Soto-Figueroa, César, Luis Vicente, José-Manuel Martínez-Magadán, and Maria-del-Rosario Rodriguez-Hidalgo. “Self-Organization Process of Ordered Structures in Linear and Star Poly (styrene)− Poly (isoprene) Block Copolymers: Gaussian Models and Mesoscopic Parameters of Polymeric Systems.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 111, no. 40 (2007): 11756-11764.
Mesoscopic simulations of linear and 3-arm star poly(styrene)−poly(isoprene) block copolymers was performed using a representation of the polymeric molecular structures by means of Gaussian models. The systems were represented by a group of spherical beads connected by harmonic springs; each bead corresponds to a segment of the block chain. The quantitative estimation for the bead−bead interaction of each system was calculated using a Flory−Huggins modified thermodynamical model. The Gaussian models together with dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) were employed to explore the self-organization process of ordered structures in these polymeric systems. These mesoscopic simulations for linear and 3-arm star block copolymers predict microphase separation, order−disorder transition, and self-assembly of the ordered structures with specific morphologies such as body-centered-cubic (BCC), hexagonal packed cylinders (HPC), hexagonal perforated layers (HPL), alternating lamellar (LAM), and ordered bicontinuous double diamond (OBDD) phases. The agreement between our simulations and experimental results validate the Gaussian chain models and mesoscopic parameters used for these polymers and allow describing complex macromolecular structures of soft condensed matter with large molecular weight at the statistical segment level.