supports for immobilization of an enzyme of bovine liver catalase (CAT). The amount/capacity, activity, stability, and reusability of immobilized catalase were evaluated, and the kinetic parameters (Vmax and Km) for immobilized and free catalase were determined. The results indicated that the respective amounts/capacities of immobilized catalase on RC-poly(HEMA) and RC-poly(DMAEMA) nanofibrous membranes reached 78 ± 3.5 and 67 ± 2.7 mg g(-1), which were considerably higher than the previously reported values. Meanwhile, compared to that of free CAT (i.e., 18 days), the half-life periods of RC-CAT, RC-poly(HEMA)-CAT, RC-poly(DMAEMA)-CAT, and RC-poly(AA)-CAT were 49, 58, 56, and 60 days, respectively, indicating that the storage stability of immobilized catalase was also significantly improved. Furthermore, the immobilized catalase exhibited substantially higher resistance to temperature variation (tested from 5 to 70 °C) and lower degree of sensitivity to pH value (tested from 4.0 and 10.0) than the free catalase. In particular, according to the kinetic parameters of Vmax and Km, the nanofibrous membranes of RC-poly(HEMA) (i.e., 5102 μmol mg(-1) min(-1) and 44.89 mM) and RC-poly(DMAEMA) (i.e., 4651 μmol mg(-1) min(-1) and 46.98 mM) had the most satisfactory biocompatibility with immobilized catalase. It was therefore concluded that the electrospun RC nanofibrous membranes surface-grafted with 3-dimensional nanolayers of polymer chains/brushes would be

  20. Existence of global weak solutions to compressible isentropic finitely extensible nonlinear bead-spring chain models for dilute polymers: The two-dimensional case

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    Barrett, John W.; Süli, Endre

    2016-07-01

    We prove the existence of global-in-time weak solutions to a general class of models that arise from the kinetic theory of dilute solutions of nonhomogeneous polymeric liquids, where the polymer molecules are idealized as bead-spring chains with finitely extensible nonlinear elastic (FENE) type spring potentials. The class of models under consideration involves the unsteady, compressible, isentropic, isothermal Navier-Stokes system in a bounded domain Ω in Rd, d = 2, for the density ρ, the velocity u ˜ and the pressure p of the fluid, with an equation of state of the form p (ρ) =cpργ, where cp is a positive constant and γ > 1. The right-hand side of the Navier-Stokes momentum equation includes an elastic extra-stress tensor, which is the classical Kramers expression. The elastic extra-stress tensor stems from the random movement of the polymer chains and is defined through the associated probability density function that satisfies a Fokker-Planck-type parabolic equation, a crucial feature of which is the presence of a centre-of-mass diffusion term. This extends the result in our paper J.W. Barrett and E. Süli (2016) [9], which established the existence of global-in-time weak solutions to the system for d ∈ { 2 , 3 } and γ >3/2, but the elastic extra-stress tensor required there the addition of a quadratic interaction term to the classical Kramers expression to complete the compactness argument on which the proof was based. We show here that in the case of d = 2 and γ > 1 the existence of global-in-time weak solutions can be proved in the absence of the quadratic interaction term. Our results require no structural assumptions on the drag term in the Fokker-Planck equation; in particular, the drag term need not be corotational. With a nonnegative initial density ρ0 ∈L∞ (Ω) for the continuity equation; a square-integrable initial velocity datum u˜0 for the Navier-Stokes momentum equation; and a nonnegative initial probability density function ψ0

  1. Electrospun regenerated cellulose nanofibrous membranes surface-grafted with polymer chains/brushes via the atom transfer radical polymerization method for catalase immobilization.

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    Feng, Quan; Hou, Dayin; Zhao, Yong; Xu, Tao; Menkhaus, Todd J; Fong, Hao

    2014-12-10

    In this study, an electrospun regenerated cellulose (RC) nanofibrous membrane with fiber diameters of ∼200-400 nm was prepared first; subsequently, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), 2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA), and acrylic acid (AA) were selected as the monomers for surface grafting of polymer chains/brushes via the atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) method. Thereafter, four nanofibrous membranes (i.e., RC, RC-poly(HEMA), RC-poly(DMAEMA), and RC-poly(AA)) were explored as innovative supports for immobilization of an enzyme of bovine liver catalase (CAT). The amount/capacity, activity, stability, and reusability of immobilized catalase were evaluated, and the kinetic parameters (Vmax and Km) for immobilized and free catalase were determined. The results indicated that the respective amounts/capacities of immobilized catalase on RC-poly(HEMA) and RC-poly(DMAEMA) nanofibrous membranes reached 78 ± 3.5 and 67 ± 2.7 mg g(-1), which were considerably higher than the previously reported values. Meanwhile, compared to that of free CAT (i.e., 18 days), the half-life periods of RC-CAT, RC-poly(HEMA)-CAT, RC-poly(DMAEMA)-CAT, and RC-poly(AA)-CAT were 49, 58, 56, and 60 days, respectively, indicating that the storage stability of immobilized catalase was also significantly improved. Furthermore, the immobilized catalase exhibited substantially higher resistance to temperature variation (tested from 5 to 70 °C) and lower degree of sensitivity to pH value (tested from 4.0 and 10.0) than the free catalase. In particular, according to the kinetic parameters of Vmax and Km, the nanofibrous membranes of RC-poly(HEMA) (i.e., 5102 μmol mg(-1) min(-1) and 44.89 mM) and RC-poly(DMAEMA) (i.e., 4651 μmol mg(-1) min(-1) and 46.98 mM) had the most satisfactory biocompatibility with immobilized catalase. It was therefore concluded that the electrospun RC nanofibrous membranes surface-grafted with 3-dimensional nanolayers of polymer chains/brushes would be

