Collapse of a semiflexible polymer in poor solvent

A. Montesi, M. Pasquali, F.C. Mac Kintosh

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    Collapse pathways and dynamics of a semiflexible polymer in a poor solvent was investigated using three-dimensional Brownian dynamics simulation. It was found that there was a fast transition between the energy states of the polymer. It was observed that decay rate of uncollapsed states increased in the shear flow. The results show that direct formation of a torus and successive folding of the chain in progressively higher order racquets are the two possible pathways to achieve the stable conformation.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPhysical Review E
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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