DFT based Monte Carlo simulations of poly(9,9-dialkylfluorene-2,7-diyl) polymers in solution.


The dilute solution properties of poly(9,9-dihexylfluorene-2,7-diyl) (PDHF) were studied by coupled SEC/light scattering and MALDI-TOF over a large molecular weight (MW) span ranging from PDHF oligomers (1-8-mer) to high MW polymer. The results were compared with Monte Carlo simulations based on realistic PDHF models obtained from X-ray data and density functional theory (DFT) calculations and with a DFT based Kratky-Porod-Benoit-Doty (KPBD) worm-like chain. The simulations called "selective random walk" (SRW) and the corresponding "selective self-avoiding random walk" (SSAW) explicitly take into account the rotationally labile bonds between the fluorene units in that four distinct torsion angles (+/-37.5 and +/-143 degrees) between the units are chosen randomly. The simulations better account than the KPBD model for the experimental data obtained by us and others for various poly(9,9-dialkylfluorene-2,7-diyl) polymers but still give somewhat larger values for the radii of gyration and hydrodynamic volumes. The torsion angle selectivity of the SRW and SSAW simulations predict long chain sections punctuated by sudden sharp loops.

DOI: 10.1021/jp800440z

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@article{Ling2008DFTBM, title={DFT based Monte Carlo simulations of poly(9,9-dialkylfluorene-2,7-diyl) polymers in solution.}, author={Jun Ling and Nadezda Fomina and Golam Rasul and Thieo E. Hogen-Esch}, journal={The journal of physical chemistry. B}, year={2008}, volume={112 33}, pages={10116-22} }