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Abnormal polymer transport in crowded attractive micropost arrays

Abnormal polymer transport in crowded attractive micropost arrays

Soft Matter 12(38): 7969-7976

We investigate polymer diffusion in a quasi-two-dimensional environment decorated with attractive cylindrical posts using Langevin dynamics simulation. We find that the polymer diffusivity has non-monotonic dependence on the post array density. This diffusive behavior strongly depends on the adsorption-desorption transition and the critical adsorption strength εc. For ε < εc, the polymer undergoes normal diffusion and the diffusivity decreases as the post density increases due to the reduction of the void volume. For ε > εc, polymer dynamics is strongly mediated by post adsorption, and we observe a regime where the polymer diffusivity increases as the post density increases. The polymer diffusivity reaches a maximum, which can be attributed to cross-post translation enabled by large polymer conformation fluctuations. We find both cross-post transport and polymer conformation fluctuations strongly depend on the post absorption strength and the chain length.

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DOI: 10.1039/c6sm01488g

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