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Collapse-Swelling Transitions of a Thermoresponsive, Single Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) Chain in Water

Title
Collapse-Swelling Transitions of a Thermoresponsive, Single Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) Chain in Water
Authors
Kang, YunwonJoo, HeesunKim, Jun Soo
Ewha Authors
김준수
SCOPUS Author ID
김준수scopus
Issue Date
2016
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B
ISSN
1520-6106JCR Link
Citation
vol. 120, no. 51, pp. 13184 - 13192
Publisher
AMER CHEMICAL SOC
Indexed
SCI; SCIE; SCOPUS WOS
Abstract
We present molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of a single poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) chain in explicit water at temperatures between 270 and 320 K near the lower critical solution temperature (LCST). The force-fields of OPLS-AA and TIP4P/2005 are used for a PNIPAM chain and water molecules, respectively. Three independent simulations with durations of 1 s are performed at each temperature for a 30-mer PNIPAM chain starting with three distinct conformations: extended, loosely collapsed, and tightly collapsed states. The simulation trajectories exhibit reversible conformational transitions between swollen- and collapsed-chain conformations, which has rarely been reported in previous simulation studies, with the overall transition occurring at different temperatures depending on the initial conformation. The inconsistency of the transition temperatures depending on the initial conformation implies that, in spite of the simulation duration of 1 mu s distinctly longer than that in previous simulation studies, the conformational sampling from the MD simulations is not enough to draw conclusions on equilibrium properties. Instead of evaluating average properties, therefore, the focus is on dynamic changes in the chain conformation during reversible collapseswelling transitions at each temperature. The simulation trajectories are analyzed in terms of the radius of gyration, intrachain distances, hydrophobic contacts, and chainwater and intrachain hydrogen bonding. In particular, the formation of stable intrachain hydrogen bonds is a signature of the tightly collapsed-chain conformations that persist, once formed, for the entire simulation duration.
DOI
10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b09165
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