Xueqian Chen

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A key problem in designing thermoresponsive polymer brushes on a solid surface is to find a relation between the targeted thermoresponsive properties and controllable conditions. Usually, a temperature-thickness curve showing the heating-induced swelling behavior of polymer brushes is chosen as the relation by either experimental or theoretical(More)
We report a new lattice density functional theory for polymer solutions at the solid-liquid interface. The theory accounts for the nearest-neighbor interactions and the long-range correlations due to chain connectivity. A Helmholtz free-energy functional is developed with an exact free-energy functional expression for the ideal chains and a thermodynamic(More)
By employing off-lattice Monte Carlo simulations, the competitive adsorption and assembly of block copolymer blends on a nanopatterned surface were investigated. The segment distributions and polymer configurations are examined by varying the chemical structures of polymers, the interactions between segments and adsorbing stripe domains of the nanopatterned(More)
Polymer lattice density functional theory (PLDFT) is used to investigate the cononsolvency (CNS) phenomena related to polymer adsorption in a slit pore. Specifically, the two simplest types of CNS are examined: CNS1 with solvent-cosolvent binding as the dominant factor and CNS2 with polymer-cosolvent binding as the dominant factor. The simplified models for(More)
We propose a free-space density functional theory for polymer adsorption. The derivation within the framework of density functional theory leads to the splitting of the intrinsic free energy into an ideal-gas term and a residual term responsible for the intrinsic energy and the nonbonded interactions between monomers, respectively. A more reasonable(More)
A density functional theory (DFT) approach based on a weighted density approximation has been employed to study the perpendicular microphase separation of symmetric binary polymer brushes with weak incompatibility in explicit solvents with different selectivities. Characterized by the relation between the grand potential and vertical structures (including(More)
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