Entanglements of an End-Grafted Polymer Brush in a Polymeric Matrix

@inproceedings{HoyEntanglementsOA,
  title={Entanglements of an End-Grafted Polymer Brush in a Polymeric Matrix},
  author={Robert S Hoy and Gary S. Grest}
}
We analyze the entanglement of polymer brushes embedded in long-chain melts and in good and Θ solvents. Individual entanglements are identified using a modified version of primitive path analysis. Due to entropic collapse, the brushes embedded in the melt are more self-entangled than those in the implicit solvents. The self-entanglement of the brushes in the good and Θ solvents as a function of coverage follows a simple scaling argument. We observe a depletion of entanglements near the systems… CONTINUE READING