  2. Synthesis of 4-vinylpyridine-divinylbenzene copolymer adsorbents for microwave-assisted desorption of benzene.

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    Meng, Qing Bo; Yang, Go-Su; Lee, Youn-Sik

    2012-02-29

    Reports on the development of polymer adsorbents for microwave-assisted desorption of nonpolar volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are rare. In this study, we synthesized macroporous polymeric adsorbents with hydrophilic methyl pyridinium units for microwave-assisted desorption of nonpolar VOCs. The benzene adsorption and desorption properties of the adsorbents were investigated under both dry and humid conditions. Under humid conditions, as the content of the hydrophilic methyl pyridinium units in the adsorbents increased from 0 to 20%, the adsorption capacity of benzene decreased from about 21 to 7 mg/g, while the desorption efficiency of benzene increased significantly from 48 to 87%. The maximum concentration of desorbate also increased significantly as the content of the hydrophilic units was increased under humid conditions. We attributed the enhanced desorption efficiency mainly to more adsorbed moisture, which indirectly allowed heating of the polymer adsorbents to higher temperatures upon irradiation with 600 W microwaves. PMID:22236950

  3. The effect of elastomer chain flexibility on protein adsorption.

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    Vyner, Moira C; Liu, Lina; Sheardown, Heather D; Amsden, Brian G

    2013-12-01

    Cells are known to respond differently when grown on materials of varying stiffness. However, the mechanism by which a cell senses substrate stiffness is unknown. Lower crosslink density elastomers formed from acrylated star-poly(d,l lactide-co-ϵ-caprolactone) have previously been shown to support higher smooth muscle cell proliferation in in vitro culture. This difference in growth was hypothesized to be due to differences in protein adsorption that resulted from differences in polymer chain mobility at the surface. Therefore, layer mass and viscoelastic properties were measured for HSA, IgG, fibronectin, vitronectin, and serum supplemented media adsorbed to elastomers of two crosslink densities. Significantly more fibronectin adsorbed to the lower crosslink density surface while significantly more IgG adsorbed to the higher crosslink density surface. Furthermore, differences in fibronectin and IgG layer shear moduli were observed, suggesting that there was a difference in the conformation of the adsorbed protein. ATR-FTIR analysis showed that the lower crosslink density elastomer absorbed more surface water. The increased amount of water may cause greater entropic gains upon protein adsorption to the lower crosslink density surface, which increases total protein adsorption from serum and may cause differences in protein conformation and thus cell behavior. PMID:24034504

  4. Synthesis and Characterization of Polymer-Clay Systems Prepared by Surface-Initiated Polymerization

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    Penaloza, David P., Jr.

    2011-12-01

    Polymer-clay nanocomposites were prepared by surface-initiated ring opening metathesis polymerization (SI-ROMP) of norbornene monomers on a previously surface-modified naturally occurring montmorillonite (MMT) clay template. Utilizing the hydrothermal--silylation reaction between a norbornenyl-bearing chlorosilane agent and silanol groups of the MMT clay template, we were able to successfully surface-bound a metal alkylidene catalyst used to mediate the ROMP and grow poly(norbornene) chains directly from the surface. Our approach produced a nanocomposite having poly(norbomene) chains that are covalently-attached to the inorganic substrate, as opposed to the conventional polymer-clay composites having ionically tethered chains (via the ammonium-based modifiers of the organoclay) or physically adsorbed polymers. Structural characterization of the surface-modified clay templates, nanocomposites and cleaved polymers was done using various characterization techniques that include x-ray diffraction, infrared and NMR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Analyses of the nanocomposite structure that include surface chemistry of the clay template, morphology of the nanocomposite, polymer chemistry, the molecular weight and polydispersity of the cleaved polymer and grafting density were considered. Also, preliminary studies of the mechanical and thermal properties of the nanocomposites were performed using dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), and TGA.

