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A back-stage tour of polymer phase behavior with self-consistent field theory

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Polymeric systems are difficult to simulate. This is in part due to the kinetic constraints that chain connectivity imposes on the pathway of the system through equilibrium phase space, e.g. in dense systems, or when polymers are en-route from disordered to ordered phases. In this talk, I will discuss lattice self-consistent field theory (SCFT) for polymers: a numerical technique that allows one to approximate the equilibrium properties of a heterogeneous polymeric system. I will show how polymer SCFT can be applied to examine microphase segregation and the glass transition of copolymers, as well as adsorption of polymers to a surface. Comparisons between SCFT and experiment will be included.

This talk is part of the Theoretical Chemistry Informal Seminars series.

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