Simulations of Polymers in Confined Geometries

  • K. Binder
  • K. Kremer


The properties of flexible polymers moving inside porous structures are believed to be relevant to practical problems such as filtration, gel permeation chromatography, heterogeneous catalysis, oil recuperation, etc.1. Similarly the adsorption of macromolecules on interfaces plays an important rôle for problems such as adhesion, flocculation and stabilisation of colloid particles, biological membrane function, artificial organs in medicine, etc. 2. Aside from this eventual practical application, the configurational statistics of polymers in such confined geometries is a challenging problem of theoretical physics. The present brief review will be concerned with the study of a single long flexible linear macromolecule, consisting of N effective units of size ℓ, which may move inside a tube of diameter dT, or between two parallel planes a distance dT apart, or which is fixed at a flat impenetrable surface with one (or both) chain ends.


Gyration Radius Chain Partition Real Space Renormalization Group Tetrahedral Lattice Confine Geometry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Binder
    • 1
  • K. Kremer
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für PhysikJohannes Gutenberg Universität MainzMainzFed. Rep. Germany
  2. 2.Exxon Research and EngineeringCorporate Science Lab.Clinton Township, AnnandaleUSA

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