Dependence of the critical adsorption point on surface and sequence disorders for self-avoiding walks interacting with a planar surface


The critical adsorption point (CAP) of self-avoiding walks (SAW) interacting with a planar surface with surface disorder or sequence disorder has been studied. We present theoretical equations, based on ones previously developed by Soteros and Whittington [J. Phys. A.: Math. Gen. 2004, 37, R279-R325], that describe the dependence of CAP on the disorders along with Monte Carlo simulation data that are in agreement with the equations. We also show simulation results that deviate from the equations when the approximations used in the theory break down. Such knowledge is the first step toward understanding the correlation of surface disorder and sequence disorder during polymer adsorption. © 2007 American Chemical Society.

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