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A Computer Model for the Average “Cluster” Size in Polymer Aggregates

  • Anna C. Balazs (a1), Jenny C. Hu (a1), Andrew P. Lentvorski (a1), Steven Lewandowski (a2) and Christopher W. Lantman (a2)...

A reversible diffusion-limited aggregation model for self-assembling polymers has been developed with the aid of computer simulations. The calculations have been performed in three dimensions and apply to linear chains bearing an associating site at each terminus. The results reveal that the associating sites form finite-sized clusters that, in turn, lead to the assemblage of a supermolecular network. The average cluster size is found to vary with the degree of reversibility of site binding.

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