Behavior of Amphiphilic Comb Copolymers in Oil/Water Mixtures: A Molecular Dynamics Study

Anna C. Balazs, Zexuan Zhou, Chuck Yeung

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Abstract

We examine amphiphilic comb copolymers in which the backbone and side chains display different affinities toward water. Through molecular dynamics simulations, we alter the location of the hydrophobic segments and determine how these variations affect the structure of amphiphilic combs in solution. We also examine the behavior of these chains in oil/water mixtures. Finally, we investigate the interactions between two amphiphilic combs in two different solvents. Our aim is to isolate the factors that control cluster formation in these comb copolymers. Our results can aid in the molecular design of controlledrelease pharmaceuticals, petroleum recovery agents, and viscosity modifiers for paints and coatings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2295-2300
Number of pages6
JournalLangmuir
Volume8
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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