Event Title

A Computational Study of Confinement Effects in Block Copolymers

Date

27-4-2016 12:00 AM

Major

Mechanical Engineering; World Languages and Cultures

Department

Mechanical Engineering

College

College of Engineering

Project Advisor

Baskar Ganapathysubramanian

Project Advisor's Department

Mechanical Engineering

Description

We use high performance computing and self consistent field theory to investigate the morphology of multi-block polymers under different geometric confinement. Understanding the morphology adopted by polymers allows the design of tailored structures for industrial applications including organic electronics, micro-catalysis, lithography, and other cases where mesoscale control of the structure is critical. The finite element framework used in this study allows the treatment of arbitrarily shaped 2D and 3D structures. A required input to the framework are carefully designed meshes. Matlab is used to generate meshes from arbitrary two dimensional images and the Gmsh mesh generator is used for three dimensional structures. Morphology simulations using these meshes are performed on the Stampede supercomputer and the resultant structures are characterized. Unlike previous studies, this work focuses on the structures developed by polymers under geometric confinement. This is critical for applications utilizing mesos...

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Apr 27th, 12:00 AM

A Computational Study of Confinement Effects in Block Copolymers

We use high performance computing and self consistent field theory to investigate the morphology of multi-block polymers under different geometric confinement. Understanding the morphology adopted by polymers allows the design of tailored structures for industrial applications including organic electronics, micro-catalysis, lithography, and other cases where mesoscale control of the structure is critical. The finite element framework used in this study allows the treatment of arbitrarily shaped 2D and 3D structures. A required input to the framework are carefully designed meshes. Matlab is used to generate meshes from arbitrary two dimensional images and the Gmsh mesh generator is used for three dimensional structures. Morphology simulations using these meshes are performed on the Stampede supercomputer and the resultant structures are characterized. Unlike previous studies, this work focuses on the structures developed by polymers under geometric confinement. This is critical for applications utilizing mesos...