Evolution of Dendrimer Conformational Structure with Generation Number
Beatriz A. Pazmino, Jack F. Douglas
We simulate the conformational structure of a coarse-grained model of dendrimer molecules in good solvent as a function of generation number G and find that they evolve through a substantially more complex structures than regular star polymer with increasing arms because of their hierarchical topological structure. As G increases, they progress from 3-arm stars to clusters that geometrically resemble lattice animals, and percolation clusters. Finally, they form nearly spherical porous spherical structures before spontaneously segregating into discrete ball-like structures at G=9, reflecting the branching complexity of the first dendrimer generation.
8th International Conference Times of Polymers and Composites
and Douglas, J.
Evolution of Dendrimer Conformational Structure with Generation Number, 8th International Conference Times of Polymers and Composites, Ischia, -1
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