Structure and stability of polydiacetylene membrane systems: Molecular dynamics simulation studies

Youhyun Nam, Songyi Lee, Rakwoo Chang

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We have performed full atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to investigate structure and stability of bilayer membrane systems consisting of monomeric or polymeric 10,12-pentacosadiynoic acid (PCDA) units connected with lysine groups by amide bonds. The PCDA monomer molecules show a twisted three-rod-domain structure with two kinks but upon polymerization, they possess more elongated conformation. The resulting polydiacetylene (PDA) membrane systems have stable membrane structures at room temperature, which is similar to biological lipid bilayer membranes and maintain their gel-like membrane integrity even up to as high as 370 K. Structural properties such as area per monomer, membrane thickness, density profile, 2D pair distribution function, and orientational correlation function are also calculated to understand the membrane structure and check its stability upon thermal fluctuation with atomistic resolution. This study is expected to provide the understanding about PDA membrane systems in atomistic details as well as significant insights into designing new novel PDA sensors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)927-934
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Computational Chemistry
Issue number8
StatePublished - 30 Mar 2023


  • 10,12-pentacosadiynoic acid (PCDA)
  • membrane
  • molecular dynamics simulation
  • polydiacetylene (PDA)


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