Discontinuous molecular dynamics simulation study of ...

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Title Discontinuous molecular dynamics simulation study of polymer collapse
Author(s) Sheldon B. Opps, James M. Polson, N. Abou Risk
Journal Journal of Chemical Physics
Date 2006
Volume 125
Issue 19
Start page 194904
End page 194904
Abstract Discontinuous molecular dynamics simulations were used to study the coil-globule transition of a polymer in an explicit solvent. Two different versions of the model were employed, which are differentiated by the nature of monomer-solvent, solvent-solvent, and nonbonded monomer-monomer interactions. For each case, a model parameter lambda determines the degree of hydrophobicity of the monomers by controlling the degree of energy mismatch between the monomers and solvent particles. We consider a lambda-driven coil-globule transition at constant temperature. The simulations are used to calculate average static structure factors, which are then used to determine the scaling exponents of the system in order to determine the theta-point values lambda(theta) separating the coil from the globule state. For each model we construct coil-globule phase diagrams in terms of lambda and the particle density rho. Additionally, we explore for each model the effects of varying the range of the attractive interactions on the phase boundary separating the coil and globule phases. The results are analyzed in terms of a simple Flory-type theory of the collapse transition. (c) 2006 American Institute of Physics.
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