Polydisperse Telechelic Polymers at Interfaces: Analytic Results and Density Functional Theory

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Abstract

We use a recently developed continuum theory to expand on an exact treatment of the interfacial properties of telechelic polymers displaying Schulz-Flory polydispersity. Our results are remarkably compact and can be derived from the properties of equilibrium, ideal polymers at interfaces. A new surface adsorption transition is identified for ideal telechelic chains, wherein the central block is an equilibrium polymer. This transition occurs in the limit of strong end adsorption. Additionally, closed expressions are derived for the ideal continuum telechelic chain in contact with two large spheres, using the Derjaguin approximation. We analyze the interactions between colloids as a function of polydispersity and molecular weight, and the results are compared with polymer density functional theory in the dilute limit. Significant variations in polymer mediated forces are observed as a function of polydispersity, molecuar weight, and chain stiffness.

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Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)4223-4232
TidskriftLangmuir
Volym28
Utgåva nummer9
StatusPublished - 2012
PublikationskategoriForskning
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