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Effects of dielectric inhomogeneity in polyelectrolyte solutions

Nakamura, Issei and Wang, Zhen-Gang (2013) Effects of dielectric inhomogeneity in polyelectrolyte solutions. Soft Matter, 9 (24). pp. 5686-5690. ISSN 1744-683X. doi:10.1039/c3sm50632k.

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We illustrate the effects of dielectric inhomogeneity on the statistical properties of polyelectrolytes in solution, by a lattice Monte Carlo simulation that combines the bond fluctuation model with a local algorithm for computing the electrostatic interactions. Our model accounts for the difference in the dielectric properties between the polymer backbone and the solvent. Taking the coil–globule transition of a single polyelectrolyte chain in solvent as an example, we show that the chain conformation and the degree of counterion condensation are substantially affected by the dielectric contrast.

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Additional Information:© 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry. Received 3rd March 2013; Accepted 25th April 2013. First published online 20 May 2013. This research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Grant no. CBET-0965812 and CHE-1040558.
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