Predicting how the conformational phase behavior of tethered chain molecules depends on external variables is challenging. Understanding how even simple models for tethered chain molecules depend on external variables will greatly aid our understanding of tethered chain systems.
To determine how variables such as temperature, chain density, chain length, surface interactions, etc., impact the conformational phase behavior of tethered chains.
We have investigated the conformational phase behavior of tethered chain systems using temperature expanded Monte Carlo techniques at thousands of state points, covering densities from the isolated chains to the thin film limit, and a broad range of temperatures. To date, we have investigated the impact of surface interactions, chain stiffness, and tethering geometry on conformational phase behavior.