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  1. Dynamics in Multicomponent Polyelectrolyte Solutions

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    Nagao, Michihiro

    2010-03-01

    Double-network hydrogels (DN-gel) prepared from the combination of a moderately cross-linked anionic polyelectrolyte (poly(2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid), PAMPS) and an un-cross-linked linear polymer (polyacrylamide, PAAm) solution show strong mechanical properties far superior to that of their individual constituents [1]. To determine the origin of the superior properties of DN-gels, we investigated the structure and the chain dynamics of model PAMPS/PAAm solution blends using small-angle neutron scattering and neutron spin-echo measurements [2]. Akcasu's dynamic scattering theory for a multicomponent system [3] is modified to include polyelectrolytes, and the resulting equation describes well the neutron spin-echo results over the entire wavevector range covered in our experiments. Parameters such as effective solvent viscosity were deduced from the measured data using the modified Akcasu equation. Both the relaxation time at large length scales (10-100 nm) and the segmental diffusion coefficient at short length scales (0.1-1 nm) or the effective solvent viscosity show good accordance with the macroscopic rheological behavior of the solution blends. [4pt] [1] J.P. Gong et al., Adv. Mater. 15, 1155 (2003). [0pt] [2] S. Lee et al., Macromolecules 42, 1293 (2009). [0pt] [2] A.Z. Akcasu, in Dynamic Liht Scattering, The Method and Some Applications; W. Brown Ed. (Oxford University Press, London 1992).

  2. Solution rheology of polyelectrolytes and polyelectrolyte-surfactant systems

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    Plucktaveesak, Nopparat

    (styrene-alt-sodium maleate) and poly(diisobutylene- alt-sodium maleate) show the polyelectrolyte behavior as predicted. However, the viscosity as a function of concentration of sodium maleate based copolymers with 1-alkenes; 1-octene (C8), 1-decene (C10), 1-dodecene (C12) and 1-hexene (C14) exhibit an abnormal scaling power, which might be caused by aggregation of the alkene tails to form micelles. In the last chapter, we report the rheological properties of aqueous solutions of poly(acrylic acid) and oppositely charged surfactant, dodecyl trimethylammonium bromide (C12TAB). The solution viscosity decreases as surfactant is added, partly because the polyelectrolyte wraps around the surface of the spherical surfactant micelles, shortening the effective chain length. The effects of polymer molecular weight, polymer concentration, and polymer charge have been studied with no added salt. The results are compared with the predictions of a simple model based on the scaling theory for the viscosity of dilute and unentangled semidilute polyelectrolyte solutions in good solvent. This model takes into account two effects of added surfactant. The effective chain length of the polyelectrolyte is shortened when a significant fraction of the chain wraps around micelles. Another effect is the change of solution ionic strength resulting from surfactant addition that further lowers the viscosity. The parameters used in this model are independently determined, allowing the model to make a quantitative prediction of solution viscosity with no adjustable parameters. The model is also applied to predict the decrease in viscosity of various polyelectrolyte/oppositely charged surfactant systems reported in literature. The results are in good agreement with experimental data, proving that our model applies to all polyelectrolytes mixed with oppositely charged surfactants that form spherical micelles.

  3. Bundle Binding in Polyelectrolyte Solutions

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    Stevens, M.J.

    1999-01-21

    Stiff polyelectrolytes are found to spontaneously form oriented bundles. Conditions under which bundling occurs are found. Molecular dynamics simulations show that divalent counterions are necessary, and the chains must be sufficiently long and stiff. No aggregation occurs for monovalent counterions. For flexible or short chains aggregation occurs, but bundle formation does not. Due to dynamical constraints the systems tend to order into a network of connected bundles, not a single bundle.

  4. Solution dynamics of synthetic and natural polyelectrolytes

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    Krause, Wendy E.

    Polyelectrolytes are abundant in nature and essential to life, and used extensively in industry. This work discussed two polyelectrolytes: sodium poly(2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonate) (NaPAMS), synthetic polyelectrolyte, and sodium hyaluronate (NaHA), a glycosaminoglycan. Rheological data of NaPAMS solutions of variable chain length and concentration were reported. A strong dependence of viscosity eta on chain length: eta ˜ M2.4 was found. The comparison of the rheological data with two proposed scaling theories (Dobrynin 1995, Witten 1987) forces the conclusion that neither theory is correct. A possible interpretation of the viscosity data falling between the predictions of the two scaling theories is that some chain rigidity may persist beyond the correlation length. A sample model for the conductivity of semidilute polyelectrolytes with no added salt was presented. The model correctly describes the logarithmic decrease of specific conductance observed for many polyelectrolytes at low concentration (below ca. 10-2M), and is in good agreement with data from NaPAMS solutions. NaHA in phosphate buffered saline behaves as a typical polyelectrolyte in the high-salt limit, as Newtonian viscosities are observed over a wide range of shear rates. There is no evidence of intermolecular hydrogen bonding causing gel formation in NaHA solutions without protein present. The viscosity of 3 mg/mL NaHA was measured in the presence of the selected anti-inflammatory agents. Of the seven additives investigated only (D)-penicillamine significantly altered the rheology of HA. (D)-Penicillamine dramatically reduced the viscosity of HA, probably by disrupting intramolecular hydrogen bonding. The plasma proteins albumin and gamma-globulins bind to HA in solution to form a weak reversible gel. The rheology and osmotic pressure of the simple model for synovial fluid, consisting of 3mg/mL NaHA, 11 mg/mL albumin, and 7 mg/mL gamma-globulins in phosphate buffered saline, were studied

  5. A molecular-thermodynamic model for polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Jiang, J.; Liu, H.; Hu, Y.; Prausnitz, J.M.

    1998-01-01

    Polyelectrolyte solutions are modeled as freely tangent-jointed, charged hard-sphere chains and corresponding counterions in a continuum medium with permitivity {var_epsilon}. By adopting the sticky-point model, the Helmholtz function for polyelectrolyte solutions is derived through the r-particle cavity-correlation function (CCF) for chains of sticky, charged hard spheres. The r-CCF is approximated by a product of effective nearest-neighbor two-particle CCFs; these are determined from the hypernetted-chain and mean-spherical closures (HNC/MSA) inside and outside the hard core, respectively, for the integral equation theory for electrolytes. The colligative properties are given as explicit functions of a scaling parameter {Gamma} that can be estimated by a simple iteration procedure. Osmotic pressures, osmotic coefficients, and activity coefficients are calculated for model solutions with various chain lengths. They are in good agreement with molecular simulation and experimental results. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  6. Nematic ordering in dilute solutions of rodlike polyelectrolytes

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    Potemkin, Igor I.; Khokhlov, Alexei R.

    2004-06-01

    Quantitative theory of orientational behavior of rodlike polyelectrolytes in dilute solution is developed. We find that in salt-free solutions many-body Coulomb interactions between macro- and counterions favor nematic ordering. It is shown that the orientationally isotropic phase of the solution becomes unstable toward nematic ordering at polymer concentration smaller than the overlap concentration. Our predictions are consistent with experimental observations for synthetic polyelectrolytes poly(p-phenylene)sulfonates in aqueous solutions.

  7. The viscosity of short polyelectrolyte solutions.

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    Izzo, Dora; Cloitre, Michel; Leibler, Ludwik

    2014-03-21

    We consider the viscosity of solutions of highly charged short polyelectrolytes. Our system is a poly(styrene-maleic acid) copolymer solution (SMA) with various added salt concentrations in dilute and semidilute regimes. The SMA solutions show some particular features: (i) variations of the specific viscosity measured for different values of concentration and ionic strength can be rescaled on two universal curves when plotted as a function of the effective volume fraction; (ii) the reduced viscosity is proportional to the Debye length. In order to describe the viscosity of such a system we model the motion of the charged rods considering a simpler system: we replace each charged rod and its corresponding charge cloud by an effective neutral rod. This modified system is yet below the concentrated regime and, at most, steric interactions are left. In the semidilute regime, we model the rescaled rods moving under a mean field potential and obtain a dynamical equation for the orientational tensor, considered small, and the viscosity is derived from it. Within our mean field approach, the effects due to the rod Brownian motion and due to the potential cancel each other and the behavior of the viscosity is explained in terms of the effective volume fraction only. Our predictions are in good qualitative agreement with the experimental results over a wide range of parameters, and suggest a method for obtaining the rotational diffusion constant in the semidilute regime. PMID:24652236

  8. Advancements to the theory of free solution electrophoresis of polyelectrolytes

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    McCormick, Laurette

    Capillary electrophoresis (CE) is the workhorse of countless analytical laboratories and is used routinely in various industries including pharmaceutical, forensic and clinical applications. Basically, CE is a method for separating charged molecular species in a buffer-filled capillary by the application of an electric field; the analytes move from one end of the capillary to the detector at the other end at speeds determined by their charge, size and shape. Generally, in free solution CE uniformly charged polyelectrolytes (such as DNA) are free-draining, meaning that their speed is independent of their size. Hence, until recently, a gel or other sieving medium has been necessary for the separation of polyelectrolytes; however, modifying uniformly charged polymers on the molecular level, via conjugation to uncharged polymers, allows for separation in free solution CE. In this thesis, advancements to the theory of free solution electrophoresis of polyelectrolytes, in particular, to the theories for two new free solution electrophoresis methods relying on conjugation, are presented. The first method, called End Labelled Free Solution Electrophoresis (ELFSE), can be used to sequence DNA, a negatively charged polymer in solution. Two different means of improving the resolution of ELFSE are predicted, one based on the molecular end effect, the other based on using a controlled electro-osmotic flow. In addition, a theory for the segregation of the DNA and label coils in ELFSE is presented. The second method is called Free Solution Conjugate Electrophoresis (FSCE); it allows for characterization of a sample of neutral polymers differing in length. The relevant theory, developed herein, elucidates how to accurately determine the molar mass distribution of the sample through FSCE measurements. In addition, supporting theories are developed that clarify the correct equation for the diffusion coefficient of molecules undergoing free solution electrophoresis, as well as

  9. The aqueous-polyelectrolyte dye solution as an active laser medium

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    Akimov, A I; Saletskii, A M

    2000-11-30

    The spectral, luminescent, and lasing properties of aqueous solutions of a cationic dye rhodamine 6G with additions of anion polyelectrolytes - polyacrylic and polymethacrylic acids - are studied. It is found that the energy and spectral properties of lasing of these solutions depend on the ratio of concentrations of polyelectrolyte and molecules. It is also found that the lasing parameters of aqueous-polyelectrolyte dye solutions can be controlled by changing the structure of the molecular system. The variation in the structure of aqueous-polyelectrolyte dye solutions of rhodamine 6G resulted in an almost five-fold increase in the lasing efficiency compared to that in aqueous dye solutions. (lasers, active media)

  10. Employment of Gibbs-Donnan-based concepts for interpretation of the properties of linear polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Marinsky, J.A.; Reddy, M.M.

    1991-01-01

    Earlier research has shown that the acid dissociation and metal ion complexation equilibria of linear, weak-acid polyelectrolytes and their cross-linked gel analogues are similarly sensitive to the counterion concentration levels of their solutions. Gibbs-Donnan-based concepts, applicable to the gel, are equally applicable to the linear polyelectrolyte for the accommodation of this sensitivity to ionic strength. This result is presumed to indicate that the linear polyelectrolyte in solution develops counterion-concentrating regions that closely resemble the gel phase of their analogues. Advantage has been taken of this description of linear polyelectrolytes to estimate the solvent uptake by these regions. ?? 1991 American Chemical Society.

  11. Counterion adsorption theory of dilute polyelectrolyte solutions: Apparent molecular weight, second virial coefficient, and intermolecular structure factor

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    Muthukumar, M.

    2012-01-01

    Polyelectrolyte chains are well known to be strongly correlated even in extremely dilute solutions in the absence of additional strong electrolytes. Such correlations result in severe difficulties in interpreting light scattering measurements in the determination of the molecular weight, radius of gyration, and the second virial coefficient of charged macromolecules at lower ionic strengths from added strong electrolytes. By accounting for charge-regularization of the polyelectrolyte by the counterions, we present a theory of the apparent molecular weight, second virial coefficient, and the intermolecular structure factor in dilute polyelectrolyte solutions in terms of concentrations of the polymer and the added strong electrolyte. The counterion adsorption of the polyelectrolyte chains to differing levels at different concentrations of the strong electrolyte can lead to even an order of magnitude discrepancy in the molecular weight inferred from light scattering measurements. Based on counterion-mediated charge regularization, the second virial coefficient of the polyelectrolyte and the interchain structure factor are derived self-consistently. The effect of the interchain correlations, dominating at lower salt concentrations, on the inference of the radius of gyration and on molecular weight is derived. Conditions for the onset of nonmonotonic scattering wave vector dependence of scattered intensity upon lowering the electrolyte concentration and interpretation of the apparent radius of gyration are derived in terms of the counterion adsorption mechanism. PMID:22830728

  12. Effect of Polyelectrolyte Stiffness and Solution pH on the Nanostructure of Complexes Formed by Cationic Amphiphiles and Negatively Charged Polyelectrolytes.

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    Ram-On, Maor; Cohen, Yachin; Talmon, Yeshayahu

    2016-07-01

    The interaction between amphiphiles and polyelectrolytes has been widely investigated in recent years due to their potential application in industry and medicine, with special focus on gene therapy. The cationic lipid dioleoyl trimethylammonium propane, DOTAP, and the oppositely charged polyelectrolytes, sodium poly(acrylic acid) and sodium poly(styrenesulfonate), form multilamellar complexes in water. Because of the different molecular stiffness of the two polyelectrolytes, they form different nanostructured complexes. Also, because of the different ionization behavior of the two polyelectrolytes, pH differently affects the complexation of the polyelectrolytes with didodecyldimethylammonium bromide (DDAB), another cationic surfactant. We used cryogenic temperature transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) to compare the nanostructures formed. Our results show that although the basic nanostructures of the complexes are always lamellar (multilamellar or unilamellar) the morphology of the complexes is affected by the polyelectrolyte rigidity and the solution pH. PMID:27049758

  13. Salting-out and Salting-in in Polyelectrolyte Solutions

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    Zhang, Pengfei; Wu, Jianzhong; Wang, Zhen-Gang

    The phase behavior of polyelectrolyte (PE) solutions is governed by complicated interplay involving the mixing entropy, excluded volume, chain connectivity, and electrostatic interactions. Here we study the phase behavior of PE solutions in both salt-free condition and with added salt using a liquid-state (LS) theory based thermodynamic model. The LS model accounts or the hard-core repulsion by the Canahan-Starling equation of state, correlations due to chain connectivity by the first-order thermodynamic perturbation theory, and electrostatic correlations by the mean-spherical approximation. In comparison to the prediction from the well-known Voorn-Overbeek theory, the LS model predicts loop-type binodal curves in the salt-PE concentration diagram at temperatures slightly above the critical temperature of PE solution in salt-free case, consistent with the experimental study. The phase separated region shrinks with increasing temperature. Three scenarios of salting-out and salting-in phenomenon are predicted with addition of salts based, depending on the PE concentration.

  14. Radius of gyration and intrinsic viscosity of polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Milas, M.; Borsali, R.; Rinaudo, M.

    1993-12-31

    Relatively low molecular weights polyelectrolytes (10{sup 4}-10{sup 6}) behave as worm-like chain when electrostatic repulsions are assumed to govern the excluded volume parameter. Under such conditions, predictions of chain expansion and effect of polyelectrolyte concentrations are made assuming that unperturbed dimensions could be obtained at infinite salt content. Experimental studies of an ionic polysaccharide, namely the Na-hyaluronate, were done and the values obtained for the radius of gyration as well as the intrinsic viscosity at different charge densities are in good agreement with the predictions.

  15. Monte Carlo simulation and equation of state for flexible charged hard-sphere chain fluids: Polyampholyte and polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Jiang, Hao; Adidharma, Hertanto

    2014-11-07

    The thermodynamic modeling of flexible charged hard-sphere chains representing polyampholyte or polyelectrolyte molecules in solution is considered. The excess Helmholtz energy and osmotic coefficients of solutions containing short polyampholyte and the osmotic coefficients of solutions containing short polyelectrolytes are determined by performing canonical and isobaric-isothermal Monte Carlo simulations. A new equation of state based on the thermodynamic perturbation theory is also proposed for flexible charged hard-sphere chains. For the modeling of such chains, the use of solely the structure information of monomer fluid for calculating the chain contribution is found to be insufficient and more detailed structure information must therefore be considered. Two approaches, i.e., the dimer and dimer-monomer approaches, are explored to obtain the contribution of the chain formation to the Helmholtz energy. By comparing with the simulation results, the equation of state with either the dimer or dimer-monomer approach accurately predicts the excess Helmholtz energy and osmotic coefficients of polyampholyte and polyelectrolyte solutions except at very low density. It also well captures the effect of temperature on the thermodynamic properties of these solutions.

  16. Electrical conductivity of aqueous polyelectrolyte solutions in the presence of counterion condensation: The scaling approach revisited

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    Bordi, F.; Cametti, C.; Gili, T.

    2002-08-01

    The conductometric properties of aqueous polyelectrolyte solutions in the absence of added salt are reviewed in the light of the dynamic scaling description of the polymer conformation in different concentration regimes, recently proposed by Dobrynin and Rubinstein [Macromolecules 28, 1859 (1995); 32, 915 (1999)]. The scaling approach to the transport properties of polyelectrolyte solutions allows us to separate contributions due to polymer conformation from those due to the ionic character of the chain, and offers the possibility to extend the validity of the Manning conductivity model to the dilute and semidilute regimes. Moreover, the quality of the solvent, influencing the polyion-counterion interactions, can be properly taken into account. The electrical conductivity predicted by this scaling approach compares reasonably well with the observed values for a model polyelectrolyte (polyacrylate sodium salt in aqueous solutions, good solvent condition) over an extended concentration range from the dilute to the semidilute regime.

  17. Motion of Molecular Probes and Viscosity Scaling in Polyelectrolyte Solutions at Physiological Ionic Strength

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    Sozanski, Krzysztof; Wisniewska, Agnieszka; Kalwarczyk, Tomasz; Sznajder, Anna; Holyst, Robert

    2016-01-01

    We investigate transport properties of model polyelectrolyte systems at physiological ionic strength (0.154 M). Covering a broad range of flow length scales—from diffusion of molecular probes to macroscopic viscous flow—we establish a single, continuous function describing the scale dependent viscosity of high-salt polyelectrolyte solutions. The data are consistent with the model developed previously for electrically neutral polymers in a good solvent. The presented approach merges the power-law scaling concepts of de Gennes with the idea of exponential length scale dependence of effective viscosity in complex liquids. The result is a simple and applicable description of transport properties of high-salt polyelectrolyte solutions at all length scales, valid for motion of single molecules as well as macroscopic flow of the complex liquid. PMID:27536866

  18. Motion of Molecular Probes and Viscosity Scaling in Polyelectrolyte Solutions at Physiological Ionic Strength.

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    Sozanski, Krzysztof; Wisniewska, Agnieszka; Kalwarczyk, Tomasz; Sznajder, Anna; Holyst, Robert

    2016-01-01

    We investigate transport properties of model polyelectrolyte systems at physiological ionic strength (0.154 M). Covering a broad range of flow length scales-from diffusion of molecular probes to macroscopic viscous flow-we establish a single, continuous function describing the scale dependent viscosity of high-salt polyelectrolyte solutions. The data are consistent with the model developed previously for electrically neutral polymers in a good solvent. The presented approach merges the power-law scaling concepts of de Gennes with the idea of exponential length scale dependence of effective viscosity in complex liquids. The result is a simple and applicable description of transport properties of high-salt polyelectrolyte solutions at all length scales, valid for motion of single molecules as well as macroscopic flow of the complex liquid. PMID:27536866

  19. Solvent quality influence on the dielectric properties of polyelectrolyte solutions: A scaling approach

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    Bordi, F.; Cametti, C.; Gili, T.; Sennato, S.; Zuzzi, S.; Dou, S.; Colby, R. H.

    2005-09-01

    The dielectric properties of polyelectrolytes in solvent of different quality have been measured in an extended frequency range and the dielectric parameters associated with the polarization induced by counterion fluctuation over some peculiar polyion lengths have been evaluated. Following the scaling theory of polyelectrolyte solutions and the recent models developed by Dobrynin and Rubinstein that explicitly take into account the quality of the solvent on the polyion chain conformation, we have reviewed and summarized a set of scaling laws that describe the dielectric behavior of these systems in the dilute and semidilute regime. Moreover, for poorer solvents, where theory of hydrophobic polyelectrolytes predicts, and computer simulation confirms, a particular chain structure consisting of partially collapsed monomers (beads) connected by monomer strings, we derived a scaling law. These predictions are compared with the results obtained from the dielectric parameters (the dielectric increment Δγ and the relaxation time τion ) of the “intermediate” frequency relaxation of two partially charged polymers, which possess a carbon-based backbone for which water is a poor solvent and ethylene glycol is a good solvent. By varying the solvent composition (a water-ethylene glycol mixture), we have tuned the quality of the solvent, passing from poor to good condition and have observed the predicted scaling for all the systems investigated. These findings give a further support to the scaling theory of polyelectrolyte solutions and to the necklace model for hydrophobic polyelectrolytes in poor solvents.

  20. Using Optical Tweezers for the Characterization of Polyelectrolyte Solutions with Very Low Viscoelasticity

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    2013-01-01

    Recently, optical tweezing has been used to provide a method for microrheology addressed to measure the rheological properties of small volumes of samples. In this work, we corroborate this emerging field of microrheology by using these optical methods for the characterization of polyelectrolyte solutions with very low viscoelasticity. The influence of polyelectrolyte (i.e., polyacrylamide, PAM) concentration, specifically its aging, of the salt concentration is shown. The close agreement of the technique with classical bulk rheological measurements is demonstrated, illustrating the advantages of the technique. PMID:23786307

  1. Structure Formation in Salt-Free Solutions of Amphiphilic Sulfonated Polyelectrolytes

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    Bockstaller, Michael; Koehler, Werner

    2000-03-01

    Self-assembled systems have long attracted attention due to their practical importance in many technical and biological fields. Dodecyl-substituted poly(para-phenylen)sulfonates (abbreviated PPPS) are highly charged polyelectrolytes which in the uncharged state have been investigated extensively and an intrinsic persistence length of 15 nm has been reported. Due to their hydrophobic side chains, PPPS are compatible with water only as micellar aggregates and tend to form supramolecular structures even at concentrations as low as 10-5mol_mon.units/l. Because of the rodlike conformation of PPPS, this self-assembly leads to aggregates of anisotropic shape. Therefore, depolarized light scattering was employed to yield complementary information about structure and dynamics of these complex fluids. Aqueous solutions of PPPS at room temperature undergo a structural transition at a critical concentration of c_crit.=0.016 g/l. This transition is characterized by a strong increase of scattered intensity in forward direction and dynamic depolarized scattering. Above c_crit. the cylindrical micelles (L=310 nm, d=3.1 nm, N_radial=12) self assembly into large ellipsoidal clusters of size in the μ m range. Due to the strong increase of depolarized scattered intensity there has to be a preferential orientation of the micelles inside those clusters, which thus represent a lyotropic mesophase. By combining static and dynamic light scattering for the low q-range as well as small angle x-ray scattering for the higher q-range it is possible to determine size and shape of each aggregation step. Decreasing the molecular weight of the PPPS has profound influence on the micellar length and hence on c_crit. which is close to the overlap concentration (c ~ 1/L^3) allowing for the observation of the polyelectrolyte effect.

  2. Preparation of conductive PDDA/(PEDOT:PSS) multilayer thin film: influence of polyelectrolyte solution composition.

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    Jurin, F E; Buron, C C; Martin, N; Filiâtre, C

    2014-10-01

    Self-assembled multilayer films made of PEDOT:PSS poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) and PDDA poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) were prepared using layer-by-layer method. In order to modify the growth regime of the multilayer, to fabricate an electrical conductive film and to control its thickness, the effects of pH, type of electrolyte, ionic strength and polyelectrolyte concentration were investigated. Optical reflectometry measurements show that the pH of the solutions has no effect on the film growth while the adsorbed amount increases more rapidly when BaCl2 is used instead of NaCl as electrolyte. An increase in the ionic strength (with NaCl) induces a change in the growth regime from a linear to an exponential one at low polyelectrolyte concentration. As UV-vis measurements indicate, no decomplexation of PEDOT was recorded after film preparation. With polyelectrolyte concentration below 1 g L(-1), no conductive films were obtained even if 50 bilayers were deposited. A conductive film was prepared with a polyelectrolyte concentration of 1 g L(-1) and the measured conductivity was 0.3 S m(-1). A slight increase in conductivity was recorded when BaCl2 was used probably due to a modification of the film structure. PMID:24984072

  3. Structural Dynamics of Star-Shaped Weak Polyelectrolytes in Dilute Aqueous Solution

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    Qu, Chen; Zhu, Y. Elaine

    Weak polyelectrolyte (PE) bearing tunable charges along their backbones show great potential as ``smart'' polymer materials for diverse applications from drug delivery to energy storage. With the introduction of branched topology, the local counterion distribution in the vicinity to the polyelectrolyte segments becomes highly inhomogeneous. To experimentally investigate the interplay between structural dynamics and local electric environment of a branched polyelectrolyte, in this work we custom synthesized star-shaped poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP) using reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization and labeled P2VP stars with pH-sensitive fluorophore precisely either in the center or periphery. By employing fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) with photon counts histogram (PCH) analysis, we observed gradual stretched-to-collapses conformational transition with increasing solution pH for both P2VP stars of different fluorophore labeling locations. However, the measured local pH, or local proton concentration, shows strong dependence of the fluorophore labeling locations. Higher electric potential yet lower ionization degree was observed in the core of P2VP star than that in the periphery. Ongoing work is carried out to examine the scaling behaviors of P2VP star sizes with varied number of arms, arm lengths and counterion concentrations in dilute aqueous solutions.

  4. Apparent Ionic Charge in Electrolyte and Polyelectrolyte Solutions

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    Magdelenat, H.; And Others

    1978-01-01

    Compares average displacements of charged particles under thermal motion alone with those obtained by the action of an external electric field to develop a concept of "apparent charge" to approximate actual structural charge in an electrolyte solution. (SL)

  5. Length-Scale Dependent Viscosity in Semidilute Polyelectrolyte Solutions

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    Poling-Skutvik, Ryan; Krishnamoorti, Ramanan; Conrad, Jacinta

    2015-03-01

    Using optical microscopy and particle tracking algorithms, we measured the mean-squared displacements (MSDs) of fluorescent polystyrene particles with diameters ranging from 300 nm to 2 μm suspended in semidilute solutions of high molecular weight partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide. The solutions had polymer concentrations ranging from 0.67 to 67c*, where c* is the overlap concentration, and estimated correlation lengths of ~ 100 to 900 nm. At short times, the particles exhibited subdiffusive behavior characterized by MSD ~tα with α < 1 . On long time scales, the particles transitioned to Fickian diffusion (α = 1) and their diffusivity was calculated from the slope of the MSD. Whereas the large particles agreed with predictions using the Stokes-Einstein equation and bulk zero-shear viscosity, the smaller particles diffused much faster than predicted. The relative diffusivities do not collapse onto a single curve, but rather form a continuum that varies with particle size. This indicates that the particles experience a size-dependent effective viscosity mediated by the ratio of particle diameter to characteristic length scales in the polymer solution.

  6. Elastic properties of swollen polyelectrolyte gels in aqueous salt solutions.

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    Sasaki, Shigeo

    2006-03-01

    The elastic relaxation responding to a uniaxially stretched poly(acrylic acid) rodlike gel in the aqueous NaCl solution was investigated. The relaxation elucidated the shear (mu) and bulk (K) moduli and the frictional coefficients (sigma) of the fully ionized gel at pH above 9 as functions of the degree of swelling, which was controlled by the NaCl concentration (C(S)) of the solution. Two gels, cross-linked chains of which consist of 500 (GelA500) and 50 (GelA50) monomeric units, were examined to investigate the effect of the chain length on the elastic behavior. The moduli of GelA500 increased with swelling at C(S) below 100 mM and decreased at C(S) above it. The mu values of both gels can be characterized by the power function of gel diameter, d as mu proportional, variantd(beta). The beta values being -1 at C(S) above 100 mM transitionally changed to 1.2 at C(S) about 100 mM. That is, the dimensionality of space for the chains to distribute, n(dim) [= (beta+5)/(beta+2) according to the conventional theory [Sasaki et al., J. Chem. Phys. 102, 5694 (1995)

  7. From single Debye-Hückel chains to polyelectrolyte solutions: Simulation results

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    Kremer, Kurt

    1996-03-01

    This lecture will present results from simulations of single weakly charged flexible chains, where the electrostatic part of the interaction is modeled by a Debye-Hückel potential,( with U. Micka, IFF, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany) as well as simulations of polyelectrolyte solutions, where the counterions are explicitly taken into account( with M. J. Stevens, Sandia Nat. Lab., Albuquerque, NM 87185-1111) ( M. J. Stevens, K. Kremer, JCP 103), 1669 (1995). The first set of the simulations is meant to clear a recent contoversy on the dependency of the persistence length LP on the screening length Γ. While the analytic theories give Lp ~ Γ^x with either x=1 or x=2, the simulations find for all experimentally accessible chain lengths a varying exponent, which is significantly smaller than 1. This causes serious doubts on the applicability of this model for weakly charged polyelectrolytes in general. The second part deals with strongly charged flexible polyelectrolytes in salt free solution. These simulations are performed for multichain systems. The full Coulomb interactions of the monomers and counterions are treated explicitly. Experimental measurements of the osmotic pressure and the structure factor are reproduced and extended. The simulations reveal a new picture of the chain structure based on calculations of the structure factor, persistence length, end-to-end distance, etc. Even at very low density, the chains show significant bending. Furthermore, the chains contract significantly before they start to overlap. We also show that counterion condensation dramatically alters the chain structure, even for a good solvent backbone.

  8. Polyelectrolyte and carbon nanotube multilayers made from ionic liquid solutions

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    Nakashima, Takuya; Zhu, Jian; Qin, Ming; Ho, Szushen; Kotov, Nicholas A.

    2010-10-01

    The inevitable contact of substrates with water during the traditional practice of layer-by-layer assembly (LBL) creates problems for multiple potential applications of LBL films in electronics. To resolve this issue, we demonstrate here the possibility of a LBL process using ionic liquids (ILs), which potentially eliminates corrosion and hydration processes related to aqueous media and opens additional possibilities in structural control of LBL films. ILs are also considered to be one of the best ``green'' processing solvents, and hence, are advantageous in respect to traditional organic solvents. Poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) and poly(sodium styrenesulfonate) (PSS) were dispersed in a hydrophilic IL and successfully deposited in the LBL fashion. To produce electroactive thin films with significance to electronics, a similar process was realized for PSS-modified single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT-PSS) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA). Characterization of the coating using standard spectroscopy and microscopy techniques typical of the multilayer field indicated that there are both similarities and differences in the structure and properties of LBL films build from ILs and aqueous solutions. The films exhibited electrical conductivity of 102 S m-1 with transparency as high as 98% for visible light, which is comparable to similar parameters for many carbon nanotube and graphene films prepared by both aqueous LBL and other methods.The inevitable contact of substrates with water during the traditional practice of layer-by-layer assembly (LBL) creates problems for multiple potential applications of LBL films in electronics. To resolve this issue, we demonstrate here the possibility of a LBL process using ionic liquids (ILs), which potentially eliminates corrosion and hydration processes related to aqueous media and opens additional possibilities in structural control of LBL films. ILs are also considered to be one of the best ``green'' processing solvents, and hence, are

  9. Polyelectrolytes and Their Biological Interactions

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    Katchalsky, A.

    1964-01-01

    Polyelectrolytes are water-soluble electrically charged polymers. Their properties are determined by the interplay of the electrical forces, the Brownian motion of the macromolecular chain, and intermolecular Van der Waals forces. Charged polyacids or polybases are stretched by the electrostatic forces, as evidenced by increase in solution viscosity, or by the stretching of polyelectrolyte gels. The electrical field of the polyions is neutralized by a dense atmosphere of counter-ions. The counter-ion attraction to the polyions is expressed by a reduction of the osmotic activity of the polyion—the osmotic pressure being only 15 to 20 per cent of the ideal in highly charged polyelectrolytes neutralized by monovalent counter-ions, and as low as 1 to 3 per cent of the ideal for polyvalent counter-ions. Since the ionic atmosphere is only slightly dependent on added low molecular salt, the osmotic pressure of polyelectrolyte salt mixtures is approximately equal to the sum of the osmotic pressure of polyelectrolyte and salt alone. Acidic and basic polyelectrolytes interact electrostatically with precipitation at the point of polymeric electroneutrality. At higher salt concentrations the interaction is inhibited by the screening of polymeric fixed charges. The importance of these interactions in enzymatic processes is discussed. The electrical double layer is polarizable as may be deduced from dielectric and conductometric studies. The polarizability leads to strong dipole formation in an electrical field. These macromolecular dipoles may play a role in the adsorption of polyelectrolytes on charged surfaces. The final part of the paper is devoted to interactions of polyelectrolytes with cell membranes and the gluing of cells to higher aggregates by charged biocolloids. ImagesFigure 17Figure 18Figure 19Figure 20 PMID:14104085

  10. Characterization of Swollen States of Polyelectrolyte Brushes in Salt Solution by Neutron Reflectivity

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    Kobayashi, Motoyasu; Mitamura, Koji; Terada, Masami; Yamada, Norifumi L.; Takahara, Atsushi

    2011-01-01

    Cationic and zwitterionic polyelectrolyte brushes on quartz substrate were synthesized by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization of 2-(methacryloyloxy)-ethyltrimethylammonium chloride (MTAC) and 2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC). The effects of ionic strength on brush structure are investigated by neutron reflectivity (NR) in NaCl deuterium oxide (D2O) solutions. We observed that poly(MTAC) chains were drastically shrunk at concentrations above 0.1 M NaCl/D2O, which may be the change in charge-screening effect against ions on poly(MTAC). On the other hand, effect of salt concentration on a swollen state of poly(MPC) brush was negligible, even at the high concentration (5.0 M) close to saturation. The behaviour of poly(MPC) in salt aqueous solution is completely different from that of poly(MTAC), which may arise from the unique interaction properties, neutral nature, and hydrated water structure of phosphorylcholine units.

  11. Aggrecan, an Unusual Polyelectrolyte: Review of Solution Behavior and Physiological Implications

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    Chandran, Preethi L.; Horkay, Ferenc

    2011-01-01

    Aggrecan is a high molecular weight, bottlebrush-shaped, negative-charged biopolymer that forms supermolecular complexes with hyaluronic acid. In the extracellular matrix of cartilage, aggrecan-hyaluronic acid complexes are interspersed in the collagen matrix and provide the osmotic properties required to resist deswelling under compressive load. In this review we compile aggrecan solution behavior from different experimental techniques, and discuss them in the context of concentration regimes that were identified in osmotic pressure experiments. At low concentration, aggrecan exhibits microgel-like behavior. With increasing concentration, the bottlebrushes self assemble into large complexes. In the physiological concentration range (2 < caggrecan < 8 % w/w), the physical properties of the solution are dominated by repulsive electrostatic interactions between aggrecan complexes. We discuss the consequences of the bottlebrush architecture on the polyelectrolyte characteristics of the aggrecan molecule, and its implications for cartilage properties and function. PMID:21884828

  12. Molecular Dyhamics Simulation of the Interfacial Behavior of Aqueous Polyelectrolyte Solutions in Contact with Graphene surfaces in the Presence of Multivalent Cations

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    Chialvo, Ariel A; Simonson, J Michael {Mike}

    2008-01-01

    We present a detailed analysis of the behavior of aqueous electrolyte-polyelectrolyte systems in contact with neutral and charged graphene substrates, based on an extensive molecular dynamics simulation effort. Our study involves aqueous systems comprising short-chains of lithium-polystyrene sulfonate with explicit atomistic description of water, the chain backbones, and their interactions with all species in solution as well as with the graphene surface. We place special emphasis on the behavior of the axial profiles of species concentrations, local electrostatic charge density, electric field and corresponding surface-charge screening to provide a full characterization of the inhomogeneous environment at the solid-liquid interface, i.e., the electric double layer and the effect of the added salts (BaCl2 and LaCl3 ) on its structure. To complete the analysis, we assess the tendency toward ion pairing along planes parallel to the graphene surface and estimate, according to the axial distribution profiles, the strength of the adsorption of the polyelectrolyte, counterions, and other species in solution, in order to interpret the degree of surface-charge screening and the occurrence of surface-charge reversal. We present evidence of a recently reported new phenomenon of overcharging, and discuss the central role of the explicit description of the solvent on this occurrence. Moreover, to interpret the conformational behavior of the polyelectrolyte backbones we determine the axial profiles of the perpendicular and parallel components of the corresponding radius of gyration and end-to-end distance.

