Mean field theory of nematic order for grafted rods

A. Halperin*, S. Alexander, I. Schechter

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We consider rod-like polymers which are grafted on a flat surface, such that the grafting sites are mobile. A liquid interface supporting a monolayer of amphiphilic copolymers consisting of rod-like and coil-like parts may realize this model. Using the Onsager approach we find that alignment increases with surface concentration in a continuous fashion. We present diagrams of surface pressure and of nematic order parameter vs surface concentration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6550-6555
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes


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