Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Polymers and Micelles at Interfaces
Molecular Dynamic (MD) simulation of two different systems was performed: 1) Polyethylene- isotactic Polypropylene (PE-iPP) interfaces and 2) cylindrical micelles formed by tetradecyl trimethylammonium bromide (C14TAB) molecules in aqueous solution and at solid liquid interfaces. The general difficulties of simulation of polymer crystalline interfaces were discussed and one method was proposed for such simulations. Thise method was used to simulate epitaxial crystallisation of PE on iPP. The experimental results on epitaxial crystallisation were confirmed by MD simulation and in addition epitaxial crystallisation of PE on iPP surface with high dencity of methyl groups was predicted. MD simulation also predicted that PE should change at the interfacial region from the orthorhombic to monoclinic crystalline structure. Several nanoseconds of life of cylindrical micelles were simulated. The simulation results for the micelle in aqueous solution were favourably compared with experimental results. In contradiction to the standard picture of an ionic micelle the simulated micelle formed hole in its centre and the density of the hydrophobic micelle core was inhomogeneous. This effect partially was explained by the inhomogeneous distribution of the terminal methyl groups in the micelle core. Cylindrical and half cylindrical micelles of C14TAB molecules were simulated at the paraffin- and gold-aqueous interfaces.
School:Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Source Type:Master's Thesis
molecular dynamic simulation
Date of Publication:07/08/1999