Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Ames Laboratory
Journal or Book Title
The Journal of Chemical Physics
We analyze model processes involving competition between several irreversible reactions at the sites of a 1D, infinite, uniform polymer chain. These reactionscan be cooperative, i.e., the corresponding rates depend on the state of the surrounding sites. An infinite hierarchy of rate equations is readily derived for the probabilities of various subconfigurations. By exploiting a shielding property of suitable blocks of unreacted sites, we show how exact hierarchy truncation and solution is sometimes possible. The behavior of solutions is illustrated in several cases by plotting families of ‘‘reaction trajectories’’ for varying ratios of reactant concentrations. As a specific application, we consider competition between coordination of ZnCl2 to pairs of oxygen atoms and to single oxygen atoms in poly(propylene oxide). The observed glass transition temperature behavior is eludicated.
American Institute of Physics
Evans, James W.; Hoffman, D. K.; and Burgess, D. R., "Competing irreversible cooperative reactions on polymer chains" (1984). Physics and Astronomy Publications. 437.