Thermodynamics of reversibly associating ideal chains

Sharon M. Loverde, Alexander V. Ermoshkin, M Olvera de la Cruz*

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Solutions of ideal thermoreversible associating polymer chains are analyzed by standard Metropolis Monte Carlo simulations. The associating units are restricted to form only pairs and are located at the ends of each chain. Two cases are considered: equilibrium chemical association and diffusion limited association. Thermodynamic and structural quantities obtained in the simulations are directly compared to predictions of a mean field theory. Finite size effects when considering loop-like structures are addressed for the case of equilibrium chemical association.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)796-804
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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