Molecular theories for polymer rheology are based on conformational dynamics of the polymeric chain. Hence, measurements directly related to molecular conformations appear more appealing than indirect ones obtained from rheology. In this study, primitive chain network simulations are compared to experimental data of entangled DNA solutions [Teixeira et al, Macromolecules 40, 2461 (2007)]. In addition to rheological comparisons of both linear and nonlinear viscoelasticities, a molecular extension measure obtained by Teixeira et al. through fluorescent microscopy is compared to simulations, in terms of both averages and distributions. The influence of flow on conformational distributions has never been simulated for the case of entangled polymers, and how DNA molecular individualism extends to the entangled regime is not known. The linear viscoelastic response and the viscosity growth curve in the nonlinear regime are found in good agreement with data for various DNA concentrations. Conversely, the molecular extension measure shows significant departures, even under equilibrium conditions. The reason for such discrepancies remains unknown.
Primitive chain network simulations for entangled DNA solutions
Yuichi Masubuchi, Kenji Furuichi, Kazushi Horio, Takashi Uneyama, Hiroshi Watanabe, Giovanni Ianniruberto, Francesco Greco, Giuseppe Marrucci; Primitive chain network simulations for entangled DNA solutions. J. Chem. Phys. 21 September 2009; 131 (11): 114906. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3225994
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