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In this study, a coarse-grained (CG) model for N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMA), which represents the polypeptoid backbone, is developed as a step towards establishing a CG model of the complex polypeptoid system. Polypeptoids or poly N-substituted glycines are a type of peptidomimetic polymers that are highly tunable, and hence an ideal model system to study self-assembly as a function of chemical groups in aqueous soft matter systems. The DMA CG model is parameterized to reproduce the structural properties of DMA liquid as well as a dilute aqueous solution of DMA using a reference all atom model, namely the OPLS-AA force-field. The intermolecular forces are represented by the Stillinger–Weber potential, that consists of both two- and three-body terms that are very short-ranged. The model is validated on thermodynamic properties of liquid and aqueous DMA, as well as the vapor–liquid interface of liquid DMA and the structure of a concentrated aqueous solution of DMA in water as well as a simple peptoid in water. Without long-ranged interactions and the absence of interaction sites on hydrogen atoms, the CG DMA model is an order of magnitude faster than the higher resolution all-atom (AA) model.
In Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.

Aggregation behavior of cyclic polypeptoids bearing zwitterionic end-groups in methanol has been studied using a combination of experimental and simulation techniques. The data from SANS and cryo-TEM indicate that the solution contains small clusters of these cyclic polypeptoids, ranging from a single polypeptoid chain to small oligomers, while the linear counterpart shows no cluster formation. Atomistic molecular dynamics simulations reveal that the driving force for this clustering behavior is due to the interplay between the effective repulsion due to the solvation of the dipoles formed by the charged end-groups in each polypeptoid chain and the attractive forces due to dipole–dipole interactions and the solvophobic effect.
In Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.

Recent Publications

  • Mechanism behind the Unusually High Conductivities of High Concentrated Sodium Ion Glyme-based Electrolytes

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  • Enantioselective Functionalization of Enamides at the Beta-Carbon Center with Indoles

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  • Towards a coarse-grained model of the peptoid backbone: the case of N,N-dimethylacetamide

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  • Aggregation of cyclic polypeptoids bearing zwitterionic end-groups with attractive dipole–dipole and solvophobic interactions: a study by small-angle neutron scattering and molecular dynamics simulation

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Peptoids, or poly-N-substituted glycines, are a class of peptidomimetics whose side chains are appended to the nitrogen atom of the peptide backbone, rather than to the α-carbons.