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  1. Polyelectrolyte Solutions

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    Colby, Ralph H.

    2008-03-01

    Pierre-Gilles de Gennes once described polyelectrolytes as the ``least understood form of condensed matter''. In this talk, I will describe the state of the polyelectrolyte field before and after de Gennes' seminal contributions published 1976-1980. De Gennes clearly explained why electrostatic interactions only stretch the polyelectrolyte chains on intermediate scales in semidilute solution (between the electrostatic blob size and the correlation length) and why the scattering function has a peak corresponding to the correlation length (the distance to the next chain). Despite many other ideas being suggested since then, the simple de Gennes scaling picture of polyelectrolyte conformation in solution has stood the test of time. How that model is used today, including consequences for dynamics in polyelectrolyte solutions, and what questions remain, will clarify the importance of de Gennes' ideas.

  2. SAXS Determination of the Correlation Length of Semidilute Polyelectrolyte Solutions

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    Dou, Shichen; Colby, Ralph H.

    2006-03-01

    In semidilute solutions, polyelectrolyte chains have a random walk conformation of correlation blobs. The size of those space filling correlation blobs can be measured using Small Angle X-ray Scattering from the wavevector at which there is a peak. In this study we randomly quaternized monodisperse poly(2-vinyl pyridine) (P2VP) and neutralized to make polyelectrolytes with either chloride or iodide counterions. We study a random copolymer for which 60% of the charges are neutralized, at 25 ^oC in three solvents: (1) Ethylene glycol (EG) is a good solvent for P2VP, with dielectric constant ɛ = 37 making the Bjerrum length 15 å and dielectric spectroscopy measures the fraction of monomers bearing an effective charge f = 0.17 for Cl^- and f = 0.07 for I^- counterions. (2) Water is a poor solvent for P2VP, with ɛ = 78 making the Bjerrum length 7.1 å and f = 0.25 for I^- counterions. (3) N-methyl formamide (NMF) is a good solvent for P2VP, with ɛ = 182 making the Bjerrum length 3.1 å and f = 0.60 for I^- counterions (meaning that all counterions are free in NMF). We find that the correlation length of these polyelectrolyte solutions obeys the power law concentration dependence expected by scaling theory, and the correlation length decreases at a given concentration as the solvent is made more polar, because the polyelectrolyte chain has a larger effective charge.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Polyelectrolyte solutions: Excluded-volume considerations

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    Mattoussi, Hedi; Karasz, Frank E.

    1993-12-01

    We provide experimental evidence for the electrostatically related excluded-volume effects on the colligative properties and the single chain behavior of polyelectrolyte solutions in the dilute regime. The data are compared to the theory developed by Fixman, Skolnick, Odijk, and Houwaart. Good agreement between these theoretical considerations and the experimental data is observed.

  6. 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

  7. 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.}

  8. A molecular-thermodynamic model for polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Jiang, Jianwen; Liu, Honglai; Hu, Ying; 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 ɛ. 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 Γ 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.

  9. Phase behavior of polyelectrolyte solutions with salt.

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    Lee, Chi-Lun; Muthukumar, Murugappan

    2009-01-14

    We have computed the phase diagrams of solutions of flexible polyelectrolyte chains with added simple electrolytes. The calculations are based on our recent theory [M. Muthukumar, Macromolecules 35, 9142 (2002)], which accounts for conformational fluctuations of chains, charge density correlations arising from dissolved ions, hydrophobic interaction between polymer backbone and solvent, and translational entropy of all species in the system. The theory is at the mean field level and recovers the results of the restricted primitive model with the Debye-Huckel description for solutions of simple electrolytes without any polymer chains and those of the Flory-Huggins and scaling theories for uncharged polymers in the absence of charges or electrolytes. In constructing the phase diagrams, the chemical potential of each of the species is maintained to be the same in the coexisting phases and at the same time each phase being electrically neutral (Donnan equilibrium). Comparisons are made with a more constrained situation where the chemical potentials of the independent components are maintained to be the same in the coexisting phases. Our calculations predict several rich phenomena. Even for the salt-free solutions, two critical phenomena (corresponding to the Flory-Huggins-type and the restricted-primitive-model-type critical points) are predicted. The coupling between these two leads to two critical end points and triple points. In the presence of salt, the valency of electrolyte ions is found to influence drastically the phase diagrams. Specifically, the predicted liquid-liquid phase transitions in certain temperature ranges is reminiscent of the re-entrant-precipitation phenomenon observed experimentally for polyelectrolytes condensed with trivalent salts.

  10. Phase behavior of polyelectrolyte solutions with salt

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    Lee, Chi-Lun; Muthukumar, Murugappan

    2009-01-01

    We have computed the phase diagrams of solutions of flexible polyelectrolyte chains with added simple electrolytes. The calculations are based on our recent theory [M. Muthukumar, Macromolecules 35, 9142 (2002)], which accounts for conformational fluctuations of chains, charge density correlations arising from dissolved ions, hydrophobic interaction between polymer backbone and solvent, and translational entropy of all species in the system. The theory is at the mean field level and recovers the results of the restricted primitive model with the Debye-Hückel description for solutions of simple electrolytes without any polymer chains and those of the Flory-Huggins and scaling theories for uncharged polymers in the absence of charges or electrolytes. In constructing the phase diagrams, the chemical potential of each of the species is maintained to be the same in the coexisting phases and at the same time each phase being electrically neutral (Donnan equilibrium). Comparisons are made with a more constrained situation where the chemical potentials of the independent components are maintained to be the same in the coexisting phases. Our calculations predict several rich phenomena. Even for the salt-free solutions, two critical phenomena (corresponding to the Flory-Huggins-type and the restricted-primitive-model-type critical points) are predicted. The coupling between these two leads to two critical end points and triple points. In the presence of salt, the valency of electrolyte ions is found to influence drastically the phase diagrams. Specifically, the predicted liquid-liquid phase transitions in certain temperature ranges is reminiscent of the re-entrant-precipitation phenomenon observed experimentally for polyelectrolytes condensed with trivalent salts.

  11. 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.

  12. Counterion self-diffusion in polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Schipper, F. J. M.; Hollander, J. G.; Leyte, J. C.

    1997-12-01

    The self-diffusion coefficient of 0953-8984/9/50/019/img1, tetra-methylammonium 0953-8984/9/50/019/img2, tetra-ethylammonium 0953-8984/9/50/019/img3, tetra-propylammonium 0953-8984/9/50/019/img4 and tetra-butylammonium 0953-8984/9/50/019/img5 in solutions of the weak polymethacrylic acid (PMA) were measured with PFG NMR. No additional salt was present in any of the experiments. The polyion concentration and degree of neutralization were varied. The maximum relative counterion self-diffusion coefficient against polyion concentration, that was reported earlier, was observed for both alkali and tetra-alkylammonium 0953-8984/9/50/019/img6 counterions. We propose that the maximum is due to the combination of the obstruction by the polyion and the changing counterion distribution at increasing polyion concentration. An explanation of this proposal is offered in terms of the Poisson - Boltzmann - Smoluchowski (PBS) model for polyelectrolytes. Qualitative agreement of this model with experiment was found for the dependence of the counterion self-diffusion coefficient on the degree of neutralization of the polyion, on counterion radius and on polyion concentration, over a concentration range from 0.01 to 1 0953-8984/9/50/019/img7. Adaption of the theoretical obstruction, to fit the self-diffusion data of the solvent, also greatly improves the model predictions on the counterion self-diffusion.

  13. 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

  14. 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)

  15. 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.

  16. Nonlinear response of the electric birefringence of polyelectrolyte solutions.

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    Déjardin, J L; Martinez, J M

    2010-12-15

    A theoretical approach for the nonlinear ac electro-optical response in polyelectrolytes is developed in the case where a weak ac electric field superimposed on a strong dc bias electric field is applied to these electrically charged systems. By restricting ourselves to an assembly of noninteracting and nonpolar rodlike macroions, we use a perturbation procedure and establish expressions for the first two harmonic components of the electric birefringence up to the second order in the electric field strength. An attempt is also made to extend this theory to the (non-Markovian) subdiffusive regime based on a fractional kinetic equation written in a configuration space where angular and linear displacements are taken into account. The results obtained are illustrated by three-dimensional dispersion and absorption plots together with Cole-Cole-like diagrams to show the importance of the coupling effect between translation and rotation. Besides considering the stationary ac response, we have also derived, in the context of subdiffusion, new expressions for the transient electric birefringence in the presence of a constant electric field, both for the buildup and the reversing pulse. All these results are illustrated by plots demonstrating the effect of the coupling (rotation-translation) parameter a and the critical exponent α (subdiffusion). A comparison of our theoretical model with experimental measurements of the ac Kerr effect response of a polyelectrolyte solution of NaCMC appears to be quite satisfactory. PMID:21406769

  17. 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

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

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    Muthukumar, M

    2012-07-21

    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.

