The influence of surface interactions on the conformation of flexible polymers partially confined inside narrow cylindrical pores in a flat surface is studied above the critical adsorption energy in a good solvent. We use a static configurational bias computational sampling method to calculate the adsorption free energy and the radius of gyration components parallel and perpendicular to the pore axis as a function of the polymer center of mass position at different degrees of confinement. We find strong free‐energy minima just in front of the pore entry for all degrees of confinement studied. At the location of the free‐energy minimum, polymers are partially adsorbed inside the pore and on the outer solid surface and adopt "drawing pin"‐like conformations. A distinct maximum in the average loop length at the pore entry indicates that the polymer bridges the pore entry of small pores.
|Title of host publication||Soft Materials|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
- Polymer partitioning
- Surface adsorption
- Bond fluctuation model
Hermsen, G. F., van der Vegt, N. F. A., & Wessling, M. (2003). Monte Carlo Calculations of Polymer Adsorption at the Entrance of Cylindrical Pores in Flat Adsorbing Surfaces. In Soft Materials (pp. 295-312). Marcel Dekker. https://doi.org/10.1081/SMTS-120026595