Demixing by a Nematic Mean Field: Coarse-Grained Simulations of Liquid Crystalline Polymers
AbstractLiquid crystalline polymers exhibit a particular richness of behaviors that stems from their rigidity and their macromolecular nature. On the one hand, the orientational interaction between liquid-crystalline motifs promotes their alignment, thereby leading to the emergence of nematic phases. On the other hand, the large number of conﬁgurations associated with polymer chains favors formation of isotropic phases, with chain stiffness becoming the factor that tips the balance. In this work, a soft coarse-grained model is introduced to explore the interplay of chain stiffness, molecular weight and orientational coupling, and their role on the isotropic-nematic transition in homopolymer melts. We also study the structure of polymer mixtures composed of stiff and ﬂexible polymeric molecules. We consider the effects of blend composition, persistence length, molecular weight and orientational coupling strength on the melt structure at the nano- and mesoscopic levels. Conditions are found where the systems separate into two phases, one isotropic and the other nematic. We conﬁrm the existence of non-equilibrium states that exhibit sought-after percolating nematic domains, which are of interest for applications in organic photovoltaic and electronic devices. View Full-Text
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Ramírez-Hernández, A.; Hur, S.-M.; Armas-Pérez, J.C.; Cruz, M.O.; de Pablo, J.J. Demixing by a Nematic Mean Field: Coarse-Grained Simulations of Liquid Crystalline Polymers. Polymers 2017, 9, 88.
Ramírez-Hernández A, Hur S-M, Armas-Pérez JC, Cruz MO, de Pablo JJ. Demixing by a Nematic Mean Field: Coarse-Grained Simulations of Liquid Crystalline Polymers. Polymers. 2017; 9(3):88.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ramírez-Hernández, Abelardo; Hur, Su-Mi; Armas-Pérez, Julio C.; Cruz, Monica O.; de Pablo, Juan J. 2017. "Demixing by a Nematic Mean Field: Coarse-Grained Simulations of Liquid Crystalline Polymers." Polymers 9, no. 3: 88.
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