  13. Ion Pairing and Counterion Condensation in Aqueous Electrolyte and Poly-electrolyte Solutions: Insights from Molecular Simulation

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    Chialvo, Ariel A; Simonson, J Michael {Mike}

    2007-01-01

    We discuss the molecular-based study of ion-pair formation in LiCl aqueous solutions and its implications on the interpretation of the raw data from neutron diffraction with isotopic substitution experiments, the counterion condensation in aqueous polyelectrolyte solutions comprising short-chain lithium poly-styrene sulfonate (Li{sup +}-PSS{sup -}), as well as their interplay leading to the occurrence of 'like-charge' attractive interactions in the presence of salts of polyvalent counterions.

  14. Humic substance charge determination by titration with a flexible cationic polyelectrolyte

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    Tan, Wen-Feng; Norde, Willem; Koopal, Luuk K.

    2011-10-01

    The anionic charge of humic substances (HS) plays a major role in the interaction of HS with other components. Therefore, the potential of the polyelectrolyte titration technique to obtain the charge density of HS in simple 1-1 electrolyte solutions has been investigated. Titrations are carried out with an automatic titrator combined with the "Mütek particle charge detector" which allows determination of the Mütek potential and the pH as a function of the added amount of titrant which is a solution of poly-diallyldimethylammonium chloride (polyDADMAC), a cationic strong polyelectrolyte. When the Mütek potential reverses its sign the iso-electric point (IEP) of the polyDADMAC-HS complex is reached. The polyDADMAC/HS mass ratio at the IEP gives information on the HS charge density and from the pH changes in solution an estimate of the charge regulation in the HS-polyDADMAC complex can be obtained. In general, for polyDADMAC-HS complexes an increase in the dissociation of the acid groups of HS is found (charge regulation). The charge regulation decreases with increasing concentration of 1-1 background electrolyte. Cation incorporation can be neglected at 1-1 electrolyte concentrations ⩽ 1 mmol L -1 and a 1-1 stoichiometry exists between the polyDADMAC and HS charge. However, at these low salt concentrations the charge regulation is substantial. A detailed analysis of purified Aldrich humic acid (PAHA) at pH 5 and a range of KCl concentrations reveals that the anionic charge of PAHA in the complex increases at 5 mmol L -1 KCl by 30% and at 150 mmol L -1 KCl by 12%. On the other hand, increasing amounts of K + become incorporated in the complex: at 5 mmol L -1 KCl 5% and at 150 mmol L -1 KCl 24% of the PAHA charge is balanced by K +. By comparing at pH 5 the mass ratios polyDADMAC/PAHA in the complex at the IEP with the theoretical mass ratios of polyDADMAC/PAHA required to neutralize PAHA in the absence of charge regulation and K + incorporation, it is found that

  15. The influence of charged-induced variations in the local permittivity on the static and dynamic properties of polyelectrolyte solutions.

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    Fahrenberger, Florian; Hickey, Owen A; Smiatek, Jens; Holm, Christian

    2015-12-28

    There is a large body of literature investigating the static and dynamic properties of polyelectrolytes due both to their widespread application in industrial processes and their ubiquitous presence in biology. Because of their highly charged nature, polyelectrolytes tend to alter the local dielectric permittivity of the solution within a few nanometers of their backbone. This effect has, however, been almost entirely ignored in both simulations and theoretical work. In this article, we apply our recently developed electrostatic solver based on Maxwell's equations to examine the effects of the permittivity reduction in the vicinity of the polyelectrolyte. We first verify our new approach by calculating and comparing ion distributions around a linear fixed polyelectrolyte and find both quantitative and qualitative changes in the ion distribution. Further simulations with an applied electric field show that the reduction in the local dielectric constant increases the mobility of the chains by approximately ten percent. More importantly, variations in the local dielectric constant lead to qualitatively different behavior of the conductivity. PMID:26723625

  16. The influence of charged-induced variations in the local permittivity on the static and dynamic properties of polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Fahrenberger, Florian; Hickey, Owen A.; Smiatek, Jens; Holm, Christian

    2015-12-01

    There is a large body of literature investigating the static and dynamic properties of polyelectrolytes due both to their widespread application in industrial processes and their ubiquitous presence in biology. Because of their highly charged nature, polyelectrolytes tend to alter the local dielectric permittivity of the solution within a few nanometers of their backbone. This effect has, however, been almost entirely ignored in both simulations and theoretical work. In this article, we apply our recently developed electrostatic solver based on Maxwell's equations to examine the effects of the permittivity reduction in the vicinity of the polyelectrolyte. We first verify our new approach by calculating and comparing ion distributions around a linear fixed polyelectrolyte and find both quantitative and qualitative changes in the ion distribution. Further simulations with an applied electric field show that the reduction in the local dielectric constant increases the mobility of the chains by approximately ten percent. More importantly, variations in the local dielectric constant lead to qualitatively different behavior of the conductivity.

  17. High frequency dielectric dispersion of polyelectrolyte solutions and its relation to counterion condensation

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    Penafiel, L. Miguel; Litovitz, Theodore A.

    1992-07-01

    The dielectric properties of polyelectrolyte solutions are studied in terms of counterion condensation by measurements of the dielectric response of pH buffered Na polyacrylate solutions. pH values are selected to allow variation of the charge density parameter ξ in the range between 0.5-2.8, that is, across ξ=1, the theoretical critical level for counterion condensation. The dielectric increment of the high frequency dispersion, Δɛ2, is found to have nonzero values only above the counterion condensation threshold and is therefore linked to the occurrence of counterion condensation. Above the condensation threshold Δɛ2 (≊6) and its corresponding polarizability α∥2 (≊6×10-16 cm3) are found to be approximately constant with increasing ξ. This result is predicted by Manning's polarizability model for condensed counterions which results in a good fit to the experimental data when the average length of the polyion segments parallel to the external field, Ls, is set to 284 Å. This value of Ls is also shown to be in relatively close agreement with the value calculated for the length of a rigid subunit in Mandel's polyion model, obtained using the relaxation time of the high frequency dispersion. The length Ls, which is larger than the persistence length, is estimated to be of the order of magnitude of the correlation length between segments.

  18. Determination of microdomain size of hydrophobic polyelectrolytes by luminescence quenching

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    Strauss, U.P.; Zhong, Y.; Zdanowicz, V.S.

    1993-12-31

    The size of the hydrophobic microdomains of a hydrolyzed copolymer of maleic anhydride and hexyl vinyl ether has been measured in aqueous lithium chloride solutions by luminescence quenching using a photon counting technique. Several probe-quencher combinations were employed, including tris(2,2`-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) with 9-methylanthracene, pyrene with benzophenone, and pyrene with nonyl-phenyl ketone. For the last of these, the number of repeat units per microdomain was found to be 46, irrespective of polyacid concentration or extent of micellization due to variations in pH. With the other probe-quencher systems approximately the same number was obtained at pH 4.5 where the polyacid is close to completely micellized. At higher pH values, where micellization is incomplete, special effects were observed which are ascribed to nonmicellar binding of probe or quencher.

  19. Kinetic regimes of polyelectrolyte exchange between the adsorbed state and free solution

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    Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.; Granick, Steve

    1998-10-01

    We studied the exchange between the adsorbed state and free solution when polyelectrolyte chains, adsorbed to a solid surface of opposite charge, were displaced by chains of higher charge density. Metastable states of surface composition were extremely long-lived (>2-3 days). The system was a family of poly(1,4 vinyl)pyridines (PVP) with different fractions of charged segments (14%, 48%, and 98% quaternized and the same degree of polymerization); samples were exposed sequentially from aqueous D2O solution to a single silicon oxide substrate at pH where the surface carried a large negative charge (pH=9.2 or 10.5). Measurements were based on Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy in attenuated total reflection (FTIR-ATR). As a first conclusion, we found charge of adsorbed polymer to be conserved during extended exchange times, suggesting that charge at the surface (not mass adsorbed) regulated the dynamics of adsorption and desorption. Except at the highest ionic strength charge of polymer at the surface during the displacement process considerably exceeded that for the initially-adsorbed layer, suggesting an intermediate state in which newly-adsorbed chains were more extended from the surface and not yet equilibrated in their conformations. Second, we concluded that desorption was the rate-limiting step in adsorption-desorption, since the desorption rate responded more to changes of ionic strength than did the adsorption rate onto previously-adsorbed polymer. Ionic strength appeared to modulate the intensity of sticking to the surface. Third, we found that the initial stages of desorption obeyed a simple functional form, exponential in the square root of elapsed time. This is conclusively slower than a first-order kinetic process and suggests that desorption in this polyelectrolyte system was diffusion-controlled during the initial stages. It is the same functional form observed for flexible polymers in nonpolar solvents. Fourth, we concluded that at relatively low

  20. Rheology and interfacial properties of aqueous solutions of the diblock polyelectrolyte poly(styrene-block-acrylic acid)

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    Kimerling, Abigail

    In aqueous solutions diblock polyelectrolytes with amphiphilic character form aggregate structures, which affect physical properties such as viscosity, elasticity, surface tension, and film hydrophilicity. Potential applications for diblock polyelectrolyte solutions include coatings, inks, oil recovery agents, personal care products, and biomaterials. By varying the diblock polyelectrolyte and solution properties, the solutions can be tuned to meet the needs of particular applications. The research objective was to identify the influences of block length, pH, and ionic strength on the rheological and interfacial properties of poly(styrene- b-acrylic acid) (PS-PAA) solutions. Six polymers with varied PS and PAA block lengths were examined, all at 1.0 wt% in aqueous solutions. The hydrophobicity of the PS block causes the formation of spherical micelles in aqueous solutions. Increasing the solution pH ionizes the PAA block, which leads to an increase in micelle corona thickness due to repulsions between chains. Major trends observed in the rheological and interfacial properties can be understood in terms of expected changes in the micelle size and interfacial self-assembly with pH, ionic strength, and block length. Addition of NaOH was found to increase the solution pH and initially led to increases in solution viscosity, elasticity, surface tension, and film hydrophilicity. This effect was attributed to creation of larger micelles and greater inter-micellar repulsions as the PAA chain became more fully charged. However, when the concentration of NaOH exceeded a critical value, the solution viscosity, elasticity, and film hydrophilicity decreased. It is believed this was due to charge shielding by excess sodium ions, leading to shrinkage of the micelle corona and smaller micelles. Increasing the PS-PAA solution ionic strength by adding NaCl also provided charge shielding, as observed by decreases in solution viscosity and elasticity. Increasing the length of either

  1. Direct AFM force measurements between air bubbles in aqueous polydisperse sodium poly(styrene sulfonate) solutions: effect of collision speed, polyelectrolyte concentration and molar mass.

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    Browne, Christine; Tabor, Rico F; Grieser, Franz; Dagastine, Raymond R

    2015-07-01

    Interactions between colliding air bubbles in aqueous solutions of polydisperse sodium poly(styrene sulfonate) (NaPSS) using direct force measurements were studied. The forces measured with deformable interfaces were shown to be more sensitive to the presence of the polyelectrolytes when compared to similar measurements using rigid interfaces. The experimental factors that were examined were NaPSS concentration, bubble collision velocity and polyelectrolyte molar mass. These measurements were then compared with an analytical model based on polyelectrolyte scaling theory in order to explain the effects of concentration and bubble deformation on the interaction between bubbles. Typically structural forces from the presence of monodisperse polyelectrolyte between interacting surfaces may be expected, however, it was found that the polydispersity in molar mass resulted in the structural forces to be smoothed and only a depletion interaction was able to be measured between interacting bubbles. It was found that an increase in number density of NaPSS molecules resulted in an increase in the magnitude of the depletion interaction. Conversely this interaction was overwhelmed by an increase in the fluid flow in the system at higher bubble collision velocities. Polymer molar mass dispersity plays a significant role in the interactions present between the bubbles and has implications that also affect the polyelectrolyte overlap concentration of the solution. Further understanding of these implications can be expected to play a role in the improvement in operations in such fields as water treatment and mineral processing where polyelectrolytes are used extensively. PMID:25596872

  2. Effective electrostatic interactions in solutions of polyelectrolyte stars with rigid rodlike arms.

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    Wang, Hao; Denton, Alan R

    2005-12-22

    In solutions of star-branched polyelectrolytes, electrostatic interactions between charged arms on neighboring stars can compete with intrastar interactions and rotational entropy to induce anisotropy in the orientational distribution of arms. We explore the influence of arm orientational anisotropy on effective star-star interactions for model stars comprising rigid rodlike arms with evenly spaced charged monomers interacting via an effective screened-Coulomb (Yukawa) potential. Monte Carlo simulation and density-functional theory are used to compute the arm orientational distributions and effective pair potentials between weakly charged stars. For comparison, a torque balance analysis is performed to obtain the configuration and energy of the ground state, in which the torque vanishes on each arm of the two-star system. The degree of anisotropy is found to increase with the strength of electrostatic interactions and proximity of the stars. As two stars begin to overlap, the forward arms are pushed back by interstar arm-arm repulsion, but partially interdigitate due to rotational entropy. At center-center separations approaching complete overlap, the arms relax to an isotropic distribution. For nonoverlapping stars, anisotropy-induced changes in the intra- and interstar arm-arm interactions largely cancel and the effective pair interactions are then well approximated by a simple Yukawa potential, as predicted by linear-response theory for a continuum model of isotropic stars [A. R. Denton, Phys. Rev. E 67, 11804 (2003)]. For overlapping stars, the effective pair interactions in the simple rigid-arm-Yukawa model agree closely with simulations of a molecular model that includes flexible arms and explicit counterions [A. Jusufi et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 018301 (2002); J. Chem. Phys. 116, 11011 (2002)]. PMID:16396567

  3. Removal and recovery of furfural, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, and acetic acid from aqueous solutions using a soluble polyelectrolyte.

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    Carter, Brian; Gilcrease, Patrick C; Menkhaus, Todd J

    2011-09-01

    In the cellulosic ethanol process, furfural, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), and acetic acid are formed during the high temperature acidic pretreatment step needed to convert biomass into fermentable sugars. These compounds can inhibit cellulase enzymes and fermentation organisms at relatively low concentrations (≥ 1 g/L). Effective removal of these inhibitory compounds would allow the use of more severe pretreatment conditions to improve sugar yields and lead to more efficient fermentations; if recovered and purified, they could also be sold as valuable by-products. This study investigated the separation of aldhehydes (furfural and HMF) and organic acid (acetic acid) inhibitory compounds from simple aqueous solutions by using polyethyleneimene (PEI), a soluble cationic polyelectrolyte. PEI added to simple solutions of each inhibitor at a ratio of 1 mol of functional group to 1 mol inhibitor removed up to 89.1, 58.6, and 81.5 wt% of acetic acid, HMF, and furfural, respectively. Furfural and HMF were recovered after removal by washing the polyelectrolyte/inhibitor complex with dilute sulfuric acid solution. Recoveries up to 81.0 and 97.0 wt% were achieved for furfural and HMF, respectively. The interaction between PEI and acetic acid was easily disrupted by the addition of chloride ions, sulfate ions, or hydroxide ions. The use of soluble polymers for the removal and recovery of inhibitory compounds from biomass slurries is a promising approach to enhance the efficiency and economics of an envisioned biorefinery. PMID:21455937

  4. Hydrogen bond network relaxation in aqueous polyelectrolyte solutions: the effect of temperature.

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    Sarti, S; Truzzolillo, D; Bordi, F

    2012-07-18

    Dielectric spectroscopy data over the range 100 MHz–40 GHz allow for a reliable analysis of two of the major relaxation phenomena for polyelectrolytes (PE) in water. Within this range, the dielectric relaxation of pure water is dominated by a near-Debye process at ν = 18.5 GHz corresponding to a relaxation time of τ = 8.4 ps at 25 °C. This mode is commonly attributed to the cooperative relaxation specific to liquids forming a hydrogen bond network (HBN) and arising from long range H-bond-mediated dipole–dipole interactions. The presence of charged polymers in water partially modifies the dielectric characteristics of the orientational water molecule relaxation due to a change of the dielectric constant of water surrounding the charges on the polyion chain. We report experimental results on the effect of the presence of a standard flexible polyelectrolyte (sodium polyacrylate) on the HBN relaxation in water for different temperatures, showing that the HBN relaxation time does not change by increasing the polyelectrolyte density in water, even if relatively high concentrations are reached (0.02 monomol l(−1) ≤ C ≤ 0.4 monomol l(−1)). We also find that the effect of PE addition on the HBN relaxation is not even a broadening of its distribution, rather a decrease of the spectral weight that goes beyond the pure volume fraction effect. This extra decrease is larger at low T and less evident at high T, supporting the idea that the correlation length of the water is less affected by the presence of charged flexible chains at high temperatures. PMID:22740600

  5. Hydrogen bond network relaxation in aqueous polyelectrolyte solutions: the effect of temperature

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    Sarti, S.; Truzzolillo, D.; Bordi, F.

    2012-07-01

    Dielectric spectroscopy data over the range 100 MHz-40 GHz allow for a reliable analysis of two of the major relaxation phenomena for polyelectrolytes (PE) in water. Within this range, the dielectric relaxation of pure water is dominated by a near-Debye process at ν = 18.5 GHz corresponding to a relaxation time of τ = 8.4 ps at 25 °C. This mode is commonly attributed to the cooperative relaxation specific to liquids forming a hydrogen bond network (HBN) and arising from long range H-bond-mediated dipole-dipole interactions. The presence of charged polymers in water partially modifies the dielectric characteristics of the orientational water molecule relaxation due to a change of the dielectric constant of water surrounding the charges on the polyion chain. We report experimental results on the effect of the presence of a standard flexible polyelectrolyte (sodium polyacrylate) on the HBN relaxation in water for different temperatures, showing that the HBN relaxation time does not change by increasing the polyelectrolyte density in water, even if relatively high concentrations are reached (0.02 monomol l-1 ≤ C ≤ 0.4 monomol l-1). We also find that the effect of PE addition on the HBN relaxation is not even a broadening of its distribution, rather a decrease of the spectral weight that goes beyond the pure volume fraction effect. This extra decrease is larger at low T and less evident at high T, supporting the idea that the correlation length of the water is less affected by the presence of charged flexible chains at high temperatures.

  6. Study of polyelectrolytes for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Final report

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    Labonne, N.

    1994-11-01

    To assess the safety of a potential radioactive waste repository, analysis of the fluid solution containing low levels of activity need to be performed. In some cases, the radioactivity would be so weak (3--30 pCi/L) that the solution must be concentrated for measurement. For this purpose, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are synthesizing some water soluble polyelectrolytes, which, because they are strong complexing agents for inorganic cations, can concentrate the radioelements in solution. To assist in characterization of these polyelectrolytes, the author has performed experiments to determine physico-chemical constants, such as pKa values and stability constants. The complexation constants between both polyelectrolytes and europium were determined by two methods: solvent extraction and ion exchange. Results are presented.

  7. Flexible polyelectrolyte chain in a strong electrolyte solution: Insight into equilibrium properties and force-extension behavior from mesoscale simulation.

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    Malekzadeh Moghani, Mahdy; Khomami, Bamin

    2016-01-14

    Macromolecules with ionizable groups are ubiquitous in biological and synthetic systems. Due to the complex interaction between chain and electrostatic decorrelation lengths, both equilibrium properties and micro-mechanical response of dilute solutions of polyelectrolytes (PEs) are more complex than their neutral counterparts. In this work, the bead-rod micromechanical description of a chain is used to perform hi-fidelity Brownian dynamics simulation of dilute PE solutions to ascertain the self-similar equilibrium behavior of PE chains with various linear charge densities, scaling of the Kuhn step length (lE) with salt concentration cs and the force-extension behavior of the PE chain. In accord with earlier theoretical predictions, our results indicate that for a chain with n Kuhn segments, lE ∼ cs (-0.5) as linear charge density approaches 1/n. Moreover, the constant force ensemble simulation results accurately predict the initial non-linear force-extension region of PE chain recently measured via single chain experiments. Finally, inspired by Cohen's extraction of Warner's force law from the inverse Langevin force law, a novel numerical scheme is developed to extract a new elastic force law for real chains from our discrete set of force-extension data similar to Padè expansion, which accurately depicts the initial non-linear region where the total Kuhn length is less than the thermal screening length. PMID:26772586

  8. Flexible polyelectrolyte chain in a strong electrolyte solution: Insight into equilibrium properties and force-extension behavior from mesoscale simulation

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    Malekzadeh Moghani, Mahdy; Khomami, Bamin

    2016-01-01

    Macromolecules with ionizable groups are ubiquitous in biological and synthetic systems. Due to the complex interaction between chain and electrostatic decorrelation lengths, both equilibrium properties and micro-mechanical response of dilute solutions of polyelectrolytes (PEs) are more complex than their neutral counterparts. In this work, the bead-rod micromechanical description of a chain is used to perform hi-fidelity Brownian dynamics simulation of dilute PE solutions to ascertain the self-similar equilibrium behavior of PE chains with various linear charge densities, scaling of the Kuhn step length (lE) with salt concentration cs and the force-extension behavior of the PE chain. In accord with earlier theoretical predictions, our results indicate that for a chain with n Kuhn segments, lE ˜ cs-0.5 as linear charge density approaches 1/n. Moreover, the constant force ensemble simulation results accurately predict the initial non-linear force-extension region of PE chain recently measured via single chain experiments. Finally, inspired by Cohen's extraction of Warner's force law from the inverse Langevin force law, a novel numerical scheme is developed to extract a new elastic force law for real chains from our discrete set of force-extension data similar to Padè expansion, which accurately depicts the initial non-linear region where the total Kuhn length is less than the thermal screening length.

  9. Novel polyelectrolytes

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    Rembaum, Alan (Inventor); Yen, Shiao-Ping Siao (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    Cationic polyelectrolytes are formed by the polymerization in absence of oxygen of a monomer of the general formula: ##STR1## where x is 3 or more than 6 and Z is I, Br or Cl to form high charge density linear polymers. Segments of the linear polymer may be attached to or formed in the presence of polyfunctional reactive tertiary amines or halogen polymeric substrates or polyfunctional lower molecular reactive polyfunctional substrates to form branched or star polyelectrolytes by a quaternization polymerization reaction.

  10. Interaction between like-charged polyelectrolyte-colloid complexes in electrolyte solutions: A Monte Carlo simulation study in the Debye-Hückel approximation

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    Truzzolillo, D.; Bordi, F.; Sciortino, F.; Sennato, S.

    2010-07-01

    We study the effective interaction between differently charged polyelectrolyte-colloid complexes in electrolyte solutions via Monte Carlo simulations. These complexes are formed when short and flexible polyelectrolyte chains adsorb onto oppositely charged colloidal spheres, dispersed in an electrolyte solution. In our simulations the bending energy between adjacent monomers is small compared to the electrostatic energy, and the chains, once adsorbed, do not exchange with the solution, although they rearrange on the particles surface to accommodate further adsorbing chains or due to the electrostatic interaction with neighbor complexes. Rather unexpectedly, when two interacting particles approach each other, the rearrangement of the surface charge distribution invariably produces antiparallel dipolar doublets that invert their orientation at the isoelectric point. These findings clearly rule out a contribution of dipole-dipole interactions to the observed attractive interaction between the complexes, pointing out that such suspensions cannot be considered dipolar fluids. On varying the ionic strength of the electrolyte, we find that a screening length κ-1, short compared with the size of the colloidal particles, is required in order to observe the attraction between like-charged complexes due to the nonuniform distribution of the electric charge on their surface ("patch attraction"). On the other hand, by changing the polyelectrolyte/particle charge ratio ξs, the interaction between like-charged polyelectrolyte-decorated particles, at short separations, evolves from purely repulsive to strongly attractive. Hence, the effective interaction between the complexes is characterized by a potential barrier, whose height depends on the net charge and on the nonuniformity of their surface charge distribution.

  11. Molecular dynamics study of linear and comb-like polyelectrolytes in aqueous solution: effect of Ca2+ ions

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    Tong, Kefeng; Song, Xingfu; Sun, Shuying; Xu, Yanxia; Yu, Jianguo

    2014-08-01

    All-atom molecular dynamics simulations were employed to provide microscopic mechanism for the salt tolerance of polyelectrolytes dispersants. The conformational variation of polyelectrolytes and interactions between COO- groups and counterions/water molecules were also studied via radius of gyration and pair correlations functions. Sodium polyacrylate (NaPA) and sodium salts of poly(acrylic acid)-poly(ethylene oxide) (NaPA-PEO) were selected as the representative linear and comb-like polyelectrolyte, respectively. The results show that Ca2+ ions interact with COO- groups much stronger than Na+ ions and can bring ion-bridging interaction between intermolecular COO- groups in the NaPA systems. While in the NaPA-PEO systems, the introduced PEO side chains can prevent backbone chains from ion-bridging interactions and weaken the conformational changes. The present results can help in selecting and designing new-type efficient polyelectrolyte dispersants with good salt tolerance.

  12. Atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of the structure of symmetric Polyelectrolyte block copolymer micelle in salt-free aqueous solution

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    Chockalingam, Rajalakshmi; Natarajan, Upendra

    2014-03-01

    The structure of a symmetric polystyrene- b - poly(acrylic acid) (PS- b - PAA) micelle in salt-free aqueous solution as a function of degree-of-neutralization (or ionization, f) of the PAA is studied via explicit-atom-ion MD simulations, for the first time for a polyelectrolyte block copolymer in a polar solvent. Micelle size increases with fin agreement with experimental observations in literature, due to extension of PAA at higher ionization. Pair RDF's with respect to water oxygens show that corona-water interaction becomes stronger with f due to an increase in number density of carboxylate (COO-) groups on the chain. Water-PAA coordination (carboxylate O's) increases with ionization. H-bonding between PAA and water increases with f due to greater extent of corona-water affinity. With increase in f, atom and counter-ion ρ profiles confirm extension of corona blocks and micelle existing in the ``osmotic regime,'' and a decrease in scattering peak intensity, in agreement with neutron scattering experiments and mean-field theory in literature. Inter-chain distance in PS core is found to decrease with ionization. Macromolecular Simulation and Modeling Laboratory, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036.

  13. Influence of the polyelectrolyte poly(ethyleneimine) on the adsorption of surfactant mixtures of sodium dodecyl sulfate and monododecyl hexaethylene glycol at the air-solution interface.

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    Penfold, J; Tucker, I; Thomas, R K; Taylor, D J F; Zhang, J; Bell, C

    2006-10-10

    The polyelectrolyte poly(ethylenenimine), PEI, is shown to strongly influence the adsorption of the anionic-nonionic surfactant mixture of sodium dodecyl sulfate, SDS, and monododecyl hexaethylene glycol, C(12)E(6), at the air-solution interface. In the presence of PEI, the partitioning of the mixed surfactants to the interface is highly pH-dependent. The adsorption is more strongly biased to the SDS as the pH increases, as the PEI becomes a weaker polyelectrolyte. At surfactant concentrations >10(-4) M, the strong interaction and adsorption result in multilayer formation at the interface, and this covers a more extensive range of surfactant concentrations at higher pH values. The results are consistent with a strong interaction between SDS and PEI at the surface that is not predominantly electrostatic in origin. It provides an attractive route to selectively manipulate the adsorption and composition of surfactant mixtures at interfaces. PMID:17014126

  14. Controlled release of a microencapsulated arduous semi-hydrophobic active from coatings: Superhydrophilic polyelectrolyte shells as globally rate-determining barriers.

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    Bergek, Jonatan; Andersson Trojer, Markus; Uhr, Hermann; Nordstierna, Lars

    2016-03-10

    Polymethylmethacrylate-based microcapsules containing the antimicrobial agent 2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one (OIT) decorated by an anchored polyelectrolyte brush consisting of an amphiphilic diblock copolymer of polymethylmethacrylate-block-poly(sodium methacrylate) type have been formulated via a coacervation technique. The polyelectrolyte brush surface provided the microcapsule with a high and stable surface charge density. This enabled further surface modification of the colloidal particle with a thin and dense polyelectrolyte multilayer using the layer-by-layer technique. The addition of the highly charged and hydrophilic polyelectrolyte multilayer assembled on the microcapsule surface resulted in a considerable decrease of the release rate of the encapsulated OIT in aqueous suspension, corresponding to a 40 times reduction of the effective OIT diffusion coefficient in the polymethylmethacrylate matrix. Moreover, the release of encapsulated or freely dispersed OIT from coatings as a function of the matrix density was evaluated and analyzed within the framework of applied diffusion models. Encapsulation of OIT in polyelectrolyte multilayer composite microcapsules was found to significantly prolong the release and render the release rate more or less independent of the matrix density. In addition, the long-term antimicrobial properties of the coatings were evaluated in terms of their susceptibility for biofouling using the fungus and common biofouler Aspergillus niger as model organism. The results clearly demonstrated that the use of encapsulated OIT gave a significantly prolonged surface protection and allowed for the determination of the critical surface flux. The polyelectrolyte multilayer has therefore been recognized as the rate-determining barrier for OIT. The matrix density has a minor influence on the release rate of encapsulated OIT from these microcapsules and this concept may very well be expanded to cover a broad range of hydrophobic and semi

  15. Conjugated polyelectrolytes based on poly(arylene ethynylene): Synthesis, solution photophysics and applications to sensors and solar cells

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    Zhao, Xiaoyong

    In this dissertation, we present the research that was focused on the design, synthesis and photophysical properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPEs) based on poly(arylene ethynylene) (PAE). Applications of these materials for anion sensing and dye-sensitized solar cell (DSCs) were also explored. First, a meta-linked poly(phenylene ethynylene) featuring chiral anionic groups was designed and synthesized. Because of the presence of chiral side chains, the conjugated backbone of this polymer folds preferentially into a left-handed helix in water, as proven by absorption, fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopy. Similar to the helix formed by double-strand DNA, the helical conformation of the synthetic polymer interacts with a metallointercalator [Ru(bpy)2(dppz)]2+ and turns on the emission from the complex. Cationic cyanine dyes can also bind to the helical conformation of the polymer in a "groove-binding" manner. A chiral and optically active aggregate of cyanine dyes is formed by transferring the chirality of the polymer template. Second, we have systematically investigated the photophysical properties of para-linked poly(phenylene ethynylene)s (PPEs). These CPEs are shown to undergo a solvent-driven aggregation in solution. By chemically tuning the polymer structure, the influence of charge density and polymer chain length to the aggregate formation was carefully examined. Further, the fluorescence quenching by metal ions and organic cations (methyl viologen derivatives) was also studied. It was found that aggregate formation and polymer chain length both have a strong effect on the quenching efficiency of these polymers by the quencher molecules. Based on these results, a highly selective and sensitive sensor for pyrophosphate (PPi) was developed. Third, we have successfully synthesized a series of poly(arylene ethynylene)s with variable absorption and emission properties. The photoluminescence of PAEs with linear ionic groups is strongly quenched

  16. Polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes formed by poly[3,5-bis(trimethylammoniummethyl)4-hydroxystyrene iodide]-block-poly(ethylene oxide) and sodium dodecyl sulfate in aqueous solutions.

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    Štěpánek, Miroslav; Matějíček, Pavel; Procházka, Karel; Filippov, Sergey K; Angelov, Borislav; Šlouf, Miroslav; Mountrichas, Grigoris; Pispas, Stergios

    2011-05-01

    Formation of polyelectrolyte-surfactant (PE-S) complexes of poly[3,5-bis(trimethylammoniummethyl)-4-hydroxystyrene iodide]-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (QNPHOS-PEO) and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) in aqueous solution was studied by dynamic and electrophoretic light scattering, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), atomic force microscopy, and fluorometry, using pyrene as a fluorescent probe. SAXS data from the QNPHOS-PEO/SDS solutions were fitted assuming contributions from free copolymer, PE-S aggregates described by a mass fractal model, and densely packed surfactant micelles inside the aggregates. It was found that, unlike other systems of a double hydrophilic block polyelectrolyte and an oppositely charged surfactant, PE-S aggregates of the QNPHOS-PEO/SDS system do not form core-shell particles and the PE-S complex precipitates before reaching the charge equivalence between dodecyl sulfate anions and QNPHOS polycationic blocks, most likely because of conformational rigidity of the QNPHOS blocks, which prevents the system from the corresponding rearrangement. PMID:21446735

  17. Aggregation dynamics of rigid polyelectrolytes

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    Tom, Anvy Moly; Rajesh, R.; Vemparala, Satyavani

    2016-01-01

    Similarly charged polyelectrolytes are known to attract each other and aggregate into bundles when the charge density of the polymers exceeds a critical value that depends on the valency of the counterions. The dynamics of aggregation of such rigid polyelectrolytes are studied using large scale molecular dynamics simulations. We find that the morphology of the aggregates depends on the value of the charge density of the polymers. For values close to the critical value, the shape of the aggregates is cylindrical with height equal to the length of a single polyelectrolyte chain. However, for larger values of charge, the linear extent of the aggregates increases as more and more polymers aggregate. In both the cases, we show that the number of aggregates decrease with time as power laws with exponents that are not numerically distinguishable from each other and are independent of charge density of the polymers, valency of the counterions, density, and length of the polyelectrolyte chain. We model the aggregation dynamics using the Smoluchowski coagulation equation with kernels determined from the molecular dynamics simulations and justify the numerically obtained value of the exponent. Our results suggest that once counterions condense, effective interactions between polyelectrolyte chains short-ranged and the aggregation of polyelectrolytes are diffusion-limited.

  18. Interplay between Depletion and Double-Layer Forces Acting between Charged Particles in Solutions of Like-Charged Polyelectrolytes

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    Moazzami-Gudarzi, Mohsen; Kremer, Tomislav; Valmacco, Valentina; Maroni, Plinio; Borkovec, Michal; Trefalt, Gregor

    2016-08-01

    Direct force measurements between negatively charged silica particles in the presence of a like-charged strong polyelectrolyte were carried out with an atomic force microscope. The force profiles can be quantitatively interpreted as a superposition of depletion and double-layer forces. The depletion forces are modeled with a damped oscillatory profile, while the double-layer forces with the mean-field Poisson-Boltzmann theory for a strongly asymmetric electrolyte, whereby an effective valence must be assigned to the polyelectrolyte. This effective valence is substantially smaller than the bare valence due to ion condensation effects. The unusual aspect of the electrical double layer in these systems is the exclusion of the like-charged polyelectrolyte from the vicinity of the surface, leading to a strongly nonexponential diffuse ionic layer that is dominated by counterions and has a well-defined thickness. As the oscillatory depletion force sets in right after this layer, this condition can be used to predict the phase of the oscillatory depletion force.

  19. Interplay between Depletion and Double-Layer Forces Acting between Charged Particles in Solutions of Like-Charged Polyelectrolytes.

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    Moazzami-Gudarzi, Mohsen; Kremer, Tomislav; Valmacco, Valentina; Maroni, Plinio; Borkovec, Michal; Trefalt, Gregor

    2016-08-19

    Direct force measurements between negatively charged silica particles in the presence of a like-charged strong polyelectrolyte were carried out with an atomic force microscope. The force profiles can be quantitatively interpreted as a superposition of depletion and double-layer forces. The depletion forces are modeled with a damped oscillatory profile, while the double-layer forces with the mean-field Poisson-Boltzmann theory for a strongly asymmetric electrolyte, whereby an effective valence must be assigned to the polyelectrolyte. This effective valence is substantially smaller than the bare valence due to ion condensation effects. The unusual aspect of the electrical double layer in these systems is the exclusion of the like-charged polyelectrolyte from the vicinity of the surface, leading to a strongly nonexponential diffuse ionic layer that is dominated by counterions and has a well-defined thickness. As the oscillatory depletion force sets in right after this layer, this condition can be used to predict the phase of the oscillatory depletion force. PMID:27588884

  20. Electrical conductivity of polyelectrolyte solutions in the presence of added salt: The role of the solvent quality factor in light of a scaling approach

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    Bordi, F.; Cametti, C.; Gili, T.