  19. Solution-processed organic trilayer solar cells incorporating conjugated polyelectrolytes

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    Cha, Myoung Joo; Seo, Jung Hwa

    2016-01-01

    We report solution-processed organic trilayer solar cells consisting of a bottom poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) layer, a conjugated polyelectrolyte (CPE) interlayer and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) top layer, wherein the CPE exists as an interlayer within the donor-acceptor junction. The influence of interlayer thickness on device properties was investigated, as well as the behavior of molecular dipoles in the trilayer solar cells when influenced by external electrical stimuli. We found that incorporation of an interlayer which is too thick results in decreased performance due to reduced short-circuit current (JSC), open-circuit voltage (VOC), and fill factor (FF). However the VOC is found to increase significantly when a thin CPE layer is used in conjunction with an external electric field. These results provide an experimental approach to probe the influence of interfacial dipoles on the solar cell parameters and behavior of charge separating organic donor/acceptor junctions, yielding fundamental information about the influence of electrical dipoles on the donor/acceptor interface in organic solar cells.

  20. Dynamics of single polyelectrolyte chains in salt-free dilute solutions investigated by analytical ultracentrifugation.

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    Cao, Zhonglin; Wu, Sha; Zhang, Guangzhao

    2015-06-28

    The dynamics of polyelectrolytes in salt-free solution is an unsolved problem. We have investigated the sedimentation and diffusion of xanthan and poly(N-methyl 4-vinyl pyridine iodide) (P4VPI) in salt-free dilute solutions by analytical ultracentrifugation (AUC) using sedimentation velocity (SV) as a function of polyelectrolyte concentration (Cp). Our study reveals two concentration regimes distinguished in either polyanion (xanthan) or polycation (P4VPI) dilute aqueous solution. When Cp is below the Debye concentration (Cd) at which the chain separation (d) is close to the debye length (lD), the interchain electrostatic repulsion is negligible, and the reciprocal apparent sedimentation coefficient (1/s), apparent diffusion coefficient (D) or reciprocal apparent molecular weight (1/Mw) is linearly related to Cp. In the range Cp > Cd with d < lD, the interchain electrostatic repulsion is present, and the dynamics of polyelectrolytes becomes complex. The real sedimentation coefficient (s0), the diffusion coefficient (D0) and the molecular weight (Mw,0) of the single polyelectrolyte chain in salt-free dilute solution can be obtained by extrapolating the concentration to zero. The present study reveals that the complex dynamics of polyelectrolytes in salt-free dilute solutions arises due to the interchain electrostatic repulsion.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Nanostructures of colloidal complexes formed in oppositely charged polyelectrolyte/surfactant dilute aqueous solutions

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    Trabelsi, S.; Guillot, S.; Ritacco, H.; Boué, F.; Langevin, D.

    2007-07-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering measurements were performed on dilute solutions of carboxymethylcellulose/DTAB complexes in water in order to determine their size, shape and internal structures. At low polymer content, the complexes are spherical, rather monodisperse and probably made of polymer chains intercalated between surfactant micelles. Moreover, we show that these micelles have a similar cubic arrangement than found in polymer/surfactant precipitates formed at higher surfactant concentrations. At larger polymer content, in the semi-dilute polyelectrolyte regime, the complexes are larger, softer and polydisperse. However, they possess a similar internal structure in both regimes. Carboxymethylcellulose/CTAB complexes are also large, soft and polydisperse but do not seem to exhibit well-defined internal structures.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Dressed polyions, counterion condensation, and adsorption excess in polyelectrolyte solutions.

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    Mohanty, U; Ninham, B W; Oppenheim, I

    1996-01-01

    The phenomenon of Manning-Oosawa counterion condensation is given an explicit statistical mechanical and qualitative basis via a dressed polyelectrolyte formalism in connection with the topology of the electrostatic free-energy surface and is derived explicitly in terms of the adsorption excess of ions about the polyion via the nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann equation. The approach is closely analogous to the theory of ion binding in micelles. Our results not only elucidate a Poisson-Boltzmann analysis, which shows that a fraction of the counterions lie within a finite volume around the polyion even if the volume of the system tends towards infinity, but also provide a direct link between Manning's theta-the number of condensed counterions for each polyion site-and a statistical thermodynamic quantity, namely, the adsorption excess per monomer. PMID:8633067

  7. Parameter identifiability in application of soft particle electrokinetic theory to determine polymer and polyelectrolyte coating thicknesses on colloids.

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    Louie, Stacey M; Phenrat, Tanapon; Small, Mitchell J; Tilton, Robert D; Lowry, Gregory V

    2012-07-17

    Soft particle electrokinetic models have been used to determine adsorbed nonionic polymer and polyelectrolyte layer properties on nanoparticles or colloids by fitting electrophoretic mobility data. Ohshima first established the formalism for these models and provided analytical approximations ( Ohshima, H. Adv. Colloid Interface Sci.1995, 62, 189 ). More recently, exact numerical solutions have been developed, which account for polarization and relaxation effects and require fewer assumptions on the particle and soft layer properties. This paper characterizes statistical uncertainty in the polyelectrolyte layer charge density, layer thickness, and permeability (Brinkman screening length) obtained from fitting data to either the analytical or numerical electrokinetic models. Various combinations of particle core and polymer layer properties are investigated to determine the range of systems for which this analysis can provide a solution with reasonably small uncertainty bounds, particularly for layer thickness. Identifiability of layer thickness in the analytical model ranges from poor confidence for cases with thick, highly charged coatings, to good confidence for cases with thin, low-charged coatings. Identifiability is similar for the numerical model, except that sensitivity is improved at very high charge and permeability, where polarization and relaxation effects are significant. For some poorly identifiable cases, parameter reduction can reduce collinearity to improve identifiability. Analysis of experimental data yielded results consistent with expectations from the simulated theoretical cases. Identifiability of layer charge density and permeability is also evaluated. Guidelines are suggested for evaluation of statistical confidence in polymer and polyelectrolyte layer parameters determined by application of the soft particle electrokinetic theory.

  8. 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.

  9. 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)

  10. Role of chain stiffness on the conformation of single polyelectrolytes in salt solutions

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    Wei, Yu-Fu; Hsiao, Pai-Yi

    2007-08-01

    Conformation of single polyelectrolytes in tetravalent salt solutions is investigated under the framework of a coarse-grained model, using Langevin dynamics simulations. The chain size, studied by the radius of gyration, shows three different variational behaviors with salt concentration, depending on the chain stiffness. According to the size variations, polyelectrolytes of fixed chain length are classified into three categories: (1) flexible chain, for which the variation shows a curve similar to a tilted L, (2) semiflexible chain, whose curve resembles U, and (3) rigid chain, for which the curve is a straight line. The wormlike chain model with persistence length predicted by the Odijk-Skolnick-Fixman theory is found to be able to qualitatively describe the end-to-end distance at low salt concentration not only for semiflexible and rigid chains but also for flexible chain. In a low salt region, a flexible polyelectrolyte extends more significantly than a semiflexible chain, in reference of the size of their uncharged counterparts, and in a high salt region, regardless of chain stiffness, a chain attains a dimension comparable to that of its neutral polymer. The chain stiffness influences both the local and the global chain structures. A flexible chain exhibits a zigzagged local structure in the presence of salt ions, and the condensed structure is a disordered, random globule. A semiflexible chain is locally smooth, and the condensed structure is orderly packed, taking a form such as hairpin or toroid. Moreover, the chain stiffness can also affect the nature of the coil-globule transition. The transition occurred in a discrete manner for semiflexible chain, whereas it occurred in a continuous way for flexible chain. This discrete feature happened not only at low salt concentration when a semiflexible chain collapsed but also at high salt concentration when the collapsed chain is reexpanded. At the end, the effects of chain stiffness and salt concentration on the

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Charge-regularization effects on polyelectrolytes

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    Muthukumar, Murugappan

    2012-02-01

    When electrically charged macromolecules are dispersed in polar solvents, their effective net charge is generally different from their chemical charges, due to competition between counterion adsorption and the translational entropy of dissociated counterions. The effective charge changes significantly as the experimental conditions change such as variations in solvent quality, temperature, and the concentration of added small electrolytes. This charge-regularization effect leads to major difficulties in interpreting experimental data on polyelectrolyte solutions and challenges in understanding the various polyelectrolyte phenomena. Even the most fundamental issue of experimental determination of molar mass of charged macromolecules by light scattering method has been difficult so far due to this feature. We will present a theory of charge-regularization of flexible polyelectrolytes in solutions and discuss the consequences of charge-regularization on (a) experimental determination of molar mass of polyelectrolytes using scattering techniques, (b) coil-globule transition, (c) macrophase separation in polyelectrolyte solutions, (c) phase behavior in coacervate formation, and (d) volume phase transitions in polyelectrolyte gels.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. New 2-in-1 polyelectrolyte step-by-step film buildup without solution alternation: from PEDOT-PSS to polyelectrolyte complexes.

