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  1. This study explores the tensile behavior and dynamical heterogeneity of sodium montmorillonite under extreme conditions using molecular dynamics simulations, providing insights to advance the development of clay minerals for engineering applications.

     
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  2. This study employs all-atomistic (AA) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to investigate the crystallization and melting behavior of polar and nonpolar polymer chains on monolayers of graphene and graphene oxide (GO). Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and polyethylene (PE) are used as representative polar and nonpolar polymers, respectively. A modified order parameter is introduced to quantify the degree of two-dimensional (2D) crystallization of polymer chains. Our results show that PVA and PE chains exhibit significantly different crystallization behavior. PVA chains tend to form a more rounded, denser, and folded-stemmed lamellar structure, while PE chains tend to form an elongated straight pattern. The presence of oxidation groups on the GO substrate reduces the crystallinity of both PVA and PE chains, which is derived from the analysis of modified order parameter. Meanwhile, the crystallization patterns of polymer chains are influenced by the percentage, chemical components, and distribution of the oxidation groups. In addition, our study reveals that 2D crystalized polymer chains exhibit different melting behavior depending on their polarity. PVA chains exhibit a more molecular weight-dependent melting temperature than PE chains, which have a lower melting temperature and are relatively insensitive to molecular weight. These findings highlight the critical role of substrate and chain polarity in the crystallization and melting of polymer chains. Overall, our study provides valuable insights into the design of graphene-based polymer heterostructures and composites with tailored properties. 
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  3. Abstract Highlights

    CG modeling is performed to explore the thermomechanical behavior of PCN.

    Effects of nanoclay weight percentage and size on modulus are studied.

    Interface leads to nanoconfinement effect onTgand molecular stiffness.

    Correlations between molecular stiffness and modulus are identified.

    Simulations show spatial variation of dynamical heterogeneity.

     
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  4. Abstract

    Conjugated polymers (CPs), characterized by rigid conjugation backbones and flexible peripheral side chains, hold significant promise in various organic optoelectronic applications. In this study, we employ coarse‐grained molecular dynamics (CG‐MD) simulations to investigate the intricate interplay of solvent quality, temperature, and chain architecture (e.g., side‐chain length and molecular mass) on the conformational behaviors of CPs in dilute solutions. Our research uncovers distinctive conformational behaviors under varying solvent conditions, highlighting the versatile nature of polymer chains, which can adopt extended configurations in good solvents and transition to aggregated states in poor solvents. Additionally, the mass scaling exponent , a robust structural descriptor, consistently described CPs behavior across diverse architectures and solvent conditions. Furthermore, our study shows that a CP with longer side‐chain exhibits improved solubility, which is further confirmed by experimental observations. Moreover, our analysis of the shape descriptor provided valuable insights into the symmetry and dimensionality of CPs under varying solvent conditions. These findings offer a comprehensive understanding of conformational behaviors of CPs in dilute solution, which are helpful in guiding the conformational design of polymer for specific applications.

     
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