Dresden 2017 – wissenschaftliches Programm
CPP 4.6: Vortrag
Montag, 20. März 2017, 12:00–12:15, ZEU 114
Passive Polymer Translocation Through Membranes: An Edwards Model Based Guideline — •Marco Werner1,2, Jasper Bathmann3, Vladimir Baulin1, and Jens-Uwe Sommer2 — 1Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain — 2Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden, Dresden, Germany — 3Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany
We propose a theoretical framework for examining translocation of flexible polymers through amphiphilic membranes: A generic model for monomer-membrane interactions is formulated and the Edwards equation is employed for calculating the free energy landscape of a polymer in a membrane environment. By the example of homopolymers it is demonstrated that polymer adsorption and the symmetry of conformations with respect to the membrane's mid-plane trigger passive polymer translocation in a narrow window of polymer hydrophobicity. We demonstrate that globular conformations can be taken into account by means of a screening of the external potential, which leads to excellent agreement of predicted translocation times with dynamic lattice Monte Carlo (MC) simulations. The work opens a theoretical road-map on how to design translocating flexible polymers by referring to universal phenomena only: adsorption and conformational symmetry. As confirmed by MC simulations on amphiphilic polymers, promising candidates of translocating polymers in practice are short-block amphiphilic copolymers, which in the limit of small block sizes resemble homopolymers on a coarse grained level.