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Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 58, Issue 30, pp 3595–3599

First Online: 24 July 2013Received: 11 April 2013Accepted: 06 May 2013DOI: 10.1007-s11434-013-5981-1

Cite this article as: Li, Y., Wang, Y., Li, Z. et al. Chin. Sci. Bull. 2013 58: 3595. doi:10.1007-s11434-013-5981-1


Molecular dynamics simulations are useful tools to unveil molecular mechanisms of polymer phase separation, self-assembly, adsorption, and so on. Due to large molecular size and slow relaxation of the polymer chains, a great amount of issues related to large-distance chain displacement cannot be tackled easily with conventional molecular dynamic simulations. Systematic coarse-graining and enhanced sampling methods are two types of improvements that can boost spatiotemporal scales in polymer simulations. We present two typical ways to obtain the coarse-graining potential either by fitting to correct liquid structures or by fitting to available thermodynamic properties of polymer systems. The newly proposed anisotropic coarse-grained particle model can be used to describe aggregation and assembly of polymeric building blocks from disk-like micelles to Janus particles. We also present a stochastic polymerization model combined with coarse-grained simulations to investigate the problems strongly influenced by the coupling of polymerization and excluded volume effects. Finally, a facile implementation of integrated tempering sampling method is illustrated to be very efficient on bypassing local energy minima and having access to true equilibrium polymer structures.

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Author: YanChun Li - YongLei Wang - ZhanWei Li - Hong Liu - ZhongYuan Lü


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