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    de Saint-Aubin, Christine; Hemmerlé, Joseph; Boulmedais, Fouzia; Vallat, Marie-France; Nardin, Michel; Schaaf, Pierre

    2012-06-12

    Although never emphasized and increasingly used in organic electronics, PEDOT-PSS (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrene sulfonate)) layer-by-layer (lbl) film construction violates the alternation of polyanion and polycation rule stated as a prerequisit for a step-by-step film buildup. To demonstrate that this alternation is not always necessary, we studied the step-by-step construction of films using a single solution containing polycation/polyanion complexes. We investigated four different systems: PEDOT-PSS, bPEI-PSS (branched poly(ethylene imine)-poly(sodium 4-styrene sulfonate)), PDADMA-PSS (poly(diallyl dimethyl ammonium)-PSS), and PAH-PSS (poly(allylamine hydrochloride)-PSS). The film buildup obtained by spin-coating or dipping-and-drying process was monitored by ellipsometry, UV-vis-NIR spectrophotometry, and quartz-crystal microbalance. The surface morphology of the films was characterized by atomic force microscopy in tapping mode. After an initial transient regime, the different films have a linear buildup with the number of deposition steps. It appears that, when the particles composed of polyanion-polycation complex and complex aggregates in solution are more or less liquid (case of PEDOT-PSS and bPEI-PSS), our method leads to smooth films (roughness on the order of 1-2 nm). On the other hand, when these complexes are more or less solid particles (case of PDADMA-PSS and PAH-PSS), the resulting films are much rougher (typically 10 nm). Polycation/polyanion molar ratios in monomer unit of the liquid, rinsing, and drying steps are key parameters governing the film buildup process with an optimal polycation/polyanion molar ratio leading to the fastest film growth. This new and general lbl method, designated as 2-in-1 method, allows obtaining regular and controlled film buildup with a single liquid containing polyelectrolyte complexes and opens a new route for surface functionalization with polyelectrolytes.

  1. 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.

  2. Surface patch binding and mesophase separation in biopolymeric polyelectrolyte-polyampholyte solutions.

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    Pathak, Jyotsana; Rawat, Kamla; Bohidar, H B

    2014-02-01

    Surface patch binding (SPB) induced mesophase separation causing complex coacervation between biopolymers: gelatin A-gelatin B, chitosan-gelatin A, chitosan-gelatin B, and, agar-gelatin B was investigated with and without salt (I=0-0.3 M NaCl). SPB was induced by pH change and three characteristic pHs identified transitions in a turbidity plot: intermolecular interactions ensued at pHc, coacervation transition occurred at pHΦ and phase separation was noticed at pHprep. Associative interactions lead to formation of soluble complexes at pHc exclusively through SPB whereas the coacervation transition was driven by electrostatic binding (EB). Neither pHc nor pHΦ displayed discernible ionic strength (till 50 mM) or temperature dependence, but coacervate yield reduced with increase in ionic strength. Coacervation was completely suppressed beyond 50 mM NaCl. Linear combination of attractive and repulsive parts operating between a polyelectrolyte (charged rod) with a polyampholyte (dipole or point charge) was used to model the interaction potential as function of ionic strength. Relative strength of SPB vis a vis EB was used as SPB index to establish a linear relationship with zeta potential ratio of binding partners. Different phase diagrams could be constructed which clearly identified distinct interaction regimes encountered in solutions undergoing coacervation transition. PMID:24161686

  3. Conformational transitions of flexible hydrophobic polyelectrolytes in solutions of monovalent and multivalent salts and their mixtures.

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    Trotsenko, Oleksandr; Roiter, Yuri; Minko, Sergiy

    2012-04-10

    Conformations of cationic polyelectrolytes (PEs), a weak poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP) and a strong poly(N-methyl-2-vinylpyridinium iodide) (qP2VP), adsorbed on mica from saline solutions in the presence of counterions of different valences are studied using in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM). Quantitative characteristics of chain conformations are analyzed using AFM images of the adsorbed molecules. The results of the statistical analysis of the chain contour reveal collapse of the PE coils when ionic strength is in a range from tens to hundreds of millimoles per kilogram and re-expansion of the coils with a further increase of ionic strength up to a region of the saturated saline solutions. The competition between monovalent and multivalent counterions simultaneously present in solutions strongly affects conformations of PE chains even at a very small fraction of multivalent counterions. Shrinkage of PE coils is steeper for multivalent counterions than for monovalent counterions. However, the re-expansion is only incremental in the presence of multivalent counterions. Extended adsorbed coils at low salt concentrations and at very high concentrations of monovalent salt exhibit conformation corresponding to a 2D coil with 0.95 fraction of bound segments (segments in "trains") in the regime of diluted surface concentration of the PE. Shrunken coils in the intermediate range of ionic strength resemble 3D-globules with 0.8 fraction of trains. The incrementally re-expanded PE coils at a high ionic strength remain unchanged at higher multivalent salt concentrations up to the solubility limit of the salt. The formation of a strong PE complex with multivalent counterions at high ionic strength is not well understood yet. A speculative explanation of the observed experimental result is based on possible stabilization of the complex due to hydrophobic interactions of the backbone.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Precipitation polymerization of hydrophobically modified polyelectrolyte poly(AA-co-ODA) in supercritical carbon dioxide and solution rheology properties

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    Zhang, Huaiping; Li, Wei; Cao, Qing; Chen, Mingcai

    2014-05-01

    Hydrophobically modified (HM) polyelectrolytes were prepared by using precipitation polymerization of acrylic acid (AA) and octadecyl acrylate (ODA) in various molar ratios in supercritical carbon dioxide. The product was obtained in the form of a white powder and the micrographs show aggregates of primary particles < 1 μm in size. The effects of polymer concentration, ODA content in polymer, surfactant, shear time, shear rate on the apparent viscosity were investigated. The reason leaded to a significant viscosity enhancement was discussed. Steady-state and oscillatory tests of solution were also investigated. Solution exhibited shear thinning behavior and thixotropy. Polymers contain octadecyl acrylate (3.4 mol%) at 0.2 g/dL behaved as high entanglement structures or association gels, since the modulus G' were being higher than G″ throughout the frequency range. The comparison of apparent and complex viscosities confirmed the association gel properties.

  8. Adsorption of tannic acid on polyelectrolyte monolayers determined in situ by streaming potential measurements.

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    Oćwieja, M; Adamczyk, Z; Morga, M

    2015-01-15

    Physicochemical characteristics of tannic acid (tannin) suspensions comprising its stability for a wide range of ionic strength and pH were thoroughly investigated using UV-vis spectrophotometry, dynamic light scattering and microelectrophoretic measurements. These studies allowed to determine the hydrodynamic diameter of the tannic acid that was 1.63 nm for the pH range 3.5-5.5. For pH above 6.0 the hydrodynamic diameter significantly decreased as a result of the tannin hydrolysis. The electrophoretic mobility measurements confirmed that tannic acid is negatively charged for these values of pH and ionic strength 10(-4)-10(-2) M. Therefore, in order to promote adsorption of tannin molecules on negatively charged mica, the poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) supporting monolayers were first adsorbed under diffusion transport conditions. The coverage of polyelectrolyte monolayers was regulated by changing bulk concentration of PAH and the adsorption time. The electrokinetic characteristics of bare and PAH-covered mica were determined using the streaming potential measurements. The zeta potential of these PAH monolayers was highly positive, equal to 46 mV for ionic strength of 10(-2) M. The kinetics of tannin adsorption on these PAH supporting monolayers was evaluated by the in situ the streaming potential measurements. The zeta potential of PAH monolayers abruptly decreases with the adsorption of tannin molecules that was quantitatively interpreted in terms of the three-dimensional electrokinetic model. The acid-base characteristics of tannin monolayers were acquired via the streaming potential measurements for a broad range of pH. The obtained results indicate that it is possible to control adsorption of tannin on positively charged surfaces in order to designed new multilayer structures of desirable electrokinetic properties and stability.

  9. Entropy and enthalpy of polyelectrolyte complexation: Langevin dynamics simulations.

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    Ou, Zhaoyang; Muthukumar, M

    2006-04-21

    We report a systematic study by Langevin dynamics simulation on the energetics of complexation between two oppositely charged polyelectrolytes of same charge density in dilute solutions of a good solvent with counterions and salt ions explicitly included. The enthalpy of polyelectrolyte complexation is quantified by comparisons of the Coulomb energy before and after complexation. The entropy of polyelectrolyte complexation is determined directly from simulations and compared with that from a mean-field lattice model explicitly accounting for counterion adsorption. At weak Coulomb interaction strengths, e.g., in solvents of high dielectric constant or with weakly charged polyelectrolytes, complexation is driven by a negative enthalpy due to electrostatic attraction between two oppositely charged chains, with counterion release entropy playing only a subsidiary role. In the strong interaction regime, complexation is driven by a large counterion release entropy and opposed by a positive enthalpy change. The addition of salt reduces the enthalpy of polyelectrolyte complexation by screening electrostatic interaction at all Coulomb interaction strengths. The counterion release entropy also decreases in the presence of salt, but the reduction only becomes significant at higher Coulomb interaction strengths. More significantly, in the range of Coulomb interaction strengths appropriate for highly charged polymers in aqueous solutions, complexation enthalpy depends weakly on salt concentration and counterion release entropy exhibits a large variation as a function of salt concentration. Our study quantitatively establishes that polyelectrolyte complexation in highly charged Coulomb systems is of entropic origin.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Efficient size control of copper nanoparticles generated in irradiated aqueous solutions of star-shaped polyelectrolyte containers.

