Molecular dynamics is used for the simulation of silicon-containing polymers with promising membrane material properties. An atomistic force field is developed for the description of bond bending, torsional angle variation, and nonbonded intra- and intermolecular interactions. Detailed ab initio quantum mechanics calculations on corresponding monomers that appeared recently in the literature are used for the parametrization of the bonded and nonbonded local intramolecular force field. For the intermolecular and nonbonded nonlocal intramolecular interactions, parameters are obtained from accurate force fields proposed in the literature for similar compounds. The force field is used subsequently for the calculation of thermodynamic, structure, and dynamic properties of two homopolymers, namely, poly(dimethylsilamethylene) and poly(dimethylsilatrimethylene), and their alternating copolymer. A wide range of temperatures and pressures is examined. Polymer systems of different molecular weights are simulated. Experimental data available for these polymers are very limited. In all cases, simulation results are in good agreement with these data. Furthermore, simulation results agree very well with empirical macroscopic correlations used widely for rubbery polymers for the properties under consideration.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry