280431 Disentangle Model Differences and Fluctuation Effects in DPD Simulations of Diblock Copolymers
Disentangle Model Differences and Fluctuation Effects in DPD Simulations of Diblock Copolymers
Paramvir Sandhu, Delian Yang,and Qiang (David) Wang
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
In the widely used dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulations1, polymers are commonly modeled as discrete Gaussian chains interacting with soft, finite-range repulsions. In the original DPD simulations of microphase separation of diblock copolymer melts by Groot and Madden2, the simulation results were compared and found to be consistent with the phase diagram for the “standard model” of continuous Gaussian chains with Dirac δ-function interactions obtained from self-consistent field (SCF) calculations. Since SCF theory is a mean-field theory neglecting system fluctuations/correlations while DPD simulations fully incorporate such effects, the model differences are mixed with the fluctuation/correlation effects in their comparison. Here we report the SCF phase diagram for exactly the same model system as used in DPD simulations. Comparing our phase diagram with that for the standard model highlights the effects of chain discretization and finite-range interactions, while comparing our phase diagram with DPD simulation results unambiguously (without any parameter-fitting) reveal the effects of system fluctuations/correlations neglected in the SCF theory.
 R. D. Groot and T. J. Madden, J. Chem. Phys. 108, 8713 (1998).
Keywords: Dissipative particle dynamics simulations, self-consistent field calculations, diblock copolymers, fluctuations.
Session to submit: 01A08 Computational Studies of Self-Assembly