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Membrane rigidity induced by grafted polymer brush

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Abstract

The contribution of neutral polymer brush to the curvature elasticity of the grafting surface is investigated theoretically. Using self-consistent field theory, we accurately evaluate the dependence of bending modulus on parameters including chain length, Flory–Huggins parameter and grafting density and reveal the importance of solvent. The results show that the brush-induced bending modulus follows a complex dependence on grafting density and Flory–Huggins parameter, while it obeys a simple power law with chain length as N3. The method is further applied to calculate the polymer brush's contribution to the elastic properties of PEG-grafted lipid monolayers.

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Submitted
15 Oct 2014
Accepted
12 Dec 2014
First published
17 Dec 2014

Soft Matter, 2015,11, 1376-1385
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Membrane rigidity induced by grafted polymer brush

Z. Lei, S. Yang and E. Chen, Soft Matter, 2015, 11, 1376
DOI: 10.1039/C4SM02271H

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