Volume 127, Number 6, September 2019
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology|
|Published online||12 November 2019|
Smart polymeric recognition of a hexagonal monolayer
1 Institute of Physics, University of Rostock - Albert-Einstein-Straße 23, D-18059 Rostock, Germany
2 Soft Matter Systems Research Group, Center for Simulational Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Georgia - Athens, GA 30602, USA
Received: 28 August 2019
Accepted: 2 October 2019
We investigate the adsorption of a flexible polymer at a hexagonally patterned monolayer. All conformational polymer phases are identified, which enables the construction of a hyperphase diagram, parameterized by temperature and monolayer adsorption strength. The energy scale associated with the adsorption strength is a material parameter of the hybrid system that generically accommodates the behavior of entire classes of polymers interacting with hexagonal substrates. We also discuss a bridge-building mechanism for the formation of unique layered polymer structures with potential for applications in nanoscale transport. High-quality data sets necessary for the statistical analysis of the structural phase behavior of the system were obtained in extensive generalized-ensemble Monte Carlo computer simulations.
PACS: 82.35.Lr – Physical properties of polymers / 68.43.-h – Chemisorption/physisorption: adsorbates on surfaces / 05.10.-a – Computational methods in statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics
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