Transport behavior of oxygen and nitrogen through organasilicon-containing polystyrenes by molecular simulation
Liu, Qing Lin
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Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been used to study the transport properties of oxygen and nitrogen in the para-substituted polystyrenes which possess one to four Si atoms in each substituent. The Condensed-phase Optimized Molecular Potentials for Atomistic Simulation Studies (COMPASS) force field was used to construct the polymers. Diffusion coefficients were obtained from molecular dynamics (NVT ensemble) with up to 3 ns simulation times. After molecular dynamic simulation, the trajectories of the small molecules in the polymer matrix were obtained. Then diffusion coefficients have been calculated from the Einstein relationship revealing a considerable agreement between the simulated and the experimental data. And solubility coefficients have been calculated by the Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) method. The solubility of oxygen increased with increasing Si content in the polymer membrane. The para-substituted polystyrenes with a branched substituent at the alpha-position showed higher permeability than those of the nonbranched ones. The higher the glass transition temperature (T-g) of the membrane, the larger the diffusion coefficients of oxygen and nitrogen obtained.