    2003-07-01

    The effects of added salt on the electrical conductivity behavior of a polyelectrolyte solution are described in light of the scaling approach recently proposed by Dobrynin and Rubinstein [Macromolecules 28, 1859 (1995); 32, 915 (1999)], taking into account the influence of the solvent quality factor. The coupling between the conformation of the chain and the local charge distribution, giving rise to different conductometric behaviors, has been investigated under different conditions, in a wide concentration range of added salt. The polyion equivalent conductances λp have been evaluated in different concentration regimes for a hydrophilic polyion in good solvent condition and compared with the experimental values obtained from electrical conductivity measurements. The agreement is rather good in the wide range of concentration of the added salt investigated. In the case of poor solvent conditions, we find the appropriate expressions for the electrical conductivity when the polyion chain consists into collapsed beads alternating with stretched segments in the framework of the necklace globule model.

  1. Polyelectrolyte gels

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    Segalman, D.J.; Witkowski, W.R.

    1995-06-01

    Polyelectrolyte (PE) gels are swollen polymer/solvent networks that undergo a reversible volume collapse/expansion through various types of stimulation. Applications that could exploit this large deformation and solvent expulsion/absorption characteristics include robotic {open_quotes}fingers{close_quotes} and drug delivery systems. The goals of the research were to first explore the feasibility of using the PE gels as {open_quotes}smart materials{close_quotes} - materials whose response can be controlled by an external stimulus through a feedback mechanism. Then develop a predictive capability to simulate the dynamic behavior of these gels. This involved experimentally characterizing the response of well-characterized gels to an applied electric field and other stimuli to develop an understanding of the underlying mechanisms which cause the volume collapse. Lastly, the numerical analysis tool was used to simulate various potential engineering devices based on PE gels. This report discusses the pursuit of those goals through experimental and computational means.

  2. Colloidal stability of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles: influence of natural organic matter and synthetic polyelectrolytes.

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    Ghosh, Saikat; Jiang, Wei; McClements, Julian D; Xing, Baoshan

    2011-07-01

    The colloidal behavior of natural organic matter (NOM) and synthetic poly(acrylic acid) (PAA)-coated ferrimagnetic (γFe(2)O(3)) nanoparticles (NPs) was investigated. Humic acid (HA), an important component of NOM, was extracted from a peat soil. Two different molecular weight PAAs were also used for coating. The colloidal stability of the coated magnetic NPs was evaluated as a resultant of the attractive magnetic dipolar and van der Waals forces and the repulsive electrostatic and steric-electrosteric interactions. The conformational alterations of the polyelectrolytes adsorbed on magnetic γFe(2)O(3) NPs and their role in colloidal stability were determined. Pure γFe(2)O(3) NPs were extremely unstable because of aggregation in aqueous solution, but a significant stability enhancement was observed after coating with polyelectrolytes. The steric stabilization factor induced by the polyelectrolyte coating strongly dictated the colloidal stability. The pH-induced conformational change of the adsorbed, weakly charged polyelectrolytes had a significant effect on the colloidal stability. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) revealed the stretched conformation of the HA molecular chains adsorbed on the γFe(2)O(3) NP surface at pH 9, which enhanced the colloidal stability through long-range electrosteric stabilization. The depletion of the polyelectrolyte during the dilution of the NP suspension decreased the colloidal stability under acidic solution conditions. The conformation of the polyelectrolytes adsorbed on the NP surface was altered as a function of the substrate surface charge as viewed from AFM imaging. The polyelectrolyte coating also led to a reduction in magnetic moments and decreased the coercivity of the coated γFe(2)O(3) NPs. Thus, the enhanced stabilization of the coated maghematite NPs may facilitate their delivery in the groundwater for the effective removal of contaminants. PMID:21650201

  3. Prediction of solvent-induced morphological changes of polyelectrolyte diblock copolymer micelles.

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    Li, Nan K; Fuss, William H; Tang, Lei; Gu, Renpeng; Chilkoti, Ashutosh; Zauscher, Stefan; Yingling, Yaroslava G

    2015-11-14

    Self-assembly processes of polyelectrolyte block copolymers are ubiquitous in industrial and biological processes; understanding their physical properties can also provide insights into the design of polyelectrolyte materials with novel and tailored properties. Here, we report systematic analysis on how the ionic strength of the solvent and the length of the polyelectrolyte block affect the self-assembly and morphology of the polyelectrolyte block copolymer materials by constructing a salt-dependent morphological phase diagram using an implicit solvent ionic strength (ISIS) method for dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulations. This diagram permits the determination of the conditions for the morphological transition into a specific shape, namely vesicles or lamellar aggregates, wormlike/cylindrical micelles, and spherical micelles. The scaling behavior for the size of spherical micelles is predicted, in terms of radius of gyration (R(g,m)) and thickness of corona (Hcorona), as a function of solvent ionic strength (c(s)) and polyelectrolyte length (NA), which are R(g,m) ∼ c(s)(-0.06)N(A)(0.54) and Hcorona ∼ c(s)(-0.11)N(A)(0.75). The simulation results were corroborated through AFM and static light scattering measurements on the example of the self-assembly of monodisperse, single-stranded DNA block-copolynucleotides (polyT50-b-F-dUTP). Overall, we were able to predict the salt-responsive morphology of polyelectrolyte materials in aqueous solution and show that a spherical-cylindrical-lamellar change in morphology can be obtained through an increase in solvent ionic strength or a decrease of polyelectrolyte length. PMID:26315065

  4. Conformation of polyelectrolytes in poor solvents: Variational approach and quantitative comparison with scaling predictions

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    Tang, Haozhe; Liao, Qi; Zhang, Pingwen

    2014-05-01

    We present the results of variational calculations of a polyelectrolyte solution with low salt in poor solvent conditions for a polymer backbone. By employing the variation method, we quantitatively determined the diagram of the state of the polyelectrolyte in poor solvents as a function of the charge density and the molecular weight. The exact structure and diagram of the polyelectrolyte were compared to the scaling predictions of the necklace model developed by Dobrynin and Rubinstein [Prog. Polym. Sci. 30, 1049-1118 (2005); Dobrynin and Rubinstein, Macromolecules 32, 915-922 (1999); Dobrynin and Rubinstein, Macromolecules 34, 1964-1972 (2001)]. We find that the scaling necklace model may be used as a rather good estimation and analytical approximation of the exact variational model. It is also pointed out that the molecular connection of polymer is crucial for ellipsoid and necklace conformation.

  5. A new equation of state of a flexible-chain polyelectrolyte solution: Phase equilibria and osmotic pressure in the salt-free case

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    Budkov, Yu. A.; Kolesnikov, A. L.; Georgi, N.; Nogovitsyn, E. A.; Kiselev, M. G.

    2015-05-01

    We develop a first-principle equation of state of salt-free polyelectrolyte solution in the limit of infinitely long flexible polymer chains in the framework of a field-theoretical formalism beyond the linear Debye-Hueckel theory and predict a liquid-liquid phase separation induced by a strong correlation attraction. As a reference system, we choose a set of two subsystems—charged macromolecules immersed in a structureless oppositely charged background created by counterions (polymer one component plasma) and counterions immersed in oppositely charged background created by polymer chains (hard-core one component plasma). We calculate the excess free energy of polymer one component plasma in the framework of modified random phase approximation, whereas a contribution of charge densities' fluctuations of neutralizing backgrounds we evaluate at the level of Gaussian approximation. We show that our theory is in a very good agreement with the results of Monte Carlo and MD simulations for critical parameters of liquid-liquid phase separation and osmotic pressure in a wide range of monomer concentration above the critical point, respectively.

  6. Thermodynamic characterization of the interaction behavior of a hydrophobically modified polyelectrolyte and oppositely charged surfactants in aqueous solution: effect of surfactant alkyl chain length.

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    Bai, Guangyue; Nichifor, Marieta; Lopes, António; Bastos, Margarida

    2005-01-13

    We have used a precision isothermal titration microcalorimeter (ITC) to measure the enthalpy curves for the interaction of a hydrophobically modified polyelectrolyte (D40OCT30) with oppositely charged surfactants (SC(n)S) in aqueous solution. D40OCT30 is a newly synthesized polymer based on dextran having pendant N-(2-hydroxypropyl)-N,N-dimethyl-N-octylammonium chloride groups randomly distributed along the polymer backbone with degree of substitution of 28.1%. The employed anionic surfactants are sodium octyl sulfate (SC(8)S) and sodium tetradecyl sulfate (SC(14)S). Microcalorimetric results along with turbidity and kinematic viscosity measurements demonstrate systematically the thermodynamic characterization of the interaction of D40OCT30/SC(n)S. A three-dimensional diagram with the derived phase boundaries is drawn to describe the effect of the alkyl chain length of surfactant and of the ratio between surfactant and pendant groups on the interaction. A more complete picture of the interaction mechanism for D40OCT30/SC(n)S systems is proposed here. PMID:16851043

  7. Determination of pressure solution shortening in sandstones

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    Onasch, Charles M.

    1993-11-01

    A new method for the determination of pressure solution shortening in sandstones uses the geometry of grain-to-grain interpenetrations and grains truncated against solution surfaces. These features are used to construct plots from which the magnitude and direction of the pressure solution shortening can be determined. Using simulated pressure solution deformation of artificial and natural grain populations, the new method is shown to correctly assess a variety of coaxial and non-coaxial shortenings. Although primarily intended to determine shortening, the method can also quantify extension related to growth of beards or overgrowths during pressure solution. Application of the method to naturally deformed quartz arenite samples shows that pressure solution shortening of up to 26% occurred during compaction and 22% during layer-parallel shortening.

  8. Characterization of polyelectrolyte behavior of the polysaccharides chitosan, heparin, and hyaluronan, by light scattering and viscometry.

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    Boddohi, Soheil; Yonemura, Susan; Kipper, Matt

    2008-03-01

    This study on the polyelectrolyte behavior of polysaccharides in solution is motivated by our recent work in development of nanostructured polysaccharide-based surface coatings. Chitosan behaves as a weak polycation, and hyaluronan behaves as a weak polyanion, while heparin behaves as a strong polyanion. The ability to control the conformation of these polysaccharides in solution, by changing the solution ionic strength and pH may offer the opportunity to further tune the nanoscale features of polysaccharide-based surface coatings assembled from solution. In the work reported here, the solution conformation of these polymers is determined from gel permeation chromatography coupled to differential refractive index, light scattering, and viscometry detection. These results are related to the nanostructure of chitosan-heparin and chitosan-hyaluronan surface coatings based on polyelectrolyte multilayers.

  9. Saloplastics: processing compact polyelectrolyte complexes.

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    Schaaf, Pierre; Schlenoff, Joseph B

    2015-04-17

    Polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) are prepared by mixing solutions of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. These diffuse, amorphous precipitates may be compacted into dense materials, CoPECs, by ultracentrifugation (ucPECs) or extrusion (exPECs). The presence of salt water is essential in plasticizing PECs to allow them to be reformed and fused. When hydrated, CoPECs are versatile, rugged, biocompatible, elastic materials with applications including bioinspired materials, supports for enzymes and (nano)composites. In this review, various methods for making CoPECs are described, as well as fundamental responses of CoPEC mechanical properties to salt concentration. Possible applications as synthetic cartilage, enzymatically active biocomposites, self-healing materials, and magnetic nanocomposites are presented. PMID:25771881

  10. Investigation on the interaction of Safranin T with anionic polyelectrolytes by spectrophotometric method

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    Fradj, Anouar Ben; Lafi, Ridha; Hamouda, Sofiane Ben; Gzara, Lassaad; Hamzaoui, Ahmed Hichem; Hafiane, Amor

    2014-10-01

    Understanding the role played by chemical additives such as NaCl salt, acid and Cetylpyridinium Chloride (CPC) surfactant on the interaction between dye and polyelectrolyte contributes to optimization of processes using polyelectrolytes in the removal of dye from aqueous solution. Herein we focus in the interaction between Safranin T, a cationic dye, with two anionic polyelectrolytes, poly(ammonium acrylate) and poly(acrylic acid) using spectrophotometric method and conductivity measurement. In aqueous solution, each of anionic polyelectrolytes forms a complex with the dye and induces a metachromasy indicated by the blue shift of the absorbance of the dye. The stoichiometry of complexes evaluated by the molar ratio method are 1:1 for Safranin T poly(ammonium acrylate) and 2:1 in the case of Safranin T poly(acrylic acid). The effect of additives on the stability of complexes has been studied by varying concentrations of the salt and the surfactant and pH of the solution. The thermodynamic parameters of interaction ΔG, ΔH and ΔS at different temperatures were evaluated to determine the stability constant of the complexes.

  11. Electrostatics of Rigid Polyelectrolytes

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    Wong, G.C.L.

    2009-06-04

    The organization of rigid biological polyelectrolytes by multivalent ions and macroions are important for many fundamental problems in biology and biomedicine, such as cytoskeletal regulation and antimicrobial sequestration in cystic fibrosis. These polyelectrolytes have been used as model systems for understanding electrostatics in complex fluids. Here, we review some recent results in theory, simulations, and experiments.

  12. Forming lipid bilayer membrane arrays on micropatterned polyelectrolyte film surfaces.

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    Zhang, Ying; Wang, Lei; Wang, Xuejing; Qi, Guodong; Han, Xiaojun

    2013-07-01

    A novel method of forming lipid bilayer membrane arrays on micropatterned polyelectrolyte film surfaces is introduced. Polyelectrolyte films were fabricated by the layer-by-layer technique on a silicon oxide surface modified with a 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) monolayer. The surface pK(a) value of the APTES monolayer was determined by cyclic voltammetry to be approximately 5.61, on the basis of which a pH value of 2.0 was chosen for layer-by-layer assembly. Micropatterned polyelectrolyte films were obtained by deep-UV (254 nm) photolysis though a mask. Absorbed fluorescent latex beads were used to visualize the patterned surfaces. Lipid bilayer arrays were fabricated on the micropatterned surfaces by immersing the patterned substrates into a solution containing egg phosphatidylcholine vesicles. Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching studies yielded a lateral diffusion coefficient for probe molecules of 1.31±0.17 μm(2) s(-1) in the bilayer region, and migration of the lipid NBD PE in bilayer lipid membrane arrays was observed in an electric field. PMID:23695862

  13. Fluorescence array-based sensing of nitroaromatics using conjugated polyelectrolytes.

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    Wu, Jiatao; Tan, Chunyan; Chen, Zhifang; Chen, Yu Zong; Tan, Ying; Jiang, Yuyang

    2016-05-23

    A sensor array consisting of six cationic fluorescent conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPEs) is reported, which could readily differentiate between nine closely related hydrophilic nitroaromatics (NACs) in separate aqueous solutions by fluorescence pattern recognition and linear discrimination analysis (LDA). PMID:27169808

  14. Optimal solutions of unobservable orbit determination problems

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    Cicci, David A.; Tapley, Byron D.

    1988-12-01

    The method of data augmentation, in the form ofa priori covariance information on the reference solution, as a means to overcome the effects of ill-conditioning in orbit determination problems has been investigated. Specifically, for the case when ill-conditioning results from parameter non-observability and an appropriatea priori covariance is unknown, methods by which thea priori covariance is optimally chosen are presented. In problems where an inaccuratea priori covariance is provided, the optimal weighting of this data set is obtained. The feasibility of these ‘ridge-type’ solution methods is demonstrated by their application to a non-observable gravity field recovery simulation. In the simulation, both ‘ridge-type’ and conventional solutions are compared. Substantial improvement in the accuracy of the conventional solution is realized by the use of these ridge-type solution methods. The solution techniques presented in this study are applicable to observable, but ill-conditioned problems as well as the unobservable problems directly addressed. For the case of observable problems, the ridge-type solutions provide an improvement in the accuracy of the ordinary least squares solutions.

  15. Electrochromism and electrocatalysis in viologen polyelectrolyte multilayers

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    Stepp, J.; Schlenoff, J.B.

    1997-06-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayers were constructed from a polyviologen and poly(styrene sulfonate) using an alternating polyion solution deposition technique. In situ absorption spectroscopy showed multilayers to be strongly electrochromic. Oxygen reduction at multilayer-coated conducting glass electrodes was also shown to be facilitated.

  16. Various corona treated biopolymer substrates for the deposition of polyelectrolyte multilayers

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    Yovcheva, T. A.; Marudova, M. G.; Viraneva, A. P.; Sotirov, S. I.; Rusev, S. H.; Bodurov, I. P.; Pilicheva, B. A.; Uzunova, Y. I.; Exner, G. K.; Grancharova, Ts. Ts.; Vlaeva, I. Y.

    2016-03-01

    In the present paper the effect of the substrate type and the corona polarity were investigated. Various biopolymer substrates (poly lactic acid (PLA), PLA with chitosan and lyophilized PLA) were prepared. These substrates were charged in a positive and in a negative corona and time dependences of the normalized surface potential were studied. After that multilayer films were formed by alternative dipping the substrates into chitosan and xanthan polyelectrolyte solutions. For this purpose 0.1% chitosan solution and 0.05% xanthan solution in acetate buffers with pH 4.5 and ionic strength 0.1 mol/l were used. The films' morphology was investigated by FTIR and SEM methods. A comparative analysis of the experimental results was presented and the most appropriate substrate type for the irreversible binding of the chitosan/ xanthan polyelectrolytes was determined.

  17. Polyelectrolyte multilayers: An odyssey through interdisciplinary science

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    Jaber, Jad A.

    This dissertation provides an overview of a self assembled multilayer technique based on the alternating deposition of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes onto charged solid supports. The basic principles and methodologies governing this technique are laid down, and new strategies are built upon the latter, in an effort to develop innovative technologies that would be beneficial for making new products or improving the quality of existing ones. Fundamental studies to characterize the water content, efficiency of ion-pairing, differential strength of electrostatic interactions, topology, and viscoelastic properties of polyelectrolyte multilayers, PEMUs, are illustrated and conducted. In addition, polyelectrolyte multilayers that are stimulus responsive, or support active and controlled bio-motor protein interactions are described. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared, (ATR), spectroscopy was used to compare the extent of swelling and doping within PAH/PSS and PDADMA/PSS polyelectrolyte multilayers. Unlike PDADMA/PSS, whose water content depended on the solution ionic strength, PAH/PSS was resistant to swelling by salt. It was stable up to 4.0 M sodium chloride, with 6 water molecules per ion-pair. Using the infrared active perchlorate sodium salt, the amount of residual persistent extrinsic sites in both PDADMA/PSS and PAH/PSS was determined to be 3% and 6%, respectively. The free energy of association between the polymer segments, in the presence of sodium perchlorate, was in the order of 4.5 kJ mol-1 and -9.5 kJ mol-1 for PDADMA/PSS and PAH/PSS correspondingly. Thus, indicating the relatively strong electrostatic association between the polymer segments in a PAH/PSS relative to PDADMA/PSS multilayer. Adjusting the pH of the solution in contact with the PAH/PSS multilayer to 11.5 resulted in a first order discontinuous dissociation of the Pol+Pol- bonds. Techniques used to study the mechanical properties of single muscle fiber were adapted to

  18. Flexible polyelectrolyte conformation in the presence of oppositely charged surfactants.

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    Kuhn, P S; Diehl, A

    2007-10-01

    Conformational behavior of flexible polyelectrolytes in the presence of monovalent cationic surfactants is examined. A simple model is presented for the formation of polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes in salt-free solutions in the framework of the Debye-Hückel-Bjerrum-Manning and Flory theories, including explicitly the hydrophobic interactions between the associated surfactant molecules on the polyelectrolyte. The distribution of complexes is calculated as a function of the surfactant concentration and a discrete conformational transition between an elongated coil and a compact globule was found, in agreement with experimental observations. PMID:17995019

  19. Diffusion of polyelectrolytes in polyelectrolyte gels

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    Rahalkar, Anand; Muthukumar, Murugappan

    2015-03-01

    Using dynamic light scattering, we have investigated the diffusion coefficient of sodium poly(styrene sulfonate) in a matrix of poly(acrylamide-co-acrylate) gels. The diffusion coefficient of the probe polyelectrolyte exhibits a crossover behavior from a particle-diffusion to entropic-barrier dominated diffusion, as the molecular weight is increased. The effect of electrostatics, by varying the charge density of the matrix, on probe diffusion constant will be presented.

  20. Polyelectrolytes to produce nanosized polydopamine.

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    Mateescu, Mihaela; Metz-Boutigue, Marie-Hélène; Bertani, Philippe; Ball, Vincent

    2016-05-01

    "Polydopamine" (PDA) is the oxidation product of dopamine and can be obtained as thin films covering the surface of all kinds of known materials and simultaneously as insoluble and useless precipitates from dopamine solutions in the presence of appropriate oxidants. The valorization of such precipitates to obtain stable suspensions of functional nanomaterials is highly desirable owing to the chemical and optical properties of PDA. We show that a vast repertoire of polyelectrolytes polycations as well as polyanions, allow to control the size of PDA particles in the 10-100 nm size range. Simultaneously to the production of smaller nanoparticles, a progressive inhibition of PDA deposition on the surface of quartz plates (as well as on the surface of the reaction vessel) is found as the concentration of the polyelectrolytes is increased in the dopamine solution. The mechanism of size control-inhibition of film deposition is investigated in the particular case of poly(allylamine) but remains not understood in the case of polyanions. PMID:26890383

  1. Polyelectrolyte effects in polymers for lithography

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    Prabhu, Vivek

    2006-03-01

    The transformation of a solid-like film into a solution upon exposure to a miscible solvent is a complex process involving sluggish kinetic pathways associated with the slow transport of the liquid into the film and the evolution of the thermodynamic driving forces during the course of the dissolution process. In complex materials such as polymers, this process occurs in stages from the transformation of the glassy or crystalline film into a swollen state, followed at longer times by the final dissolution of the film. Dissolving polyelectrolyte films exhibit additional complexities in their dissolution dynamics over uncharged polymer films. Interfacial charge density, the dielectric constant of the medium, ionic strength and valence influence the phase behavior of charged polymers thus affecting their dissolution behavior. The dissolution mechanism can be tailored for different applications, for instance the microelectronics industry utilizes the selective dissolution of one component enabling lithographic pattern formation. We present neutron reflectivity and quartz crystal microbalance results to address polyelectrolyte effects in thin films such as the counterion distribution, quasi-equilibrium swelling and kinetics. V.M. Prabhu, R.L. Jones, E.K. Lin, W-L Wu. ``Polyelectrolyte effects in model photoresist developer solutions.'' J. Vac. Sci. and Tech.B, 21, 1403 (2003). V.M. Prabhu, B.D. Vogt, W-L. Wu, J. Douglas, E. Lin, S. Satija, D. Goldfarb, and H. Ito. ``Direct measurement of the counterion distribution within swollen polyelectrolyte films'' Langmuir Letter, 21, 6647 (2005).

  2. Ionic content and permeability of polyelectrolyte multilayers and complexes

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    Ghostine, Ramy A.

    Ultrathin films of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMUs) are built by the alternating deposition of oppositely charged polymers from aqueous solutions onto a clean substrate. The most used protocol to fabricate this type of films is called the Layer-by-Layer assembly technique. The type of polyelectrolytes, the buildup conditions, and the post-assembly treatments can be modified in order to control both the chemical and physical properties of multilayers. In recent years, multilayers have been used in commercially available products, corrosion protection, biocompatible surfaces, hydrophobic and hydrophilic coatings and chromatographic applications. Their robustness and stability make polyelectrolyte multilayer thin films good candidates for a series of other applications such as cell growth control, ion exchange membranes, drug delivery, sensors and electronics. In this dissertation, the permeability of polyelectrolyte multilayers made from poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) and sodium poly(4-styrene sulfonate) (NaPSS) is discussed in details. The permeability was studied by measuring the flux of redox active ions across a PEMU coated electrode. The effect of temperature, salt type and concentration was studied and it was determined that the flux of ions increases with temperature and salt concentration, and the permeability of ions strongly depends on the type of salt ions present in solution. The membrane concentration of the redox active ion was also calculated using attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infra red spectroscopy. In another part of this dissertation, the ionic content of PEMUs was investigated by using radioactive counterions to track the ratio of positive to negative polymer repeat units. It was found that the accepted model of charge overcompensation for each layer is incorrect. In fact, overcompensation at the surface occurs only on the addition of the polycation, whereas the polyanion merely compensates the polycation

  3. Effect of Supporting Polyelectrolyte Multilayers and Deposition Conditions on the Formation of 1-Palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine/1-Palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine Lipid Bilayers.

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    Wlodek, Magdalena; Szuwarzynski, Michal; Kolasinska-Sojka, Marta

    2015-09-29

    The formation of complete supported lipid bilayers by vesicle adsorption and rupture was studied in relation to deposition conditions of vesicles and underlying cushion formed from various polyelectrolytes. Lipid vesicles were formed from zwitterionic 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC) and negatively charged 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (POPE) in phosphate buffer of various pH with or without NaCl addition. Polyelectrolyte multilayer films (PEM) were constructed by sequential adsorption of alternately charged polyelectrolytes from their solutions-layer-by-layer deposition (LBL). The mechanism of the formation of supported lipid bilayer on polyelectrolyte films was studied by quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). QCM-D allowed following the adsorption kinetics while AFM measurements verified the morphology of lipid vesicles and isolated bilayer patches on the PEM cushions providing local topological images in terms of lateral organization. Additionally, polyelectrolyte cushions were characterized with ellipsometry to find thickness and swelling properties, and their roughness was determined using AFM. It has been demonstrated that the pH value and an addition of NaCl in the buffer solution as well as the type of the polyelectrolyte cushion influence the kinetics of bilayer formation and the quality of formed bilayer patches. PMID:26334376

  4. The interaction of humic substances with cationic polyelectrolytes.

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    Kam, S K; Gregory, J

    2001-10-01

    The anionic charge carried by aquatic humic substances plays a major part in their interaction with metal ions and other cationic species. Removal of such substances by coagulation and flocculation can be, at least partly, determined by charge neutralisation. In this work, the charge densities of a commercial humic acid and an aquatic humic extract have been investigated by studying their interactions with a series of synthetic cationic polyelectrolytes. These covered a range of charge densities and molecular weights. The techniques used were colloid titration by spectrophotometry and streaming current detection, and flocculation determined by colour removal and by an optical monitoring method. For a given cationic polyelectrolyte, all four methods gave charge densities for humic substances which were in good agreement. However, systematic differences in the apparent humic charge density were found, depending on the charge density of the cationic polyelectrolyte used. With low charge density polyelectrolytes, the apparent anionic charge of the humic substances was found to be low. With higher polyelectrolyte charge densities, the apparent humic substance charge density increases and reaches a limiting value when the polyelectrolyte charge is greater than about 3 meq/g. This indicates a non-stoichiometric interaction between the anionic sites of the humic substances and the cationic charges of the low-charge polyelectrolytes. Optimum flocculation of humics occurred with less cationic charge in the case of low-charge polyelectrolytes than those with higher charge density. However, the degree of removal was considerably better in the latter case. In all cases, the molecular weight of the cationic polyelectrolytes (over a range from about 50,000 to 15 million) appeared to have no effect on the results. PMID:11561615

  5. Direct Determination of Nonmetals in Solution with Atomic Spectrometry.

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    McGregor, David A.; And Others

    1988-01-01

    Addresses solution nonmetal determinations on a fundamental level. Characterizes research in this area of chemical instrumentation. Discusses the fundamental limitations of nonmetal atomic spectrometry, the status of nonmetals and atomic spectroscopic techniques, and current directions in solution nonmetal determinations. (CW)

  6. Hybrid particle-field molecular dynamics simulation for polyelectrolyte systems.

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    Zhu, You-Liang; Lu, Zhong-Yuan; Milano, Giuseppe; Shi, An-Chang; Sun, Zhao-Yan

    2016-04-14

    To achieve simulations on large spatial and temporal scales with high molecular chemical specificity, a hybrid particle-field method was proposed recently. This method is developed by combining molecular dynamics and self-consistent field theory (MD-SCF). The MD-SCF method has been validated by successfully predicting the experimentally observable properties of several systems. Here we propose an efficient scheme for the inclusion of electrostatic interactions in the MD-SCF framework. In this scheme, charged molecules are interacting with the external fields that are self-consistently determined from the charge densities. This method is validated by comparing the structural properties of polyelectrolytes in solution obtained from the MD-SCF and particle-based simulations. Moreover, taking PMMA-b-PEO and LiCF3SO3 as examples, the enhancement of immiscibility between the ion-dissolving block and the inert block by doping lithium salts into the copolymer is examined by using the MD-SCF method. By employing GPU-acceleration, the high performance of the MD-SCF method with explicit treatment of electrostatics facilitates the simulation study of many problems involving polyelectrolytes. PMID:27001709

  7. Encapsidation of Linear Polyelectrolyte in a Viral Nanocontainer

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    Hu, Yufang

    2005-03-01

    We present the results from a combined experimental and theoretical study on the self-assembly of a model icosahedral virus, Cowpea Chlorotic Mottle Virus (CCMV). The formation of native CCMV capsids is believed to be driven primarily by the electrostatic interactions between the viral RNA and the positively charged capsid interior, as well as by the hydrophobic interactions between capsid protein subunits. To probe these molecular interactions, in vitro self-assembly reactions are carried out using the CCMV capsid protein and a synthetic linear polyelectrolyte, sodium polystyrene sulfonate (NaPSS), which functions as the analog of viral RNA. Under appropriate solutions conditions, NaPSS is encapsidated by the viral capsid. The molecular weight of NaPSS is systematically varied and the resulting average capsid size, size distribution, and particle morphology are measured by transmission electron microscopy. The correlation between capsid size and packaged cargo size, as well as the upper limit of capsid packaging capacity, are characterized. To elucidate the physical role played by the encapsidated polyelectrolyte in determining the preferred size of spherical viruses, we have used a mean-field approach to calculate the free energy of the virus-like particle as a function of chain length (and of the strength of chain/capsid attractive interaction). We find good agreement with our analytical calculations and experimental results.

  8. Force balances in systems of cylindrical polyelectrolytes.

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    Brenner, S L; McQuarrie, D A

    1973-04-01

    A detailed analysis is made of the model system of two parallel cylindrical polyelectrolytes which contain ionizable groups on their surfaces and are immersed in an ionic bathing medium. The interaction between the cylinders is examined by considering the interplay between repulsive electrostatic forces and attractive forces of electrodynamic origin. The repulsive force arises from the screened coulomb interaction between the surface charge distributions on the cylinders and has been treated by developing a solution to the linearized Poisson-Boltzmann equation. The boundary condition at the cylinder surfaces is determined as a self-consistent functional of the potential, with the input consisting of the density of ionizable groups and their dissociation constants. It is suggested that a reasonably accurate representation for the form of the attractive force can be obtained by performing a pairwise summation of the individual interatomic forces. A quantitative estimate is obtained using a Hamaker constant chosen on the basis of rigorous calculations on simpler systems. It is found that a balance exists between these repulsive and attractive forces at separations in good agreement with those observed in arrays of tobacco mosaic virus and in the A band myosin lattice in striated muscle. The behavior of the balance point as a function of the pH and ionic strength of the bathing medium closely parallels that seen experimentally. PMID:4696760

  9. Fabrication of polyelectrolyte multilayered nano-capsules using a continuous layer-by-layer approach.

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    Elizarova, Iuliia S; Luckham, Paul F

    2016-05-15

    The layer-by-layer approach is a highly versatile method for the fabrication of multilayered polymeric films and capsules. It has been widely investigated in research for various polyelectrolyte pairs and core template particles. However, the fabrication of nano-sized capsules at the larger scale is difficult and time consuming, due to the necessity of washing and centrifugation steps before the deposition of each polyelectrolyte layer. This results not only in a very long fabrication time, but also in the partial loss of particles during those intermediate steps. In this study, we introduced a continuous approach for the fabrication of multilayer polyelectrolyte based nano-capsules using calcium phosphate core nanoparticles and a tubular flow type reactor with the potential for synthesizing tens of milligrams of capsules per hour. Adsorption of the polyelectrolyte layer occurred in the tubing where particles and polyelectrolyte solution of choice were mixed, creating a layer of polyelectrolyte on the particles. After this, these newly surfaced-modified particles passed into the next segment of tubing, where they were mixed with a second polyelectrolyte of opposite charge. This process can be continuously repeated until the desired number of layers is achieved. One potential problem with this method concerned the presence of any excess polyelectrolyte in the tubing, so careful control of the amount of polymer added was crucial. It was found that slightly under dosing the amount of added polyelectrolyte ensured that negligible unadsorbed polyelectrolyte remained in solution. The particles created at each deposition step were stable, as they all had a zeta potential of greater than ±25mV. Furthermore the zeta potential measurements showed that charge reversal occurred at each stage. Having achieved the necessary number of polyelectrolyte layers, the calcium phosphate cores were easily removed via dissolution in either hydrochloric or acetic acid. PMID:26939072

  10. Colorimetric determination of tobramycin in parenteral solutions.

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    Das Gupta, V

    1988-06-01

    A colorimetric method based on a reaction between tobramycin and alkaline copper sulphate solution has been proposed to quantify tobramycin in injections. The excipients present and normal saline did not interfere with the assay procedure. A tobramycin sample which was decomposed using either sulphuric acid or sodium hydroxide solution indicated fairly good stability on both sides of the pH scale. PMID:3209627

  11. Sequestration of Methylene Blue into Polyelectrolyte Complex Coacervates.

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    Zhao, Mengmeng; Zacharia, Nicole S

    2016-08-01

    Polyelectrolyte complex coacervation is a process that has been proposed as a model for protocell formation due to its ability to compartmentalize chemicals in solution without a membrane. During the liquid-liquid phase separation that results in water rich and polyelectrolyte rich phases, small molecules present in solution selectively partition to one phase over the other. This sequestration is based on relative affinities. Here, a study of the sequestration of methylene blue (MB) into the complex coacervate phase of three pairs of synthetic polyelectrolytes is presented; branched polyethylene imine with polyacrylic acid, polyvinyl sulfonate, or poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid). These materials are characterized with UV-vis, zeta potential measurements, and dynamic light scattering. The branched polyethylene imine/poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid) system is shown to have a significantly higher sequestration capacity for the MB as compared to either of the other two systems, based on π-π interactions which are not possible in the other systems. PMID:27336461

  12. Phase Transitions in Nanostructured Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Complexes

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    Leonard, Michael; Strey, Helmut

    2001-03-01

    When a water-soluble polyelectrolyte is combined with an oppositely-charged surfactant solution at a stoichiometric charge ratio, self-assembly into highly-ordered, water-insoluble structures occurs. We have prepared such complexes with poly(sodium acrylate)-co-acrylamide, alginic acid, and chitosan, combined with cationic and anionic surfactants. The phases exhibited by these complexes in aqueous solution are highly sensitive to such factors as osmotic pressure, salt type, ionic strength, and polyelectrolyte charge density. In this study, we have used small angle X-ray scattering to examine osmotic stress-induced structural phase transitions in these complexes under these various environmental conditions. The morphological consequences of combining polyelectrolytes with swollen, emulsion-bound surfactant micelles were also investigated. Results of this work, as well as the potential to use these complexes as nanoporous, biocompatible materials, will be discussed.

