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Oligomer/polymer blend phase diagram and surface concentration profiles for squalane/polybutadiene : experimental measurements and predictions from SAFT-g Mie and molecular dynamics simulations.

Tasche, Jos and Sabattie, Elise F. D. and Thompson, Richard L. and Campana, Mario and Wilson, Mark R. (2020) 'Oligomer/polymer blend phase diagram and surface concentration profiles for squalane/polybutadiene : experimental measurements and predictions from SAFT-g Mie and molecular dynamics simulations.', Macromolecules., 53 (7). p. 2309.

Abstract

The compatibility and surface behavior of squalane–polybutadiene mixtures are studied by experimental cloud point and neutron reflectivity measurements, statistical associating fluid theory (SAFT), and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. A SAFT-γ Mie model is shown to be successful in capturing the cloud point curves of squalane–polybutadiene and squalane–cis-polybutadiene binary mixtures, and the same SAFT-γ Mie model is used to develop a thermodynamically consistent top-down coarse-grained force field to describe squalane–polybutadiene. Coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study surface behavior for different concentrations of squalane, with the system exhibiting surface enrichment and a wetting transition. Simulated surface profiles are compared with those obtained by fitting to neutron reflectivity data obtained from thin films composed of deuterated squalane (d-sq)–polybutadiene. The presented top-down parametrization methodology is a fast and thermodynamically reliable approach for predicting properties of oligomer–polymer mixtures, which can be challenging for either theory or MD simulations alone.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.9b02155
Publisher statement:This is an open access article published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the author and source are cited.
Date accepted:26 March 2020
Date deposited:27 March 2020
Date of first online publication:April 2020
Date first made open access:29 April 2020

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