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The Wetting Behavior of Polymer Droplets: Effects of Droplet Size and Chain Length

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  • Apostolos E. A. S. Evangelopoulos
  • Anastasia Rissanou
  • Emmanouil Glynos
  • Ioannis Bitsanis
  • Spyros Anastasiadis
  • Vasileios Koutsos

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2805–2816
Number of pages12
JournalMacromolecules
Volume51
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Apr 2018

Abstract

Monte Carlo computer simulations were utilized to probe the behavior of homopolymer droplets adsorbed at solid surfaces as a function of the number of chains making up the droplets and varying droplet sizes. The wetting behavior is quantified via the ratio of the perpendicular to the parallel component of the effective radii of gyration of the droplets and is analyzed further in terms of the adsorption behavior of the polymer chains and the monomers that constitute the droplets. This analysis is complemented by an account of the shape of the droplets in terms of the principal moments of the radius of gyration tensor. Single-chain droplets are found to lie flatter and wet the substrate more than chemically identical multichain droplets, which attain a more globular shape and wet the substrate less. The simulation findings are in good agreement with atomic force microscopy experiments. The present investigation illustrates a marked dependence of wetting and adsorption on certain structural arrangements and proposes this dependence as a technique through which polymer wetting may be tuned.

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