Dynamics of chain molecules in disordered materials

Rakwoo Chang, Arun Yethiraj

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The dynamic behavior of hard chains in disordered materials composed of fixed hard spheres is studied using discontinuous molecular dynamics simulations. The matrix induces entanglements in the chain fluid, i.e., for high matrix densities the diffusion coefficient D scales with the chain length N as D∼N-2. At high matrix densities the rotational relaxation time becomes very large but the translational diffusion is not affected significantly; i.e., the chains display a dynamic heterogeneity reminiscent of probe diffusion in supercooled liquids and glasses. We show that this is because some chains are trapped, and move via a hopping mechanism. There are no signatures of this dynamic heterogeneity in the matrix static structure, however, which is identical to that of a hard-sphere liquid.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107802
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2006


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