Diffusive growth of a polymer layer by in situ polymerization

J P Wittmer, M E Cates, A Johner, M S Turner

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We consider the growth of a polymer layer on a fiat surface in a good solvent by in situ polymerization. This is viewed as a modified form of diffusion-limited aggregation without branching. We predict theoretically the formation of a pseudo-brush with density phi(z) proportional to z(-2/3) and characteristic height H proportional to t(3). These results are found by combining a mean-field treatment of the diffusive growth (marginally valid in three dimensions) with a scaling theory (Flory exponent nu = 3/5) of the growing polymers. We confirm their validity by Monte Carlo simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-402
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Physical Society Letters (EPL)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 1996


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