  13. Aligned Carbon Nanotube Thin Films from Liquid Crystal Polyelectrolyte Inks.

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    Tune, Daniel D; Blanch, Adam J; Shearer, Cameron J; Moore, Katherine E; Pfohl, Moritz; Shapter, Joseph G; Flavel, Benjamin S

    2015-11-25

    Single walled carbon nanotube thin films are fabricated by solution shearing from high concentration sodium nanotubide polyelectrolyte inks. The solutions are produced by simple stirring of the nanotubes with elemental sodium in dimethylacetamide, and the nanotubes are thus not subject to any sonication-induced damage. At such elevated concentrations (∼4 mg mL(-1)), the solutions exist in the liquid crystal phase and during deposition this order is transferred to the films, which are well aligned in the direction of shear with a 2D nematic order parameter of ∼0.7 determined by polarized absorption measurements. Compared to similarly formed films made from superacids, the polyelectrolyte films contain smaller bundles and a much narrower distribution of bundle diameters. After p-doping with an organic oxidizer, the films exhibit a very high DC electrical to optical conductivity ratio of σ(DC)/σ(OP) ∼ 35, corresponding to a calculated DC conductivity of over 7000 S cm(-1). When very thin (T550 ∼ 96%), smooth (RMS roughness, R(q) ∼ 2.2 nm), and highly aligned films made via this new route are used as the front electrodes of carbon nanotube-silicon solar cells, the power conversion efficiency is almost an order of magnitude greater than that obtained when using the much rougher (R(q) ∼ 20-30 nm) and less conductive (peak σ(DC)/σ(OP) ∼ 2.5) films formed by common vacuum filtration of the same starting material, and having the same transmittance. PMID:26511159

  14. Investigation of metal-polyelectrolyte complex toxicity.

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    Karahan, Mesut; Mustafaeva, Zeynep; Koç, Rabia Çakır; Bağırova, Melahat; Allahverdiyev, Adil M

    2014-05-01

    Water-soluble binary and ternary copper complexes of polyelectrolytes were synthesized, and the toxicity of these complexes was tested in mouse fibroblast cell line (L929) in vitro. Both the binary and ternary complexes were prepared at the ratio of 0.4 mole copper(II) ions per monomer of acrylic acid and 0.5 mole copper(II) ions per monomer of methyl vinyl ether maleic anhydride, furthermore at the ratio of 1 and 2 mole bovine serum albumin per mole of polyacrylic acid and poly(methyl vinyl ether-co-maleic anhydride), respectively. Compared to binary copper(II)-polyelectrolyte complexes, these ternary complexes have been determined to be of least toxicity. PMID:22914259

  15. Kinetics of thorium-polyelectrolyte interaction

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    Cacheris, W.P.

    1985-01-01

    The rate constants for thorium dissociation from humic acid, PMA (polymaleic acid) and PMVEMA (poly(-methylvinylether/maleic acid)) were measured in the pH range of 4.20 to 5.94. The rate of thorium dissociation from these polyelectrolytes was determined by measuring the rate at which thorium was complexed with an exchange ligand. Arsenazo III was employed as the exchange ligand and its complexation of thorium was monitored by visible spectroscopy. The dissociation of thorium from these polyelectrolytes occurred by several first order pathways. These pathways fit into two categories based on their dependence on pH, temperature and the amount of time thorium was in contact with the polyelectrolyte prior to dissociation. Less than 6 +/- 1 KJ/mole activation entropy was found for the first category of thorium dissociation. Between 20 +/- 2 and 30 +/- 2 KJ/mole activation energy and from -200 +/- 20 to -250 +/- 20 joule/mole-K/sup 0/ activation entropy was found for the second category of thorium dissociation.

  16. Ion transport through electrolyte/polyelectrolyte multi-layers

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    Femmer, Robert; Mani, Ali; Wessling, Matthias

    2015-06-01

    Ion transport of multi-ionic solutions through layered electrolyte and polyelectrolyte structures are relevant in a large variety of technical systems such as micro and nanofluidic devices, sensors, batteries and large desalination process systems. We report a new direct numerical simulation model coined EnPEn: it allows to solve a set of first principle equations to predict for multiple ions their concentration and electrical potential profiles in electro-chemically complex architectures of n layered electrolytes E and n polyelectrolytes PE. EnPEn can robustly capture ion transport in sub-millimeter architectures with submicron polyelectrolyte layers. We proof the strength of EnPEn for three yet unsolved architectures: (a) selective Na over Ca transport in surface modified ion selective membranes, (b) ion transport and water splitting in bipolar membranes and (c) transport of weak electrolytes.

  17. Ion transport through electrolyte/polyelectrolyte multi-layers.

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    Femmer, Robert; Mani, Ali; Wessling, Matthias

    2015-01-01

    Ion transport of multi-ionic solutions through layered electrolyte and polyelectrolyte structures are relevant in a large variety of technical systems such as micro and nanofluidic devices, sensors, batteries and large desalination process systems. We report a new direct numerical simulation model coined EnPEn: it allows to solve a set of first principle equations to predict for multiple ions their concentration and electrical potential profiles in electro-chemically complex architectures of n layered electrolytes E and n polyelectrolytes PE. EnPEn can robustly capture ion transport in sub-millimeter architectures with submicron polyelectrolyte layers. We proof the strength of EnPEn for three yet unsolved architectures: (a) selective Na over Ca transport in surface modified ion selective membranes, (b) ion transport and water splitting in bipolar membranes and (c) transport of weak electrolytes. PMID:26111456

  18. Ion transport through electrolyte/polyelectrolyte multi-layers

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    Femmer, Robert; Mani, Ali; Wessling, Matthias

    2015-01-01

    Ion transport of multi-ionic solutions through layered electrolyte and polyelectrolyte structures are relevant in a large variety of technical systems such as micro and nanofluidic devices, sensors, batteries and large desalination process systems. We report a new direct numerical simulation model coined EnPEn: it allows to solve a set of first principle equations to predict for multiple ions their concentration and electrical potential profiles in electro-chemically complex architectures of n layered electrolytes E and n polyelectrolytes PE. EnPEn can robustly capture ion transport in sub-millimeter architectures with submicron polyelectrolyte layers. We proof the strength of EnPEn for three yet unsolved architectures: (a) selective Na over Ca transport in surface modified ion selective membranes, (b) ion transport and water splitting in bipolar membranes and (c) transport of weak electrolytes. PMID:26111456

  19. Erratum: "A new equation of state of a flexible-chain polyelectrolyte solution: Phase equilibria and osmotic pressure in the salt-free case" [J. Chem. Phys. 142, 174901 (2015)

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    Budkov, Yu. A.; Kolesnikov, A. L.; Georgi, N.; Nogovitsyn, E. A.; Kiselev, M. G.

    2015-11-01

    We develop a first-principle equation of state of salt-free polyelectrolyte solution in the limit of infinitely long flexible polymer chains in the framework of a field-theoretical formalism beyond the linear Debye-Hueckel theory and predict a liquid-liquid phase separation induced by a strong correlation attraction. As a reference system we choose a set of two subsystems - charged macromolecules immersed in a structureless oppositely charged background created by counterions (polymer one component plasma) and counterions immersed in oppositely charged background created by polymer chains (hard-core one component plasma). We calculate the excess free energy of polymer one component plasma in the framework of Modified Random Phase Approximation, whereas a contribution of charge densities fluctuations of neutralizing backgrounds we evaluate at the level of Gaussian approximation. We show that our theory is in a very good agreement with the results of Monte-Carlo and MD simulations for critical parameters of liquid-liquid phase separation and osmotic pressure in a wide range of monomer concentration above the critical point, respectively.

  20. Rheological correlations of relaxation time for finite concentrated semiflexible polyelectrolytes in solvents

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    Chun, Myung-Suk; Ko, Min Jae

    2012-10-01

    The Rouse-Zimm model based on the polymer dynamics theory allows us to predict the relaxation time of polyelectrolyte dilute solution as a function of the intrinsic viscosity. In finite concentrated solutions, the empirical analysis adopted in this study is quite useful to examine the relaxation behavior, noting that proper theories are not well-clarified and experimental measurements are rather complicated. For the xanthan biopolymer selected as the polyelectrolyte model of a semiflexible chain, we measured rheological properties of shear viscosity η and first normal stress difference σ Δ1 in dilute and semidilute solutions over a wide range of shear rates dot γ. Power-law scaling relations are commonly observed in the region of dot γ ≥slant 1 s-1. Accurate regressions on η and σ Δ1 present empirical plots as functions of the shear rate and the xanthan concentration, from which each of relevant fitting parameters are determined. Empirically determined curves agree well with the experimental data, ensuring that the empirical formula for the characteristic relaxation time λ is applicable at dilute and finite concentrations, which has not been reported in the literature. We further interpreted the non-Newtonian fluid behavior over a full range of shear rates by applying the Carreau A constitutive model.

  1. Wrap-and-Strip Technology of Protein-Polyelectrolyte Complex for Biomedical Application.

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    Shiraki, Kentaro; Kurinomaru, Takaaki; Tomita, Shunsuke

    2016-01-01

    A polyelectrolyte is a polymer composed of repeating units of an electrolyte group that enables reversible complex formation with proteins in aqueous solutions. This review introduces "wrap-and-strip" technology of protein-polyelectrolyte complex (PPC) by noncovalent interaction. Storage: protein is stabilized against physical and chemical stresses. Enrichment: precipitation through PPC can be used as an enrichment method without irreversible unfolding. Catalytic activity switch: a complementary charged pair of polyelectrolytes functions as a reversible enzyme activity switch. Hyperactivation: a specific combination of a polyelectrolyte and substrate enhances enzyme activity by one order of magnitude compared with an enzyme alone. Stabilization: PPC increases protein stability against chemical and physical stresses, such as covalently modified polyethylene glycosylated protein. Simple PPC-based technology can expand the applicable fields of soluble proteins in aqueous solutions. PMID:26630921

  2. Entropy production determination of the ambipolar solution nearest equilibrium

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    Catto, P.J.; Myra, J.R.

    1984-10-01

    A general derivation of the steady state entropy production equation is presented for a confined plasma which loses particles and energy via radial transport and, perhaps, end loss. The resulting equation is employed to determine which root or solution is closest to thermodynamic equilibrium when more than one self-consistent or ambipolar solution is possible.

  3. Born energy, acid-base equilibrium, structure and interactions of end-grafted weak polyelectrolyte layers

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    Nap, R. J.; Tagliazucchi, M.; Szleifer, I.

    2014-01-01

    This work addresses the effect of the Born self-energy contribution in the modeling of the structural and thermodynamical properties of weak polyelectrolytes confined to planar and curved surfaces. The theoretical framework is based on a theory that explicitly includes the conformations, size, shape, and charge distribution of all molecular species and considers the acid-base equilibrium of the weak polyelectrolyte. Namely, the degree of charge in the polymers is not imposed but it is a local varying property that results from the minimization of the total free energy. Inclusion of the dielectric properties of the polyelectrolyte is important as the environment of a polymer layer is very different from that in the adjacent aqueous solution. The main effect of the Born energy contribution on the molecular organization of an end-grafted weak polyacid layer is uncharging the weak acid (or basic) groups and consequently decreasing the concentration of mobile ions within the layer. The magnitude of the effect increases with polymer density and, in the case of the average degree of charge, it is qualitatively equivalent to a small shift in the equilibrium constant for the acid-base equilibrium of the weak polyelectrolyte monomers. The degree of charge is established by the competition between electrostatic interactions, the polymer conformational entropy, the excluded volume interactions, the translational entropy of the counterions and the acid-base chemical equilibrium. Consideration of the Born energy introduces an additional energetic penalty to the presence of charged groups in the polyelectrolyte layer, whose effect is mitigated by down-regulating the amount of charge, i.e., by shifting the local-acid base equilibrium towards its uncharged state. Shifting of the local acid-base equilibrium and its effect on the properties of the polyelectrolyte layer, without considering the Born energy, have been theoretically predicted previously. Account of the Born energy leads

  4. Born energy, acid-base equilibrium, structure and interactions of end-grafted weak polyelectrolyte layers.

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    Nap, R J; Tagliazucchi, M; Szleifer, I

    2014-01-14

    This work addresses the effect of the Born self-energy contribution in the modeling of the structural and thermodynamical properties of weak polyelectrolytes confined to planar and curved surfaces. The theoretical framework is based on a theory that explicitly includes the conformations, size, shape, and charge distribution of all molecular species and considers the acid-base equilibrium of the weak polyelectrolyte. Namely, the degree of charge in the polymers is not imposed but it is a local varying property that results from the minimization of the total free energy. Inclusion of the dielectric properties of the polyelectrolyte is important as the environment of a polymer layer is very different from that in the adjacent aqueous solution. The main effect of the Born energy contribution on the molecular organization of an end-grafted weak polyacid layer is uncharging the weak acid (or basic) groups and consequently decreasing the concentration of mobile ions within the layer. The magnitude of the effect increases with polymer density and, in the case of the average degree of charge, it is qualitatively equivalent to a small shift in the equilibrium constant for the acid-base equilibrium of the weak polyelectrolyte monomers. The degree of charge is established by the competition between electrostatic interactions, the polymer conformational entropy, the excluded volume interactions, the translational entropy of the counterions and the acid-base chemical equilibrium. Consideration of the Born energy introduces an additional energetic penalty to the presence of charged groups in the polyelectrolyte layer, whose effect is mitigated by down-regulating the amount of charge, i.e., by shifting the local-acid base equilibrium towards its uncharged state. Shifting of the local acid-base equilibrium and its effect on the properties of the polyelectrolyte layer, without considering the Born energy, have been theoretically predicted previously. Account of the Born energy leads

  5. Born energy, acid-base equilibrium, structure and interactions of end-grafted weak polyelectrolyte layers

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    Nap, R. J.; Tagliazucchi, M.; Szleifer, I.

    2014-01-14

    This work addresses the effect of the Born self-energy contribution in the modeling of the structural and thermodynamical properties of weak polyelectrolytes confined to planar and curved surfaces. The theoretical framework is based on a theory that explicitly includes the conformations, size, shape, and charge distribution of all molecular species and considers the acid-base equilibrium of the weak polyelectrolyte. Namely, the degree of charge in the polymers is not imposed but it is a local varying property that results from the minimization of the total free energy. Inclusion of the dielectric properties of the polyelectrolyte is important as the environment of a polymer layer is very different from that in the adjacent aqueous solution. The main effect of the Born energy contribution on the molecular organization of an end-grafted weak polyacid layer is uncharging the weak acid (or basic) groups and consequently decreasing the concentration of mobile ions within the layer. The magnitude of the effect increases with polymer density and, in the case of the average degree of charge, it is qualitatively equivalent to a small shift in the equilibrium constant for the acid-base equilibrium of the weak polyelectrolyte monomers. The degree of charge is established by the competition between electrostatic interactions, the polymer conformational entropy, the excluded volume interactions, the translational entropy of the counterions and the acid-base chemical equilibrium. Consideration of the Born energy introduces an additional energetic penalty to the presence of charged groups in the polyelectrolyte layer, whose effect is mitigated by down-regulating the amount of charge, i.e., by shifting the local-acid base equilibrium towards its uncharged state. Shifting of the local acid-base equilibrium and its effect on the properties of the polyelectrolyte layer, without considering the Born energy, have been theoretically predicted previously. Account of the Born energy leads

  6. Counter-ion distribution around flexible polyelectrolytes having different molecular architecture.

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    Chremos, Alexandros; Douglas, Jack F

    2016-03-21

    We explore the monovalent counter-ion distribution around flexible highly-charged polyelectrolytes with different molecular architectures (linear chains, stars, and unknotted and trefoil rings) using molecular dynamics simulations that include an explicit solvent that interacts with the polyelectrolyte. In particular, we find that the molecular topology influences the fraction of counter-ions transiently associating with the polyelectrolyte on a scale of the order of the chain segments, forming a "condensed" counter-ion interfacial layer. As with the hydrogen bonding of water to proteins and other polymers, the persistence time of these interfacial "bound" counter-ions is relatively short, O(1 ps), and we characterize the fluctuations in the number of the counter-ions populating the interfacial layer. We also find that the counter-ions are distributed in a non-uniform fashion on the polyelectrolyte backbone, forming dynamical clusters whose form and average size is sensitive to molecular architecture. In addition, we find that the residual bound counter-ions, not located in either the interfacial layer or the bulk solution, form a diffuse ionic cloud around the polyelectrolyte due to the uncompensated polyelectrolyte charge along the backbone. Generally charge valence strongly influences the extent of the diffuse counter-ion cloud, but in the case of monovalent counter-ions, we find that the size of the diffuse counter-ion cloud nearly coincides with the polyelectrolyte radius of gyration, independent of molecular topology. PMID:26864861

  7. On the mesoscopic origins of high viscosities in some polyelectrolyte-surfactant mixtures

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    Hoffmann, Ingo; Farago, Bela; Schweins, Ralf; Falus, Peter; Sharp, Melissa; Prévost, Sylvain; Gradzielski, Michael

    2015-08-21

    Oppositely charged polyelectrolyte (PE) surfactant mixtures allow the control of rheological parameters of a solution even at fairly low concentrations. For example, addition of 0.3 wt. % of anionic surfactant to a 1 wt. % solution of the polycation JR 400 increases the viscosity by 4 orders of magnitude. Recently, we could show that this increase is related to the formation of mixed, rod-like PE/surfactant aggregates which interconnect several polyelectrolyte chains [Hoffmann et al., Europhys. Lett. 104, 28001 (2013)]. In this paper, we refine our structural model of the aggregates to obtain a more consistent picture of their internal structure for different anionic surfactants. Combining small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and neutron spin-echo (NSE) allows us to determine the size of the aggregates. By comparing different contrasts, the internal structure of the aggregates can be elucidated and it is seen that the PE in the aggregates retains a relatively high freedom of movement. We proceeded to investigate the influence of the surfactant concentration and the surfactant type on structure and dynamics of the mixed aggregates. It is seen that the structural parameters of the aggregates depend very little on the surfactant concentration and headgroup. However, it is crucial to incorporate a sufficient amount of PE in the aggregates to increase the viscosity of the aggregates. By comparing viscous samples at 1 wt. % PE concentration with samples at a PE concentration of 0.3 wt. %, where no significant increase in viscosity is observed, we find that similar aggregates are formed already at this lower PE concentrations. However, the amount of PE incorporated in them is insufficient to interconnect several PE chains and therefore, they do not increase viscosity. So, our detailed investigation combining contrast variation SANS and NSE does not only allow to explain the viscosity behavior but also to deduced detailed information regarding the structures and

  8. Entropy production determination of the ambipolar solution nearest equilibrium. Revision

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    Catto, P.J.; Myra, J.R.

    1985-05-01

    A general derivation of the steady state entropy production equation is presented for a confined plasma which loses particles and energy via radial transport and, perhaps, end loss. The resulting equation is employed to determine which root or solution at each pressure surface is closest to local thermodynamic equilibrium when more than one self-consistent or ambipolar solution is possible. The solution closest to local thermodynamic equilibrium is presumed to be the one with the smallest total collisional entropy production rate. This solution makes the distribution functions as close to local Maxwellians as possible.

  9. Formation, Structure and Electrochemical Impedance Analysis of Microporous Polyelectrolyte Multilayers

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    Lutkenhaus, Jodie; McEnnis, Kathleen; Hammond, Paula

    2007-03-01

    Microporous networks are of interest as electrolyte materials, gas separation membranes and catalytic nanoparticle templates. Here, we create microporous polyelectrolyte networks of tunable pore size and connectivity using the layer-by-layer (LBL) technique. In this method, a film is formed from the alternate adsorption of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes from aqueous solution to create a cohesive thin film. Using poly(ethylene imine) (PEI) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), LBL thin films of variable composition and charge density were assembled; then, the films were treated in an acidic bath, which ionizes PEI and de-ionizes PAA. This shift in charge density induces morphological rearrangement realized by a microporous network. Depending on the assembly pH and acidic bath pH, we are able to precisely tune the morphology, which is characterized by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. To demonstrate the porous nature of the polyelectrolyte multilayer, the pores were filled with non-aqueous electrolyte (i.e. ethylene carbonate, dimethyl carbonate and lithium hexafluorophosphate) and probed with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. These microporous networks exhibited two time constants, indicative of ions traveling through the liquid-filled pores and ions traveling through the polyelectrolyte matrix.

  10. Electrophoresis of DNA and other polyelectrolytes: Physical mechanisms

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    Viovy, Jean-Louis

    2000-07-01

    The dramatic recent advances in molecular biology, which have opened a new era in medicine and biotechnology, rely on improved techniques to study large molecules. Electrophoresis is one of the most important of these. Separation of DNA by size, in particular, is at the heart of genome mapping and sequencing and is likely to play an increasing role in diagnosis. This article reviews, from the point of view of a physicist, the mechanisms responsible for electrophoretic separation of polyelectrolytes. This separation is mainly performed in gels, and a wide variety of migration mechanisms can come into play, depending on the polyelectrolyte's architecture, on the electric fields applied, and on the properties of the gel. After a brief review of the thermodynamic and electrohydrodynamic principles relating to polyelectrolyte solutions, the author treats the phenomenology of electrophoresis and describes the conceptual and theoretical tools in the field. The reptation mechanisms, by which large flexible polyelectrolytes thread their way through the pores of the gel matrix, play a prominent role. Biased reptation, the extension of this model to electrophoresis, provides a very intuitive framework within which numerous physical ideas can be introduced and discussed. It has been the most popular theory in this domain, and it remains an inspiring concept for current development. There have also been important advances in experimental techniques such as single-molecule viodeomicroscopy and the development of nongel separation media and mechanisms. These, in turn, form the basis for fast-developing and innovative technologies like capillary electrophoresis, electrophoresis on microchips, and molecular ratchets.

  11. Self-Assembly of Polyoxometalate and Polyelectrolyte Macroions into Mechanically Strong Supramolecular Hydrogels

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    Jing, Benxin; Zhu, Y. Elaine

    Polyoxometalate (POM) macroions are the nanoclusters of transition metal oxide with size 1-10 nm and well-defined structure at the atom level. Because of their stoichiometric surface groups and high solubility in polar solvents to form thermodynamically stable solution, POMs are studied as excellent model macroions at nanoscale. In this work, we explore the electrostatic controlled self-assembly of anionic POMs and cationic or zwitterionic polyelectrolytes (PEs) in aqueous solution. Specifically we examine the complex formation of zwitterionic poly (3-(methacryloylamino)propyl]dimethyl(3-sulfopropyl)ammonium hydroxide) (PSBMA) and cationic poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) with tungstate based POMs of varied valence. The phase diagram of POM/polyelectrolyte complexes is determined with varied POM/PE charge ratios. It is interesting to observe the coacervation of POMs with PSBMA. With cationic PDADMAC, hybrid POM-PDADMAC hydrogels can be formed. Nevertheless, POM-PDADMAC complexes exhibit much enhanced mechanical properties in comparison to polymer hydrogel. The viscoelastic properties of hybrid macroion complexes strongly depend on PDADMAC concentration, POM-to-PDADMAC molar ratio, the size and valence of POMs. At the intermediate range of POM-to-PDADMAC concentration ratio, shear thickening and strain hardening are observed with soft supramolecular hydrogels, which is resulted from the non-Gaussian stretching of polymer chains.

  12. Alcohol--Induced Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Complex Coacervate Systems: Characterization and Applications in Enzyme and Protein Extraction

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    Nejati Moshtaghin, Mahboubeh

    The focus of this thesis is to achieve a better understanding of the newly discovered surfactant-polyelectrolyte complex coacervate (SPCC) systems induced by fluoroalcohol/acid as well as short chain aliphatic alcohol; and to elucidate their applications in extraction and enrichment of proteins and enzyme. We have discovered that fluoroalcohols and --acids induce complex coacervation and phase separation in the aqueous mixtures of oppositely charged anionic polyelectrolytes; specifically, sodium salts of polyacrylic acid and polymethacrylic acid and cationic surfactant (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, CTAB) over a broad range of concentrations of mole fractions of the oppositely charged amphiphiles. Accordingly, these new classes of coacervators will significantly broaden the scope and facilitate engineering of new coacervate phases. Toward these goals, we have inspected the formation of surfactant-polyelectrolyte complex coacervates in the presence of fluoroalcohols namely hexafluoroisopropanol (HFIP) and Trifluoroethanol (TFE). Furthermore, the extent of coacervation as a function of concentrations the system components, and charge ratios of the oppositely charged amphiphiles has been investigated. Polyelectrolytes are considered to be milder reagents, as compared to surfactants, regarding proteins denaturation. This highlights the importance of a detailed investigation of the efficiency of our coacervate systems for extraction and preconcentration of proteins and enzymes, especially, when the biological activity of the extracted proteins needs to be maintained based on the objectives mentioned above, the results of the investigations have been organized in four chapters. In Chapter II, the phase behavior of the FA-SPCC will be investigated. The objective is to examine the phase behavior and phase properties with respect to the extent of coacervation in different solution conditions. In particular, the effects of different solution variables such as concentration

  13. Charge on a weak polyelectrolyte

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    Wang, Shengqin; Granick, Steve; Zhao, Jiang

    2008-12-01

    Fluorescence measurements with single-molecule sensitivity are used to measure the hydrodynamic size and local pH of a weak polyelectrolyte, poly-2-vinyl pyridine end labeled with pH-sensitive dye, the polyelectrolyte having concentration so low (nanomolars) that molecular properties are resolvable only from fluorescence experiments and cannot be accessed by light scattering. We find that the local pH near the dye, inferred from its brightness, is consistently three orders of magnitude higher than the bulk pH. Upon varying the bulk pH, we measure the collapse point at which hydrophobic attraction overwhelms electrostatic repulsion between charged elements along the chain, and conclude that adding monovalent salt shifts this coil-to-globule collapse to higher pH than in the absence of salt. The influence of salt appears to shift the ionization equilibrium of this weak polyelectrolyte in the direction of the chain possessing enhanced electric charge at a given pH. Phenomenologically, this is opposite to the case for strong polyelectrolytes, although the mechanism differs.

  14. Macrojunctions ordering in polyelectrolyte hydrogels

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    Török, Gy; Lebedev, V. T.; Cser, L.; Buyanov, A. L.; Revelskaya, L. G.

    2000-03-01

    We studied the structure of polyelectrolyte hydrogels of sodium polyacrylate cross-linked by macromolecular allyldextran (supergels). Using high-resolution SANS we have found the specific ordering of macrojunctions (structure's period ∼130 nm) that may be reliable for the network's anomaly swelling.

  15. Colloid Titration--A Rapid Method for the Determination of Charged Colloid.

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    Ueno, Keihei; Kina, Ken'yu

    1985-01-01

    "Colloid titration" is a volumetric method for determining charged polyelectrolytes in aqueous solutions. The principle of colloid titration, reagents used in the procedure, methods of endpoint detection, preparation of reagent solutions, general procedure used, results obtained, and pH profile of colloid titration are considered. (JN)

  16. Probing aggregation and fibril formation of insulin in polyelectrolyte multilayers.

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    Koo, Juny; Czeslik, Claus

    2012-06-01

    Ultrathin films are useful for coating materials and controlling drug delivery processes. Here, we explore the use of polyelectrolyte multilayers as templates for the formation of two-dimensional protein networks, which represent biocompatible and biodegradable ultrathin films. In a first step, we have studied the lateral aggregation and amyloid fibril formation of bovine insulin that is adsorbed at and confined within planar polyelectrolyte multilayers, assembled with poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA), poly(styrenesulfonic acid) (PSS), and hyaluronic acid (HA). Si-PDDA-PSS-(insulin-PSS)(x) and Si-PDDA-PSS-(insulin-HA)(x) multilayers (x=1-4) have been prepared and characterized in the fully hydrated state by using X-ray reflectometry, attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and confocal fluorescence microscopy. The obtained data demonstrate a successful build-up of the insulin-polyelectrolyte multilayers on silicon wafers that grow strongly in thickness upon insulin adsorption on PSS and HA layers. The secondary structure analysis of insulin, based on the vibrational amide I'-band, indicates an enhanced intermolecular β-sheet formation within the multilayers at 70°C and pD=2, i.e. at conditions that promote insulin amyloid fibrils rich in β-sheet contents. However, insulin that is confined between two polyelectrolyte layers rather forms amorphous aggregates as can be inferred from confocal fluorescence images. Remarkably, when insulin is deposited as the top-layer, a partial conversion into a two-dimensional fibrillar network can be induced by adding amyloid seeds to the solution. Thus, the results of this study illustrate the capability of polyelectrolyte multilayers as templates for the growth of protein networks. PMID:22369752

  17. Complexes of xylan and synthetic polyelectrolytes. Characterization and adsorption onto high quality unbleached fibres.

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    Mocchiutti, Paulina; Galván, María V; Peresin, María S; Schnell, Carla N; Zanuttini, Miguel A

    2015-02-13

    In this work, polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) were formed by adding polyacrylic acid (PAA) or 4-O-methylglucuronoxylan (Xyl) on poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) solutions, at different ionic strength and neutral pH. Turbidity curves, charge densities of the cationic complexes determined by polyelectrolyte titration method, and z-potential values showed clear differences between both complexes. Stirring favourably reverses the effects of sedimentation of Xyl/PAH complexes, as demonstrated by colloidal stability tests. Adsorption studies on silica surfaces, performed by Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation (QCM-D) showed that PAA/PAH adsorbed complexes layers were rigid, while the corresponding Xyl/PAH layers were viscoelastic. Despite the different conformations, both complexes were adsorbed as spherical particles, as observed by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Adsorption isotherms performed on fibre suspensions showed that the ionic strength of the liquid medium determines the amount of PEC retained. Finally, it was found that the papermaking properties were significantly increased due to the addition of these PECs. PMID:25458282

  18. Versatile electron-collecting interfacial layer by in situ growth of silver nanoparticles in nonconjugated polyelectrolyte aqueous solution for polymer solar cells.

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    Yuan, Kai; Chen, Lie; Chen, Yiwang

    2014-10-01

    Novel PEIE-Ag composites by in situ growth of silver nanoparticles in poly(ethylenimine)-ethoxylated (PEIE) aqueous solution are explored as an efficient interfacial layer for improving inverted polymer solar cells (PSCs) performance. The hybrid PEIE-Ag interfacial material is simple to fabricate only via ultraviolet irradiation with good water-solubility and unique film formation. The generated Ag nanoparticles can anchor in the PEIE polymer chains to form a conductive continuous interpenetrating network structure. Combining of the advantages of PEIE and Ag nanoparticles, the PEIE-Ag shows enhanced charge transport, electron selective and collection, and improved light-harvesting, mainly due to the surface plasmon resonance effect, better energy alignment induced by the formation of ideal dipole layer, as well as the improved conductivity. These distinguished interfacial properties result in the power conversion efficiency of inverted PSCs based on poly[4,8-bis(2-ethyl-hexyl-thiophene-5-yl)-benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b]dithiophene-2,6-diyl]-alt-[2-(2-ethyl-hexanoyl)-thieno[3,4-b]thiophen-4,6-diyl] (PBDTTT-C-T) and [6,6]-phenyl C71-butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM) photoactive layer substantially improved up to 7.66% from 6.11%. Moreover, the device performance is insensitively dependent on the thickness of the PEIE-Ag interfacial layer, broadening the thicknesses selection window for interfacial materials. These results demonstrate that PEIE-Ag is a potential interfacial material compatible with roll-to-roll techniques and suitable for printed electronic devices. PMID:25207753

  19. Diffusiophoresis of a charged toroidal polyelectrolyte.

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    Tseng, Shiojenn; Hsu, Yen-Rei; Hsu, Jyh-Ping

    2016-06-01

    Considering recent application of concentration driven motion of charged nanoparticles in sensing technology, we model the diffusiophoresis of an isolated toroidal polyelectrolyte (PE) for the first time. Choosing an aqueous KCl solution for illustration, its behavior under various conditions is simulated by varying the double layer thickness, the size of toroid, and its softness and fixed charge density. We show that the behavior of the present PE can be different both quantitatively and qualitatively from that of the corresponding spherical PE. This arises from the competition of the hydrodynamic force and the electric force acting on a PE. The geometry and the nature of a PE can also influence appreciably its behavior, yielding complicated and interesting results. PMID:26970033

  20. Macroion Interaction at Polyelectrolyte Brush Interfaces

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    Qu, Chen

    2015-03-01

    The effect of macroions, including synthetic polyelectrolytes, DNA and proteins, on the structure and surface properties of charged polymer thin films remains inadequately understood partially due to the complexity involving the hydrophobic effect and the conformational change of polymeric macroions. In this work, we explore a group of inorganic nanocluster based macroions, hydrophilic polyoxometalates (POMs) of robust nanocluster structure and carrying high surface charges (~ 2-42 negative charges) to investigate their interaction with surface tethered poly-2-vinylpyridine (P2VP) brush-like thin films immersed in aqueous solution. We observe the collapse of swollen P2VP chains by adding POM macroions of increased concentration by AFM, QCM and contact goniometer measurements, in sharp contrast to the increased chain stretching by adding monovalent salts. A careful comparison is made between distinct POMs based on their charge, size and chemical nature. These findings serve as a good reference for theoretical model modification and design of new mesoporous composite membranes.

  1. Saloplastic Macroporous Polyelectrolyte Complexes: Cartilage Mimics

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    2011-01-01

    Complexes of sodium poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (NaPSS) and poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) were formed on mixing equimolar solutions in high salt concentration. Under ultracentrifugal fields, the complex precipitates were transformed into compact polyelectrolyte complexes (CoPECs), which showed extensive porosity. The mechanical properties of CoPECS make them attractive for bioimplants and tissue engineering applications. Free NaPSS chains in the closed pores of CoPECs create excess osmotic pressure, which controls the pore size and contributes to the mechanical resistance of the material. The mechanical properties of CoPECs, modulated by the ionic strength of the doping medium, were studied by uniaxial tensile testing and the stress−strain data were fit to a three-element Maxwell model which revealed at least two regimes of stress relaxation. PMID:21132107

  2. Adsorption of flexible polyelectrolytes on charged surfaces.

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    Subbotin, A V; Semenov, A N

    2016-08-10

    Adsorption of weakly charged polyelectrolyte (PE) chains from dilute solution on an oppositely charged surface is studied using the self-consistent mean-field approach. The structure of the adsorbed polymer layer and its excess charge are analyzed in the most important asymptotic and intermediate regimes both analytically and numerically. Different regimes of surface charge compensation by PE chains including partial and full charge inversion are identified and discussed in terms of physical parameters like the magnitude of specific short-range interactions of PE segments with the surface, solvent quality and ionic strength. The effect of excluded-volume monomer interactions is considered quantitatively both in the marginally good and poor solvent regimes. PMID:27452184

  3. Polyelectrolyte coatings for microchip capillary electrophoresis.

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    Liu, Yan; Henry, Charles S

    2006-01-01

    In chip-based electrophoretic analysis of biomolecules, chemical modification of the microchannel is widely employed to reduce or eliminate the analyte-wall interactions and alter electroosmotic flow (EOF) in the microchannel. A stable polyelectrolyte multilayer coating is one common way to regulate or eliminate EOF and prevent analyte adsorption for the rapid, efficient separation of biomolecules within microchannels. A wide variety of polyelectrolytes have been used as coatings. This chapter deals with how to coat microchips with polyelectrolytes and the expected results using polybrene and dextran sulfate as models. The technique presented here is generally applicable to any polyelectrolyte. PMID:16790867

  4. Equilibrium distribution of permeants in polyelectrolyte microcapsules filled with negatively charged polyelectrolyte: the influence of ionic strength and solvent polarity.

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    Tong, Weijun; Song, Haiqing; Gao, Changyou; Möhwald, Helmuth

    2006-07-01

    The effects of ionic strength and solvent polarity on the equilibrium distribution of fluorescein (FL) and FITC-dextran between the interior of polyelectrolyte multilayer microcapsules filled with negatively charged strong polyelectrolyte and the bulk solution were systematically investigated. A negatively charged strong polyelectrolyte, poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS), used for CaCO3 core fabrication, was entrapped inside the capsules. Due to the semipermeability of the capsule wall, a Donnan equilibrium between the inner solution within the capsules and the bulk solution was created. The equilibrium distribution of the negatively charged permeants was investigated by means of confocal laser scanning microscopy as a function of ionic strength and solvent polarity. The equilibrium distribution of the negatively charged permeants could be tuned by increasing the bulk ionic strength to decrease the Donnan potential. Decreasing the solvent polarity also could enhance the permeation of FL, which induces a sudden increase of permeation when the ethanol volume fraction was higher than 0.7. This is mainly attributed to the precipitation of PSS. A theoretical model combining the Donnan equilibrium and Manning counterion condensation was employed to discuss the results. PMID:16805590

  5. Complexation and coacervation of like-charged polyelectrolytes inspired by mussels

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    Kim, Sangsik; Huang, Jun; Lee, Yongjin; Dutta, Sandipan; Yoo, Hee Young; Jung, Young Mee; Jho, YongSeok; Zeng, Hongbo

    2016-01-01

    It is well known that polyelectrolyte complexes and coacervates can form on mixing oppositely charged polyelectrolytes in aqueous solutions, due to mainly electrostatic attraction between the oppositely charged polymers. Here, we report the first (to the best of our knowledge) complexation and coacervation of two positively charged polyelectrolytes, which provides a new paradigm for engineering strong, self-healing interactions between polyelectrolytes underwater and a new marine mussel-inspired underwater adhesion mechanism. Unlike the conventional complex coacervate, the like-charged coacervate is aggregated by strong short-range cation–π interactions by overcoming repulsive electrostatic interactions. The resultant phase of the like-charged coacervate comprises a thin and fragile polyelectrolyte framework and round and regular pores, implying a strong electrostatic correlation among the polyelectrolyte frameworks. The like-charged coacervate possesses a very low interfacial tension, which enables this highly positively charged coacervate to be applied to capture, carry, or encapsulate anionic biomolecules and particles with a broad range of applications. PMID:26831090

  6. Rapid determination of global moment-tensor solutions

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    Sipkin, S.A.

