Simulations of self-assembled structures in macromolecular systems: From atomistic model to mesoscopic model

June Huh, Won Ho Jo

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Molecular simulation is an exceptionally useful method for predicting self-assembled structures in various macromolecular systems, enlightening the origins of many interesting molecular events such as protein folding, polymer micellization, and ordering of molten block copolymer. The length scales of those events ranges widely from sub-nanometer scale to micron-scale or to even larger, which is the main obstacle to simulate all the events in an ab initio principle. In order to detour this major obstacle in the molecular simulation approach, a molecular model can be rebuilt by sacrificing some unimportant molecular details, based on two different perspectives with respect to the resolution of model. These two perspectives are generally referred to as "atomistic" and "mesoscopic". This paper reviews various simulation methods for macromolecular self-assembly in both atomistic and mesoscopic perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-463
Number of pages11
JournalPolymer (Korea)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Nov 1
Externally publishedYes



  • Atomistic model
  • Field theory
  • Mesoscopic model
  • Molecular simulation
  • Self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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