Modeling of Block Copolymer/Colloid Hybrid Composite Materials

The interaction between a diblock copolymer and nanoscopic particles can lead to highly organized hybrid materials. The morphology of such hybrid materials depends on the polymer compositions as well on the shapes, sizes, and surface treatment of the particles. A hybrid mesoscopic approach to study the dynamics of nanocomposites composed from a block copolymer melt and a suspension of colloids is proposed. A collective description of the polymer dynamics is combined with the individual resolution of the colloids. The implementation of the method in two and three dimensions is described and the method is tested for different particle sizes, diblock copolymer compositions and polymer/colloid interactions.