    1994-01-01

    In an effort to improve data services, the National Earthquake Information Center has begun a program, in cooperation with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology Data Management Center (IRIS DMC), to produce rapid estimates of the seismic moment tensor for most earthquakes with a bodywave magnitude of 5.8 or greater. An estimate of the moment tensor can usually be produced within 20 minutes of the arrival of the broadband P-waveform data from the IRIS DMC. The solutions do not vary significantly from the final solutions determined using the entire network. -from Author

  7. Dynamics and stability of dispersions of polyelectrolyte-filled multilayer microcapsules.

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    Kim, Byoung-Suhk; Lobaskin, Vladimir; Tsekov, Roumen; Vinogradova, Olga I

    2007-06-28

    The authors report dynamic and coagulation properties of a dispersion of polyelectrolyte multilayer microcapsules filled with solutions of a strong polyelectrolyte. Microcapsules are shown to take a charge of the sign of encapsulated polyions and are characterized by a nonuniform distribution of inner polyions, which indicates a semipermeability of the shell and a leakage of counterions. The capsule self-diffusion coefficient in the vicinity of the similarly charged wall is measured using a particle tracking procedure from confocal images of the dispersion. The diffusion of capsules in the force field suggests that the effective interaction potential contains an electrostatic barrier, so that we deal with the same types of interaction forces as for solid particles. The theoretical estimates of the authors show that when microcapsules are in close proximity, their interaction should even be quantitatively the same as that of colloids with the same surface potential. However, due to the mobility of inner polyions they might repel stronger at large distances. The authors thus conclude that the encapsulation of charged polymers is an important factor in determining the adhesion and interaction properties of multilayer microcapsules. PMID:17614584

  8. Evolution of composition, molar mass, and conductivity during the free radical copolymerization of polyelectrolytes.

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    Alb, Alina M; Paril, Ahmet; Catalgil-Giz, Huceste; Giz, Ahmet; Reed, Wayne F

    2007-07-26

    Despite their importance in biological and technological contexts, copolymeric polyelectrolytes (or "copolyelectrolytes") continue to present challenges to theorists and experimentalists. The first results of a unified approach to the kinetics and mechanisms of copolyelectrolyte synthesis and the physical characteristics of the resulting polymers are presented. The free radical copolymerization of 4-vinylbenzenesulfonic acid sodium salt and acrylamide was monitored using automatic continuous online monitoring of polymerization reactions (ACOMP), from which the average bivariate composition and mass distributions were determined. Composition drift was related to the evolution of conductivity. In some cases bimodal populations of copolyelectrolyte and homopolymeric poly(acrylamide) resulted, i.e., blends of copolyelectrolyte and neutral homopolymer. The end-product scattering behavior depended on whether the end-product was bimodal or not, as demonstrated using automatic continuous mixing (ACM) in conjunction with light scattering and viscosity. Negative light-scattering third virial coefficients were found for bimodal end-products. This combined approach may allow connecting the synthesis kinetics to the resulting "trivariate" distribution of composition, molar mass, and linear charge density, which in turn controls the properties of end-product solutions, such as chain conformations, interparticle interactions, viscosity, interactions with colloids and other polymers, phase separation, etc. Unified results may allow testing and improvement of existing polyelectrolyte theories, development of new quantitative physicochemical models, provide advanced characterization methods, set the stage for studying more complex copolyelectrolytes, such as hydrophobically modified ones, and provide tools for ultimately controlling and tailoring the synthesis and properties of copolyelectrolytes. PMID:17441756

  9. Effect of polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexation on Marangoni transport at a liquid-liquid interface.

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    Dunér, Gunnar; Kim, Michelle; Tilton, Robert D; Garoff, Stephen; Przybycien, Todd M

    2016-04-01

    Complexation of surfactants and oppositely charged polyelectrolytes is expected to alter Marangoni transport at a fluid interface compared to either single component system due to altered interfacial tension isotherms and mass transfer rates as well as adsorption irreversibility effects. We investigate Marangoni transport at the oil/water interface by passing mixtures of the anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and cationic polyelectrolyte poly(3-(2-methylpropionamide)propyl) trimethylammonium chloride-acrylamide (poly[AM-MAPTAC]), or rinsing solutions, over an oil/water interface in a radial, stagnation point flow. The displacements of adsorbed tracer particles are recorded through optical microscopy. The net displacement, defined as the sum of the displacements occurring during the adsorption and desorption stages of one application and rinsing cycle, is up to 10 times greater for complexing surfactant/polymer mixtures compared to either single component system. The enhanced net displacement is largely determined by the enhanced transport upon adsorption, while the reverse displacement that would normally occur upon rinsing is partially suppressed by partially irreversible polymer adsorption at the oil/water interface. In addition to effects of complexation on interfacial tension gradient induced flow, complexation effects on the bulk, and possibly interfacial, viscosity also influence the interfacial transport. PMID:26775240

  10. Ion transport in polyelectrolyte multilayer membranes: Electrochemical, spectroscopic, and computational analysis

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    Farhat, Tarek Rafic

    Diffusion of ions across thin membranes, whether polymeric or biological, is diverse and important field in science. In separation science, thin polymer films have potential application in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. In this dissertation, ion transport on a recently discovered polymer thin films known as polyelectrolyte multilayer films is investigated. Unexpectedly, a polyelectrolyte multilayer membrane behaved unlike classical membranes and a new mechanism termed the "reluctant exchange" was proposed to explain their behavior. Ion transport in these membranes was studied electrochemically, using the rotating disc electrode voltammetry technique, to obtain flux characteristic of at least ten electroactive species The flux through membranes was found to be either a linear or nonlinear function of electrolyte concentration depending on the charge, the resonance form, and the membrane diffusion coefficient of the electroactive ion. The "reluctant exchange" lead to significant transport selectivity between ions, favoring species with lower charge. A triangular relation was established between the electroactive probe ions, the polyelectrolyte ion pair exchangers, and a variety of supporting electrolytes. In certain cases a blocking effect was detected, which was harnessed to study the effectiveness of these films at inhibiting pitting corrosion of stainless steel. Experimental analysis was extended to include in situ Attenuated Total Internal Reflectance-Fourier Transform Infra Red spectroscopy that verified the linear dependence of the population of extrinsic sites and the independence of the concentration of the probe ions on the concentration of the external salt solution. Finally, owing to the difficulty of detecting the hops of active probe ions across the ion pair exchangers, a theoretical approach was proposed to understand the molecular dynamics of the "reluctant exchange" mechanism. A visualization of ion transport across the polyelectrolyte

  11. Determination of monomer concentrations in crystallizing lysozyme solutions

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    Wilson, L. J.; Pusey, Marc L.

    1992-01-01

    We have developed a non-optical technique for the study of aggregation in lysozyme and other protein solutions. By monitoring the rate at which lysozyme traverses a semipermeable membrane it was possible to quantitate the degree of aggregation in supersaturated solutions. Using this technique, we have measured the concentration of monomers and larger aggregates in under- and oversaturated lysozyme solutions, and in the presence of crystals, at pH 4.0 and 3 percent NaCl (0.1M NaAc). Comparison of these concentration profiles with (110) face growth rate data supports the theory that tetragonal lysozyme crystals grow by addition of preformed aggregates and not by monomer addition. The data suggest that a considerable population of aggregates larger than dimers are present at lysozyme concentrations above 22 mg/ml. Determination of dimer concentrations, and equilibrium constants for subsequent aggregation levels, are currently underway.

  12. Study of polyelectrolyte complexes of chitosan and sulfoethyl cellulose

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    Baklagina, Yu. G. Kononova, S. V.; Petrova, V. A.; Kruchinina, E. V.; Nud'ga, L. A.; Romanov, D. P.; Klechkovskaya, V. V.; Orekhov, A. S.; Bogomazov, A. V.; Arkhipov, S. N.

    2013-03-15

    The complexing of polycation chitosan and polyanion sulphoethyl cellulose during the formation of polyelectrolyte simplex membranes using the layer-by-layer deposition of a solution of one polyion on a gel-like film of another one has been studied. The structural characteristics of the multilayer composites and their components have been analyzed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis. A technique is proposed for studying the structure of surface layers of thin polymer films (15-20 {mu}m) using a portable DIFREI-401 diffractometer. It is shown that the sequence of layer deposition during the formation of membrane films does not affect their structural characteristics. The interaction between positively charged chitosan groups (-NH{sub 3}{sup +}) and negatively charged sulfoethyl cellulose groups (-SO{sub 3}{sup -}) during the growth of polyelectrolyte complexes results in a packing of chitosan chains in the multilayer film.

  13. A molecular simulation study on salt response of polyelectrolyte complexes

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    Antila, Hanne; van Tassel, Paul; Sammalkorpi, Maria

    2015-03-01

    In aqueous solutions, oppositely charged polymers, polyelectrolytes (PEs) form complexes which are known to be sensitive to added salt with responses ranging from shrinking to full destabilization of the complex. As a specific application of PE complexes, the complex formation of DNA with polycations has been demonstrated to be an effective means of transfecting genetic material in gene therapy. We use all-atom molecular dynamics and coarse-grained Monte Carlo simulations to investigate the effect of excess salt on DNA-polycation complex stability. The detailed all-atom simulations demonstrate the mechanism of polycation and ion species specific salt-driven dissociation involving charge reversal. More generally, other possible mechanisms of salt driven dissociation exist as well. The coarse grained approach, which describes the PE complex as oppositely charged, rigid rods and ions as hard spheres, provides a more complete understanding of PE interactions in salt, and suggests possible mechanisms leading to repulsion between the oppositely charged polyelectrolytes.

  14. Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Complexes: A New Class of Organogelators

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    Cavicchi, Kevin; Liu, Yuqing; Guzman, Gustavo

    2011-03-01

    Polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes (PE-SURFs) are a class of polymers generated by neutralizing a polyelectrolyte with an oppositely charged surfactant. It has been found that PE-SURFs composed of polystyrene sulfonate and long chain alkyl dimethyl amines act as good organogelators for a range of hydrophobic, organic solvents. Thermo-reversible organogels are formed by heating and cooling PE-SURF/solvent solutions. The gel transition temperature is influenced by the degree of polymerization, the length of the alkyl side-chain, the solubility parameter of the solvent, and the concentration of the gelator. Freeze-drying and scanning electron microscopy characterization of the resultant xerogels shows the formation of rod- and plate-like network morphologies depending on the system parameters. This behavior is consistent with gelation driven by the self-assembly of the amphiphilic PE-SURFs into micellar networks.

  15. The Hofmeister anion effect and the growth of polyelectrolyte multilayers.

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    Salomäki, Mikko; Tervasmäki, Piia; Areva, Sami; Kankare, Jouko

    2004-04-27

    The influence of a variety of counteranions on the properties of polyelectrolyte multilayers deposited by layer-by-layer technique is studied by using ellipsometry and AFM. We found out that in thin dry multilayers (20-90 nm) ofpoly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS) and poly(diallyldimethylammonium) (PDADMA), the thickness follows reasonably well the position of the counteranion in the Hofmeister series. The polyelectrolyte-counteranion interaction is studied by means of viscosity measurements of semidilute solutions of PDADMA in the presence of different anions. The dynamic viscosities follow the Hofmeister series of anions and correlate with the thickness of multilayers. Two parameters describing the interaction of ions with water, the Jones-Dole viscosity B coefficient and the hydration entropy, are used to explain the anion effect on the developing multilayer thickness. Reasonably smooth and monotonic functional dependence is observed between the layer thickness and these two parameters. PMID:15875399

  16. Study of polyelectrolyte complexes of chitosan and sulfoethyl cellulose

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    Baklagina, Yu. G.; Kononova, S. V.; Petrova, V. A.; Kruchinina, E. V.; Nud'ga, L. A.; Romanov, D. P.; Klechkovskaya, V. V.; Orekhov, A. S.; Bogomazov, A. V.; Arkhipov, S. N.

    2013-03-01

    The complexing of polycation chitosan and polyanion sulphoethyl cellulose during the formation of polyelectrolyte simplex membranes using the layer-by-layer deposition of a solution of one polyion on a gel-like film of another one has been studied. The structural characteristics of the multilayer composites and their components have been analyzed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis. A technique is proposed for studying the structure of surface layers of thin polymer films (15-20 μm) using a portable DIFREI-401 diffractometer. It is shown that the sequence of layer deposition during the formation of membrane films does not affect their structural characteristics. The interaction between positively charged chitosan groups (-NH{3/+}) and negatively charged sulfoethyl cellulose groups (-SO{3/-}) during the growth of polyelectrolyte complexes results in a packing of chitosan chains in the multilayer film.

  17. Polyelectrolyte multilayer films: A sponge for insulin?

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    Ladhari, Nadia; Hemmerlé, Joseph; Haikel, Youssef; Voegel, Jean-Claude; Ball, Vincent

    2010-01-01

    Considering restrictive diabetes treatments, new insulin administration strategies constitute a huge medical challenge. This study aimed at developing a new support for insulin reservoirs, using polyelectrolyte multilayer films (PEM films), and thus studying this hormone release in a progressive manner. At first, insulin was loaded in (PDADMAC-PAA)n films, by immerging them for various periods of time (2, 14 and 24 h) in a solution containing this protein. Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) revealed that insulin-FITC could diffuse inside the film with a bigger concentration in the upper part of the film (after 2 and 14 h in contact with the polypeptide solution), and then in the whole film (after 24 h) from a solution at pH=4.3 (below insulin's isolelectric point). Environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) and CLSM showed that the film swells upon insulin loading. We finally investigated the insulin release by ATR-FTIR spectroscopy. It revealed that a loaded (PDADMAC-PAA)15 film, immerged in distilled water, showed no measurable insulin release. In contrast, a slow unloading was observed in the presence of a NaCl 0.15 M solution (salinity close to physiological serum). This study could open the route for a new way of insulin delivery. PMID:20930331

  18. Solutes determine the temperature windows for microbial survival and growth

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    Chin, Jason P.; Megaw, Julianne; Magill, Caroline L.; Nowotarski, Krzysztof; Williams, Jim P.; Bhaganna, Prashanth; Linton, Mark; Patterson, Margaret F.; Underwood, Graham J. C.; Mswaka, Allen Y.; Hallsworth, John E.

    2010-01-01

    Microbial cells, and ultimately the Earth's biosphere, function within a narrow range of physicochemical conditions. For the majority of ecosystems, productivity is cold-limited, and it is microbes that represent the failure point. This study was carried out to determine if naturally occurring solutes can extend the temperature windows for activity of microorganisms. We found that substances known to disorder cellular macromolecules (chaotropes) did expand microbial growth windows, fungi preferentially accumulated chaotropic metabolites at low temperature, and chemical activities of solutes determined microbial survival at extremes of temperature as well as pressure. This information can enhance the precision of models used to predict if extraterrestrial and other hostile environments are able to support life; furthermore, chaotropes may be used to extend the growth windows for key microbes, such as saprotrophs, in cold ecosystems and manmade biomes. PMID:20404182

  19. Polyelectrolyte gels as bending actuators: modeling and numerical simulation

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    Wallmersperger, Thomas; Keller, Karsten; Attaran, Abdolhamid

    2013-04-01

    Polyelectrolyte gels are ionic electroactivematerials. They have the ability to react as both, sensors and actuators. As actuators they can be used e.g. as artificial muscles or drug delivery control; as sensors they may be used for measuring e.g. pressure, pH or other ion concentrations in the solution. In this research both, anionic and cationic polyelectrolyte gels placed in aqueous solution with mobile anions and cations are investigated. Due to external stimuli the polyelectrolyte gels can swell or shrink enormously by the uptake or delivery of solvent. In the present research a coupled multi-field problem within a continuum mechanics framework is proposed. The modeling approach introduces a set of equations governing multiple fields of the problem, including the chemical field of the ionic species, the electrical field and the mechanical field. The numerical simulation is performed by using the Finite Element Method. Within the study some test cases will be carried out to validate our model. In the works by Gülch et al., the application of combined anionic-cationic gels as grippers was shown. In the present research for an applied electric field, the change of the concentrations and the electric potential in the complete polymer is simulated by the given formulation. These changes lead to variations in the osmotic pressure resulting in a bending of different polyelectrolyte gels. In the present research it is shown that our model is capable of describing the bending behavior of anionic or cationic gels towards the different electrodes (cathode or anode).

  20. The determination of captopril in Solution by Raman spectroscopy

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    Gao, Junxiang; Gu, Huaimin; Dong, Xiao; liu, fangfang

    2011-01-01

    Captopril, 1-[(2S)-3-mercapto-2-methyl propionyl]-Lproline, is an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, which reduces peripheral resistance and lowers blood pressure. It is widely used in the hypertensive ailments and incongestive heart failure treatment. Due to such crucial pharmacological importance, development of simple and accurate methods for the determination of captopril is desired. In this work, the normal Raman spectra of the captopril in different concentrations were studied, and the relationship between the Raman intensity and the concentrations of the captopril was quantificationally analysed. By selecting appropriate characteristic Raman bands of the cptopril, the solution of some captopril purchased in a local pharmacy was quantificationally determined. A quantificational linear relationship between the Raman intensity and the concentrations of captopril was obtained, and it is little affected by other compounds in the solution of captopril. This study provides an effective technique for the quantificational determination of captopril in solutions, and it has a potential application in the analysis of medicament.

  1. Novel determination of differential-equation solutions: universal approximation method

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    Leephakpreeda, Thananchai

    2002-09-01

    In a conventional approach to numerical computation, finite difference and finite element methods are usually implemented to determine the solution of a set of differential equations (DEs). This paper presents a novel approach to solve DEs by applying the universal approximation method through an artificial intelligence utility in a simple way. In this proposed method, neural network model (NNM) and fuzzy linguistic model (FLM) are applied as universal approximators for any nonlinear continuous functions. With this outstanding capability, the solutions of DEs can be approximated by the appropriate NNM or FLM within an arbitrary accuracy. The adjustable parameters of such NNM and FLM are determined by implementing the optimization algorithm. This systematic search yields sub-optimal adjustable parameters of NNM and FLM with the satisfactory conditions and with the minimum residual errors of the governing equations subject to the constraints of boundary conditions of DEs. The simulation results are investigated for the viability of efficiently determining the solutions of the ordinary and partial nonlinear DEs.

  2. Persistence Length Control of the Polyelectrolyte Layer-by-Layer Self-Assembly on Carbon Nanotubes

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    Huang, S J; Artyukhin, A B; Wang, Y; Ju, J; Stroeve, P; Noy, A

    2005-04-30

    One-dimensional inorganic materials such as carbon nanotubes1 and semiconductor nanowires have been central to important advances in materials science in the last decade. Unique mechanical and electronic properties of these molecular-scale wires enabled a variety of applications ranging from novel composite materials, to electronic circuits, to new sensors. Often, these applications require non-covalent modification of carbon nanotubes with organic compounds, DNA and biomolecules, and polymers to change nanotube properties or to add new functionality. We recently demonstrated a versatile and flexible strategy for non-covalent modification of carbon nanotubes using layer-by-layer self-assembly of polyelectrolytes. Researchers used this technique extensively for modification of flat surfaces, micro-, and nano-particles; however, little is known about the mechanism and the factors influencing layer-by-layer self-assembly in one-dimensional nanostructures. The exact conformation of polyelectrolyte chains deposited on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) is still unknown. There are two possible configurations: flexible polymers wrapping around the nanotube and stretched, rigid chains stacked parallel to the nanotube axis. Several factors, such as polymer rigidity, surface curvature, and strength of polymer-surface interactions, can determine the nature of assembly. Persistence length of the polymer chain should be one of the critical parameters, since it determines the chain's ability to wrap around the nanotube. Indeed, computer simulations for spherical substrates show that polymer rigidity and substrate surface curvature can influence the deposition process. Computational models also show that the persistence length of the polymer must fall below the threshold values determined by target surface curvature in order to initiate polyelectrolyte deposition process. Although these models described the effects of salt concentration and target surface curvature, they

  3. Highly sensitive and fast responsive fiber-optic modal interferometric pH sensor based on polyelectrolyte complex and polyelectrolyte self-assembled nanocoating.

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    Yin, Mingjie; Gu, Bobo; Zhao, Qiang; Qian, Jinwen; Zhang, Aping; An, Quanfu; He, Sailing

    2011-04-01

    A new fiber-optic pH sensor is demonstrated by coating negatively charged polyelectrolyte complex (PEC(-)) nanoparticles, made of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose and poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA), and positively charged PDDA on the surface of a thin-core fiber modal interferometer (TCFMI) with a layer-by-layer (LbL) electrostatic self-assembly method. The fabricated TCFMI pH sensor has different transmission dip wavelengths under different pH values and shows high sensitivities of 0.6 nm/pH unit and -0.85 nm/pH unit for acidic and alkaline solutions, respectively, and short response time of 30-50 s. The LbL electrostatic self-assembly process of a PEC(-)/PDDA multilayer is traced by quartz crystal microbalance and shows a fast thickness growth. Atomic force microscopy shows the root mean square (RMS) surface roughness of electrostatic self-assembly nanocoating of polyelectrolyte complex/polyelectrolyte is much higher than that of polyelectrolyte/polyelectrolyte due to the larger size of PEC(-) colloidal nanoparticles. The enhanced RMS surface roughness and thickness of the nanocoating can shorten the response time and raise the sensitivity of the TCFMI pH sensor, respectively. In addition, the TCFMI pH sensor has highly reversible performance and good durability. PMID:21318252

  4. Changes in the Activity and Structure of Urease in the Interaction with Polyelectrolytes

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    Saburova, E. A.; Tikhonenko, S. A.; Dybovskaya, Yu. N.; Sukhorukov, B. I.

    2008-03-01

    The influence of polyelectrolytes on the structural and catalytic characteristics of urease ( Canavalia ensiformis) was studied by the methods of steady-state kinetics, fluorescence spectroscopy, and circular dichroism. It was shown that, of the four polyelectrolytes studied, two of which were negatively charged (polystyrene sulfonate and dextran sulfate) and two were positively charged (polyallylamine (PAA) and polydiallyl dimethylammonium chloride), only PAA was a potent urease inhibitor: 0.5 μg/ml of PAA provided a 50% degree of inhibition for enzyme at neutral pH. It was found that polyelectrolyte did not inhibit urease in the presence of micromolar concentrations of ammonium chloride. Based on the experimental data and the calculated structure of urease from Canavalia ensiformis and on the identity with the amino acid sequence of urease from Bacillus pasteurii, the mechanism of urease inactivation by the PAA polyelectrolyte is discussed. This mechanism does not resemble the inhibiting action of polyelectrolytes on the previously studied oligomeric proteins—lactate dehydrogenase, glutamate dehydrogenase, and hemoglobin. It is proposed that the specific cation-binding sites determining the structural dynamics of the enzyme-polyelectrolyte complex play the regulating role in the urease molecule.

  5. Compositions comprising coal, water and polyelectrolyte

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    Hansen, B.V.; Kalfue, S.S.; Mollberg, H.R.

    1985-08-20

    This invention relates to compositions substantially containing pulverized coal, water, polyelectrolyte and, optionally, a stabilizing agent. The polyelectrolyte is a water soluble polyethylene, optionally containing double bonds and/or branching points in the polymer chain, being directly substituted with (a) hydroxysulfonyloxy groups or (b) sulfo groups, (c) hydroxysulfonyloxy-lower alkyl groups which are partly or completely in salt form and optionally (d) substituents selected from hydroxy, lower alkyl, lower alkanoyloxy, carbamoyl, cyano, hydroxymethyl, chloro and phenyl, whereby the polyelectrolyte contains at most four different kinds of said optional substituents, and wherein the amount of sulfur of the polyelectrolyte is 2 to 25 percent by weight being calculated when the acid forming groups are present as free acids. Small amounts of these polyelectrolytes in water with a high percentage of pulverized coal form compositions, characterized by low viscosity, good flowability, pumpability and stability.

  6. Influence of Higher Valence Ions on Flexible Polyelectrolytes Stiffness and Counter-ion Distribution

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    Chremos, Alexandros; Douglas, Jack F.

    We investigate the influence of counter-ion valency on the flexibility of highly charged flexible polymer chains by molecular dynamics simulations that include both salt and an explicit solvent. A theoretical understanding of solutions of these molecules (e.g., DNA, RNA, and sulfonate polyestyrene) has been slow to develop due to the complex coupling between the polyelectrolyte conformation and the ionic species in solution due to their long range Coulomb interactions. As observed experimentally, we find that divalent counter-ions greatly reduce the chain persistence length, in comparison to monovalent counter-ions, an effect correlated with the tendency of the polyelectrolyte chain to become distorted by divalent counter-ions. We rationalize these results by with the substantial increase of counter-ion population at the interface with the polyelectrolyte, which not only leads to a more effective screening of the bare charge, but also leads to charge inversion in the trivalent counter-ion case. These conformational changes with counter-ion valency are also associated with a drastic increase of the number of contacts the counter-ions have at the interface with polyelectrolyte, an effect associated with polyelectrolyte chain ``coiling'' around the counter-ions. NIST Postdoctoral Fellowship.

  7. Antibacterial polyelectrolyte-coated Mg alloys for biomedical applications

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    Seraz, Md. S.; Asmatulu, R.; Chen, Z.; Ceylan, M.; Mahapatro, A.; Yang, S. Y.

    2014-04-01

    This study deals with two biomedical subjects: corrosion rates of polyelectrolyte-coated magnesium (Mg) alloys, mainly used for biomedical purposes, and antibacterial properties of these alloys. Thin sheets of Mg alloys were coated with cationic polyelectrolyte chitosan (CHI) and anionic polyelectrolyte carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) using a layer-by-layer coating method and then embedded with antibacterial agents under vacuum. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was employed to analyze these samples in order to detect their corrosion properties at different conditions. In the electrochemical analysis section, a corrosion rate of 72 mille inches per year was found in a salt solution for the sample coated with a 12 phosphonic acid self-assembled monolayer and 9 CHI/CMC multilayers. In the antibacterial tests, gentamicin was used to investigate the effects of the drug embedded with the coated surfaces against the Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria. Antibacterial studies were tested using the disk diffusion method. Based on the standard diameter of the zone of inhibition chart, the antibacterial diffusion from the surface strongly inhibited bacterial growth in the regions. The largest recorded diameter of the zone of inhibition was 50 mm for the pre-UV treated and gentamicin-loaded sample, which is more than three times the standard diameter.

  8. Highly active antibody-modified magnetic polyelectrolyte capsules.

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    Valdepérez, Daniel; Del Pino, Pablo; Sánchez, Lourdes; Parak, Wolfgang J; Pelaz, Beatriz

    2016-07-15

    Polyelectrolyte hollow capsules are versatile platforms typically used for encapsulation of a wide variety of macromolecules in their cavity. The polymer shell of these capsules as composed by alternating layers of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes also allows for adding additional functionalities. The properties of the shell can be for example engineered by trapping different nanoparticles in-between the shell layers and/or by attaching bioactive molecules such as antibodies to the outermost layer. Herein, iron oxide NPs were inmobilized into the shell of polyelectrolyte capsules and the outermost layer of the shell was covalently modified with anti peroxidase antibodies. These capsules act as prototype model system, aiming to obtain a microstructure with the potential capability to specifically recognize and separate macromolecules. Due to the magnetic nanoparticles in the capsule shell, the capsules together with the attached target might be extracted by magnetic field gradients. Here we verified this approach by extracting horseradish peroxidase from a solution through magnetic separation with capsules bearing antibodies against horseradish peroxidase. The bioactivity of the capsules and the high degree of specific antibody functionalization were confirmed and quantified through an enzymatic reaction mediated by the extracted horseradish peroxidase. PMID:27089014

  9. Microstructure of polyelectrolyte nanoaggregates studied by fluorescence probe method.

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    Vasilescu, Marilena; Angelescu, Daniel G; Bandula, Rodica; Staikos, Georgios

    2011-11-01

    The microstructure of water soluble nanoaggregates based on polyelectrolyte complex formed by the cationic comb-type copolymer poly(acrylamide -co-[3- (methacryloyl-amino)propyl] trimethylammonium chloride)-graft- polyacrylamide [P(AM-co-MAPTAC)-g-PAM] and the anionic linear polyelectrolyte sodium polyacrylate (NaPA) was investigated using the fluorescence probe technique. The fluorescence probe were 1-anilinonaphthalene-8-sulfonic acid (ANS), pyrene (Py) and 1,10-bis(1-pyrene) decane (PD). The fluorescence properties in polyelectrolyte complex solutions, which are sensitive to either micropolarity (ANS, Py) or microviscosity (PD), were related to the quantities obtained in different pure or mixed solvents. Micropolarities were quantified utilizing the polarity common index (Reichardt) E(T)(30). ANS and Py showed a variation of the micropolarity with the charge ratio of the two polymers, with the lowest polarity reached at the complex neutralization. The PD probe, by its excimer-to-monomer fluorescence intensities ratio, enabled us to evidence the effect of the composition and the comb-type copolymer grafting density on the microviscosity of the interpolyelectrolytes aggregates. It has been found that the microviscosity increased with the density of the grafting PAM chains. PMID:21688051

  10. Polyelectrolyte complex formation mediated immobilization of chitosan-invertase neoglycoconjugate on pectin-coated chitin.

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    Gómez, Leissy; Ramírez, Hector L; Neira-Carrillo, Andrónico; Villalonga, Reynaldo

    2006-05-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae invertase, chemically modified with chitosan, was immobilized on pectin-coated chitin support via polyelectrolyte complex formation. The yield of immobilized enzyme protein was determined as 85% and the immobilized biocatalyst retained 97% of the initial chitosan-invertase activity. The optimum temperature for invertase was increased by 10 degrees C and its thermostability was enhanced by about 10 degrees C after immobilization. The immobilized enzyme was stable against incubation in high ionic strength solutions and was 4-fold more resistant to thermal treatment at 65 degrees C than the native counterpart. The biocatalyst prepared retained 96 and 95% of the original catalytic activity after ten cycles of reuse and 74 h of continuous operational regime in a packed bed reactor, respectively. PMID:16775742

  11. Novel cationic polyelectrolyte coatings for capillary electrophoresis.

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    Duša, Filip; Witos, Joanna; Karjalainen, Erno; Viitala, Tapani; Tenhu, Heikki; Wiedmer, Susanne K

    2016-01-01

    The use of bare fused silica capillary in CE can sometimes be inconvenient due to undesirable effects including adsorption of sample or instability of the EOF. This can often be avoided by coating the inner surface of the capillary. In this work, we present and characterize two novel polyelectrolyte coatings (PECs) poly(2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl trimethylammonium iodide) (PMOTAI) and poly(3-methyl-1-(4-vinylbenzyl)-imidazolium chloride) (PIL-1) for CE. The coated capillaries were studied using a series of aqueous buffers of varying pH, ionic strength, and composition. Our results show that the investigated polyelectrolytes are usable as semi-permanent (physically adsorbed) coatings with at least five runs stability before a short coating regeneration is necessary. Both PECs showed a considerably decreased stability at pH 11.0. The EOF was higher using Good's buffers than with sodium phosphate buffer at the same pH and ionic strength. The thickness of the PEC layers studied by quartz crystal microbalance was 0.83 and 0.52 nm for PMOTAI and PIL-1, respectively. The hydrophobicity of the PEC layers was determined by analysis of a homologous series of alkyl benzoates and expressed as the distribution constants. Our result demonstrates that both PECs had comparable hydrophobicity, which enabled separation of compounds with log Po/w > 2. The ability to separate cationic drugs was shown with β-blockers, compounds often misused in doping. Both coatings were also able to separate hydrolysis products of the ionic liquid 1,5-diazabicyclo[4.3.0]non-5-ene acetate at highly acidic conditions, where bare fused silica capillaries failed to accomplish the separation. PMID:26464098

  12. Electrosteric Stabilization of Al(2)O(3), ZrO(2), and 3Y-ZrO(2) Suspensions: Effect of Dissociation and Type of Polyelectrolyte.

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    Pettersson; Marino; Pursiheimo; Rosenholm

    2000-08-01

    The mechanisms of eight anionic polyelectrolytes stabilizing colloidal sized alpha-Al(2)O(3), pure ZrO(2), and Y(2)O(3)-doped ZrO(2) particles in aqueous solution are discussed. The polyelectrolytes studied were the Na(+) and NH(4)(+) salts of polyacrylic acid and polymethacrylic acid having different molecular weights. The particle-dispersant interactions were studied by measuring adsorption isotherms, particle size, thickness of adsorbed layer, and zeta potentials by elektrokinetic sonic analysis at different powder volume fractions (straight phi=0.01-0.3), pH, and electrolyte (KCl) content. The dissociation of the polyelectrolytes was studied by potentiometric titrations. The dissociation constant of the polymethacrylates was found to be 0.6 pH unit higher than that for the polyacrylates. High-affinity adsorption isotherms were observed over the pH range when the polyelectrolytes were fully ionized. The results show good correlation between adsorption isotherms and zeta potential data in systems of dispersed, dilute alumina particles. When particles and polymers were of equal charge (the same sign of charge) the polymer shell was thicker. At higher volume fractions (straight phi=0.3), and when alumina particles/added ammonium polyelectrolyte were of equal charge, a maximum in the absolute value of zeta potential resulted. Due to adsorption all the anionic polyelectrolytes studied provided electrosteric stabilization of the alpha-Al(2)O(3), and Y(2)O(3)-doped ZrO(2) suspensions by enhancing the zeta potential to 40 mV or over and by shifting the isoelectric point to lower pH, the low-molecular-weight polyelectrolytes decreasing the isoelectric point more than the polyelectrolytes having higher molecular weight. The polyelectrolytes studied failed to stabilize pure monoclinic ZrO(2) particles. Due to the shortness of the chain of polyelectrolytes studied, no bridging was observed between oppositely charged polyelectrolyte/alumina particles. Copyright 2000 Academic

  13. In Situ ATR FTIR Spectroscopic Study of the Formation and Hydration of a Fucoidan/Chitosan Polyelectrolyte Multilayer.

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    Ho, Tracey T M; Bremmell, Kristen E; Krasowska, Marta; MacWilliams, Stephanie V; Richard, Céline J E; Stringer, Damien N; Beattie, David A

    2015-10-20

    The formation of fucoidan/chitosan-based polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) has been studied with in situ Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Attenuated total reflectance (ATR) FTIR spectroscopy has been used to follow the sequential build-up of the multilayer, with peaks characteristic of each polymer being seen to increase in intensity with each respective adsorption stage. In addition, spectral processing has allowed for the extraction of spectra from individual adsorbed layers, which have been used to provide unambiguous determination of the adsorbed mass of the PEM at each stage of formation. The PEM was seen to undergo a transition in growth regimes during build-up: from supra-linear to linear. In addition, the wettability of the PEM has been probed at each stage of the build-up, using the captive bubble contact angle technique. The contact angles were uniformly low, but showed variation in value depending on the nature of the outer polymer layer, and this variation correlated with the overall percentage hydration of the PEM (determined from FTIR and quartz crystal microbalance data). The nature of the hydration water within the polyelectrolyte multilayer has also been studied with FTIR spectroscopy, specifically in situ synchrotron ATR FTIR microscopy of the multilayer confined between two solid surfaces. The acquired spectra have enabled the hydrogen bonding environment of the PEM hydration water to be determined. The PEM hydration water is seen to have an environment in which it is subject to fewer hydrogen bonding interactions than in bulk electrolyte solution. PMID:26421938

  14. Salt Effects on Surface Structures of Polyelectrolyte Multilayers (PEMs) Investigated by Vibrational Sum Frequency Generation (SFG) Spectroscopy.

