Dresden 2017 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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CPP: Fachverband Chemische Physik und Polymerphysik

CPP 11: Modelling and Simulation of Soft Matter

CPP 11.6: Vortrag

Montag, 20. März 2017, 16:15–16:30, ZEU 255

Depleted depletion drives polymer swelling in poor solvent mixtures — •Debashish Mukherji1, Carlos Marques2, Torsten Stuehn1, and Kurt Kremer11Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany — 2Institut Charles Sadron, CNRS, Strasbourg, France

Macromolecular solubility in solvent mixtures often strike as paradoxical phenomena [1]. In a system where all particle interactions are repulsive, chains can nevertheless collapse, due to increased repulsive monomer-solvent interactions that lead to an effective attraction between monomer units also known as depletion induced attraction. While it is well understood why a polymer can collapse in a purely repulsive solvent, polymer swelling at intermediate mixing ratios of two repulsive solvents still lacks a microscopic explanation. Here, for binary solvent mixtures, we combine computer simulations and theoretical arguments to unveil the microscopic, generic origin of this collapse-swelling-collapse scenario. We show that this phenomenon naturally emerges at constant pressure in mixtures of purely repulsive components when a delicate balance of the entropically driven depletion interactions is achieved [2]. [1] D. Mukherji, C. M. Marques, and K. Kremer, Nature Communications 5, 4882 (2014). [2] D. Mukherji, C. M. Marques, T. Stuehn, and K. Kremer, arXiv:1609.09839 (2016).

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