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Morphology of multi-component polymer systems: single chain in mean field simulation studies

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Abstract

Recent work exploring phase separation and self-assembly in multicomponent polymer fluids using a particle-based self-consistent field simulation method is reviewed. The computational method is placed in the context of classical molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations as well as field-theoretic approaches. Its potential is illustrated by applications ranging from spinodal decomposition in symmetric polymer blends and the ordering of diblock copolymers in the bulk to more complex phenomena such as solvent evaporation from thin polymer films and the fabrication of three-dimensional bicontinuous diblock copolymer morphologies via reconstruction on patterned substrates.

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The article was received on 21 Feb 2006, accepted on 04 Apr 2006 and first published on 26 Apr 2006


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B602610A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2006,2, 573-583
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    Morphology of multi-component polymer systems: single chain in mean field simulation studies

    K. Ch. Daoulas, M. Müller, J. J. de Pablo, P. F. Nealey and G. D. Smith, Soft Matter, 2006, 2, 573
    DOI: 10.1039/B602610A

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