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Molecular dynamics simulation of structure formation of comb-shaped polymer liquid crystals
Author(s): Alexander N. Efleev; Alexander I. Melker
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Paper Abstract

In this contribution, we report on a study of the self-organization of comb-shaped polymer liquid crystal (PLC) chains into condensed globules and their disintegration using molecular dynamics method. We have found that a globule structure is formed in several stages: at first, a primary structure (stripe domains) comes into being as a result of sided chains attachment to the main chain, the second stage is associated with dimensional transformation of the stripe domains into 2D liquid-crystal-rich sandwich domains, during the third or aggregation stage a condensed globule forms from the domains, in the fourth stage this globule transforms to a loose globule which is disintegrated in the fifth stage, and during the sixth stage the disintegrated globule exhibits Brownian motion of its constituents. As in the case of longitudinal PLC chains, the self-organization stages of comb-shaped PLCs can be identified with the help of a temperature, pair correlation functions, and an anisotropy factor. By analogy with the longitudinal PLCs self-organization, it is found that two types of LC domains are formed during the self-organizations of comb-shaped PLC chains, namely, stripe and sandwich domains.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3345, International Workshop on New Approaches to High-Tech Materials: Nondestructive Testing and Computer Simulations in Materials Science and Engineering, (1 January 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.299598
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Alexander N. Efleev, St. Petersburg State Technical Univ. (Russia)
Alexander I. Melker, St. Petersburg State Technical Univ. (Russia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3345:
International Workshop on New Approaches to High-Tech Materials: Nondestructive Testing and Computer Simulations in Materials Science and Engineering
Alexander I. Melker, Editor(s)

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