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Scaling laws of single polymer dynamics near attractive surfaces.

Authors
  • Mukherji, Debashish1
  • Bartels, Guido
  • Müser, Martin H
  • 1 Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario N6A 5B7, Canada. , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Physical review letters
Publication Date
Feb 15, 2008
Volume
100
Issue
6
Pages
68301–68301
Identifiers
PMID: 18352522
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We present a molecular dynamics study of a generic model for single polymer diffusion on surfaces, which have variable atomic-scale corrugation but no artificial, impenetrable obstacles. The diffusion coefficient D scales as D is proportional to (-3/2) with the degree of polymerization N for strongly adsorbed, linear polymers on solid substrates in good solvents. Weaker scaling, i.e., D is proportional to (-1), is found if (i) the substrate is a fluid, e.g., a membrane, (ii) the polymer is a ring polymer, and (iii) the polymer is commensurate with the substrate. In poor solvents, diffusion on solids slows exponentially fast with N. Reptation is not observed in any of the simulations presented here.

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