• Molecular Dynamics of Janus Nanodimers Dispersed in Lamellar Phases of a Block Copolymer

      Burgos-Mármol, J. Javier; orcid: 0000-0003-1861-2657; email: J.J.Burgos-Marmol@liverpool.ac.uk; Patti, Alessandro; orcid: 0000-0002-7535-0000; email: alessandro.patti@manchester.ac.uk (MDPI, 2021-05-09)
      We investigate structural and dynamical properties of Janus nanodimers (NDs) dispersed in lamellar phases of a diblock copolymer. By performing molecular dynamics simulations, we show that an accurate tuning of the interactions between NDs and copolymer blocks can lead to a close control of NDs’ space distribution and orientation. In particular, NDs are preferentially found within the lamellae if enthalpy-driven forces offset their entropic counterpart. By contrast, when enthalpy-driven forces are not significant, the distribution of NDs, preferentially observed within the inter-lamellar spacing, is mostly driven by excluded-volume effects. Not only does the degree of affinity between host and guest species drive the NDs’ distribution in the polymer matrix, but it also determines their space orientation. In turn, these key structural properties influence the long-time dynamics and the ability of NDs to diffuse through the polymer matrix.