Microphase Separation of Phenylene Oligomers with Polymeric Side Chains: A Dissipative Particle Dynamics Study


Yildirim E., Yurtsever M. , KENARLI B., Demirel A. L.

MACROMOLECULAR THEORY AND SIMULATIONS, vol.20, no.5, pp.340-349, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/mats.201000100
  • Title of Journal : MACROMOLECULAR THEORY AND SIMULATIONS
  • Page Numbers: pp.340-349

Abstract

The microphase-separated morphologies of p-phenylene oligomers with POx, PCL, PS, and PEO side chains are studied using DPD simulations. It is shown that the microphase-separated morphologies depend significantly on the degree of chemical incompatibility between the components as indicated by the Flory-Huggins interaction parameters. The good agreement of the microphase separated morphologies as simulated by DPD with the experimentally determined thin film morphologies suggests that DPD can produce convincing morphological information at the nanoscale. The results show that grafting of polymeric side chains can be an important tool to control the morphology of polymers with a rigid backbone.