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Record number 510354
Title Brushes of cycled macromolecules : Structure and lubricating properties
Author(s) Zhulina, Ekaterina B.; Leermakers, Frans A.M.; Borisov, Oleg V.
Source Macromolecules 49 (2016)22. - ISSN 0024-9297 - p. 8758 - 8767.
Department(s) Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016

We present a theory describing structural properties of brushes formed by cycled macromolecules tethered to planar surface. Diverse architectures of macromolecules that differ with respect to position and number of subchains in macrocycle are considered. We use the self-consistent field analytical approach based on strong stretching approximation and assumption of Gaussian elasticity of brush-forming molecules. Predictions of the analytical theory are systematically compared to the results of numerical SF-SCF modeling. Similarity of the effects of cyclization and branching on large-scale properties of polymer brush is demonstrated. It is also predicted that weaker interpenetration of sliding brushes formed by cyclic macromolecules might enhance their performance as lubricants.

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