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    Zezin, Alexey A; Feldman, Vladimir I; Abramchuk, Sergei S; Danelyan, Gurgen V; Dyo, Victor V; Plamper, Felix A; Müller, Axel H E; Pergushov, Dmitry V

    2015-05-01

    The formation of copper nanoparticles (Cu-NPs) in irradiated aqueous solutions of star-shaped poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) were studied at two pH values. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) demonstrates that the star-shaped macromolecules loaded with Cu(2+) ions can act as individual nanosized containers providing a perfect control over the size and size distribution of Cu-NPs. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and optical spectroscopy show a transformation of mechanisms controlling the reduction of Cu(2+) ions and the further formation of Cu-NPs. At pH 2.9, Cu-NPs are formed from the aquacomplexes of Cu(2+) ions through homogeneous nucleation. At pH 4.3, the formation of Cu-NPs occurs inside macromolecular containers loaded with Cu(2+) ions, which are bound to carboxylic groups of the polyelectrolyte. In the latter case, Cu-NPs apparently ripen from preformed hydrated Cu2O seeds, which are thought to result from the ultrasmall (Cu(2+))m(OH(-))k(COO(-))n species, thus implying a heterogeneous nucleation.

  13. Limiting law excess sum rule for polyelectrolytes

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    Landy, Jonathan; Lee, YongJin; Jho, YongSeok

    2013-11-01

    We revisit the mean-field limiting law screening excess sum rule that holds for rodlike polyelectrolytes. We present an efficient derivation of this law that clarifies its region of applicability: The law holds in the limit of small polymer radius, measured relative to the Debye screening length. From the limiting law, we determine the individual ion excess values for single-salt electrolytes. We also consider the mean-field excess sum away from the limiting region, and we relate this quantity to the osmotic pressure of a dilute polyelectrolyte solution. Finally, we consider numerical simulations of many-body polymer-electrolyte solutions. We conclude that the limiting law often accurately describes the screening of physical charged polymers of interest, such as extended DNA.

  14. On the use of the activation energy concept to investigate analyte and network deformations in entangled polymer solution capillary electrophoresis of synthetic polyelectrolytes.

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    Cottet, H; Gareil, P

    2001-01-01

    The activation energy associated with the electrophoretic migration of an analyte under given electrolyte conditions can be accessed through the determination of the analyte electrophoretic mobility at various temperatures. In the case of the electrophoretic separation of polyelectrolytes in the presence of an entangled polymer network, activation energy can be regarded as the energy needed by the analyte to overcome the obstacles created by the separating network. Any deformation undergone by the analyte or the network is expected to induce a decrease in the activation energy. In this work, the electrophoretic mobilities of poly(styrenesulfonates) (PSSs) of various molecular weights (Mr 16 x 10(3) to 990 x 10(3)) were determined in entangled polyethylene oxide (PEO) solutions as a function of temperature (in the 17-60 degrees C range) and the PSS activation energies were calculated. The influences of the PSS molecular weight, blob sizes zetab of the separating network (related to the PEO concentration), ionic strength of the electrolyte and electric field strength (75-600 V/cm) were investigated. The results were interpreted in terms of analyte and network deformations and were confronted with those previously obtained for DNA migration in polymer solutions and chemical gels. For a radius of gyration Rgzetab, suggesting PSS and network deformations in the latter case. Increasing ionic strength resulted in an increase in the PSS activation energy, because of the decrease of their radii of gyration, which makes them less deformable. Finally, the activation energies of all the PSSs are a decreasing function of field strength and at high field strength tend to reach a constant value close to that for a small molecule.

  15. The chain length dependence of polyelectrolyte mobility in free solution and in gels

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    Hoagland, D.A.; Arvanitidou, E.S.

    1993-12-31

    Electrophoretic techniques fractionate linear flexible polymer chains according to degree of polymerization N and linear charge density Q/L, where Q is the effective charge of the chain an L is its contour length. Above a critical Q/L, associated with {open_quotes}ion condensation{close_quotes}, the mobility {mu} becomes independent of Q/L. in this regime, the free solution mobility {mu}{sub o} is a function of both N and the ionic strength I. This paper will report experimental results obtained by electrophoretic light scattering and capillary electrophoresis on the function {mu}{sub o}(I,N). This function has not been measured accurately, and the theoretically interesting low N regime has never been probed; results for polystyrene sulfonate conflict with existing theory. The N dependence of {mu} can be written {mu}={mu}{sub o}(I,N)f(R/{xi}), where R is the equilibrium polymer size and {xi} is a characteristic matrix pore size. Three forms of transport - sieving, entropic barriers, and reptation - are needed to explain gel data. The authors discuss the intermediate transport regime, entropic barriers, in light of experiments in which chain length and topology are varied. Such data confirm the critical role of matrix inhomogeneity, an effect not adequately captured in a single pore size. Mobility in an inhomogenous matrix is dictated by the spatial variation of confinement entropy, and N, rather than R, correlates {mu} where under these conditions.

  16. Complexation of polyelectrolytes

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    Pool, Joanna G.

    Complexation found in nature was the inspiration and motivation to study three model systems to gain understanding into the underlying parameters that govern these events. Static and dynamic light scattering was predominately used to understand the complexation in three model systems: complexation of antimicrobial polymers with biomimetic vesicles, the complexation of protein to a semi-flexible polyelectrolyte and with a flexible polyelectrolyte. Characterization of antimicrobial polymers in solution and their interactions with biomimetic vesicles were investigated in order to understand how antimicrobial polymers interacted with and killed bacteria. These studies observed that an aggregation of the vesicles correlated with antimicrobial activity. For these synthetic polymer systems, aggregation appeared to be a necessary component for antimicrobial activity,but was not indicative of activity. Inspired by complexation found in nature between DNA and RNA and proteins model polyelectrolyte-protein systems were also investigated. The focus of this section was to understand how polymer flexibility, concentration, protein concentration, and ionic strength affected the phase behavior and presence of soluble aggregates in solution. Construction of phase diagrams for both semi-flexible and flexible polyelectrolye systems dsDNA and hyaluronic acid showed different phase diagrams,yet amazingly both systems showed a spontaneous selection of size of ˜230nm away from any phase boundary and was irrespective of salt concentration, polymer concentration, persistence length or protein concentration. It was possible to gain insight into the internal packing of these two polyelectrolyte-protein complexes through static light scattering and fractal dimension analysis. Comparisons of the fractal dimension analysis of the DNA-lysozyme and HA-lysozyme was not affected by salt concentration and from analysis of the fractal dimension it was observed DNA-lysozyme aggregates, had a denser

  17. Increased solubility, liquid-crystalline phase, and selective functionalization of single-walled carbon nanotube polyelectrolyte dispersions.

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    Jiang, Chengmin; Saha, Avishek; Xiang, Changsheng; Young, Colin C; Tour, James M; Pasquali, Matteo; Martí, Angel A

    2013-05-28

    The solubility of single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) polyelectrolytes [K(THF)]nSWCNT in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) was determined by a combination of centrifugation, UV-vis spectral properties, and solution extraction. The SWCNT formed a liquid crystal at a concentration above 3.8 mg/mL. Also, crown ether 18-crown-6 was found to increase the solubility of the SWCNT polyelectrolytes in DMSO. Raman spectroscopy and near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence analyses were applied to study the functionalization of SWCNTs. Small-diameter SWCNTs were found to be preferentially functionalized when the SWCNT polyelectrolytes were dispersed in DMSO.

  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. Ionizing radiation in the polyelectrolytes technology

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    Martin, D.; Dragusin, M.; Radoiu, M.; Moraru, R.; Oproiu, C.; Toma, M.; Ferdes, O.; Jianu, A.; Bestea, V.; Manea, A.

    1999-01-01

    Gamma ray and accelerated electron beam application in the chemistry of polyelectrolytes is presented. The polyelectrolytes preparation is based on radiation induced polymerization of aqueous solutions containing an appropriate mixture of monomers such as acrylamide, acrylic acid, vinyl acetate, diallyldimethylammonium-chloride and certain initiators, complexing agents and chain transfer agents. The effects of absorbed dose, rate of absorbed dose and chemical composition of aqueous solution on the polymerization process are discussed. The results obtained by testing these polyelectrolytes with waste water from food industry are also given.

  1. Efficiency of wastewater treatment with polyelectrolytes

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    Sokolov, V.P.; Kudrina, L.A.; Chikunova, L.A.; Baranova, N.M.

