Predicting Flory-Huggins χ from Simulations

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Abstract

We introduce a method, based on a novel thermodynamic integration scheme, to extract the Flory-Huggins χ parameter as small as 10-3kT for polymer blends from molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. We obtain χ for the archetypical coarse-grained model of nonpolar polymer blends: flexible bead-spring chains with different Lennard-Jones interactions between A and B monomers. Using these χ values and a lattice version of self-consistent field theory (SCFT), we predict the shape of planar interfaces for phase-separated binary blends. Our SCFT results agree with MD simulations, validating both the predicted χ values and our thermodynamic integration method. Combined with atomistic simulations, our method can be applied to predict χ for new polymers from their chemical structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number017801
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume119
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 6 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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