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Benchmarking a self-consistent field theory for small amphiphilic molecules

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Abstract

A minimalist self-consistent field theory for small amphiphilic molecules is presented. The equations for this model are less involved than those for block copolymers and are easily implemented computationally. A new convergence technique based on a variant of Anderson mixing is also presented which allows the equations to be solved more rapidly than block copolymer self-consistent field theory. The computational speed up and simplicity of equations result from a lack of configurational degrees of freedom in the amphiphilic molecular model. The omission of polymeric flexibility leads to qualitatively different predictions compared to known diblock copolymer behaviour.

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Submitted
11 Jun 2012
Accepted
30 Jul 2012
First published
14 Aug 2012

Soft Matter, 2012,8, 9877-9885
Article type
Paper

Benchmarking a self-consistent field theory for small amphiphilic molecules

R. B. Thompson, T. Jebb and Y. Wen, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 9877
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM26352A

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