Dynamical Entanglement and Cooperative Dynamics in Entangled Solutions of Ring and Linear Polymers

Davide Michieletto, Takahiro Sakaue

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Abstract

Understanding how entanglements affect the behaviour of polymeric complex fluids is an open challenge in many fields. To elucidate the nature and consequence of entanglements in dense polymer solutions, we propose a novel method: a "dynamical entanglement analysis" (DEA) to extract spatio-temporal entanglement structures from the pair-wise displacement correlation of entangled chains. By applying this method to large-scale Molecular Dynamics simulations of linear and unknotted, nonconcatenated ring polymers, we find a strong and unexpected cooperative dynamics: the footprint of mutual entrainment between entangled chains. We show that DEA is a powerful and sensitive probe that reveals previously unnoticed, and architecture-dependent, spatio-temporal structures of dynamical entanglement in polymeric solutions. We also propose a mean-field approximation of our analysis which provides previously under-appreciated physical insights into the dynamics of generic entangled polymers. We envisage DEA will be useful to analyse the dynamical evolution of entanglements in generic polymeric systems such as blends and composites.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-134
Number of pages6
JournalACS MACRO LETTERS
Volume2021
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • cond-mat.soft
  • cond-mat.stat-mech

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