Local orientational mobility in dendrimers. Theory and computer-aided simulation

D.A. Markelov, Y.Y. Gotlib, A.A. Darinskii, A.V. Lyulin, S.V. Lyulin

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Abstract

The orientational mobility of segments in dendrimers are studied by the method of Brownian dynamics, and the results are analyzed in terms of an earlier proposed analytical theory. The orientational autocorrelation function for the cosine of an angle of segmental rotation in dendrimers of a given generation P 1(t) is controlled by three relaxation processes with the corresponding relaxation times. Characteristic times and the contribution from the above processes to P 1(t) are calculated. The first process refers to the local mobility of a selected segment; the second process, to the rotations of a dendrimer branch, which originates from the selected segment of a given generation; and the third process, to the rotation of a dendrimer macro-molecule as a whole. The proposed approach makes it possible to estimate the relaxation spectrum of a dendrimer by studying the orientational mobility of segments in different generations. The relaxation times can be used to describe various relaxation processes observed by different experimental methods, such as dielectric relaxation, NMR, dynamic birefringence, and polarized luminescence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-339
JournalPolymer Science. Series A
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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