    1987-09-01

    The authors establish correlations between certain physicochemical properties of polyelectrolytes and their flocculating activity in the treatment of refinery and petrochemical wastewater containing petroleum crudes and products. The polyelectrolytes tested include poly-1,2-dimethyl-5-vinyl-pyridinemethylsulfates, polydimethyldiallylammonium chloride, aminated polyacrylamide, oxymethylated polyacrylamide, polyethyleneimine, and polyaminoalkyl ester of methacrylic acid. Streaming potentials, intrinsic viscosities, and swelling moduli were determined along with treating efficiency. Polyethyleneimine was determined to be the most active flocculant.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    2014-10-15

    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.

  7. Polyelectrolyte multilayers on magnetic silica as a new sorbent for the separation of trace copper in food samples and determination by flame atomic absorption spectrometry.

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    Xiang, Guoqiang; Ma, Yulong; Jiang, Xiuming; Mao, Pu

    2014-12-01

    A novel magnetic silica sorbent with polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) on its surface was prepared, and the sorbent was used for the magnetic solid phase extraction (MSPE) of trace Cu(2+) in drinking water with flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS) as the detector. The experimental parameters for the MSPE procedure, such as the pH, desorption conditions, ultrasonic time and co-existing ions effects, were investigated. The adsorption capacity of the new sorbent was 14.7 mg g(-1) for Cu(2+). The detection limit of the developed method was 0.23 ng mL(-1) for Cu(2+) with an enrichment factor of 95.7. The analytical data obtained from the certified reference water and rice samples were in good agreement with the certified values. This method was also successfully applied to the determination of trace Cu(2+) in different food samples with satisfactory results.

  8. Hydrophobically modified polyelectrolytes: Characterization, aggregation and adsorption

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    Islam, Mohammad Ferdous

    The focus of our work was to experimentally study the aggregation and adsorption behavior of model HM polyelectrolytes. Hydrophobically modified alkali soluble emulsions (HASE), the model HM polyelectrolytes, were chosen because they had complex architecture yet possessed key variables for systematic study. The HASE polymers have methacrylic acid (MAA) and ethyl acrylate (EA) in the backbone with pendent hydrophobic groups. Characterization of a single molecule is an important first step in understanding the aggregation and adsorption of these polymers. However, characterizations of the HASE polymers using conventional techniques such as gel permeation chromatography or static light scattering were difficult because of the hydrophobic association. In this study, two different approaches have been taken to prevent the hydrophobic association in aqueous solution: (1) hydrolyze the polymer to cleave the hydrophobic constituents, and (2) use methyl beta-cyclodextrin that has a hydrophobic cavity and a hydrophilic outer shell, to shield the hydrophobes from associating. By taking these two approaches and using gel permeation chromatography (GPC), dynamic (DLS) and static (SLS) light scattering techniques, the molecular weight, hydrodynamic radius and radius of gyration of a single molecule were determined. Except for one chemical site, we were able to determine that branching or grafting did not occur in the polymer chain during synthesis. Our aggregation studies showed that, in aqueous solutions, the HASE polymers formed small aggregates (presumably single micelles of single or a few chains) and large aggregates (presumably formed by bridging between micelles). The radii and masses of the larger aggregates, measured using DLS and SLS, were found to increase with an increase in the polymer concentration, indicating an open association process for the HASE polymers. Our SLS results also showed that, at high salt concentration, the aggregates of the HASE polymer with

  9. Adsorption of polyelectrolyte multilayers on plasma-modified porous polyethylene

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    Greene, George; Tannenbaum, Rina

    2004-06-01

    Hydrophilic and chemically reactive porous media was prepared by adsorbing functional polymers at the surface of sintered polyethylene membranes. Modification of the membrane was accomplished by first exposing the membrane to an oxygen glow discharge gas plasma to render electrostatic charge at the membrane surfaces. Cationic polyelectrolyte polyethylenimine (PEI) was adsorbed from solution to the anionically charged surface to form an adsorbed monolayer. The adsorption of a second anionic polyelectrolyte allowed further modification of the membrane surface with a polyelectrolyte bilayer complex. In this paper we probe the effect of polymer structure on the conformation and stability of the adsorbed polyelectrolyte monolayers and bilayers on the modified polyethylene surface. Using the wicking rate of deionized, distilled water through the porous membrane to gauge the interfacial energy of the modified surface, we show that the wicking rate of the multilayer membrane can be controlled by varying the chemistry of the adsorbing polyelectrolytes and their molecular weights.

  10. Adsorbtion of polyelectrolyte multilayers on plasma-modified porous polyethylene

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    Greene, George; Tannenbaum, Rina

    2004-11-01

    Hydrophilic and chemically reactive porous media was prepared by adsorbing functional polymers at the surface of sintered polyethylene membranes. Modification of the membrane was accomplished by first exposing the membrane to an oxygen glow discharge gas plasma to render electrostatic charge at the membrane surfaces. A cationic polyelectrolyte was adsorbed from solution to the anionically charged surface to form an adsorbed monolayer. The adsorption of a second anionic polyelectrolyte allowed further modification of the membrane surface with a polyelectrolyte bilayer complex. In this paper we probe the effect of polymer structure on the conformation and stability of the adsorbed polyelectrolyte monolayers and bilayers on the modified polyethylene surface. Using the wicking rate of deionized, distilled water through the porous membrane to gauge the interfacial energy of the modified surface, we show that the wicking rate of the multilayer membrane can be controlled by varying the chemistry of the adsorbing polyelectrolytes and their molecular weights.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Actuation and ion transportation of polyelectrolyte gels

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    Hong, Wei; Wang, Xiao

    2010-04-01

    Consisting of charged network swollen with ionic solution, polyelectrolyte gels are known for their salient characters including ion exchange and stimuli responsiveness. The active properties of polyelectrolyte gels are mostly due to the migration of solvent molecules and solute ions, and their interactions with the fixed charges on the network. In this paper, we extend the recently developed nonlinear field theory of polyelectrolyte gels by assuming that the kinetic process is limited by the rate of the transportation of mobile species. To study the coupled mechanical deformation, ion migration, and electric field, we further specialize the model to the case of a laterally constrained gel sheet. By solving the field equations in two limiting cases: the equilibrium state and the steady state, we calculate the mechanical responses of the gel to the applied electric field, and study the dependency on various parameters. The results recover the behavior observed in experiments in which polyelectrolyte gels are used as actuators, such as the ionic polymer metal composite. In addition, the model reveals the mechanism of the selectivity in ion transportation. Although by assuming specific material laws, the reduced system resembles those in most existing models in the literature, the theory can be easily generalized by using more realistic free-energy functions and kinetic laws. The adaptability of the theory makes it suitable for studying many similar material systems and phenomena.

  15. Triggered Release of Encapsulated Cargo from Photoresponsive Polyelectrolyte Nanocomplexes

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    2016-01-01

    Combining the numerous advantages of using light as a stimulus, simple free radical random copolymerization, and the easy, all-aqueous preparation of polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs), we prepared photolabile PEC nanoparticles and demonstrated their rapid degradation under UV light. As a proof of concept demonstration, the dye Nile Red was encapsulated in the PECs and successfully released into the surrounding solution as the polyelectrolyte nanocomplex carriers dissolved upon light irradiation. PMID:27526052

  16. 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

  17. Adsorption characteristics of brush polyelectrolytes on silicon oxynitride revealed by dual polarization interferometry.

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    Bijelic, Goran; Shovsky, Alexander; Varga, Imre; Makuska, Ricardas; Claesson, Per M

    2010-08-01

    Adsorption properties of bottle-brush polyelectrolytes have been investigated using dual polarization interferometry (DPI), which provides real time monitoring of adsorbed layer thickness and refractive index. The adsorption on silicon oxynitride was carried out from aqueous solution with no added inorganic salt, and the adsorbed polyelectrolyte layer was subsequently rinsed with NaCl solutions of increasing concentration. The bottle-brush polyelectrolytes investigated in this study have different ratios of permanent cationic charged segments and uncharged PEO side chains. Both the cationic groups and the PEO side chains have affinity for silica-like surfaces, and thus contribute to the adsorption process that becomes rather complex. Adsorption properties in water, responses to changes in ionic strength of the surrounding medium, adsorption kinetics and the layer structure are all strongly dependent on the ratio between backbone charges and side chains. The results are interpreted in terms of competitive adsorption of segments with different chemical nature. The adsorption kinetics is relatively fast, taking only tens to hundreds of seconds when adsorbed from dilute 100 ppm solutions. The DPI technique was found to be suitable for studying such rapid adsorption processes, including determination of the initial adsorption kinetics. We expect that the effects observed in this study are of general importance for synthetic and biological polymers carrying segments of different nature.

