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Title: Monte Carlo simulations of dendrimer-polymer conjugates
Authors: Zhou, T.
Chen, S.B. 
Issue Date: 4-Oct-2005
Citation: Zhou, T., Chen, S.B. (2005-10-04). Monte Carlo simulations of dendrimer-polymer conjugates. Macromolecules 38 (20) : 8554-8561. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Conformational properties of a neutral dendrimer-polymer conjugate are investigated by off-lattice Monte Carlo simulations in near ⊖ condition. The conjugate is a dendrimer with linear polymers grafted to its end segments. A bead-spring model along with Lennard-Jones potential is applied to simulate the structure of the conjugates. Also investigated are dendrimers without polymer attachment up to seven generations for comparison. It is found that the grafted polymers can expand the dendrimer moiety of a conjugate owing to the additional steric effect imposed. As a result, the core dendrimer has a more ordered structure and its terminal segments fold back to a lesser extent. Nevertheless, no clear boundary separates the dendrimer moiety and the polymer attachment. The grafted polymers with sufficient length show a scaling behavior of brushlike chains, and hence the conjugate is less compact than an unmodified dendrimer. The dendrimer swelling caused by the polymer attachment gives rise to more free space for drug encapsulation. The size expansion increases with the length of grafted chains until it gets saturated when the chain becomes sufficiently long. © 2005 American Chemical Society.
Source Title: Macromolecules
ISSN: 00249297
DOI: 10.1021/ma050997w
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