  5. Antimocrobial Polymer

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    McDonald, William F.; Huang, Zhi-Heng; Wright, Stacy C.

    2005-09-06

    A polymeric composition having antimicrobial properties and a process for rendering the surface of a substrate antimicrobial are disclosed. The composition comprises a crosslinked chemical combination of (i) a polymer having amino group-containing side chains along a backbone forming the polymer, (ii) an antimicrobial agent selected from quaternary ammonium compounds, gentian violet compounds, substituted or unsubstituted phenols, biguanide compounds, iodine compounds, and mixtures thereof, and (iii) a crosslinking agent containing functional groups capable of reacting with the amino groups. In one embodiment, the polymer is a polyamide formed from a maleic anhydride or maleic acid ester monomer and alkylamines thereby producing a polyamide having amino substituted alkyl chains on one side of the polyamide backbone; the crosslinking agent is a phosphine having the general formula (A)3P wherein A is hydroxyalkyl; and the antimicrobial agent is chlorhexidine, dimethylchlorophenol, cetyl pyridinium chloride, gentian violet, triclosan, thymol, iodine, and mixtures thereof.

  6. Antimicrobial Polymer

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    McDonald, William F.; Wright, Stacy C.; Taylor, Andrew C.

    2004-09-28

    A polymeric composition having antimicrobial properties and a process for rendering the surface of a substrate antimicrobial are disclosed. The polymeric composition comprises a crosslinked chemical combination of (i) a polymer having amino group-containing side chains along a backbone forming the polymer, (ii) an antimicrobial agent selected from metals, metal alloys, metal salts, metal complexes and mixtures thereof, and (iii) a crosslinking agent containing functional groups capable of reacting with the amino groups. In one example embodiment, the polymer is a polyamide formed from a maleic anhydride or maleic acid ester monomer and alkylamines thereby producing a polyamide having amino substituted alkyl chains on one side of the polyamide backbone; the crosslinking agent is a phosphine having the general formula (A).sub.3 P wherein A is hydroxyalkyl; and the metallic antimicrobial agent is selected from chelated silver ions, silver metal, chelated copper ions, copper metal, chelated zinc ions, zinc metal and mixtures thereof.

  7. Synthesis of magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers by reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer strategy and its application in the Sudan dyes residue analysis.

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    Xie, Xiaoyu; Chen, Liang; Pan, Xiaoyan; Wang, Sicen

    2015-07-31

    Magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers (MMIPs) have become a hotspot owing to the dual functions of target recognition and magnetic separation. In this study, the MMIPs were obtained by the surface-initiated reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization using Sudan I as the template. The resultant MMIPs were characterized by transmission electron microscope, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer, and X-ray diffraction. Benefiting from the controlled/living property of the RAFT strategy, the uniform MIP layer was successfully grafted on the surface of RAFT agent-modified Fe3O4@SiO2 nanoparticles, favoring the fast mass transfer and rapid binding kinetics. The developed MMIPs were used as the solid-phase extraction sorbents to selectively extract four Sudan dyes (Sudan I, II, III, and IV) from chili powder samples. The recoveries of the spiked samples in chili powder samples ranged from 74.1 to 93.3% with RSD lower than 6.4% and the relative standard uncertainty lower than 0.029. This work provided a good platform for the extraction and removal of Sudan dyes in complicated matrixes and demonstrated a bright future for the application of the well-constructed MMIPs in the field of solid-phase extraction. PMID:26077971

  8. o-, m-, and p-Pyridyl isomer effects on construction of 1D loop-and-chains: Silver(I) coordination polymers with Y-type tridentate ligands

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    Kim, Jeong Gyun; Cho, Yoonjung; Lee, Haeri; Lee, Young-A.; Jung, Ok-Sang

    2016-10-01

    Self-assembly of silver(I) hexafluorophosphate with unique Y-type tridentate ligands (2,6-bis[(2-picolinoyloxy-5-methylphenyl)methyl]-p-tolylpicolinate (o-L), 2-nicotinoyloxy- (m-L), and 2-isonicotinoyloxy- (p-L)) produces single crystals consisting of 1D loop-and-chain coordination polymers of [Ag(o-L)](PF6)·Me2CO·CHCl3, [Ag(m-L)](PF6)·Me2CO, and [Ag3(p-L)2](PF6)3·2H2O·2C2H5OH·4CH2Cl2 with quite different trigonal prismatic, trigonal, and linear silver(I) coordination geometry, respectively. Coordinating ability of the three ligands for AgPF6 is in the order of p-L > o-L > m-L. The solvate molecules of [Ag(o-L)](PF6)·Me2CO·CHCl3 can be removed, and be replaced reversibly in the order of acetone ≫ chloroform ≈ dichloromethane ≫ benzene, without destruction of its skeleton.