Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, Vol.45, No.8, 884-891, 2007
Molecular dynamics simulation of water diffusion inside an amorphous polyacrylate latex film
Molecular dynamics simulations were applied to investigate the diffusion behaviors of water molecules at temperatures ranging from 323 to 443 K inside amorphous polyacrylate. The results showed that the simulated diffusion coefficients and activation energies were similar to those of experiments. Moreover, the activation energy of water molecules at high temperatures was higher than that at low temperatures by 3.16 kcal mol(-1), which was close to the hydrogen-bonding energy between water and polyacrylate. An analysis of the experimental desorption curves of water molecules and their activation energies has confirmed that there are two forms of water molecules inside rubbery polyacrylate, namely, free water and bound water. In addition, it has been concluded that bound water molecules move from one polar group of polyacrylate to another, and this is followed by occasional jumps. Simulated information is very helpful in designing new polyacrylate latex systems and optimizing existent polyacrylate systems. (c) 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.