Study of random copolymers in dilute solution

B. W. Swift*, M Olvera de la Cruz

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Single chain AB random copolymers in a solvent which is good for B and bad for A are studied by Monte Carlo simulation. The chain statistics of the polymer coil are analyzed as a function of the number of chain beads, N, and A monomer fraction, fe, in the regime where the chain obeys self-avoiding walk (SAW) statistics. The results are compared to a modified Flory argument [S. P. Obukhov, J. Phys. A 19, 3655 (1986)]. The argument predicts a correction to the mean radius of gyration of the coil, Rg, which scales as N- 0-5 in the SAW regime. We fit the model equation to the simulations data and find good agreement. We also calculate the dispersion of Rg as a function of fe. We find that as fe is increased from fe=0 to fe, = 0.3, the dispersion of Rg increases. Finally, we generate contours of A and B monomer density as a function of the distance from the center of mass of the chain. The contours show the emergence of an A rich region approximately the size of Rg at the center of the coil suggesting the structure of collapsed heterogeneous macromolecules [H. S. Chan and K. A. Dill, Physics Today 2, 24 (1993)].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7744-7748
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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