  18. Nanostructured polyelectrolyte multilayer drug delivery systems for bone metastasis prevention.

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    Daubiné, Florence; Cortial, Delphine; Ladam, Guy; Atmani, Hassan; Haïkel, Youssef; Voegel, Jean-Claude; Clézardin, Philippe; Benkirane-Jessel, Nadia

    2009-10-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEM) are well established nanoarchitectures with numerous potential applications, in particular as biomaterial coatings. They may exhibit specific biological properties in terms of controlled cell activation or local drug delivery. Here, in a new approach for bone metastasis prevention, we employed poly-l-lysine covalently grafted with beta-cyclodextrin as a polycationic vector (PLL-CD) for the antitumor bisphosphonate drug risedronate (RIS). Molar ratio for maximum loading of the PLL-CD vector with RIS was determined by Raman microspectroscopy. The efficacy of RIS at inhibiting cancer cell invasion in vitro was strongly enhanced upon complexation, whatever PLL-CD:RIS complexes were in solution or embedded into PEM nanoarchitectures. Complexes in solution also clearly prevented cancer-induced bone metastasis in animals. Incorporation of the complexes into PEM nanoarchitectures covering bone implants appears of interest for in situ prevention of bone metastasis after ablation.

  19. Structural study of coacervation in protein-polyelectrolyte complexes

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    Chodankar, S.; Aswal, V. K.; Kohlbrecher, J.; Vavrin, R.; Wagh, A. G.

    2008-09-01

    Coacervation is a dense liquid-liquid phase separation and herein we report coacervation of protein bovine serum albumin (BSA) in the presence of polyelectrolyte sodium polystyrene sulfonate (NaPSS) under varying solution conditions. Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements have been performed on above protein-polyelectrolyte complexes to study the structural evolution of the process that leads to coacervation and the phase separated coacervate as a function of solution pH , protein-polyelectrolyte ratio and ionic strength. SANS study prior to phase separation on the BSA-NaPSS complex shows a fractal structure representing a necklace model of protein macromolecules randomly distributed along the polystyrene sulfonate chain. The fractal dimension of the complex decreases as pH is shifted away from the isoelectric point (˜4.7) of BSA protein, which indicates the decrease in the compactness of the complex structure due to increase in the charge repulsion between the protein macromolecules bound to the polyelectrolyte. Concentration-dependence studies of the polyelectrolyte in the complex suggest coexistence of two populations of polyelectrolytes, first one fully saturated with proteins and another one free from proteins. Coacervation phase has been obtained through the turbidity measurement by varying pH of the aqueous solution containing protein and polyelectrolyte from neutral to acidic regime to get them to where the two components are oppositely charged. The spontaneous formation of coacervates is observed for pH values less than 4. SANS study on coacervates shows two length scales related to complex aggregations (mesh size and overall extent of the complex) hierarchically branched to form a larger network. The mesh size represents the distance between cross-linked points in the primary complex, which decreases with increase in ionic strength and remains the same on varying the protein-polyelectrolyte ratio. On the other hand, the overall extent of the

  20. Charge regulation and local dielectric function in planar polyelectrolyte brushes

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    Kumar, Rajeev; Sumpter, Bobby G; Kilbey, II, S Michael

    2012-01-01

    Understanding the effect of inhomogeneity on the charge regulation and dielectric properties, and how it depends on the conformational characteristics of the macromolecules is a long-standing problem. In order to address this problem, we have developed a field-theory to study charge regulation and local dielectric function in planar polyelectrolyte brushes. The theory is used to study a polyacid brush, which is comprised of chains end-grafted at the solid-fluid interface, in equilibrium with a bulk solution containing monovalent salt ions, solvent molecules, and pH controlling acid. In particular, we focus on the effects of the concentration of added salt and pH of the bulk in determining the local charge and dielectric function. Our theoretical investigations reveal that the dipole moment of the ion-pairs formed as a result of counterion adsorption on the chain backbones play a key role in affecting the local dielectric function. For polyelectrolytes made of monomers having dipole moments lower than the solvent molecules, dielectric decrement is predicted inside the brush region. However, the formation of ion-pairs (due to adsorption of counterions coming from the dissociation of added salt) more polar than the solvent molecules is shown to increase the magnitude of the dielectric function with respect to its bulk value. Furthermore, an increase in the bulk salt concentration is shown to increase the local charge inside the brush region.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Effects of chain rigidity on the adsorption of a polyelectrolyte chain on mixed lipid monolayer: a Monte Carlo study.

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    Duan, Xiaozheng; Ding, Mingming; Zhang, Ran; Li, Liangyi; Shi, Tongfei; An, Lijia; Huang, Qingrong; Xu, Wen-Sheng

    2015-05-14

    We apply Monte Carlo simulation to explore the adsorption of a positively charged polyelectrolyte on a lipid monolayer membrane, composed of electronically neutral, monovalent anionic and mulvitalent anionic phospholipids. We systematically assess the influence of various factors, including the intrinsic rigidity of the polyelectrolyte chain, the bead charge density of the polyelectrolyte, and the ionic strength of the saline solution, on the interfacial structural properties of the polyelectrolyte/monolayer complex. The enhancement of the polyelectrolyte chain intrinsic rigidity reduces the polyelectrolyte conformational entropy loss and the energy gains in electrostatic interaction, but elevates the segregated anionic lipid demixing entropy loss. This energy-entropy competition results in a nonmonotonic dependence of the polyelectrolyte/monolayer association strength on the degree of chain rigidity. The semiflexible polyelectrolyte, i.e., the one with an intermediate degree of chain rigidity, is shown to associate onto the ternary membane below a higher critical ionic concentration. In this ionic concentration regime, the semiflexible polyelectrolyte binds onto the monolayer more firmly than the pancake-like flexible one and exhibits a stretched conformation. When the chain is very rigid, the polyelectrolyte with bead charge density Zb = +1 exhibits a larger tail and tends to dissociate from the membrane, whereas the one with Zb = +2 can still bind onto the membrane in a bridge-like conformation. Our results imply that chain intrinsic rigidity serves as an efficient molecular factor for tailoring the adsorption/desorption transition and interfacial structure of the polyelectrolyte/monolayer complex.

  4. Analysis of potentiometric titrations of heterogeneous natural polyelectrolytes in terms of counterion condensation theory: application to humic acid.

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    Porasso, R D; Benegas, J C; van den Hoop, M; Paoletti, S

    2000-07-31

    A model, developed within the framework of the counterion condensation theory of linear polyelectrolytes, is presented in this paper to describe the acid-base properties of linear polyelectrolytes, consisting of several types of functional ionizable groups. This formalism has been successfully applied to Fluka humic acid under salt-free conditions, as well as in the presence of supporting simple 1:1 salt (KNO3) at three different concentrations. As part of this approach, the charge density of the humic acid is obtained from the activity coefficient measurements of potassium counterions at different humic acid concentrations at a constant degree of dissociation of the polyelectrolyte. The humic acid average charge density was found to be 0.80 +/- 0.05. Using the present model, we are able to satisfactorily describe the experimental data obtained from acid-base potentiometric titrations. Four main functional groups making up the polymer are determined through their fractional abundances (Xi) and intrinsic pK (pK0i) values. The fractional abundances remained constant and independent of the ionic strength, indicating that the humic acid constitution does not depend on the concentration of excess salts. The pK0i values show a small change with ionic strength, which can be explained by the polyelectrolytic behavior of the solution.

  5. Force Balances in Systems of Cylindrical Polyelectrolytes

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    Brenner, Stephen L.; McQuarrie, Donald A.

    1973-01-01

    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

  6. Surface stress, thickness, and mass of the first few layers of polyelectrolyte.

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    Toda, Masaya; Itakura, Akiko N; Igarashi, Shinichi; Büscher, Karsten; Gutmann, Jochen S; Graf, Karlheinz; Berger, Rüdiger

    2008-04-01

    The effects of surface stress and mass loading upon the adsorption of polyelectrolytes onto flexible silicon micromechanical cantilever sensors (MCSs) were studied in situ. A self-assembled monolayer of 2-mercaptoethylamine chloride (2-MEA) on gold was used to achieve single-side adsorption on the MCS. Such a preparation gave a positive surface potential, whereas a bare SiOx surface gave a negative surface potential. Wide scan X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed that the adsorption of polystyrenesulfonate (PSS) and polyallylamine hydrochloride (PAH) followed the general rule expected from the electrostatic interaction between the substrate and the polyelectrolyte, whereas the adsorption polyethyleneimine (PEI) did not. The adsorption of PAH on SiO(x) from a 3 mM water solution containing 1 M NaCl was associated with a deflection of the MCS toward the polyelectrolyte monolayer (tensile surface stress) owing to the hydrogen bonding between neighboring amino groups. Here, a surface stress change of 1.4 +/- 0.1 N/m was estimated. The adsorption of PSS from a 3 mM water solution containing 1 M NaCl on a 2-MEA surface induced a deflection of the MCS away from the polyelectrolyte layer (compressive stress), toward the SiO(x) side. Here, a surface stress change of 3.1 +/- 0.3 N/m was determined. The formation of a PAH layer on top of the PSS layer resulted in a deflection of the MCS toward the PAH layer. This indicated that the adjacent PSS layer was deswelling, corresponding to a surface stress change of 0.5 +/- 0.1 N/m.

