(702b) Coarse-Grained Models for Predicting Structure and Thermodynamics in Macromolecular Systems with Specific and Directional Intermolecular Interactions
AIChE Annual Meeting
2019 AIChE Annual Meeting
Engineering Sciences and Fundamentals
New Frontiers of Molecular Thermodynamics (Invited Talks)
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Recent work in my research group has been aimed at developing predictive coarse-grained (CG) models for investigating structure and dynamics in soft materials with specific and directional molecular interactions. Although computational studies have been tremendously useful in understanding molecular phenomena and guiding synthesis and engineering of new polymers for a wide variety of applications, the inability to capture small scale specific and directional interactions (e.g., hydrogen bonds) alongside macromolecular length and time scales represents a key limitation of most polymer simulation studies to date. We address this limitation by developing coarse-grained models that capture the anisotropic, directional and specific interactions (e.g., hydrogen bonding interaction) governing the structure and thermodynamics in many polymer systems of interest. We have been using molecular dynamics simulations with these new coarse-grained models for studies of biomaterials and polymer nanocomposites. In this talk, I will discuss a few examples of how the development of these CG models is enabled by synergistic feedback from concurrent/past experiments which I will highlight alongside the computational results from my group.