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    Ge, Aimin; Matsusaki, Michiya; Qiao, Lin; Akashi, Mitsuru; Ye, Shen

    2016-04-26

    Sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy was employed to investigate the surface structures of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) constructed by sequentially alternating adsorption of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) and poly(styrenesulfonate) (PSS). It was found that the surface structures and surface charge density of the as-deposited PEMs of PDDA/PSS significantly depend on the concentration of sodium chloride (NaCl) present in the polyelectrolyte solutions. Furthermore, it was found that the surface structure of the as-deposited PEMs is in a metastable state and will reach the equilibrium state by diffusion of the polyelectrolyte chain after an aging process, resulting in a polyelectrolyte mixture on the PEM surfaces. PMID:27045932

  15. Cyto-mechanoresponsive polyelectrolyte multilayer films.

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    Davila, Johanna; Chassepot, Armelle; Longo, Johan; Boulmedais, Fouzia; Reisch, Andreas; Frisch, Benoît; Meyer, Florent; Voegel, Jean-Claude; Mésini, Philippe J; Senger, Bernard; Metz-Boutigue, Marie-Hélène; Hemmerlé, Joseph; Lavalle, Philippe; Schaaf, Pierre; Jierry, Loïc

    2012-01-11

    Cell adhesion processes take place through mechanotransduction mechanisms where stretching of proteins results in biological responses. In this work, we present the first cyto-mechanoresponsive surface that mimics such behavior by becoming cell-adhesive through exhibition of arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) adhesion peptides under stretching. This mechanoresponsive surface is based on polyelectrolyte multilayer films built on a silicone sheet and where RGD-grafted polyelectrolytes are embedded under antifouling phosphorylcholine-grafted polyelectrolytes. The stretching of this film induces an increase in fibroblast cell viability and adhesion. PMID:22188330

  16. Building a road map for tailoring multilayer polyelectrolyte films

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    Ankner, John Francis; Bardoel, Agatha A; Sukishvili, Svetlana

    2012-01-01

    Researchers are moving a step closer to a definite road map for building layer-by-layer (LbL) assembled polyelectrolyte films, with the assistance of the Liquids Reflectometer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Spallation Neutron Source, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Scientists using the liquids reflectometer have successfully taken snapshots in close to real time of these multilayered structures for different applications when they modify the structure and function parameters. Polyelecrolytes are polymers that carry charge in aqueous solutions. They contain chemical groups that dissociate in water, making such polymers charged. Most polyelectrolytes are water soluble. They are important components in foods, soaps, shampoos, and cosmetics products. They show promise for such environmental work as oil recovery and water treatment. Polyelectrolytes are compelling because researchers can chemically modify how they interact with water for multiple applications. When two types of polyelectrolytes of opposite charge are assembled at a surface in a sequential way using the LbL assembly technique, 'the result is the forming of surface films, useful for coatings, biomedical implants and devices, controlling adhesion of biological molecules, and controlling delivery of therapeutic molecules from surfaces,' said Svetlana Sukhishvili of the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, the lead chemist on the collaboration. 'Medical doctors often prefer to deliver multiple therapeutic compounds from the coatings in a time-resolved manner,' Sukhishvili said. 'To assist them, material scientists need to learn how to build coatings in which polymer layering will not be compromised when exposed to normal physiological conditions.' 'Being able to control these properties, understanding how what you do to the materials affects their properties, this allows you to apply them to situations where interacting with an environment is very helpful, whether in a biological context or any other

  17. Polyelectrolyte adsorption layers studied by streaming potential and particle deposition.

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    Adamczyk, Z; Zembala, M; Michna, A

    2006-11-15

    Adsorption of a cationic polyelectrolyte, polyallylamine hydrochloride (PAH), having a molecular weight of 70,000 on mica was characterized by the streaming potential method and by deposition of negative polystyrene latex particles. Formation of PAH layers was followed by determining the apparent zeta potential of surface zeta as function of bulk PAH concentration. The zeta potential was calculated from the streaming potential measured in the parallel-plate channel formed by two mica plates precovered by the polyelectrolyte. The experimental data were expressed as the dependence of the reduced zeta potential zeta/zeta0 on the PAH coverage Theta(PAH), calculated using the convective diffusion theory. It was found that for the ionic strength of 10(-2) M, the dependence of zeta/zeta0 on Theta(PAH) can be reflected by the theoretical model formulated previously for surfaces covered by colloid particles. The electrokinetic measurements were complemented by particle deposition experiments on PAH-covered mica surfaces. A direct correlation between the polymer coverage and the initial deposition rate of particles, as well as the jamming coverage, was found. For ThetaPAH > 0.3 the initial deposition rate attained the value predicted from the convective diffusion theory for homogeneous surfaces. The initial deposition rates for surfaces modified by PAH were compared with previous experimental and theoretical results obtained for heterogeneous surfaces formed by preadsorption of colloid particles. It was revealed that negative latex deposition occurred at surfaces exhibiting negative apparent zeta potential, which explained the anomalous deposition of particles observed in previous works. It was suggested that the combined electrokinetic and particle deposition methods can be used for detecting adsorbed polyelectrolytes at surfaces for coverage range of a percent. This enables one to measure bulk polyelectrolyte concentrations at the level of 0.05 ppm. PMID:16949085

  18. Renormalization group treatment of excluded volume effects in a polyelectrolyte chain in the weak electrostatic coupling limit

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    Kholodenko, A. L.; Freed, Karl F.

    1983-06-01

    We provide the first rigorous treatment of the electrostatic excluded volume for a polyelectrolyte chain which incorporates the effects of salt concentration. Our treatment involves an extension of the t'Hooft-Veltman method of dimensional regularization for polymer excluded volume, developed in the accompanying paper, to the case complicated by the presence of electrostatic interactions. The critical dimensionality for the polyelectrolyte chains with realistic interactions is shown to be four in sharp contrast to previous simplified analyses, which do not consider salt concentration effects explicitly and which lead to a critical dimensionality of six. Our results imply that expansions in ɛ=4-d (with d the dimensionality of space) can be applied, so the theory reduces to the limit of uncharged polymers with excluded volume when the electrostatic interactions become totally screened. Our renormalization group (RG) treatment indicates the absence of stable fixed points, so there is no simple scaling limit. The range of validity of the perturbation expansion is established on the basis of a RG analysis, and a physical meaning of the weak coupling limit is also determined. The predicted lack of universality for the polyelectrolyte chain is in accord with experimental information. Explicit renormalized expressions are derived for the mean squared end-to-end distance to lowest order in both excluded volume and electrostatic coupling constants. These expressions are combined with the solution of the RG equations to provide a generalized scaling representation for in terms of three scaling variables. A brief discussion of possible future biological and nonbiological applications is provided.

  19. Complexes between high charge density cationic polyelectrolytes and anionic single- and double-tail surfactants.

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    Mantzaridis, C; Mountrichas, G; Pispas, S

    2009-05-21

    Polyelectrolyte/surfactant complexes formed between well-defined linear flexible polyelectrolytes, namely, quaternized poly[3,5-bis(dimethylaminomethylene)hydroxystyrene] (Q-N-PHOS), bearing two cationic sites on each repeating unit, and two different anionic surfactants, namely, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) with one hydrocarbon tail and sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) with two hydrocarbon chains, are studied by means of fluorescence spectroscopy, electrophoretic, dynamic and static light scattering, and atomic force microscopy. Depending on the surfactant state in initial solutions (i.e., below or above nominal critical micelle concentration, cmc) and final (-/+) charge ratio, self-assembly in nanoparticles of variable size, stability, and effective charge is possible. Spherical, rather polydispserse complexes are formed in all cases. Critical aggregation concentrations (cac) depend on the surfactant type, while hydrophobicity of the main polyelectrolyte chain plays a role in colloidal stability of the complex nanoparticles. PMID:19388679

  20. Underwater contact adhesion and microarchitecture in polyelectrolyte complexes actuated by solvent exchange

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    Zhao, Qiang; Lee, Dong Woog; Ahn, B. Kollbe; Seo, Sungbaek; Kaufman, Yair; Israelachvili, Jacob N.; Waite, J. Herbert

    2016-04-01

    Polyelectrolyte complexation is critical to the formation and properties of many biological and polymeric materials, and is typically initiated by aqueous mixing followed by fluid-fluid phase separation, such as coacervation. Yet little to nothing is known about how coacervates evolve into intricate solid microarchitectures. Inspired by the chemical features of the cement proteins of the sandcastle worm, here we report a versatile and strong wet-contact microporous adhesive resulting from polyelectrolyte complexation triggered by solvent exchange. After premixing a catechol-functionalized weak polyanion with a polycation in dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO), the solution was applied underwater to various substrates whereupon electrostatic complexation, phase inversion, and rapid setting were simultaneously actuated by water-DMSO solvent exchange. Spatial and temporal coordination of complexation, inversion and setting fostered rapid (~25 s) and robust underwater contact adhesion (Wad >= 2 J m-2) of complexed catecholic polyelectrolytes to all tested surfaces including plastics, glasses, metals and biological materials.

  1. One-Step Generation of Multifunctional Polyelectrolyte Microcapsules via Nanoscale Interfacial Complexation in Emulsion (NICE).

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    Kim, Miju; Yeo, Seon Ju; Highley, Christopher B; Burdick, Jason A; Yoo, Pil J; Doh, Junsang; Lee, Daeyeon

    2015-08-25

    Polyelectrolyte microcapsules represent versatile stimuli-responsive structures that enable the encapsulation, protection, and release of active agents. Their conventional preparation methods, however, tend to be time-consuming, yield low encapsulation efficiency, and seldom allow for the dual incorporation of hydrophilic and hydrophobic materials, limiting their widespread utilization. In this work, we present a method to fabricate stimuli-responsive polyelectrolyte microcapsules in one step based on nanoscale interfacial complexation in emulsions (NICE) followed by spontaneous droplet hatching. NICE microcapsules can incorporate both hydrophilic and hydrophobic materials and also can be induced to trigger the release of encapsulated materials by changes in the solution pH or ionic strength. We also show that NICE microcapsules can be functionalized with nanomaterials to exhibit useful functionality, such as response to a magnetic field and disassembly in response to light. NICE represents a potentially transformative method to prepare multifunctional nanoengineered polyelectrolyte microcapsules for various applications such as drug delivery and cell mimicry. PMID:26172934

  2. Conformational transition of polyelectrolyte chains extending over the de Gennes regime in slitlike nanochannels

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    Chun, Myung-Suk

    2012-09-01

    The confinement-induced conformational transitions of the polyelectrolyte chain are characterized with the coarse-grained Brownian dynamics simulations and the blob theory. Submicron-sized biopolymer xanthan is chosen as a model polyelectrolyte taking into account both flexible and semiflexible chains for comparison. Confined flexible and semiflexible chains exhibit a nonmonotonic variation in size in weak confinements, where the relative radius of gyration shows a dip and then increases when decreasing the channel width. The rigid chain, realized at low screening, exhibits a sigmoidal transition without minima in size. Major attention should be on the dependence of scaling law exponents on the screening effect of the solution in the moderate confinement of the de Gennes regime. Our findings are expected to provide useful information and new insight into the confined polyelectrolytes when relevant micro/nanochannels are designed and fabricated.

  3. Diffusion properties of inkjet printed ionic self-assembling polyelectrolyte hydrogels

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    Limem, Skander; Calvert, Paul

    2015-01-01

    In the present work, Crank’s model was used to characterize solute transport in inkjet printed polyelectrolyte gels. The diffusion of a small charged molecule (fluorescein), various size linear uncharged molecules (dextrans), and a globular protein (albumin) in printed PSS-PDDA with near stoichiometric composition happened respectively at about 10−8, 10−9, and 10−10 cm2/sec. Polyelectrolyte complexes printed with non-stoichiometric ratios were found to be non-equilibrium structures consisting of three populations of polymer chains: fully complexed chains, chains in partial electrostatic interaction with the complex, and chains in excess having minimal interaction with the complex. This structure may be multiple phases. The applicability of hydrodynamic and free volume models to describe transport in printed polyelectrolyte gels was discussed. PMID:26417449

  4. Determination of trace elements in triglycine sulfate solutions

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    Tadros, Shawky H.

    1993-01-01

    Ten elements were divided into 2 groups. The elements in the first group included iron, nickel, chromium, manganese, copper, and gold. The elements in the second group included zinc, cobalt, lead, cadmium, and gold. Five ppm of each element in each group was spiked in a 1 percent triglycine sulfate (TGS) solution. Glycine was removed with 1-naphthyl isocyanate in ether medium. The glycine derivative 1-naphthyl isocyanate glycine was removed by filtration, and the filtrates were analyzed for the different elements. Analysis of these elements was performed by using the 5100 Perkin-Elmer Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer. The result of these experiments was the observation that there was a decrease in the concentration of chromium and gold, which was interpreted to be due to the chelation of these elements by the derivative 1-naphthyl isocyanate glycine. Further research is needed to determine the concentration of other elements in triglycine sulfate (TGS) solutions. These elements will include lithium, sodium, rubidium, magnesium, calcium, strontium, barium, aluminum, and silicon. These are the most likely elements to be found in the sulfuric acid used in manufacturing the TGS crystal. Moreover, we will extend our research to investigate the structural formula of the violet colored chelated compounds, which had been formed by interaction of the derivative 1-naphthyl isocyanate glycine with the different elements, such as gold, chromium.

  5. Ions in solutions: Determining their polarizabilities from first-principles

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    Molina, John J.; Lectez, Sébastien; Tazi, Sami; Salanne, Mathieu; Dufrêche, Jean-François; Roques, Jérôme; Simoni, Eric; Madden, Paul A.; Turq, Pierre

    2011-01-01

    Dipole polarizabilities of a series of ions in aqueous solutions are computed from first-principles. The procedure is based on the study of the linear response of the maximally localized Wannier functions to an applied external field, within density functional theory. For most monoatomic cations (Li ^+, Na ^+, K ^+, Rb ^+, Mg ^{2+}, Ca ^{2+} and Sr ^{2+}) the computed polarizabilities are the same as in the gas phase. For Cs ^+ and a series of anions (F ^-, Cl ^-, Br ^- and I ^-), environmental effects are observed, which reduce the polarizabilities in aqueous solutions with respect to their gas phase values. The polarizabilities of H ^+_(aq), OH ^-_(aq) have also been determined along an ab initio molecular dynamics simulation. We observe that the polarizability of a molecule instantaneously switches upon proton transfer events. Finally, we also computed the polarizability tensor in the case of a strongly anisotropic molecular ion, UO _2^{2+}. The results of these calculations will be useful in building interaction potentials that include polarization effects.

  6. A quaternion pose determination solution based on monocular vision model

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    Chen, Jun; Zhang, Qiuzhi; Zhang, Baoshang

    2011-08-01

    Determination of relative three-dimensional position and orientation between two reference frames can be solved by the pose measuring methods based on monocular vision model. Owing to the special T-shaped configuration, the definition of object rotational matrix in the terms of quaternion elements helped in representing the problem by six nonlinear equations from which a closed-form solution can be obtained for all the unknown parameters. The calculating formulas of elements in the rotational matrix were deduced from the coordinates of feature points in camera frame as well as the converting vector which was also introduced into the process acting as corrected term. An approximate pose could be found by the assumption of zero difference in depth of all points in camera frame, then the converting vector should be initialized by the third row of current rotational matrix. The principle of computing priority of the max value in quaternion expression was proposed to ensure the convergence of the iteration loop through which the final pose was achieved in a few iterations. Simulation experiments show the validity of the solution and analysis of the calculating precision was made in detail. The measuring orientation error would constringe with the reduction of distance from camera focus to target object and performance of the algorithm went well in short distance, while the deformation went larger with the increasing of errors caused by imprecise correspondence.

  7. Molecular simulation of the swelling of polyelectrolyte gels by monovalent and divalent counterions.

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    Yin, De-Wei; Horkay, Ferenc; Douglas, Jack F; de Pablo, Juan J

    2008-10-21

    Permanently crosslinked polyelectrolyte gels are known to undergo discontinuous first-order volume phase transitions, the onset of which may be caused by a number of factors. In this study we examine the volumetric properties of such polyelectrolyte gels in relation to the progressive substitution of monovalent counterions by divalent counterions as the gels are equilibrated in solvents of different dielectric qualities. We compare the results of coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations of polyelectrolyte gels with previous experimental measurements by others on polyacrylate gels. The simulations show that under equilibrium conditions there is an approximate cancellation between the electrostatic contribution and the counterion excluded-volume contribution to the osmotic pressure in the gel-solvent system; these two contributions to the osmotic pressure have, respectively, energetic and entropic origins. The finding of such a cancellation between the two contributions to the osmotic pressure of the gel-solvent system is consistent with experimental observations that the swelling behavior of polyelectrolyte gels can be described by equations of state for neutral gels. Based on these results, we show and explain that a modified form of the Flory-Huggins model for nonionic polymer solutions, which accounts for neither electrostatic effects nor counterion excluded-volume effects, fits both experimental and simulated data for polyelectrolyte gels. The Flory-Huggins interaction parameters obtained from regression to the simulation data are characteristic of ideal polymer solutions, whereas the experimentally obtained interaction parameters, particularly that associated with the third virial coefficient, exhibit a significant departure from ideality, leading us to conclude that further enhancements to the simulation model, such as the inclusion of excess salt, the allowance for size asymmetric electrolytes, or the use of a distance-dependent solvent dielectricity

  8. Antibacterial polyelectrolyte micelles for coating stainless steel.

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    Falentin-Daudré, Céline; Faure, Emilie; Svaldo-Lanero, Tiziana; Farina, Fabrice; Jérôme, Christine; Van De Weerdt, Cécile; Martial, Joseph; Duwez, Anne-Sophie; Detrembleur, Christophe

    2012-05-01

    In this study, we report on the original synthesis and characterization of novel antimicrobial coatings for stainless steel by alternating the deposition of aqueous solutions of positively charged polyelectrolyte micelles doped with silver-based nanoparticles with a polyanion. The micelles are formed by electrostatic interaction between two oppositely charged polymers: a polycation bearing 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine units (DOPA, a major component of natural adhesives) and a polyanion (poly(styrene sulfonate), PSS) without using any block copolymer. DOPA units are exploited for their well-known ability to anchor to stainless steel and to form and stabilize biocidal silver nanoparticles (Ag(0)). The chlorine counteranion of the polycation forms and stabilizes biocidal silver chloride nanoparticles (AgCl). We demonstrate that two layers of micelles (alternated by PSS) doped with silver particles are enough to impart to the surface strong antibacterial activity against gram-negative E. coli. Moreover, micelles that are reservoirs of biocidal Ag(+) can be easily reactivated after depletion. This novel water-based approach is convenient, simple, and attractive for industrial applications. PMID:22506542

  9. Preparation of polyelectrolytes for wastewater treatment.

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    Radoiu, Marilena T; Martin, Diana I; Calinescu, Ioan; Iovu, Horia

    2004-01-01

    Liquid-phase polymerisation of acrylamide-acrylic acid to form polyelectrolytes used in wastewater cleaning was examined using accelerated electron beam and microwave irradiation methods. Polymerisation was carried out in aqueous solutions at temperatures approximately 60 degrees C. Monomers total concentration was established at 40% (36% acrylamide and 4% acrylic acid). Only using the features of simultaneous radiation-induction and microwave heating can result in the formation of linear polymer chains with good water solubility and low residual monomer concentration. The flocculation capacity of the obtained polymers was tested using two wastewaters, one sampled from a slaughterhouse and the other from a vegetable oil plant. Quality indicators such as total suspended matters (TSM), chemical oxygen demand (COD), biological oxygen demand (BOD) and fat, oils and grease (FOG) were measured before and after the treatment with polymeric flocculants and compared with the results obtained in classical treatment with Al(2)(SO(4))(3). It was found that the combined treatment with polymers and Al(2)(SO(4))(3) increases the degree of purification of both wastewaters up to 99%. PMID:14693435

  10. Polyelectrolyte complexes and salt: a computational study

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    Antila, Hanne; van Tassel, Paul; Sammalkorpi, Maria

    2014-03-01

    Charged polymers, polyelectrolytes (PEs), are versatile materials with applications ranging from tissue engineering to sensing elements. In aqueous solutions, oppositely charged PEs form complexes which are known to be sensitive to added salt with responses including shrinking, flocculation or swelling, and at higher concentrations loosening and destabilization of the complex. However, the role of electrostatics, charge correlations, hydration, and ion specific interactions remain unclear. In this work, we use all-atom molecular dynamics with explicit water and ions to probe the effect of excess salt to DNA-polylysine complex formation and stability, and demonstrate the mechanism of PE and ion species specific salt-driven dissociation. The dissociation occurs accompanied by charge reversal in which charge correlations and ion binding chemistry play a role. Our results agree with experimental work on complex dissociation but in addition show the underlying microstructural correlations driving the behavior. We expand the full atomic level detail and dynamics results with theoretical and computational work describing the PE complex as oppositely charged rods to provide a more complete understanding of PE interactions in salt.

  11. Ion-specific effect on dynamics of polyelectrolyte chains.

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    Luo, Zhenli; Wang, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Guangzhao

    2012-05-21

    The sedimentation of quaternized poly(4-vinyl pyridine) (QP4VP) or poly(N-methyl 4-vinyl pyridine iodide) in aqueous solution has been investigated by using an analytical ultracentrifuge (AUC) via sedimentation velocity (SV). When NaI is introduced, either the sedimentation coefficient (s) or apparent molar mass (Mw) of QP4VP increases with NaI concentration because the polyelectrolyte chains aggregate or even form precipitates due to hydrophobic interaction. Upon addition of NaCl, either s or Mw exhibits a maximum as NaCl concentration increases. The sedimentation in NaBr solution falls in between. Besides, the diffusion coefficient (D) shows a minimum as the added salt concentration increases when either of the salts is added. Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) measurements show that the enthalpy change increases from NaI over NaBr to NaCl when each of them is mixed with QP4VP, revealing that the order of the strength of the anion-pyridinium interaction is I(-) > Br(-) > Cl(-). When I(-) ions are added, they only screen the electrostatic interaction and no counterion competition happens. Upon addition of Cl(-) or Br(-) ions, the original counterions (I(-)) win the competition at low Cl(-) or Br(-) concentration, so that the added anions only screen the electrostatic interaction. When the concentration of Cl(-) or Br(-) ions is high enough, they replace I(-) ions to interact with the polyelectrolyte chains due to osmotic pressure. The present study demonstrates that the complex dynamics of the polyelectrolyte is greatly influenced by the ion-specific effect. PMID:22495384

  12. Complexation behavior of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes: Effect of charge distribution

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    Zhao, Mingtian; Zhou, Jihan; Su, Cuicui; Niu, Lin; Liang, Dehai; Li, Baohui

    2015-05-01

    Complexation behavior of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes in a solution is investigated using a combination of computer simulations and experiments, focusing on the influence of polyelectrolyte charge distributions along the chains on the structure of the polyelectrolyte complexes. The simulations are performed using Monte Carlo with the replica-exchange algorithm for three model systems where each system is composed of a mixture of two types of oppositely charged model polyelectrolyte chains (EGEG)5/(KGKG)5, (EEGG)5/(KKGG)5, and (EEGG)5/(KGKG)5, in a solution including explicit solvent molecules. Among the three model systems, only the charge distributions along the chains are not identical. Thermodynamic quantities are calculated as a function of temperature (or ionic strength), and the microscopic structures of complexes are examined. It is found that the three systems have different transition temperatures, and form complexes with different sizes, structures, and densities at a given temperature. Complex microscopic structures with an alternating arrangement of one monolayer of E/K monomers and one monolayer of G monomers, with one bilayer of E and K monomers and one bilayer of G monomers, and with a mixture of monolayer and bilayer of E/K monomers in a box shape and a trilayer of G monomers inside the box are obtained for the three mixture systems, respectively. The experiments are carried out for three systems where each is composed of a mixture of two types of oppositely charged peptide chains. Each peptide chain is composed of Lysine (K) and glycine (G) or glutamate (E) and G, in solution, and the chain length and amino acid sequences, and hence the charge distribution, are precisely controlled, and all of them are identical with those for the corresponding model chain. The complexation behavior and complex structures are characterized through laser light scattering and atomic force microscopy measurements. The order of the apparent weight-averaged molar

  13. Complexation behavior of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes: Effect of charge distribution

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    Zhao, Mingtian; Li, Baohui E-mail: baohui@nankai.edu.cn; Zhou, Jihan; Su, Cuicui; Niu, Lin; Liang, Dehai E-mail: baohui@nankai.edu.cn

    2015-05-28

    Complexation behavior of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes in a solution is investigated using a combination of computer simulations and experiments, focusing on the influence of polyelectrolyte charge distributions along the chains on the structure of the polyelectrolyte complexes. The simulations are performed using Monte Carlo with the replica-exchange algorithm for three model systems where each system is composed of a mixture of two types of oppositely charged model polyelectrolyte chains (EGEG){sub 5}/(KGKG){sub 5}, (EEGG){sub 5}/(KKGG){sub 5}, and (EEGG){sub 5}/(KGKG){sub 5}, in a solution including explicit solvent molecules. Among the three model systems, only the charge distributions along the chains are not identical. Thermodynamic quantities are calculated as a function of temperature (or ionic strength), and the microscopic structures of complexes are examined. It is found that the three systems have different transition temperatures, and form complexes with different sizes, structures, and densities at a given temperature. Complex microscopic structures with an alternating arrangement of one monolayer of E/K monomers and one monolayer of G monomers, with one bilayer of E and K monomers and one bilayer of G monomers, and with a mixture of monolayer and bilayer of E/K monomers in a box shape and a trilayer of G monomers inside the box are obtained for the three mixture systems, respectively. The experiments are carried out for three systems where each is composed of a mixture of two types of oppositely charged peptide chains. Each peptide chain is composed of Lysine (K) and glycine (G) or glutamate (E) and G, in solution, and the chain length and amino acid sequences, and hence the charge distribution, are precisely controlled, and all of them are identical with those for the corresponding model chain. The complexation behavior and complex structures are characterized through laser light scattering and atomic force microscopy measurements. The order

  14. EFFECTS OF SYNTHETIC POLYELECTROLYTES ON SELECTED AQUATIC ORGANISMS

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    The acute toxicity of several polyelectrolytes to daphnids (Daphnia magna), fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas), gammarids (Gammarus pseudolimnaeus) and midges (Paratanytarsus parthenogeneticus) was tested. Most nonionic and anionic polyelectrolytes were not toxic at 100 mg/l w...

  15. The preparation of polyelectrolyte complexes carboxymethyl chitosan(CMC)-pectin by reflux method as a Pb (II) metal ion adsorbent

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    Hastuti, Budi; Mudasir, Siswanta, Dwi; Triyono

    2016-02-01

    Aim of this research is to synthesized a chemically stable polyelectrolyte complexs carboxymetyl chitosan CMC-pectin as Pb(II) ion adsorbent by reflux method. During synthesis process, the optimum mass ratio of CMC and pectin was pre-determined and the active groups of the CMC-pectin complex was characterized by using IR spectrofotometer. Finally, adsorption capacity of the adsorbent material for Pb (II) ions was studied under optimum condition, i.e. adsorbent mass, contact time, and pH. Result shows that CMC could be succesfully combined with pectin to produce CMC-pectin complex. The optimum mass ratio CMC: pectin to form the polyelectrolyte complexs CMC-pectin was 70% : 30%. The active groups identified in the CMC-pectin complex was a hydroxyl (OH) and carboxylate (-COOH) groups. The optimum conditions for Pb (II) ion absoprtion was 10 mg of the adsorbent mass, 75 min of contact time, and pH 5. This material can be effectively used as adsorbents for Pb (II) ions, where up to 91% Pb (II) metal ions was adsorbed from aqueous solution and the adsorption capacity of the adsorbent was 41.63 mg/g.

  16. Effect of pH on Swelling Behavior of Polyelectrolyte Brushes Produced via Surface Confined Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization.

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    Sankhe, Amit

    2005-03-01

    Surface-tethered polyelectrolyte brushes comprised of poly (itaconic acid) (PIA) and poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA) were grown using surface-confined atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). The surface- tethered initiator monolayer was formed by self-assembling 2-bromoisobutyryl bromide terminated thiol molecules on gold coated silicon substrates. This polymerization initiator molecule and a copper-based organometallic catalyst allowed tethered polyelectrolyte chains to be grown via radical polymerization at room temperature in aqueous solutions. The behavior of these polyelectrolyte brushes as a function of pH was studied using a phase modulated ellipsometery. The presentation explains how the brushes are affected by external conditions such as the pH of the contacting solution. As the polymer brushes already exist in the charged state, addition of neutral water or salt solution did not affect the polymer brush height, however a decrease of thickness with pH is found.

  17. Elasticity and Extensibility Determine Printability and Spinnability of Polymer Solutions

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    Dinic, Jelena; Nallely Jimenez, Leidy; Mei, Vicky; Zhang, Yiran; Sharma, Vivek

    2015-03-01

    Many advanced manufacturing technologies like inkjet printing, 3D printing, nano-fiber spinning, gravure printing and nanoimprint lithography involve complex free-surface flows, where both shear and extensional rheology affect processability. In applications that involve progressive thinning and break-up of a fluid column or sheet into drops, the dominant flow within the filament is extensional in nature. Polymeric fluids exhibit a much larger resistance to flow in an elongational flow field than Newtonian fluids with same shear viscosity. Characterizing the filament thinning and break-up kinetics in jetting, dripping and stretching liquid bridge provides invaluable insight into the interplay of elastic, viscous, capillary and inertial stresses relevant for these applications. In this talk, we elucidate how polymer composition, flexibility and molecular weight determine the kinetics of capillary-driven thinning and pinch-off in our experiments. Both effective relaxation time and transient extensional viscosity are found to be strongly concentration dependent even for dilute solutions. Further, we show how finite extensibility of polymers dramatically changes the kinematics from elastocapillary to viscocapillary under strong extensional flow fields that can lead to coil-stretch transition.

  18. Elasticity and Extensibility Determine Printability and Spinnability of Polymer Solutions

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    Dinic, Jelena; Jimenez, Leidy; Sharma, Vivek

    Many advanced manufacturing technologies like inkjet and 3D printing, nano-fiber spinning involve complex free-surface flows, and the formation of columnar necks that undergo spontaneous capillary-driven thinning and pinch-off. The progressive self-thinning of neck is often characterized by self-similar profiles and scaling laws that depend on the relative magnitude of capillary, inertial and viscous stresses for simple (Newtonian and inelastic) fluids. Stream-wise velocity gradients that arise within the thinning columnar neck create an extensional flow field that can orient and stretch macromolecules, contributing extra elastic stresses and extensional viscosity that change thinning and pinch-off dynamics for polymeric complex fluids. Characterizing the filament thinning and break-up kinetics in jetting, dripping and stretching liquid bridge provides invaluable insight into the interplay of elastic, viscous, capillary and inertial stresses relevant for these applications. We elucidate how polymer composition, flexibility and molecular weight determine the thinning and pinch-off kinetics in our experiments. Both effective relaxation time and transient extensional viscosity are found to be strongly concentration dependent even for dilute solutions.

  19. Using NMR to Determine Protein Structure in Solution

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    Cavagnero, Silvia

    2003-02-01

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a marvelous spectroscopic technique that chemists, physicists, and biochemists routinely employ for their research around the world. This year half of the Nobel Prize for chemistry went to Kurt Wüthrich, who was recognized for the development of NMR-based techniques that lead to the structure determination of biomolecules in solution. In addition to implementing novel pulse sequences and software packages, Wüthrich also applied his methods to several biological systems of key importance to human health. These include the prion protein, which is heavily involved in the spongiform encephalopathy (best known as 'mad cow disease'), which recently caused numerous human deaths, particularly in the UK, due to ingestion of contaminated meat. Transverse relaxation optimized spectroscopy (TROSY) is the most intriguing new NMR method recently developed by Wüthrich and coworkers. This and other closely related pulse sequences promise to play a pivotal role in the extension of NMR to the conformational analysis of very large (up to the megadalton range) macromolecules and macromolecular complexes. More exciting new developments are expected in the near future.

  20. Ion Environments in Mn(2+)-Doped Polyelectrolyte Complexes: Dilute Magnetic Saloplastics.

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    Abhyankar, Nandita; Ghoussoub, Yara E; Wang, Qifeng; Dalal, Naresh S; Schlenoff, Joseph B

    2016-07-14

    Amorphous hydrated complexes of the polyelectrolytes poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS) and poly(diallyldimethylammonium) were doped with the spin-5/2 ion Mn(2+). X-band electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements of the Mn(2+) spins within these stoichiometric polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) revealed an octahedral coordination environment, similar to that observed in aqueous solutions of Mn(2+). This octahedral symmetry of the [Mn(H2O)6](2+) complexes, observed in fully hydrated PECs, is somewhat distorted because of the wide range of ion pairs possible with the sulfonate group on PSS. As the Mn(2+) concentration was increased, the linewidths broadened, indicating the dominance of dipolar broadening over exchange narrowing in determining the linewidths; that is, any exchange narrowing was masked by the large dipolar broadening. The calculated linewidths were used to estimate the strengths of the dipolar interactions, and hence the distances between the Mn(2+) spins, on the basis of a simple model of regularly spaced spins. The distances calculated by this method were roughly comparable to the geometric average distances calculated on the basis of the Mn(2+) concentrations and densities of the doped PEC samples. From a comparison of their EPR spectra, the ion environments in the doped, fully hydrated PECs were found to be similar to those in hydrated classical ion exchange resins. EPR spectra before and after drying of the PECs indicate the replacement of octahedrally coordinated water by oxide anions from the polyanion chain and the corresponding loss of the symmetric environment of Mn(2+) ions. PMID:27367277

  1. Electrospinning polyelectrolyte complexes: pH-responsive fibers.

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    Boas, Mor; Gradys, Arkadiusz; Vasilyev, Gleb; Burman, Michael; Zussman, Eyal

    2015-03-01

    Fibers were electrospun from a solution comprised of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes, in efforts to achieve highly confined macromolecular packaging. A stoichiometric ratio of poly(allylamine hydrochloride) and poly(acrylic acid) solution was mixed in an ethanol-water co-solvent. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis of electrospun fibers demonstrated no indication of glass transition, Tg. Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis of the fibers as a function of temperature, demonstrated an amidation process at lower temperature compared to cast film. Polarized FTIR indicated a preference of the functional groups to be perpendicular to the fiber axis. These results imply formation of mixed phase fibers with enhanced conditions for intermolecular interactions, due to the highly aligned and confined assembly of the macromolecules. The tunable intermolecular interactions between the functional groups of the polyelectrolytes, impact pH-driven, reversible swelling-deswelling of the fibers. The degree of ionization of PAA at pH 5.5 and pH 1.8 varied from 85% to 18%, correspondingly, causing transformation of ionic interactions to hydrogen bonding between the functional groups. The chemical change led to a massive water diffusion of 500% by weight and to a marked increase of 400% in fiber diameter, at a rate of 0.50 μm s(-1). These results allow for manipulation and tailoring of key fiber properties for tissue engineering, membranes, and artificial muscle applications. PMID:25601204

  2. Electrostatic complexation of polyelectrolyte and magnetic nanoparticles: from wild clustering to controllable magnetic wires

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    Yan, Minhao; Qu, Li; Fan, Jiangxia; Ren, Yong

    2014-05-01

    We present the electrostatic complexation between polyelectrolytes and charged nanoparticles. The nanoparticles in solution are γ-Fe2O3 (maghemite) spheres with 8.3 nm diameter and anionic surface charges. The complexation was monitored using three different formulation pathways such as direct mixing, dilution, and dialysis. In the first process, the hybrids were obtained by mixing stock solutions of polymers and nanoparticles. A `destabilization state' with sharp and intense maximum aggregation was found at charges stoichiometry (isoelectric point). While on the two sides of the isoelectric point, `long-lived stable clusters state' (arrested states) were observed. Dilution and dialysis processes were based on controlled desalting kinetics according to methods developed in molecular biology. Under an external magnetic field ( B = 0.3 T), from dialysis at isoelectric point and at arrested states, cationic polyelectrolytes can `paste' these magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) together to yield irregular aggregates (size of 100 μm) and regular rod-like aggregates, respectively. These straight magnetic wires were fabricated with diameters around 200 nm and lengths comprised between 1 μm and 0.5 mm. The wires can have either positive or negative charges on their surface. After analyzing their orientational behavior under an external rotating field, we also showed that the wires made from different polyelectrolytes have the same magnetic property. The recipe used a wide range of polyelectrolytes thereby enhancing the versatility and applied potentialities of the method. This simple and general approach presents significant perspective for the fabrication of hybrid functional materials.