  7. [Determination of taste sensitivity with mixed solutions].

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    Marco Algarra, R

    1990-01-01

    In the second part of our study we present the results of the mixture of four basic tastes in comparison with those of the simple solutions, mea ng as well the fatigue phenomenon with the mixed solutions.

  8. Competitive ion complexation to polyelectrolytes: determination of the stepwise stability constants. The Ca2+/H+/polyacrylate system.

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    David, Calin; Companys, Encarnació; Galceran, Josep; Garcés, Josep Lluís; Mas, Francesc; Rey-Castro, Carlos; Salvador, José; Puy, Jaume

    2007-09-01

    This work presents a new methodology aimed at obtaining the stepwise stability constants corresponding to the binding of ions (or other small molecules) to macromolecular ligands having a large number of sites. For complexing agents with a large number of sites, very simple expressions for the stepwise stability constants arise. Such expressions are model-independent; that is, they allow the determination of the stepwise stability constants without making any previous assumption of the detailed complexation mechanism. The formalism is first presented for a single complexing ion and further extended to competitive systems where the competing ions can display, in general, different stoichiometric relationships. These ideas are applied to the analysis of experimental titrations corresponding to competitive binding of calcium ions to poly(acrylic acid) for different pH values and ionic strengths. Intrinsic stability constants were estimated from the stepwise stability constants (by removing the corresponding statistical factor), and split into specific and electrostatic contributions (by means of the Poisson-Boltzmann equation). After this treatment, the specific proton binding energies showed almost no dependence on the coverage and ionic strength. Likewise, for the range of concentrations studied, the specific component of the intrinsic stability constants of the calcium ions, calculated assuming bidentate binding of Ca to neighboring groups of a linear chain, is almost independent of the calcium and proton coverage and ionic strength.

  9. Synthesis, self-assembly and photoinduced surface-relief gratings of a polyacrylate-based Azo polyelectrolyte

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    He, Yaning; Wang, Haopeng; Tuo, Xinlin; Deng, Wei; Wang, Xiaogong

    2004-06-01

    A polyacrylate-based azo polyelectrolyte was synthesized and characterized by the spectroscopic methods and thermal analysis. Layer-by-layer self-assembly of the azo polyelectrolyte through electrostatic adsorption was explored. By using a dipping solution of the anionic azo polyelectrolyte in anhydrous DMF, together with an aqueous solution of cationic poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDAC), high quality multilayer films were obtained through the sequential deposition of the oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. With interfering illumination of Ar + laser beams (488 nm), significant surface-relief gratings formed on the self-assembled multiplayer films were observed.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Anionic polyelectrolyte adsorption on mica mediated by multivalent cations: a solution to DNA imaging by atomic force microscopy under high ionic strengths.

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    Pastré, David; Hamon, Loïc; Landousy, Fabrice; Sorel, Isabelle; David, Marie-Odile; Zozime, Alain; Le Cam, Eric; Piétrement, Olivier

    2006-07-18

    Adsorption of DNA molecules on mica, a highly negatively charged surface, mediated by divalent or trivalent cations is considered. By analyzing atomic force microscope (AFM) images of DNA molecules adsorbed on mica, phase diagrams of DNA molecules interacting with a mica surface are established in terms of concentrations of monovalent salt (NaCl) and divalent (MgCl2) or multivalent (spermidine, cobalt hexamine) salts. These diagrams show two transitions between nonadsorption and adsorption. The first one arises when the concentration of multivalent counterions is larger than a limit value, which is not sensitive to the monovalent salt concentration. The second transition is due to the binding competition between monovalent and multivalent counterions. In addition, we develop a model of polyelectrolyte adsorption on like-charged surfaces with multivalent counterions. This model shows that the correlations of the multivalent counterions at the interface between DNA and mica play a critical role. Furthermore, it appears that DNA adsorption takes place when the energy gain in counterion correlations overcomes an energy barrier. This barrier is induced by the entropy loss in confining DNA in a thin adsorbed layer, the entropy loss in the interpenetration of the clouds of mica and DNA counterions, and the electrostatic repulsion between DNA and mica. The analysis of the experimental results provides an estimation of this energy barrier. We then discuss some important issues, including DNA adsorption under physiological conditions.

  13. Removal of copper ions from aqueous solution by adsorption onto novel polyelectrolyte film-coated nanofibrous silk fibroin non-wovens

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    Zhou, Weitao; Huang, Haitao; Du, Shan; Huo, Yingdong; He, Jianxin; Cui, Shizhong

    2015-08-01

    In this approach, polyelectrolyte film-coated nanofibrous silk fibroin (SF) nonwovens were prepared from the alternate deposition of positively charged polyethylenimine (PEI) and negatively charged SF using electrostatic layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembled technology. The composite membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer. The SF-PEI multilayer-assembled nanofibers (less than five layers) were fine and uniform with the fiber diameter from 400 nm to 600 nm, and had very large surface area and high porosity (more than 70%). The amino groups of PEI were proved to be deposited onto SF nonwovens, which granted the coated nonwovens with potential applicability for copper ions adsorption. The PEI films coated SF substrate showed much higher copper ions adsorption capacity than that of ethanol treated SF nanofibers. Adding the number of PEI coated could enhance the Cu2+ adsorption capacity significantly. The maximum milligrams per gram of copper ions adsorbed reached 59.7 mg/g when the SF substrate was coated with 5 bilayers of SF-PEI. However, the copper ions adsorption capacity had no obvious change as the number of PEI continued to increase. These results suggest potential for PEL film-coated nanofibrous nonwovens as a new adsorbent for metal ions.

  14. Polyelectrolyte (PE) induced interactions between Charged and zwitterionic Colloids

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    Pryamitsyn, Victor; Ganesan, Venkat

    2014-03-01

    A numerical self-consistent field (SCF) theory approach was developed for studying mixture of polyelectrolytes with charged and uncharged nanoparticles. Such an approach was used to analyze within the mean-field limit the polyelectrolyte-mediated effective interactions between the particles. The system considered allows for the local PE and particle charges to be defined by the local concentration of ionizable on groups on the particles and polyelectrolytes, ambient conditions like pH and the local electrostatic potential. Calculation of the free energy of a system of one, two and three particles in the polyelectrolyte solution allowdd us to calculate the particle insertion free energy, two and three body particle-particle interactions as a function of the properties of solution, polymer-particle interactions and the particle size. For the situation involving acidic PE and a base type positively charged particles, the PE mediated particle-particle interaction is purely repulsive for the larger particle-particle distances at low polymer concentrations. At short-particle particle distances and/or higher polyelectrolyte concentrations the particle-particle interaction becomes a depletion-type attraction. For Zwitterionic positively chaged paticles particles we have found a a range

  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

    2015-01-01

    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.

  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. 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.

  19. On the crossroads of current polyelectrolyte theory and counterion-specific effects.

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    Malikova, Natalie; Rollet, Anne-Laure; Čebašek, Sašo; Tomšič, Matija; Vlachy, Vojko

    2015-02-28

    Aqueous solutions of polyelectrolytes are studied here by means of neutron scattering, with emphasis on backbone hydrophobicity and counter ion specific effects. Ionene polyelectrolytes with varying chain charge density and different counter ions are considered. Their neutron scattering data feature a number of aspects and trends that clearly deviate from the predictions of the existing theory. Ionenes challenge the current hydrophilic-hydrophobic classification of water-soluble polyelectrolytes. The hydrophobic character of their hydrocarbon backbone emerges only for very low chain charge densities (at 15% of charged monomers), which is significantly lower than for other polyelectrolytes with a more complex structure. Universality in the counter ion specific effect seen in ionene solutions with Br(-) or F(-) counterions is established. The polyelectrolyte peak in the scattering spectra of Br-ionenes disappears beyond a specific charge concentration, which is identical across all ionene chain charge densities. In addition, scattering spectra of Br-ionenes and F-ionenes feature contrasting temperature trends, which are accentuated with decreasing chain charge density. Our interpretation of the F-Br effect, based on the different hydration properties of the counter ions, is supported by additional NMR measurements on ionenes with mixed counter ion clouds. Overall, the study of ionene polyelectrolytes points clearly to the need for combining the scaling concepts with those of ion specificity, to obtain a theoretical framework encompassing the wealth of phenomena occurring in polyelectrolyte solutions.

  20. Determination of total solutes in synfuel wastewaters

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    Wallace, J.R.; Bonomo, F.S.

    1984-03-01

    Efforts to investigate both lyophilization and the measurement of colligative properties as an indication of total solute content are described. The objective of the work described is to develop a method for measuring total dissolved material in retort wastewaters which is simple and rugged enough to be performed in a field laboratory in support of pollution control tests. The analysis should also be rapid enough to provide timely and pertinent data to the pollution control plant operator. To be of most value, the technique developed also should be applicable to other synfuel wastewaters, most of which contain similar major components as oil shale retort waters. 4 references, 1 table.

