Self-consistent-field molecular orbital calculations are being used more and more extensively in determining the energies and properties of various confirmations of polymers. We are using the semi-quantum mechanical procedure MNDO (moderate neglect of differential overlap) to obtain various rotational conformations states of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS). Before calculation of these states, the molecule is geometrically optimized by using the ab initio procedure Guassian 86 at the 3-21G basis set level. Generations of 144 rotational states by rotating about two bonds simultaneously in increments of 30° were created. A potential energy surface was created from which Monte Carlo generated several polymer characteristics including characteristic ratio and radial distributions.
Brownfield, Shannon H. and Darsey, Jerry A.
"SCF-MO and Monte Carlo Calculations of Poly (Dimethylsiloxane),"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 46
, Article 37.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol46/iss1/37