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A hierarchical dualscale study of bisphenol-A-polycarbonate on a silicon surface: structure, dynamics and impurity diffusion

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Abstract

A previously developed and studied coarse-grained model is used to investigate the properties of bisphenol-A-polycarbonate (BPA-PC) in contact with the Si(001)-(2 × 1) surface. The surface interaction potentials are based on density functional calculations. Both a smooth wall potential and a site-dependent wall potential were used to represent the surface. For both types of surface potential it was found that only the chain ends adsorb and the density profiles and conformations in each case are similar. The site-dependent surface slows the dynamics of the polymer at the interface by an order of magnitude compared to the bulk dynamics for the chain lengths considered. The diffusion of non-adsorbing impurity particles for both surface potentials was investigated and the concentration and dynamics of the impurity particles were analysed.

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The article was received on 09 Mar 2011, accepted on 21 Apr 2011 and first published on 08 Jun 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05410D
Citation: Soft Matter, 2011,7, 6457-6466
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    A hierarchical dualscale study of bisphenol-A-polycarbonate on a silicon surface: structure, dynamics and impurity diffusion

    K. Johnston, R. M. Nieminen and K. Kremer, Soft Matter, 2011, 7, 6457
    DOI: 10.1039/C1SM05410D

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