Two-dimensional nanometric confinement of entangled polymer melts
Entry by Yuhang Jin, AP225 Fall 2011
Yves Termonia, Polymer, 2011, 52, 5193.
entangled polymer melts, two-dimensional confinement, Monte Carlo simulation
Behavior of polymer chains under a two-dimensional confinement is of interest and importance to a variety of engineering applications, and has significant relevance to biological macromolecules as well. Both experimental studies and numerical approaches have been devoted to this topic, with a focus on thin polymer films whose thickness is smaller than the radius of gyration Rg. One important result of previous work is that for film thickness h<Rg the polymer chains retain their Gaussian behavior.