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The helix transition of semirigid polymer chains confined in cylinders

Tong Huan-Ping Zhang Lin-Xi

The helix transition of semirigid polymer chains confined in cylinders

Tong Huan-Ping, Zhang Lin-Xi
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  • Received Date:  24 May 2011
  • Accepted Date:  02 July 2011
  • Published Online:  05 March 2012

The helix transition of semirigid polymer chains confined in cylinders

  • 1. College of Physics and Electronic Information Engineering, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou 325027, China;
  • 2. Department of Physics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China
Fund Project:  Projects supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 20774066, 20974081, 20934004).

Abstract: In this paper we use an off-lattice bead-spring model to study the behaviors of polymer chain confined in an infinite cylinder by Monte Carlo simulations. Our simulation results show that when the bending energy b increases in the presence of the adsorption energy of the inner-surface of cylinder, the polymer chain is first randomly attracted on the inner surface of cylinder, and then gradually takes on helix structure, and finally is stretched into the rod-like structure. In order to understand the process of structure transition of polymer chain, we calculate the average of number of helical turns per chain Nt, the average percentage Ph of beads of helical structure per chain and the energy fluctuations with different values of bending energy b. The confined semirigid chain can form helical structure with the appropriate bending energy and the proper radius of cylinder. This study can help us understand the conformational behaviors of biopolymers in confined space.

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