School Seminars and Colloquia

Three approaches to polymer adsorption

Completion Seminar

by Nick Beaton

Institution: University of Melbourne
Date: Tue 5th June 2012
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Richard Berry Building - Russell Love Theatre

Abstract: Self-avoiding walks (SAW) were introduced by chemists in the middle of the last century as a model for long polymer molecules in solution. They have since been studied in fields as diverse as combinatorics, mathematical physics and computer science, but interest in the applications to polymer chemistry remains as strong as ever.

One such application is the modelling of adsorption -- the interaction of a long polymer molecule with a penetrable or impenetrable surface. I will introduce the mathematical model of adsorbing SAW, and present three different approaches to the problem and some of the results that can be obtained.

This talk will mostly be an overview, and thus no prior knowledge of SAW or statistical mechanics is required.

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