  3. Cationic β-cyclodextrin polymer applied to a dual cyclodextrin polyelectrolyte multilayer system.

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    Junthip, Jatupol; Tabary, Nicolas; Leclercq, Laurent; Martel, Bernard

    2015-08-01

    A polyelectrolyte multilayer film (PEM) based on cationic and anionic β-cyclodextrin polyelectrolytes was coated onto a textile substrate for future drug delivery purposes. We firstly synthesized a novel cationic β-cyclodextrin polymer (polyEPG-CD) by crosslinking β-cyclodextrin (βCD) with epichlorohydrin (EP) under basic conditions, in the presence of glycidyltrimetrylammonium chloride (GTMAC) as cationizing group. The influence of preparation conditions has been investigated in order to preferably obtain a water soluble fraction whose charge density and molecular weights were optimal for the layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition process. The different cationic cyclodextrin polymers obtained were characterized by FTIR, NMR, colloidal titration, conductimetry, thermogravimetric analysis and size exclusion chromatography. Besides, the counterpart polyelectrolyte was a β-cyclodextrin polymer crosslinked with citric acid, polyCTR-CD, whose synthesis and characterization have been previously reported. Finally we realized the Layer by Layer (LbL) build-up of the PEM coating onto the textile support, using the dip coating method, by alternatively soaking it in cationic polyEPG-CD and anionic polyCTR-CD solutions. This multilayer self-assembly was monitored by SEM, gravimetry and OWLS in function of both polyelectrolytes concentrations and ratios. Solutions parameters such as pH, ionic strenght were also discussed. PMID:25933534

  4. Freestanding polyelectrolyte films as sensors for osmotic pressure.

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    Nolte, Marc; Dönch, Ingo; Fery, Andreas

    2006-09-11

    Freestanding ultrathin polyelectrolyte-multilayer membranes, transferred to topographically structured polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), are used as mechanical sensors. Due to the membranes' semipermeability, high-molecular-weight molecules can be either entrapped inside them or excluded, thus generating an osmotic pressure. This leads to a deformation. We investigate the deformation as a function of the osmotic pressure and present an analytical theory that fully describes the data. Thus, osmotic pressures can be determined quantitatively. The individual osmotic-sensitive elements have only microscopic dimensions, and arrays can be easily produced. PMID:16929555

  5. Counterions and water in polyelectrolyte multilayers: a tale of two polycations.

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    Jaber, Jad A; Schlenoff, Joseph B

    2007-01-16

    Attenuated total internal reflectance Fourier transform infrared, ATR-FTIR, spectroscopy was used to compare the water uptake and doping within polyelectrolyte multilayers made from poly(styrene sulfonate), PSS, and a polycation, either poly(allylamine hydrochloride), PAH, or poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride), PDADMAC. Unlike PDADMA/PSS multilayers, whose water content depended on the solution ionic strength, PAH/PSS multilayers were resistant to doping by NaCl to a concentration of 1.2 M. Using (infrared active) perchlorate salt, the fraction of residual counterions in PDADMA/PSS and PAH/PSS was determined to be 3% and 6%, respectively. The free energy of association between the polymer segments, in the presence of NaClO4, was about 5 kJ mol-1 and -10 kJ mol-1, respectively, for PDADMA/PSS and PAH/PSS, indicating the relatively strong association between the polymer segments in the latter relative to the former. Varying the pH of the solution in contact with the PAH/PSS multilayer revealed a transition to a highly swollen state, interpreted to signal protonation of PAH under much more basic conditions than the pKa of the solution polymer. The increase in the multilayer pKa suggested an interaction energy for PAH/PSS in NaCl of ca. 16 kJ mol-1. PMID:17209649

  6. Operational mechanism of conjugated polyelectrolytes.

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    Tordera, Daniel; Kuik, Martijn; Rengert, Zachary D; Bandiello, Enrico; Bolink, Henk J; Bazan, Guillermo C; Nguyen, Thuc-Quyen

    2014-06-18

    Conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPEs) are versatile materials used in a range of organic optoelectronic applications. Because of their ionic/electronic nature, characterizing these materials is nontrivial, and their operational mechanism is not fully understood. In this work we use a methodology that combines constant-voltage-driven current-density transient measurements with fast current vs voltage scans to allow decoupling of ionic and electronic phenomena. This technique is applied to diodes prepared with cationic CPEs having different charge-compensating anions. Our results indicate that the operational mechanism of these devices is governed by electrochemical doping of the CPE. On the basis of the notion that the saturated depletion layer for the anions consists of the same π-conjugated backbone material, we discern how the extent and speed of formation of the doped region depend on the anion structure. Apart from addressing fundamental transport questions, this work provides a tool for future characterization of different CPEs and other similar systems. PMID:24855971

  7. Energy conversion in polyelectrolyte hydrogels

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    Olvera de La Cruz, Monica; Erbas, Aykut; Olvera de la Cruz Team

    Energy conversion and storage have been an active field of research in nanotechnology parallel to recent interests towards renewable energy. Polyelectrolyte (PE) hydrogels have attracted considerable attention in this field due to their mechanical flexibility and stimuli-responsive properties. Ideally, when a hydrogel is deformed, applied mechanical work can be converted into electrostatic, elastic and steric-interaction energies. In this talk, we discuss the results of our extensive molecular dynamics simulations of PE hydrogels. We demonstrate that, on deformation, hydrogels adjust their deformed state predominantly by altering electrostatic interactions between their charged groups rather than excluded-volume and bond energies. This is due to the hydrogel's inherent tendency to preserve electro-neutrality in its interior, in combination with correlations imposed by backbone charges. Our findings are valid for a wide range of compression ratios and ionic strengths. The electrostatic-energy alterations that we observe in our MD simulations may induce pH or redox-potential changes inside the hydrogels. The resulting energetic difference can be harvested, for instance, analogously to a Carnot engine, or facilitated for sensor applications. Center for Bio-inspired Energy Science (CBES).

  8. Charge Density Quantification of Polyelectrolyte Polysaccharides by Conductometric Titration: An Analytical Chemistry Experiment

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    Farris, Stefano; Mora, Luigi; Capretti, Giorgio; Piergiovanni, Luciano

    2012-01-01

    An easy analytical method for determination of the charge density of polyelectrolytes, including polysaccharides and other biopolymers, is presented. The basic principles of conductometric titration, which is used in the pulp and paper industry as well as in colloid and interface science, were adapted to quantify the charge densities of a…

  9. 21 CFR 864.9320 - Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations.

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    2013-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity... Establishments That Manufacture Blood and Blood Products § 864.9320 Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations. (a) Identification. A copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations is a...

  10. 21 CFR 864.9320 - Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations.

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    2012-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity... Establishments That Manufacture Blood and Blood Products § 864.9320 Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations. (a) Identification. A copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations is a...

  11. 21 CFR 864.9320 - Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations.

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    2014-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity... Establishments That Manufacture Blood and Blood Products § 864.9320 Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations. (a) Identification. A copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations is a...

  12. 21 CFR 864.9320 - Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations.

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    2011-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity... Establishments That Manufacture Blood and Blood Products § 864.9320 Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations. (a) Identification. A copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations is a...

  13. 21 CFR 864.9320 - Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity... Establishments That Manufacture Blood and Blood Products § 864.9320 Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations. (a) Identification. A copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations is a...

  14. Weighing Polyelectrolytes Packaged in Viruslike Particles

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    Tresset, Guillaume; Tatou, Mouna; Le CÅ`ur, Clémence; Zeghal, Mehdi; Bailleux, Virginie; Lecchi, Amélie; Brach, Katarzyna; Klekotko, Magdalena; Porcar, Lionel

    2014-09-01

    This Letter reports on the remarkable selectivity of capsid proteins for packaging synthetic polyelectrolytes in viruslike particles. By applying the contrast variation method in small-angle neutron scattering, we accurately estimated the mean mass of packaged polyelectrolytes ⟨Mp⟩ and that of the surrounding capsid ⟨Mcap⟩. Remarkably, the mass ratio ⟨Mp⟩/⟨Mcap⟩ was invariant for polyelectrolyte molecular weights spanning more than 2 orders of magnitude. To do so, capsids either packaged several chains simultaneously or selectively retained the shortest chains that could fit the capsid interior. Our data are in qualitative agreement with theoretical predictions based on free energy minimization and emphasize the importance of protein self-energy. These findings may give new insights into the nonspecific origin of genome selectivity for a number of viral systems.

  15. Cornea, and the swelling of polyelectrolyte gels of biological interest

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    Elliott, Gerald F.; Hodson, Stuart A.

    1998-10-01

    Biological polyelectrolyte gels consist of insoluble aggregates of molecules which collectively form structural fibrils and these fibrils, or their chemically bound side chains, have a net electrical charge. These gels may be visualized as negatively charged fibrils immersed in aqueous solutions which include free diffusible ions (mainly sodium, potassium and chloride). All living cells and most of the extracellular spaces of the body are polyelectrolyte gels and they strive to swell by the absorption of additional fluid because of the Donnan potentials generated by their fixed charge. We review Donnan swelling using the cornea of the eye as prime material. Donnan swelling requires knowledge of only one parameter such as: (a) the electrical potential within the gel or (b) the distribution of any mobile ion inside and outside the gel or (c) measurement of the gel pressure or (d) the fixed charge density on the fibrils, in order to calculate all the other relevant factors. We describe the conditions (which usually exist in biological tissue) when the microscopic distribution of the fixed charge density within the gel is not important to the Donnan phenomena. Fixed charge density is generated by two sources: permanent negative charges in the structural fibrils and transient mobile ion binding to the fibrils. Ion binding to large molecules is reviewed. In the case of the cornea, transient mobile ion binding is the predominant factor in generating fixed charge density under physiological conditions. An irreversible thermodynamic treatment of gel swelling shows the intrinsic instability of polyelectrolyte gels and suggests new ways of approaching a microscopic model for osmosis. In order to stabilize the two forces (osmotic potential and chemical potential) which generate the polyelectrolyte gel instability we review the types of third forces which must be present in order to stabilize biological gels. These third forces include van der Waal's force, metabolically driven

  16. Interactions of solutes and streambed sediment. 2. A dynamic analysis of coupled hydrologic and chemical processes that determine solute transport.

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    Bencala, K.E.

    1984-01-01

    Solute transport in streams is determined by the interaction of physical and chemical processes. Data from an injection experiment for chloride and several cations indicate significant influence of solute-streambed processes on transport in a mountain stream. These data are interpreted in terms of transient storage processes for all tracers and sorption processes for the cations. Process parameter values are estimated with simulations based on coupled quasi-two-dimensional transport and first-order mass transfer sorption. Comparative simulations demonstrate the relative roles of the physical and chemical processes in determining solute transport. -from Author

  17. Water distribution in multilayers of weak polyelectrolytes.

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    Tanchak, Oleh M; Yager, Kevin G; Fritzsche, Helmut; Harroun, Thad; Katsaras, John; Barrett, Christopher J

    2006-05-23

    The water localization in thin polyelectrolyte multilayers assembled from poly(acrylic acid) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) was investigated with neutron reflectivity in an atmosphere of controlled humidity and with bulk water. Water was found to be distributed asymmetrically within the multilayer and to localize preferentially at the polymer surface. The diffusion of water into the multilayer did not completely penetrate to the substrate, but instead there appeared to be an exclusion zone near the Si substrate. These results help to explain previous observations of anomalous water transport kinetics in weak polyelectrolyte systems. PMID:16700605

  18. Evaluation of the counterion condensation theory of polyelectrolytes.

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    Stigter, D

    1995-01-01

    We compare free energies of counterion distributions in polyelectrolyte solutions predicted from the cylindrical Poisson-Boltzmann (PB) model and from the counterion condensation theories of Manning: CC1 (Manning, 1969a, b), which assumes an infinitely thin region of condensed counterions, and CC2 (Manning, 1977), which assumes a region of finite thickness. We consider rods of finite radius with the linear charge density of B-DNA in 1-1 valent and 2-2 valent salt solutions. We find that under all conditions considered here the free energy of the CC1 and the CC2 models is higher than that of the PB model. We argue that counterion condensation theory imposes nonphysical constraints and is, therefore, a poorer approximation to the underlying physics based on continuum dielectrics, point-charge small ions, Poisson electrostatics, and Boltzmann distributions. The errors in counterion condensation theory diminish with increasing distance from, or radius of, the polyion. PMID:8527651

  19. Responsive block copolymer photonics triggered by protein-polyelectrolyte coacervation.

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    Fan, Yin; Tang, Shengchang; Thomas, Edwin L; Olsen, Bradley D

    2014-11-25

    Ionic interactions between proteins and polyelectrolytes are demonstrated as a method to trigger responsive transitions in block copolymer (BCP) photonic gels containing one neutral hydrophobic block and one cationic hydrophilic block. Poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP) blocks in lamellar poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine) block copolymer thin films are quaternized with primary bromides to yield swollen gels that show strong reflectivity peaks in the visible range; exposure to aqueous solutions of various proteins alters the swelling ratios of the quaternized P2VP (QP2VP) gel layers in the PS-QP2VP materials due to the ionic interactions between proteins and the polyelectrolyte. Parameters such as charge density, hydrophobicity, and cross-link density of the QP2VP gel layers as well as the charge and size of the proteins play significant roles on the photonic responses of the BCP gels. Differences in the size and pH-dependent charge of proteins provide a basis for fingerprinting proteins based on their temporal and equilibrium photonic response. The results demonstrate that the BCP gels and their photonic effect provide a robust and visually interpretable method to differentiate different proteins. PMID:25393374

  20. Dynamics of a polyelectrolyte under a constant electric field

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    Park, Pyeong Jun

    2015-11-01

    We perform a molecular dynamics simulation of a polyelectrolyte in a viscous fluid under an external electric field to study the dynamics of gel-free electrophoresis. To incorporate the hydrodynamic effects, we employ a coarse-grained description of water by using multiparticle collision dynamics. We use a screened Coulomb interaction among the monomers and explicit monovalent counterions to model the electrostatic interactions in an ionic solution. The mobility of the polyelectrolyte µ is obtained as a function of the molecular weight N, the electric field strength E,and the Debye screening length of the solvent λ. The mobility is found to be independent of N for large N and to exhibit a maximum at a certain N for a large λ, which are in agreement with experimental results. The dependence of µ on E is also examined and discussed by considering the effects of an electric field on counterion condensation. The dependence of µ on λ shows a discrepancy between our simulation and experiments, which implies that the added salts not only screen out the Coulomb interaction but also participate in the counterion condensation significantly.

  1. Contraction of weak polyelectrolyte multilayers in response to organic solvents.

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    Gu, Yuanqing; Ma, Yubing; Vogt, Bryan D; Zacharia, Nicole S

    2016-02-14

    Weak polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) prepared by the layer-by-layer assembly technique have recently been found to demonstrate a unique contraction upon exposure to organic solvents. This response is dependent upon which organic solvent is employed, and fundamental questions have not been clarified regarding the correlation of the magnitude of the film contraction with solvent type. In this work, we used solubility parameters to analyze the response of branched poly(ethylene imine)/poly(acrylic acid) (BPEI/PAA) multilayers when exposed to a variety of solvents. BPEI/PAA multilayers were immersed in a series of 16 different organic solvents and solvent mixtures. Immersion in organic solvent caused film dehydration and therefore contraction and also induced changes in the mechanical properties of PEMs. The film thickness was the best predictor of how a film swelled in water or contracted in organic solvent when using different batches of commercially available polyelectrolytes, rather than polyelectrolyte assembly pH conditions. The degree of film contraction was correlated with Hansen and Kamlet-Taft solubility parameters as well as solvent dielectric constant. In most cases, the hydrogen bonding ability of solvents is the primary factor to determine the magnitude of film contraction. For these solvents, increasing the temperature which corresponds to decreasing the strength of hydrogen bonding, also decreases the ability to dehydrate the films. For solvents that do not follow these trends with the strength of hydrogen bonding, a stronger correlation was found between contraction and dielectric constant, indicating that both traditional solvent quality arguments and electrostatics are important to understanding the contraction of PEMs in organic solvents. PMID:26699080

  2. Lipophilic polyelectrolyte gels as super-absorbent polymers for nonpolar organic solvents

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    Ono, Toshikazu; Sugimoto, Takahiro; Shinkai, Seiji; Sada, Kazuki

    2007-06-01

    Polyelectrolyte gels that are known as super-absorbent polymers swell and absorb water up to several hundred times their dried weights and have become ubiquitous and indispensable materials in many applications. Their superior swelling abilities originate from the electrostatic repulsion between the charges on the polymer chains and the osmotic imbalance between the interior and exterior of the gels. However, no super-absorbent polymers for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and especially for nonpolar organic solvents (ɛ<10) have been reported, because common polyelectrolyte gels collapse in such solvents owing to the formation of a higher number of aggregates of ions and ion pairs. Here, we report that a novel class of polyelectrolyte gels bearing tetra-alkylammonium tetraphenylborate as a lipophilic and bulky ionic group swell in some nonpolar organic solvents up to 500 times their dry size. Dissociation of the ionic groups even in low-dielectric media (3<ɛ<10) enhances the swelling ability by expansion of the polymer networks. This expands the potential of polyelectrolytes that have been used only in aqueous solutions or highly polar solvents, and provides soft materials that swell in a variety of media. These materials could find applications as protective barriers for VOCs spilled in the environment and as absorbents for waste oil.

  3. Regulation of anionic lipids in binary membrane upon the adsorption of polyelectrolyte: A Monte Carlo simulation

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    Duan, Xiaozheng; Li, Yunqi; Zhang, Ran; Shi, Tongfei; An, Lijia; Huang, Qingrong

    2013-06-01

    We employ Monte Carlo simulations to investigate the interaction between an adsorbing linear flexible cationic polyelectrolyte and a binary fluid membrane. The membrane contains neutral phosphatidyl-choline, PC) and multivalent anionic (phosphatidylinositol, PIP2) lipids. We systematically study the influences of the solution ionic strength, the chain length and the bead charge density of the polyelectrolyte on the lateral rearrangement and the restricted mobility of the multivalent anionic lipids in the membrane. Our findings show that, the cooperativity effect and the electrostatic interaction of the polyelectrolyte beads can significantly affect the segregation extent and the concentration gradients of the PIP2 molecules, and further cooperate to induce the complicated hierarchical mobility behaviors of PIP2 molecules. In addition, when the polyelectrolyte brings a large amount of charges, it can form a robust electrostatic well to trap all PIP2 and results in local overcharge of the membrane. This work presents a mechanism to explain the membrane heterogeneity formation induced by the adsorption of charged macromolecule.

  4. Transformation of the structural organization of clay sediments and soils under the impact of polyelectrolytes

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    Kurochkina, G. N.; Pinskiy, D. L.; Fedotov, G. N.; Hajnos, M.; Sokolowska, Z.; Ciesla, I.

    2013-08-01

    The effects of polyacrylic acid (PAAc) and polyacrylamide (PAA) adsorption by quartz sand, montmorillonite, kaolinite, gray forest soil, and chernozem on the texture of the sorbents were studied. It was shown that the polymolecular adsorption was typical of the applied polyelectrolytes. The addition of PAA in a concentration of 0.05% to the solution resulted in consolidation of the sediments with a decrease in their volume. In the case of montmorillonite, a loose gel precipitate formed; its volume decreased by about 6% during the experiment. The adsorption of polyelectrolytes slightly affected the average radii, total surface area, and volume of the pore space (within 4-20%). The transformation of the surface of minerals and soils under the action of polyelectrolytes resulted in a significant change in the differential pore volume. The number of pores of about 0.0014 μm in size hardly changed at all. However, wider pores (0.011-0.45 μm) appeared. The adsorption of PAAc resulted in the appearance of wide pores (1.6-22.0 μm), and the adsorption of PAA resulted in the appearance of two narrow classes of micropores. A much more even distribution of differential porosity in the range of 3.6-4.5 μm was revealed. Thus, the transformation of the surface of adsorbents by polyelectrolytes led to changes in the pore-size distribution.

  5. A 'microfluidic pinball' for on-chip generation of Layer-by-Layer polyelectrolyte microcapsules.

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    Kantak, Chaitanya; Beyer, Sebastian; Yobas, Levent; Bansal, Tushar; Trau, Dieter

    2011-03-21

    Inspired by the game of "pinball" where rolling metal balls are guided by obstacles, here we describe a novel microfluidic technique which utilizes micropillars in a flow channel to continuously generate, encapsulate and guide Layer-by-Layer (LbL) polyelectrolyte microcapsules. Droplet-based microfluidic techniques were exploited to generate oil droplets which were smoothly guided along a row of micropillars to repeatedly travel through three parallel laminar streams consisting of two polymers and a washing solution. Devices were prototyped in PDMS and generated highly monodisperse and stable 45±2 µm sized polyelectrolyte microcapsules. A total of six layers of hydrogen bonded polyelectrolytes (3 bi-layers) were adsorbed on each droplet within <3 minutes and a fluorescent intensity measurement confirmed polymer film deposition. AFM analysis revealed the thickness of each polymer layer to be approx. 2.8 nm. Our design approach not only provides a faster and more efficient alternative to conventional LbL deposition techniques, but also achieves the highest number of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) reported thus far using microfluidics. Additionally, with our design, a larger number of PEMs can be deposited without adding any extra operational or interfacial complexities (e.g. syringe pumps) which are a necessity in most other designs. Based on the aforementioned advantages of our device, it may be developed into a great tool for drug encapsulation, or to create capsules for biosensing where deposition of thin nanofilms with controlled interfacial properties is highly required. PMID:21218225

  6. Method for Non-Invasive Determination of Chemical Properties of Aqueous Solutions

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    Todd, Paul W. (Inventor); Jones, Alan (Inventor); Thomas, Nathan A. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    A method for non-invasively determining a chemical property of an aqueous solution is provided. The method provides the steps of providing a colored solute having a light absorbance spectrum and transmitting light through the colored solute at two different wavelengths. The method further provides the steps of measuring light absorbance of the colored solute at the two different transmitted light wavelengths, and comparing the light absorbance of the colored solute at the two different wavelengths to determine a chemical property of an aqueous solution.

  7. Light reflection visualization to determine solute diffusion into clays

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    Yang, Minjune; Annable, Michael D.; Jawitz, James W.

    2014-06-01

    Light reflection visualization (LRV) experiments were performed to investigate solute diffusion in low-permeability porous media using a well-controlled two-dimensional flow chamber with a domain composed of two layers (one sand and one clay). Two different dye tracers (Brilliant Blue FCF and Ponceau 4R) and clay domains (kaolinite and montmorillonite) were used. The images obtained through the LRV technique were processed to monitor two-dimensional concentration distributions in the low-permeability zone by applying calibration curves that related light intensity to equilibrium concentrations for each dye tracer in the clay. One dimensional experimentally-measured LRV concentration profiles in the clay were found to be in very good agreement with those predicted from a one-dimensional analytical solution, with coefficient of efficiency values that exceeded 0.97. The retardation factors (R) for both dyes were relatively large, leading to slow diffusive penetration into the clays. At a relative concentration C/C0 = 0.1, Brilliant Blue FCF in kaolinite (R = 11) diffused approximately 10 mm after 21 days of source loading, and Ponceau 4R in montmorillonite (R = 7) diffused approximately 12 mm after 23 days of source loading. The LRV experimentally-measured two-dimensional concentration profiles in the clay were also well described by a simple analytical solution. The results from this study demonstrate that the LRV approach is an attractive non-invasive tool to investigate the concentration distribution of dye tracers in clays in laboratory experiments.

  8. Light reflection visualization to determine solute diffusion into clays.

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    Yang, Minjune; Annable, Michael D; Jawitz, James W

    2014-06-01

    Light reflection visualization (LRV) experiments were performed to investigate solute diffusion in low-permeability porous media using a well-controlled two-dimensional flow chamber with a domain composed of two layers (one sand and one clay). Two different dye tracers (Brilliant Blue FCF and Ponceau 4R) and clay domains (kaolinite and montmorillonite) were used. The images obtained through the LRV technique were processed to monitor two-dimensional concentration distributions in the low-permeability zone by applying calibration curves that related light intensity to equilibrium concentrations for each dye tracer in the clay. One dimensional experimentally-measured LRV concentration profiles in the clay were found to be in very good agreement with those predicted from a one-dimensional analytical solution, with coefficient of efficiency values that exceeded 0.97. The retardation factors (R) for both dyes were relatively large, leading to slow diffusive penetration into the clays. At a relative concentration C/C0=0.1, Brilliant Blue FCF in kaolinite (R=11) diffused approximately 10 mm after 21 days of source loading, and Ponceau 4R in montmorillonite (R=7) diffused approximately 12 mm after 23 days of source loading. The LRV experimentally-measured two-dimensional concentration profiles in the clay were also well described by a simple analytical solution. The results from this study demonstrate that the LRV approach is an attractive non-invasive tool to investigate the concentration distribution of dye tracers in clays in laboratory experiments. PMID:24657742

  9. Effect of Assembly pH on Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Surface Properties and BMP-2 Release.

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    Salvi, Claire; Lyu, Xuejian; Peterson, Amy M

    2016-06-13

    The effect of solution pH during layer-by-layer assembly of polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) coatings on properties relevant to orthopedic implant success was investigated. Bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2), a potent osteoconductive growth factor, was adsorbed onto the surface of anodized titanium, and PEM coatings prepared from solutions of poly-l-histidine and poly(methacrylic acid) were built on top of the BMP-2. High levels of BMP-2 released over several months were achieved. Approximately 2 μg/cm(2) of BMP-2 were initially adsorbed on the anodized titanium and a pH-dependent release behavior was observed, with more stable coatings assembled at pH = 6-7. Three different diffusion regimes could be determined from the release profiles: an initial burst release, a sustained release regime, and a depletion regime. BMP-2 was shown to maintain bioactivity after release from a PEM and the presence of a PEM was shown to preserve BMP-2 structure. No visible change was observed in surface roughness as the assembly pH was varied, whereas the surface energy decreased for samples prepared at more basic pH. These results indicate that the initial BMP-2 layer affects PEM surface structure, but not the functional groups exposed on the surface. PMID:27186660

  10. Zinc lozenges: cold cure or candy? Solution chemistry determinations.

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    Eby, George A

    2004-02-01

    Common colds were shortened by 7 days in a 1984 clinical trial using zinc gluconate throat lozenges each 2 h. Between then and 2004, 10 other double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials showed widely varying results. This re-analysis of these trials presents solution chemistry methods to elucidate differences in efficacy. Statistically significant correlation was shown between total daily dosages of positively charged zinc species and reductions in median (p = 0.005) and mean duration (p < 0.02) of common colds in these trials. PMID:15499830

  11. Tuning Smart Microgel Swelling and Responsive Behavior through Strong and Weak Polyelectrolyte Pair Assembly

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    Costa, Eunice; Lloyd, Margaret M.; Chopko, Caroline; Aguiar-Ricardo, Ana; Hammond, Paula T.

    2012-01-01

    The layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of polyelectrolyte pairs on temperature and pH-sensitive cross-linked poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-co-(methacrylic acid), poly(NIPAAm-co-MAA), microgels enabled a fine tuning of the gel swelling and responsive behavior according to the mobility of the assembled polyelectrolyte (PE) pair and the composition of the outermost layer. Microbeads with well-defined morphology were initially prepared by synthesis in supercritical carbon dioxide. Upon LbL assembly of polyelectrolytes, interactions between the multilayers and the soft porous microgel led to differences in swelling and thermoresponsive behavior. For the weak PE pairs, namely poly(L-lysine) / poly(L-glutamic acid) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) / poly(acrylic acid), polycation-terminated microgels were less swollen and more thermoresponsive than native microgel; while polyanion-terminated microgels were more swollen and not significantly responsive to temperature, in a quasi-reversible process with consecutive PE assembly. For the strong PE pair, poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) / poly(sodium styrene sulfonate), the differences among polycation and polyanion-terminated microgels are not sustained after the first PE bilayer due to extensive ionic cross-linking between the polyelectrolytes. The tendencies across the explored systems became less noteworthy in solutions with larger ionic strength due to overall charge shielding of the polyelectrolytes and microgel. ATR FT-IR studies correlated the swelling and responsive behavior after LbL assembly on the microgels with the extent of H-bonding and alternating charge distribution within the gel. Thus, the proposed LbL strategy may be a simple and flexible way to engineer smart microgels in terms of size, surface chemistry, overall charge and permeability. PMID:22676290

  12. Electrostatically driven complexation of liposomes with a star-shaped polyelectrolyte to low-toxicity multi-liposomal assemblies.

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    Yaroslavov, Alexander A; Sybachin, Andrey V; Zaborova, Olga V; Pergushov, Dmitry V; Zezin, Alexander B; Melik-Nubarov, Nikolay S; Plamper, Felix A; Müller, Axel H E; Menger, Frederic M

    2014-04-01

    Anionic liposomes are electrostatically complexed to a star-shaped cationic polyelectrolyte. Upon complexation, the liposomes retain their integrity and the resulting liposome-star complexes do not dissociate in a physiological solution with 0.15 M NaCl. This provides a multi-liposomal container for possible use as a high-capacity carrier. PMID:24243764

  13. The decisive role of free water in determining homogenous ice nucleation behavior of aqueous solutions

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    Wang, Qiang; Zhao, Lishan; Li, Chenxi; Cao, Zexian

    2016-01-01

    It is a challenging issue to quantitatively characterize how the solute and pressure affect the homogeneous ice nucleation in a supercooled solution. By measuring the glass transition behavior of solutions, a universal feature of water-content dependence of glass transition temperature is recognized, which can be used to quantify hydration water in solutions. The amount of free water can then be determined for water-rich solutions, whose mass fraction, Xf, is found to serve as a universal relevant parameter for characterizing the homogeneous ice nucleation temperature, the meting temperature of primary ice, and even the water activity of solutions of electrolytes and smaller organic molecules. Moreover, the effects of hydrated solute and pressure on ice nucleation is comparable, and the pressure, when properly scaled, can be incorporated into the universal parameter Xf. These results help establish the decisive role of free water in determining ice nucleation and other relevant properties of aqueous solutions. PMID:27225427

  14. The decisive role of free water in determining homogenous ice nucleation behavior of aqueous solutions

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    Wang, Qiang; Zhao, Lishan; Li, Chenxi; Cao, Zexian

    2016-05-01

    It is a challenging issue to quantitatively characterize how the solute and pressure affect the homogeneous ice nucleation in a supercooled solution. By measuring the glass transition behavior of solutions, a universal feature of water-content dependence of glass transition temperature is recognized, which can be used to quantify hydration water in solutions. The amount of free water can then be determined for water-rich solutions, whose mass fraction, Xf, is found to serve as a universal relevant parameter for characterizing the homogeneous ice nucleation temperature, the meting temperature of primary ice, and even the water activity of solutions of electrolytes and smaller organic molecules. Moreover, the effects of hydrated solute and pressure on ice nucleation is comparable, and the pressure, when properly scaled, can be incorporated into the universal parameter Xf. These results help establish the decisive role of free water in determining ice nucleation and other relevant properties of aqueous solutions.

  15. The decisive role of free water in determining homogenous ice nucleation behavior of aqueous solutions.

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    Wang, Qiang; Zhao, Lishan; Li, Chenxi; Cao, Zexian

    2016-01-01

    It is a challenging issue to quantitatively characterize how the solute and pressure affect the homogeneous ice nucleation in a supercooled solution. By measuring the glass transition behavior of solutions, a universal feature of water-content dependence of glass transition temperature is recognized, which can be used to quantify hydration water in solutions. The amount of free water can then be determined for water-rich solutions, whose mass fraction, Xf, is found to serve as a universal relevant parameter for characterizing the homogeneous ice nucleation temperature, the meting temperature of primary ice, and even the water activity of solutions of electrolytes and smaller organic molecules. Moreover, the effects of hydrated solute and pressure on ice nucleation is comparable, and the pressure, when properly scaled, can be incorporated into the universal parameter Xf. These results help establish the decisive role of free water in determining ice nucleation and other relevant properties of aqueous solutions. PMID:27225427

  16. Preparation and adsorption of refined polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles.

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    Reihs, T; Müller, M; Lunkwitz, K

    2004-03-01

    We report on bulk and surface properties of centrifuged nonstoichiometric polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) dispersions. PECs were prepared by mixing poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) and sodium poly(maleic acid-co-alpha-methylstyrene) (PMA-MS) at the monomolar mixing ratio of 0.6 and polymer concentration >/=1 mmol/l. Centrifugation of initial PEC dispersions revealed three phases: supernatant (SUP), coacervate (COAC), and an insoluble precipitate. Mass, turbidity, particle hydrodynamic radii (R(h)), and the titratable charge amount were determined for those phases. The turbid COAC phase consisted of 200-nm nanoparticles and carried 60% of the polymer mass and 20% of the titratable charge amount of the initial PEC dispersion. The SUP phase showed no turbidity and no such nanoparticles, but carried 80% of the initial titratable charge amount, presumably caused by excess polycations. Furthermore, linear dependences of turbidity and R(h) on COAC concentration was observed. COAC adsorption was studied at polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) modified silicon surfaces in dependence on both adsorption time and concentration using attenuated total-reflection-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy. The adsorption data were fitted by the simple Langmuir model. Comparison of COAC particles and polystyrene latices revealed similar adsorption features. SEM and AFM measurements resulted in hemispherically shaped adsorbed COAC particles with coverages >/=25%, whose calculated volumes correlated well with those in dispersion obtained by PCS. PMID:14757079

  17. Integration of silver nanoparticle-impregnated polyelectrolyte multilayers into murine-splinted cutaneous wound beds.

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    Guthrie, Kathleen M; Agarwal, Ankit; Teixeira, Leandro B C; Dubielzig, Richard R; Abbott, Nicholas L; Murphy, Christopher J; Singh, Harpreet; McAnulty, Jonathan F; Schurr, Michael J

    2013-01-01

    Silver is a commonly used topical antimicrobial. However, technologies to immobilize silver at the wound surface are lacking, while currently available silver-containing wound dressings release excess silver that can be cytotoxic and impair wound healing. We have shown that precise concentrations of silver at lower levels can be immobilized into a wound bed using a polyelectrolyte multilayer attachment technology. These silver nanoparticle-impregnated polyelectrolyte multilayers are noncytotoxic yet bactericidal in vitro, but their effect on wound healing in vivo was previously unknown. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect on wound healing of integrating silver nanoparticle/polyelectrolyte multilayers into the wound bed. A full-thickness, splinted, excisional murine wound healing model was employed in both phenotypically normal mice and spontaneously diabetic mice (healing impaired model). Gross image measurements showed an initial small lag in healing in the silver-treated wounds in diabetic mice, but no difference in time to complete wound closure in either normal or diabetic mice. Histological analysis showed modest differences between silver-treated and control groups on day 9, but no difference between groups at the time of wound closure. We conclude that silver nanoparticle/polyelectrolyte multilayers can be safely integrated into the wound beds of both normal and diabetic mice without delaying wound closure, and with transient histological effects. The results of this study suggest the feasibility of this technology for use as a platform to affect nanoscale wound engineering approaches to microbial prophylaxis or to augment wound healing. PMID:23511285

  18. Biocidal activity of a light-absorbing fluorescent conjugated polyelectrolyte.

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    Lu, Liangde; Rininsland, Frauke H; Wittenburg, Shannon K; Achyuthan, Komandoor E; McBranch, Duncan W; Whitten, David G

    2005-10-25

    Herein we describe studies that indicate a cationic conjugated polyelectrolyte shows biocidal activity against gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli, E. coli, BL21, with plasmids for Azurin and ampicillin resistance) and gram-positive bacterial spores (Bacillus anthracis, Sterne, B. anthracis, Sterne). These studies were carried out with aqueous suspensions of the conjugated polyelectrolyte, with the polyelectrolyte in supported formats and with samples in which the conjugated polyelectrolyte was coated on the bacteria. The results are interesting in that the biocidal activity is light-induced and appears effective due to the ability of the conjugated polyelectrolyte to form a surface coating on both types of bacteria. The effects observed here should be general and suggest that a range of conjugated polyelectrolytes in different formulations may provide a useful new class of biocides for both dark and light-activated applications. PMID:16229539

  19. Dispersion of single-walled carbon nanotubes using polyelectrolytes

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    Aldea, G.; Nunzi, J. M.

