Dynamic self-consistent field theories for polymer blends and block copolymers

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Understanding the behavior of the phase separated domain structures and rheological properties of multi-component polymeric systems require detailed information on the dynamics of domains and that of conformations of constituent polymer chains. Self-consistent field (SCF) theory is a useful tool to treat such a problem because the conformation entropy of polymer chains in inhomogeneous systems can be evaluated quantitatively using this theory. However, when we turn our attention to the dynamic properties in a non-equilibrium state, the basic assumption of the SCF theory, i.e. the assumption of equilibrium chain conformation, breaks down. In order to avoid such a difficulty, dynamic SCF theories were developed. In this chapter, we give a brief review of the recent developments of dynamic SCF theories, and discuss where the cutting-edge of this theory is.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Soft Condensed Matter Via Modeling And Computation
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9789814295598
ISBN (Print)9789814295581
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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