Structure and Dynamics of Poly(methyl-methacrylate)/Graphene systems through Atomistic Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Rissanou, A. and Harmandaris, Vagelis A. (2013) Structure and Dynamics of Poly(methyl-methacrylate)/Graphene systems through Atomistic Molecular Dynamics Simulations. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, Springer, 15. 1589-1-1589-14.

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Abstract

The main goal of the present work is to examine the effect of graphene layers on the sructural and dynamical properties of polymer systems. We study hybrid poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)/graphene interfacial systems, through detailed atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. In order to characterize the interface, various properties related to density, structure and dynamics of polymer chains are calculated, as a function of the distance from the substrate. A series of different hybrid systems, with width ranging between [2.60 – 13.35] nm, are being modeled. In addition, we compare the properties of the macromolecular chains to the properties of the orresponding bulk system at the same temperature. We observe a strong effect of graphene layers on both structure and dynamics of the PMMA chains. Furthermore the PMMA/graphene interface is characterized by different length scales, depending on the actual property we probe: Density of PMMA polymer chains is larger than the bulk value, for polymer chains close to graphene layers up to distances of about [1.0-1.5]nm. Chain conformations are perturbed for distances up to about 2-3 radius of gyration from graphene. Segmental dynamics of PMMA is much slower close to the solid layers up to about [2-3]nm. Finally terminal-chain dynamics is slower, compared to the bulk one, up to distances of about 5-7 radius of gyration.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Depositing User: Dr Anastassia Rissanou
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2014 13:23
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2017 10:18
URI: http://preprints.acmac.uoc.gr/id/eprint/262

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