    2009-02-01

    In order to produce high performance SWNT-based products, it is necessary to make them soluble, reaching a certain degree of dispersion and stability in solution. Since SWNTs are mostly inert, being neither hydrophilic nor lipophilic, their use suffers from poor dispersion capability and weak interaction with other partners. Therefore, activating and modifying their surface is an essential prerequisite to processing. We report on a versatile nondestructive strategy for the non-covalent functionalization of SWNT by polyelectrolytes based on maleic anhydride copolymers. To evaluate competing stabilization characteristics, we explored the dispersing power of a range of maleic anhydride copolymers functionalized with several chromophore units: pyrene, cholesterol and Disperse Red 1. The surface modification of SWNT is straightforward and efficient for making them dispersible in water and in other organic solvents and for producing nanometer-scale materials suitable for nanotechnology, medicinal chemistry and environment friendly solar cell applications.

  20. Polyelectrolyte/Graphene Oxide Barrier Film for Flexible OLED.

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    Yang, Seung-Yeol; Park, Jongwhan; Kim, Yong-Seog

    2015-10-01

    Ultra-thin flexible nano-composite barrier layer consists of graphene oxide and polyelectrolyte was prepared using the layer-by-layer processing method. Microstructures of the barrier layer was optimized via modifying coating conditions and inducing chemical reactions. Although the barrier layer consists of hydrophilic polyelectrolyte was not effective in blocking the water vapor permeation, the chemical reduction of graphene oxide as well as conversion of polyelectrolyte to hydrophobic nature were very effective in reducing the permeation. PMID:26726415

  1. Improved solution accuracy for TDRSS-based TOPEX/Poseidon orbit determination

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    Doll, C. E.; Mistretta, G. D.; Hart, R. C.; Oza, D. H.; Bolvin, D. T.; Cox, C. M.; Nemesure, M.; Niklewski, D. J.; Samii, M. V.

    1994-01-01

    Orbit determination results are obtained by the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Flight Dynamics Division (FDD) using a batch-least-squares estimator available in the Goddard Trajectory Determination System (GTDS) and an extended Kalman filter estimation system to process Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) System (TDRSS) measurements. GTDS is the operational orbit determination system used by the FDD in support of the Ocean Topography Experiment (TOPEX)/Poseidon spacecraft navigation and health and safety operations. The extended Kalman filter was implemented in an orbit determination analysis prototype system, closely related to the Real-Time Orbit Determination System/Enhanced (RTOD/E) system. In addition, the Precision Orbit Determination (POD) team within the GSFC Space Geodesy Branch generated an independent set of high-accuracy trajectories to support the TOPEX/Poseidon scientific data. These latter solutions use the geodynamics (GEODYN) orbit determination system with laser ranging and Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning integrated by satellite (DORIS) tracking measurements. The TOPEX/Poseidon trajectories were estimated for November 7 through November 11, 1992, the timeframe under study. Independent assessments were made of the consistencies of solutions produced by the batch and sequential methods. The batch-least-squares solutions were assessed based on the solution residuals, while the sequential solutions were assessed based on primarily the estimated covariances. The batch-least-squares and sequential orbit solutions were compared with the definitive POD orbit solutions. The solution differences were generally less than 2 meters for the batch-least-squares and less than 13 meters for the sequential estimation solutions. After the sequential estimation solutions were processed with a smoother algorithm, position differences with POD orbit solutions of less than 7 meters were obtained. The differences among the POD, GTDS, and filter

  2. Hydration properties determining the reactivity of nitrite in aqueous solution.

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    Vchirawongkwin, Saowapak; Kritayakornupong, Chinapong; Tongraar, Anan; Vchirawongkwin, Viwat

    2014-08-28

    The knowledge of the hydration properties of the nitrite ion is key to understanding its reaction mechanism controlled by solvent effects. Here, ab initio quantum mechanical charge field molecular dynamics was performed to obtain the structural and dynamical properties of the hydration shell in an aqueous solution of nitrite ions, elucidated by data analysis using a molecular approach and an extended quantitative analysis of all superimposed trajectories with three-dimensional alignment (density map). The pattern of the power spectra corresponded to the experimental data, indicating the suitability of the Hartree-Fock method coupled with double-ζ plus polarization and diffuse functional basis sets to study this system. The density maps revealed the structure of the hydration shell, that presented a higher density in the N-O bond direction than in the axis vertical to the molecular plane, whereas the atomic and molecular radial distribution functions provided vague information. The number of actual contacts indicated 4.6 water molecules interacting with a nitrite ion, and 1.5 extra water molecules located in the molecular hydration shell, forming a H-bonding network with the bulk water. The mean residence times for the water ligands designated the strength of the hydration spheres for the oxygen sites, whilst the results for the nitrogen sites over-estimated the number of water molecules from other sites and indicated a weak structure. These results show the influence of the water molecules surrounding the nitrite ion creating an anisotropic hydration shell, suggesting that the reactive sites are situated above and below the molecular plane with a lower water density. PMID:24840033

  3. Mesoscale modeling of polyelectrolyte brushes with salt.

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    Ibergay, Cyrille; Malfreyt, Patrice; Tildesley, Dominic J

    2010-06-01

    We report dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulations of a polyelectrolyte brush under athermal solvent conditions. The electrostatic interactions are calculated using the particle-particle particle-mesh (PPPM) method with charges distributed over the particles. The polymer beads, counterions, co-ions, and solvent particles are modeled explicitly. The DPD simulations show a dependence of the brush height on the grafting density and the charge fraction that is typical of the nonlinear osmotic brush regime. We report the effect of the addition of salt on the structural properties of the brush. In the case of a polyelectrolyte brush with a high surface coverage, the simulations reproduce the transition between the nonlinear osmotic brush regime where the thickness of the brush is independent of the salt concentration and the salted regime where the brush height decreases weakly with the salt concentration. PMID:20455593

  4. Origin of translocation barriers for polyelectrolyte chains.

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    Kumar, Rajeev; Muthukumar, M

    2009-11-21

    For single-file translocations of a charged macromolecule through a narrow pore, the crucial step of arrival of an end at the pore suffers from free energy barriers, arising from changes in intrachain electrostatic interaction, distribution of ionic clouds and solvent molecules, and conformational entropy of the chain. All contributing factors to the barrier in the initial stage of translocation are evaluated by using the self-consistent field theory for the polyelectrolyte and the coupled Poisson-Boltzmann description for ions without radial symmetry. The barrier is found to be essentially entropic due to conformational changes. For moderate and high salt concentrations, the barriers for the polyelectrolyte chain are quantitatively equivalent to that of uncharged self-avoiding walks. Electrostatic effects are shown to increase the free energy barriers, but only slightly. The degree of ionization, electrostatic interaction strength, decreasing salt concentration, and the solvent quality all result in increases in the barrier. PMID:19929072

  5. Folding Behaviors of Protein (Lysozyme) Confined in Polyelectrolyte Complex Micelle.

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    Wu, Fu-Gen; Jiang, Yao-Wen; Chen, Zhan; Yu, Zhi-Wu

    2016-04-19

    The folding/unfolding behavior of proteins (enzymes) in confined space is important for their properties and functions, but such a behavior remains largely unexplored. In this article, we reported our finding that lysozyme and a double hydrophilic block copolymer, methoxypoly(ethylene glycol)5K-block-poly(l-aspartic acid sodium salt)10 (mPEG(5K)-b-PLD10), can form a polyelectrolyte complex micelle with a particle size of ∼30 nm, as verified by dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy. The unfolding and refolding behaviors of lysozyme molecules in the presence of the copolymer were studied by microcalorimetry and circular dichroism spectroscopy. Upon complex formation with mPEG(5K)-b-PLD10, lysozyme changed from its initial native state to a new partially unfolded state. Compared with its native state, this copolymer-complexed new folding state of lysozyme has different secondary and tertiary structures, a decreased thermostability, and significantly altered unfolding/refolding behaviors. It was found that the native lysozyme exhibited reversible unfolding and refolding upon heating and subsequent cooling, while lysozyme in the new folding state (complexed with the oppositely charged PLD segments of the polymer) could unfold upon heating but could not refold upon subsequent cooling. By employing the heating-cooling-reheating procedure, the prevention of complex formation between lysozyme and polymer due to the salt screening effect was observed, and the resulting uncomplexed lysozyme regained its proper unfolding and refolding abilities upon heating and subsequent cooling. Besides, we also pointed out the important role the length of the PLD segment played during the formation of micelles and the monodispersity of the formed micelles. Furthermore, the lysozyme-mPEG(5K)-b-PLD10 mixtures prepared in this work were all transparent, without the formation of large aggregates or precipitates in solution as frequently observed in other protein-polyelectrolyte

  6. Improving Photocatalytic Activity through Electrostatic Self-Assembly: Polyelectrolytes as Tool for Solar Energy Conversion?

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    Groehn, Franziska

    2015-03-01

    With regard to the world's decreasing energy resources, developing strategies to exploit solar energy become more and more important. One approach is to take advantage of photocatalysis. Inspired by natural systems such as assemblies performing photosynthesis, it is highly promising to self-assemble synthetic functional species to form more effective or tailored supramolecular units. In this contribution, a new type of photocatalytically active self-assembled nanostructures in aqueous solution will be presented: supramolecular nano-objects obtained through self-assembly of macroions and multivalent organic or inorganic counterions. Polyelectrolyte-porphyrin nanoscale assemblies exhibit up to 10-fold higher photocatalytic activity than the corresponding porphyrins without polymeric template. Other self-assembled catalysts based on polyelectrolytes can exhibit expressed selectivity in a photocatalytic model reaction or even allow catalytic reactions in solution that are not possible with the building blocks only. Further, current results on combining different functional units at the polyelectrolyte template represent a next step towards more complex supramolecular structures for solar energy conversion.

  7. Self-healing multilayer polyelectrolyte composite film with chitosan and poly(acrylic acid).

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    Zhu, Yanxi; Xuan, Hongyun; Ren, Jiaoyu; Ge, Liqin

    2015-11-21

    If self-healing materials can be prepared via simple technology and methods using nontoxic materials, this would be a great step forward in the creation of environmentally friendly self-healing materials. In this paper, the specific structural parameters of the various hydrogen bonds between chitosan (CS) and polyacrylic acid (PAA) were calculated. Then, multilayer polyelectrolyte films were fabricated with CS and PAA based on layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly technology at different pH values. The possible influence of pH on the (CS/PAA) × 30 multilayer polyelectrolyte film was investigated. The results show that the interactions between CS and PAA, swelling capacity, microstructure, wettability, and self-healing ability are all governed by the pH of the CS solution. When the pH value of the CS solution is 3.0, the prepared multilayer polyelectrolyte film (CS3.0/PAA2.8) × 30 has fine-tuned interactions, a network-like structure, good swelling ability, good hydrophilicity, and excellent self-healing ability. This promises to greatly widen the future applications of environmentally friendly materials and bio-materials. PMID:26364567

  8. Conformation and translational diffusion of a xanthan polyelectrolyte chain: Brownian dynamics simulation and single molecule tracking

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    Chun, Myung-Suk; Kim, Chongyoup; Lee, Duck E.

    2009-05-01

    In our recent Brownian dynamics (BD) simulation study, the structure and dynamics of anionic polyelectrolyte xanthan in bulk solution as well as confined spaces of slitlike channel were examined by applying a coarse-grained model with nonlinear bead-spring discretization of a whole chain [J. Jeon and M.-S. Chun, J. Chem. Phys. 126, 154904 (2007)]. This model goes beyond other simulations as they did not consider both long-range electrostatic and hydrodynamic interactions between pairs of beads. Simulation parameters are obtained from the viscometric method of rheology data on the native and sonicated xanthan polysaccharides, which have a contour length less than 1μm . The size of the semiflexible polyelectrolyte can be well described by the wormlike chain model once the electrostatic effects are taken into account by the persistence length measured at a long length scale. For experimental verifications, single molecule visualization was performed on fluorescein-labeled xanthan using an inverted fluorescence microscope, and the motion of an individual molecule was quantified. Experimental results on the conformational changes in xanthan chain in the electrolyte solution have a reasonable trend to agree with the prediction by BD simulations. In the translational diffusion induced by the Debye screening effect, the simulation prediction reveals slightly higher values compared to those of our measurements, although it agrees with the literature data. Considering the experimental restrictions, our BD simulations are verified to model the single polyelectrolyte well.

  9. Bioresorbable polyelectrolytes for smuggling drugs into cells.

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    Jaganathan, Sripriya

    2016-06-01

    There is ample evidence that biodegradable polyelectrolyte nanocapsules are multifunctional vehicles which can smuggle drugs into cells, and release them upon endogenous activation. A large number of endogenous stimuli have already been tested in vitro, and in vivo research is escalating. Thus, the interest in the design of intelligent polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) drug delivery systems is clear. The need of the hour is a systematic translation of PEM-based drug delivery systems from the lab to clinical studies. Reviews on multifarious stimuli that can trigger the release of drugs from such systems already exist. This review summarizes the available literature, with emphasis on the recent progress in PEM-based drug delivery systems that are receptive in the presence of endogenous stimuli, including enzymes, glucose, glutathione, pH, and temperature, and addresses different active and passive drug targeting strategies. Insights into the current knowledge on the diversified endogenous approaches and methodological challenges may bring inspiration to resolve issues that currently bottleneck the successful implementation of polyelectrolytes into the catalog of third-generation drug delivery systems. PMID:25961363

  10. Algal Flocculation with Synthetic Organic Polyelectrolytes

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    Tenney, Mark W.; Echelberger, Wayne F.; Schuessler, Ronald G.; Pavoni, Joseph L.

    1969-01-01

    The feasibility of removing algae from water and wastewater by chemical flocculation techniques was investigated. Mixed cultures of algae were obtained from both continuous- and batch-fed laboratory reactors. Representative cationic, anionic, and nonionic synthetic organic polyelectrolytes were used as flocculants. Under the experimental conditions, chemically induced algal flocculation occurred with the addition of cationic polyelectrolyte, but not with anionic or nonionic polymers, although attachment of all polyelectrolyte species to the algal surface is shown. The mechanism of chemically induced algal flocculation is interpreted in terms of bridging phenomena between the discrete algal cells and the linearly extended polymer chains, forming a three-dimensional matrix that is capable of subsiding under quiescent conditions. The degree of flocculation is shown to be a direct function of the extent of polymer coverage of the active sites on the algal surface, although to induce flocculation by this method requires that the algal surface charge must concurrently be reduced to a level at which the extended polymers can bridge the minimal distance of separation imposed by electrostatic repulsion. The influence of pH, algal concentration, and algal growth phase on the requisite cationic flocculant dose is also reported. PMID:5370666

  11. Electrostatic Swelling and Conformational Variation Observed in High-Generation Polyelectrolyte Dendrimers

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    Butler, Paul D; Chen, Wei-Ren; Herwig, Kenneth W; Hong, Kunlun; Liu, Yun; Porcar, L.; Shew, Chwen-Yang; Smith, Gregory Scott; Chen, Hsin-Lung; Chen, Chun-Yu; Li, Xin; Liu, Emily

    2010-01-01

    A coordinated study combining small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements was conducted to investigate the structural characteristics of aqueous (D2O) generation 7 and 8 (G7 & G8) PAMAM dendrimer solutions as a function of molecular protonation at room temperature. The change in intra-molecular conformation was clearly exhibited in the data analysis by separating the variation in the inter-molecular correlation. Our results unambiguously demonstrate an increased molecular size and evolved intra-molecular density profile upon increasing the molecular protonation. This is contrary to the existing understanding that in higher generation polyelectrolyte dendrimers, steric crowding stiffens the local motion of dendrimer segments exploring additional available intra-dendrimer volume and therefore inhibits the electrostatic swelling. Our observation is relevant to elucidation of the general microscopic picture of polyelectrolyte dendrimer structure, as well as the development of dendrimer-based packages with based on the stimuli-responsive principle.

  12. Complexation of cationic-neutral block polyelectrolyte with insulin and in vitro release studies.

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    Pippa, Natassa; Karayianni, Maria; Pispas, Stergios; Demetzos, Costas

    2015-08-01

    Insulin (INS) was incorporated into complexes with the block polyelectrolyte quaternized poly[3,5-bis(dimethylaminomethylene)hydroxystyrene]-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (QNPHOSEO), which is a cationic-neutral block polyelectrolyte. Light scattering techniques are used in order to examine the size, the size distribution and the ζ-potential of the nanocarriers in aqueous and biological media, which are found to depend on the ratio of the components and the physicochemical parameters during and after complex preparation. Circular dichroism and infrared spectroscopy, employed to investigate the structure of the complexed INS, show no alteration of protein structure after complexation. In vitro release profiles of the entrapped protein are found to depend on the ratio of the components and the solution conditions used during preparation of the complexes. PMID:26101970

  13. Formation of polyelectrolyte complexes with diethylaminoethyl dextran: charge ratio and molar mass effect.

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    Le Cerf, Didier; Pepin, Anne Sophie; Niang, Pape Momar; Cristea, Mariana; Karakasyan-Dia, Carole; Picton, Luc

    2014-11-26

    The formation of polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) between carboxymethyl pullulan and DEAE Dextran, was investigated, in dilute solution, with emphasis on the effect of charge density (molar ratio or pH) and molar masses. Electrophoretic mobility measurements have evidenced that insoluble PECs (neutral electrophoretic mobility) occurs for charge ratio between 0.6 (excess of polycation) and 1 (stoichiometry usual value) according to the pH. This atypical result is explained by the inaccessibility of some permanent cationic charge when screened by pH dependant cationic ones (due to the Hoffman alkylation). Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) indicates an endothermic formation of PEC with a binding constant around 10(5) L mol(-1). Finally asymmetrical flow field flow fractionation coupled on line with static multi angle light scattering (AF4/MALS) evidences soluble PECs with very large average molar masses and size around 100 nm, in agreement with scrambled eggs multi-association between various polyelectrolyte chains. PMID:25256478

  14. Theory of polyelectrolyte adsorption on heterogeneously charged surfaces applied to soluble protein-polyelectrolyte complexes

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    de Vries, R.; Weinbreck, F.; de Kruif, C. G.

    2003-03-01

    Existing theoretical approaches to polymer adsorption on heterogeneous surfaces are applied to the problems of polyelectrolyte and polyampholyte adsorption on randomly charged surfaces. Also, analytical estimates are developed for the critical pH at which weakly charged polyelectrolytes and globular proteins start forming soluble complexes. Below a critical salt concentration, soluble complexes form "on the wrong side" of the protein isoelectric point due to the heterogeneity of the protein surface charge distribution. The analytical estimates are consistent with experimental data on soluble complexes in mixtures of gum arabic and whey protein isolate.

  15. Novel pore-filled polyelectrolyte composite membranes for cathodic microbial fuel cell application

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    Gohil, J. M.; Karamanev, D. G.

    2013-12-01

    Novel pore-filled polyelectrolyte membrane (PEM) was produced using track etched polycarbonate (PC) as porous substrate and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) as pore filling material. PVA in PC pores was stabilized through cross-linking of PVA matrix with glutaraldehyde (GA). Cross-link time was varied from 24 h to 96 h while keeping the membranes in GA solution. Pore sizes of substrate PC membrane tested were 0.01, 0.1 and 0.2 μm. The membranes were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Ionic conductivity, water uptake, contact angle and gel content have been measured to determine membranes performance. The ionic crossover (iron ions and protons) through membranes was studied in a complete fuel cell. The single-cell performance of membrane was tested in a cathodic microbial fuel cell (MFC, Biogenerator). The physiochemical properties and membranes fuel cell performance were highly depended on the cross-link density of PVA matrices. Membranes cross-liked with GA for 72 h showed maximum gel content and their peak power density has reached 110 mW cm-2 at current density of 378 mA cm-2. Among all, membrane cross-linked for 72 h was studied for continuous long-term stability, which showed consistency for application in MFC.

  16. Determining the Amount of Copper(II) Ions in a Solution Using a Smartphone

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    Montangero, Marc

    2015-01-01

    When dissolving copper in nitric acid, copper(II) ions produce a blue-colored solution. It is possible to determine the concentration of copper(II) ions, focusing on the hue of the color, using a smartphone camera. A free app can be used to measure the hue of the solution, and with the help of standard copper(II) solutions, one can graph a…

  17. Length Scale Dependence of the Dynamic Properties of Hyaluronic Acid Solutions in the Presence of Salt

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    Horkay, Ferenc; Falus, Peter; Hecht, Anne-Marie; Geissler, Erik

    2010-12-07

    In solutions of the charged semirigid biopolymer hyaluronic acid in salt-free conditions, the diffusion coefficient D{sub NSE} measured at high transfer momentum q by neutron spin echo is more than an order of magnitude smaller than that determined by dynamic light scattering, D{sub DLS}. This behavior contrasts with neutral polymer solutions. With increasing salt content, D{sub DLS} approaches D{sub NSE}, which is independent of ionic strength. Contrary to theoretical expectation, the ion-polymer coupling, which dominates the low q dynamics of polyelectrolyte solutions, already breaks down at distance scales greater than the Debye-Hueckel length.

  18. [Determination of tolerance ability of platelet to the change of solution osmotic pressure and its significance].

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    Ouyang, Xi-Lin; Liu, Jing-Han; Gao, Dayong

    2003-02-01

    In order to determine the tolerance ability of platelet to change of osmotic pressure in solution, the isotonic fresh platelets were exposed to a series of crystal salt solutions with osmotic pressure range from 47 to 611 mOsm for 15 minutes. Then the platelets were returned to isotonic condition and kept for 15 minutes. The expressions of phosphatidylserine and CD62p were assayed in platelets. The results showed that the phosphatidylserine and CD62p expressions were increased when the osmotic pressure of solution was below 238 mOsm, but no significant rise was detected when the platelets were exposed to 611 mOsm solution. No increases of positive rate of CD62p and phosphatidylserine were detected in platelets returned to isotonic condition. It is concluded that platelets are sensitive to hypoosmotic solution and tolerated to hyperosmotic solution. Exceeding the platelet safe volume limitation may lead to injure of platelet osmosis in crystal salt solution. PMID:12667298

  19. Investigation of multilayered polyelectrolyte thin films by means of refractive index measurements, FT-IR spectroscopy and SEM

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    Bodurov, I.; Vlaeva, I.; Exner, G.; Uzunova, Y.; Russev, S.; Pilicheva, B.; Viraneva, A.; Yovcheva, T.; Grancharova, Ts; Sotirov, S.; Marudova, M.

    2016-02-01

    Multilayered polyelectrolyte films are promising structures in the biomedical field. In order to meet the demands for biomedical applications, the structures have to be built from biocompatible and/or biodegradable, nontoxic starting materials, possessing some specific functional properties, depending on the particular application. In the present study, the multilayered polyelectrolyte films with potential use as buccal bioadhesive drug delivery systems were investigated. They were prepared via layer-by-layer deposition of successive nanolayers onto substrate. Three different biopolymers were used. The substrate, from poly(lactic acid), was solvent casted. After that, it was subjected to corona treatment, which ensures surface charge excess for the multilayer deposition. The nanolayers were prepared either from 0.01 g/L solutions of chitosan or 0.05 g/L xanthan. Acetate buffer (pH 4.5 and ionic strength 1 M) was used as a solvent. The substrate was dipped successively into one of the solutions, allowing formation of polyelectrolyte complexes of chitosan (polycation) and xanthan (polyanion). The substrates was treated in negative corona. The multilayered structures consisted of 8, 9, 14, 15 or 20 nanolayers. Number of techniques, such refractive index measurements, FT- IR spectroscopy and SEM morphology were employed in order to monitor the properties of the so prepared multilayered polyelectrolyte films.

  20. Microfluidics Meets Dilute Solution Viscometry: An Undergraduate Laboratory to Determine Polymer Molecular Weight Using a Microviscometer

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    Pety, Stephen J.; Lu, Hang; Thio, Yonathan S.

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes a student laboratory experiment to determine the molecular weight of a polymer sample by measuring the viscosity of dilute polymer solutions in a PDMS microfluidic viscometer. Sample data are given for aqueous solutions of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). A demonstration of shear thinning behavior using the microviscometer is…

  1. Determination of refractive index and concentration of iodine solutions using opals

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    Kępińska, Mirosława; Starczewska, Anna; Szala, Janusz

    2014-03-01

    The determination of refractive index of iodine-ethanol solutions using SiO2 opals has been presented. For the first time concentration of solution iodine in ethanol has been determined by applying a simple method of using opal and de Feijter's relation. Basing on wavelength of diffraction peaks the appropriate formula describing concentration of iodine ethanol solution has been evolved. The uncertainty of the determined concentration has been established, too. The coefficient dnc/dC = 0.0201(4) (% w/w-1) of the linear dependence between refractive index and the concentration of iodine solution has been determined. The procedure of calibration of the used opal sensor is described. The opal sensor is not distracted by the measurement and can be used repeatedly.

  2. Polyelectrolyte multilayers impart healability to highly electrically conductive films.

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    Li, Yang; Chen, Shanshan; Wu, Mengchun; Sun, Junqi

    2012-08-28

    Healable, electrically conductive films are fabricated by depositing Ag nanowires on water-enabled healable polyelectrolyte multilayers. The easily achieved healability of the polyelectrolyte multilayers is successfully imparted to the Ag nanowire layer. These films conveniently restore electrical conductivity lost as a result of damage by cuts several tens of micrometers wide when water is dropped on the cuts. PMID:22807199

  3. Multifunctional polyelectrolyte multilayers as nanofiltration membranes and as sacrificial layers for easy membrane cleaning.

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    Ilyas, Shazia; de Grooth, Joris; Nijmeijer, Kitty; de Vos, Wiebe M

    2015-05-15

    This manuscript investigates the modification of an ultra-filtration (UF) membrane support with polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) consisting of the weak polyelectrolytes poly(allyl amine) hydrochloride (PAH) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA). These prepared polyelectrolyte multilayer membranes have a dual function: They act as nanofiltration (NF) membranes and as sacrificial layers to allow easy cleaning of the membranes. In order to optimize the conditions for PEM coating and removal, adsorption and desorption of these layers on a model surface (silica) was first studied via optical reflectometry. Subsequently, a charged UF membrane support was coated with a PEM and after each deposited layer, a clear increase in membrane resistance against pure water permeation and a switch of the zeta potential were observed. Moreover these polyelectrolyte multilayer membranes, exhibited rejection of solutes in a range typical for NF membranes. Monovalent ions (NaCl) were hardly rejected (<24%), while rejections of >60% were observed for a neutral organic molecule sulfamethoxazole (SMX) and for the divalent ion SO3(2-). The rejection mechanism of these membranes seems to be dominated by size-exclusion. To investigate the role of these PEMs as sacrificial layers for the cleaning of fouled membranes, the prepared polyelectrolyte multilayers were fouled with silica nano particles. Subsequent removal of the coating using a rinse and a low pressure backwash with pH 3, 3M NaNO3 allowed for a drop in membrane resistance from 1.7⋅10(14)m(-1) (fouled membrane) to 9.9⋅10(12)m(-1) (clean membrane), which is nearly equal to that of the pristine membrane (9.7⋅10(12)m(-1)). Recoating of the support membrane with the same PEMs resulted in a resistance equal to the resistance of the original polyelectrolyte multilayer membrane. Interestingly, less layers were needed to obtain complete foulant removal from the membrane surface, than was the case for the model surface. The possibility for

  4. Electrolyte effect on gelation behavior of oppositely charged nanocrystalline cellulose and polyelectrolyte.

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    Lu, Ang; Song, Yongbo; Boluk, Yaman

    2014-12-19

    The electrolyte (NaCl) influences on the sol-gel transition of the complex solution composed of oppositely charged nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) and polyelectrolyte (quaternized hydroxyethylcellulose ethoxylate, QHEC) were investigated by the rheological means in the present paper. Winter and Chambon theory was applicable to describe the sol-gel transition, and the critical gel points have been successfully determined. When increasing the NaCl concentration, more NCC were needed to form a critical gel due to the screening of the electrostatic interaction, and the larger loss tangent and relaxation exponent (n) values at the gel point demonstrated a less elastic nature of the complex solution with more NaCl. The results indicated the gel network was composed of entanglements and association of QHEC (as polymer network), as well as the electrostatic adsorption interaction between QHEC chains and NCC rods (as cross-linking). With the addition of NaCl, the screening effect led to the enhancement of the entanglements and weakening of the electrostatic adsorption, however, the gel strength decreased with increasing the NaCl amount, suggesting the electrostatic adsorption interaction played a more dominant role than the entanglements when the gel was formed. Moreover, the exponents of the scaling law η0∝ɛ(-γ) and Ge∝ɛ(z) of the QHEC/NCC/NaCl solution revealed that the scaling law n=z/(z+γ) between n, γ, and z was only feasible at the highest NaCl concentration, as a result of that the intermolecular electrostatic interaction was completely screened, indicating the scaling law was only feasible when intermolecular interaction was small enough to be neglected. PMID:25263864

  5. Packaging of Polyelectrolytes in Viral Capsids: The Interplay Between Polymer Length and Capsid Size

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    Knobler, Charles

    2008-03-01

    Each particle of the Cowpea Chlorotic Mottle Virus (CCMV) has a very small ``parts list,'' consisting of two components: a molecule of single-stranded RNA and a 190-residue protein that makes up the 28-nm diameter icosahedral capsid. When purified viral RNA and capsid protein are mixed in solution at an appropriate pH and ionic strength, infectious wild-type viruses form spontaneously. Virus-like particles (VLPs) are formed when the protein self assembles around other anionic polymers such as poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS). Under different pH and ionic strength conditions the capsid protein can assemble by itself into empty capsids, multishell structures, tubes and sheets. To explore the effect on virion size of the competition between the preferred curvature of the protein and the size of the packaged cargo we have examined the formation of VLPs around PSS polymers with molecular weights ranging from 400 kDa to 3.4 MDa. Two distinct sizes are observed -- 22 nm for the lower molecular weights, jumping to 27 nm at 2 MDa. While under given conditions the size of PSS in solution is directly determined by its molecular weight, the self-complementarity of RNA makes its solution structure dependent on the nucleotide sequence as well. We have therefore employed Small-Angle X-ray Scattering and Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy to examine the sizes of viral and non-viral RNAs of identical lengths. A model for the assembly that includes both the self-interactions of the polyelectrolyte and the capsid proteins and the interactions between them provides insight into the experimental results.

  6. Nitric acid uptake by sulfuric acid solutions under stratospheric conditions - Determination of Henry's Law solubility

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    Reihs, Christa M.; Golden, David M.; Tolbert, Margaret A.

    1990-01-01

    The uptake of nitric acid by sulfuric acid solutions representative of stratospheric particulate at low temperatures was measured to determine the solubility of nitric acid in sulfuric acid solutions as a function of H2SO4 concentration and solution temperature. Solubilities are reported for sulfuric acid solutions ranging from 58 to 87 wt pct H2SO4 over a temperature range from 188 to 240 K, showing that, in general, the solubility of nitric acid increases with decreasing sulfuric acid concentration and with decreasing temperature. The measured solubilities indicate that nitric acid in the global stratosphere will be found predominantly in the gas phase.

  7. Integral Equation Theory for the Conformation of Polyelectrolytes

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    Shew, C.-Y.; Yethiraj, A.

    1996-03-01

    The equilibrium conformation properties of polyelectrolyes are explored using the integral equation theory. The polymer molecules are modeled as freely-jointed beads that interact via a hard sphere plus screened Coulomb potential. To obtain the intramolecuar correlation function ( and hence the chain conformations) the many chain system is replaced by a single chain whose beads interact via the bare interaction plus a solvent-induced potential, which approximately accounts for the presence of the other molecules. Since this solvent induced potential is a functional of the intramolecular correlations it is obtained iteratively in a self-consistent fashion. The intramolecular correlation functions for a given solvation potential are obtained via Monte Carlo simulation of a single chain. A thread model of the polymer molecules is also investigated, in which case the single chain conformations are obtained using a variational method. The predictions of the theory for these two models are similar. For single chains ~ N^2 ( is the mean square end-to-end distance and N is the degree of polymerization) in salt free solutions, and ~ N^1.2 in high salt solutions. At high polymer concentration ~ N. The theory provides a means of interpolating between these limiting cases. An interesting feature is that there is a very sharp drop in polymer size at very low concentrations which happens because the overlap threshold concentration in polyelectrolytes solutions is very small.

  8. Investigating forces between charged particles in the presence of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes with the multi-particle colloidal probe technique.

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    Borkovec, Michal; Szilagyi, Istvan; Popa, Ionel; Finessi, Marco; Sinha, Prashant; Maroni, Plinio; Papastavrou, Georg

    2012-11-01

    Direct force measurements are used to obtain a comprehensive picture of interaction forces acting between charged colloidal particles in the presence of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. These measurements are achieved by the multi-particle colloidal probe technique based on the atomic force microscope (AFM). This novel extension of the classical colloidal probe technique offers three main advantages. First, the technique works in a colloidal suspension with a huge internal surface area of several square meters, which simplifies the precise dosing of the small amounts of the polyelectrolytes needed and makes this approach less sensitive to impurities. Second, the particles are attached in-situ within the fluid cell, which avoids the formation of nanobubbles on the latex particles used. Third, forces between two similar particles from the same batch are being measured, which allows an unambiguous determination of the surface potential due to the symmetry of the system. Based on such direct force measurements involving positively and negatively charged latex particles and different polyelectrolytes, we find the following forces to be relevant. Repulsive electrostatic double-layer forces and attractive van der Waals forces as described by the theory of Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey, and Overbeek (DLVO) are both important in these systems, whereby the electrostatic forces dominate away from the isoelectric point (IEP), while at this point they vanish. Additional non-DLVO attractive forces are operational, and they have been identified to originate from the electrostatic interactions between the patch-charge heterogeneities of the adsorbed polyelectrolyte films. Highly charged polyelectrolytes induce strong patch-charge attractions, which become especially important at low ionic strengths and high molecular mass. More weakly charged polyelectrolytes seem to form more homogeneous films, whereby patch-charge attractions may become negligible. Individual bridging events

  9. Determination of solute-polymer interaction properties and their application to parenteral product container compatibility evaluations.

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    Kenley, R A; Jenke, D R

    1990-09-01

    Kinetic and thermodynamic interaction properties between dialkyl phthalate test compounds and a polyolefin polymer were examined via a permeation-cell experimental design. Disappearance and appearance rates of solute in the receptor and donor solutions, as well as the equilibrium composition of the test system, are used to determine sorption and diffusion coefficients and the solute/polymer equilibrium binding constant. Sorption rate constants and diffusion coefficients exhibit Arrenhius-type behavior. The binding constants obtained correlate well with the solute's octanol-water partition coefficient. The kinetic and thermodynamic data generated combine with proposed interaction models to identify solute/polymer interactions (binding and leaching) pertinent to evaluating container/solution compatibility for parenteral products. PMID:2235889

  10. Improved solution accuracy for Landsat-4 (TDRSS-user) orbit determination

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    Oza, D. H.; Niklewski, D. J.; Doll, C. E.; Mistretta, G. D.; Hart, R. C.

    1994-01-01

    This paper presents the results of a study to compare the orbit determination accuracy for a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) user spacecraft, Landsat-4, obtained using a Prototype Filter Smoother (PFS), with the accuracy of an established batch-least-squares system, the Goddard Trajectory Determination System (GTDS). The results of Landsat-4 orbit determination will provide useful experience for the Earth Observing System (EOS) series of satellites. The Landsat-4 ephemerides were estimated for the January 17-23, 1991, timeframe, during which intensive TDRSS tracking data for Landsat-4 were available. Independent assessments were made of the consistencies (overlap comparisons for the batch case and convariances for the sequential case) of solutions produced by the batch and sequential methods. The filtered and smoothed PFS orbit solutions were compared with the definitive GTDS orbit solutions for Landsat-4; the solution differences were generally less than 15 meters.