Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Chemical and Biological Engineering

First Advisor

Monica H. Lamm

Second Advisor

James W. Evans

Third Advisor

Mark S. Gordon

Abstract

Dendrimers are a class of synthetic polymers whose principle feature is repetitive branching. In this work the general effects of branching on amphiphilic polymers are explored with molecular simulations using a Lennard-Jones interaction model. Molecular dynamics simulations are used to study the effects of terminal monomer substitution on single molecule structure and dynamics in solution as well as the surface morphology and wettability of a film composed of dendrimers. Brownian dynamics simulations on linear-dendritic block copolymers have demonstrated how dendron architecture and copolymer topology can be manipulated to control the resulting self-assembled morphology in these systems.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-17084

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Nicholas William Suek

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI3307051

OCLC Number

243694468

ISBN

9780549542971

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

88 pages

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