A method for calculating interaction parameters traditionally used in phase-equilibrium computations in low-molecular systems has been extended for the prediction of solvent activities of aromatic polymer solutions (polystyrene+methylcyclohexane). Using ethylbenzene as a model compound for the repeating unit of the polymer, the intermolecular interaction energies between the solvent molecule and the polymer were simulated. The semiempirical quantum mechanical method AM1, and a method for sampling relevant internal orientations for a pair of molecules developed previously were used. Interaction energies are determined for three molecular pairs, the solvent and the model molecule, two solvent molecules and two model molecules, and used to calculated UNIQUAC interaction parameters, a(ij) and a(ji). Using these parameters, the solvent activities of the polystyrene 90,000 amu+methylcyclohexane system, and the total vapor pressures of the methylcyclohexane+ethylbenzene system were calculated. The latter system was compared to experimental data, giving qualitative agreement.
|Journal||Journal of Molecular Modeling|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|