  1. Adsorption behavior of hydrophobically modified polyelectrolytes onto amino- or methyl-terminated surfaces.

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    Briones, Ximena G; Encinas, María V; Petri, Denise F S; Pavez, Jorge E; Tapia, Ricardo A; Yazdani-Pedram, M; Urzúa, Marcela D

    2011-11-15

    The adsorption of hydrophobically modified polyelectrolytes derived from poly(maleic anhydride-alt-styrene) (P(MA-alt-St)) containing in their side chain aryl-alkyl groups onto amino- or methyl-terminated silicon wafers was investigated. The effect of the spacer group, the chemical nature of the side chain, molecular weight of polyelectrolyte, and ionic strength of solution on the polyelectrolyte adsorbed amount was studied by null ellipsometry. The adsorbed amount of polyelectrolyte increased with increasing ionic strength, in agreement with the screening-enhanced adsorption regime, indicating that hydrophobic interactions with the surface play an important role in the adsorption process. At constant ionic strength, the adsorbed amount was slightly higher for polyelectrolytes with larger alkyl side chain and decreased with the hydrophobicity of aryl group. The adsorption behavior is discussed in terms of the side chain flexibility of the polymer. Characteristics of the adsorbed layer were studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and contact angle measurements. AFM images show the presence of aggregates and closed globular structure of polyelectrolyte onto the amino- or methyl-terminated surface, which agrees with a 3D and 2D growth mechanism, respectively. Fluorescence measurements showed that the aggregation of polyelectrolyte containing the hydrophobic naphthyl group occurs already in the solution. However, the aggregation of polyelectrolytes containing the phenyl group in its side chain is not observed in solution but is induced by the amino-terminated surface. This difference can be explained in terms of the higher flexibility of side chain bearing the phenyl group. The polyelectrolyte films showed a high chemical heterogeneity and moderate hydrophobicity.

  2. Strong and weak adsorptions of polyelectrolyte chains onto oppositely charged spheres

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    Cherstvy, Andrey; Winkler, Roland

    2007-03-01

    We investigate the complexation of long thin polyelectrolyte chains with the oppositely charged sphere. In the limit of strong adsorption, when strongly charged polyelectrolyte chains adapt definite wrapped conformations on the sphere surface (solenoidal, tennis-ball-like, etc.), we analytically solve the linear Poisson-Boltzmann equation and calculate the electrostatic potential and energy of the complex. We discuss some biological applications of the obtained results, including those for DNA wrapping in the nucleosome core particles and for aggregate formation of DNA with oppositely charged nano-spheres studied in vitro. For weak adsorption, when a flexible weakly charged polyelectrolyte chain is localized next to the sphere in solution, we solve the Edwards equation for the chain conformations in the Hulth'en potential. The latter is used as an approximation for the screened Debye-H"uckel potential of the sphere. For arbitrary sphere radius, we predict the critical conditions for polyelectrolyte adsorption as a coupling between critical sphere and polyelectrolyte charge densities, sphere radius, temperature, and ionic strength in solution. We find that the critical charge density of the sphere exhibits a distinctively different dependence on the Debye screening length than for polyelectrolyte adsorption onto a flat surface. We compare our findings with experimental measurements on complex formation of various polyelectrolytes (DNA, PSS, AMPS, etc.) with oppositely charged colloidal particles and cationic micelles, where similar universal scaling relations for the sphere charge density have been revealed.

  3. 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

  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. 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

  7. Chain Conformation and Dynamics in Spin-Assisted Weak Polyelectrolyte Multilayers

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    Zhuk, Aliaksandr; Selin, Victor; Zhuk, Iryna; Belov, Benjamin; Ankner, John F.; Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.

    2015-03-13

    In this paper, we report on the effect of the deposition technique on film layering, stability, and chain mobility in weak polyelectrolyte layer-by-layer (LbL) films. Ellipsometry and neutron reflectometry (NR) showed that shear forces arising during spin-assisted assembly lead to smaller amounts of adsorbed polyelectrolytes within LbL films, result in a higher degree of internal film order, and dramatically improve stability of assemblies in salt solutions as compared to dip-assisted LbL assemblies. The underlying flattening of polyelectrolyte chains in spin-assisted LbL films was also revealed as an increase in ionization degree of the assembled weak polyelectrolytes. As demonstrated by fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), strong binding between spin-deposited polyelectrolytes results in a significant slowdown of chain diffusion in salt solutions as compared to dip-deposited films. Moreover, salt-induced chain intermixing in the direction perpendicular to the substrate is largely inhibited in spin-deposited films, resulting in only subdiffusional (<2 Å) chain displacements even after 200 h exposure to 1 M NaCl solutions. Finally, this persistence of polyelectrolyte layering has important ramifications for multistage drug delivery and optical applications of LbL assemblies.

  8. Chain Conformation and Dynamics in Spin-Assisted Weak Polyelectrolyte Multilayers

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    Zhuk, Aliaksandr; Selin, Victor; Zhuk, Iryna; Belov, Benjamin; Ankner, John F.; Sukhishvili, Svetlana A.

    2015-03-13

    In this paper, we report on the effect of the deposition technique on film layering, stability, and chain mobility in weak polyelectrolyte layer-by-layer (LbL) films. Ellipsometry and neutron reflectometry (NR) showed that shear forces arising during spin-assisted assembly lead to smaller amounts of adsorbed polyelectrolytes within LbL films, result in a higher degree of internal film order, and dramatically improve stability of assemblies in salt solutions as compared to dip-assisted LbL assemblies. The underlying flattening of polyelectrolyte chains in spin-assisted LbL films was also revealed as an increase in ionization degree of the assembled weak polyelectrolytes. As demonstrated by fluorescencemore » recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), strong binding between spin-deposited polyelectrolytes results in a significant slowdown of chain diffusion in salt solutions as compared to dip-deposited films. Moreover, salt-induced chain intermixing in the direction perpendicular to the substrate is largely inhibited in spin-deposited films, resulting in only subdiffusional (<2 Å) chain displacements even after 200 h exposure to 1 M NaCl solutions. Finally, this persistence of polyelectrolyte layering has important ramifications for multistage drug delivery and optical applications of LbL assemblies.« less

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  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. Salt-induced Collapse and Reexpansion of Highly-Charged Flexible Polyelectrolytes

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    Hsiao, Pai-Yi; Luijten, Erik

    2004-03-01

    The conformational properties of single flexible polyelectrolytes in solutions with added salt are investigated by means of Monte Carlo simulations. Upon addition of multivalent salt, the polyelectrolyte chain initially undergoes the well-known conformational collapse. At higher multivalent salt concentration the chain subsequently reexpands, in accordance with experimental observations and theoretical predictions. These conformational changes constitute the counterpart of reentrant condensation exhibited by polyelectrolytes under less dilute conditions. We find that the charge of the polyelectrolyte can be overcompensated in the reexpansion region. For the case of monovalent salt, neither chain reexpansion nor charge inversion are observed. We investigate the role of ion excluded volume on chain conformation and charge inversion and find that the degree of reexpansion and overcharging both decrease with ion size. Our results suggest that this behavior is caused by ionic association, which effectively reduces the salt valency.

  13. Polyelectrolytes as interfaces for retarding back-reaction in photoinduced electron transfer

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    Otvos, J.W.; Casti, T.E.; Calvin, M.

    1984-08-01

    Flash photolysis experiments on the effect of the polyelectrolytes poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS) and Poly(N,N-dimethyl-3, 5-dimethylene piperidinium chloride) (PolyP) on the photoinduced electron transfer reaction between zinc(II) tetrakis (4-N-methylpyridinium)porphyin (ZnP) and propyl viologen sulfonate (PVS/sup 0/) show that PSS decreases both the forward and back- electron transfer reaction rates significantly, by a factor of approx. 60. The effect of PSS is due to hydrophobic envelopment of ZnP by the polyelectrolyte, hindering approach of reactants to it and thus reducing all bimolecular reaction rates between ZnP and species in solution. The cationic polyelectrolyte, PolyP, decreases the back-electron transfer rate by a factor of approx. 2 without affecting other bimolecular reaction rates. This effect is probably due to binding of the PVS/sup -/ to the polyelectrolyte, which then repels the oxidized porphyrin electrostatically.

  14. 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

  15. Deposition and wetting characteristics of polyelectrolyte multilayers on plasma-modified porous polyethylene.

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    Greene, George; Yao, George; Tannenbaum, Rina

    2004-03-30

    Hydrophilic and chemically reactive porous media were prepared by adsorbing functional polymers at the surface of sintered polyethylene membranes. Modification of the membrane was accomplished by first exposing the membrane to an oxygen glow discharge gas plasma to introduce an electrostatic charge at the membrane surfaces. Cationic polyelectrolyte polyethylenimine (PEI) was adsorbed from solution to the anionic-charged surface to form an adsorbed monolayer. The adsorption of a second anionic polyelectrolyte onto the PEI layer allows further modification of the membrane surface to form a polyelectrolyte-bilayer complex. The conformation and stability of the adsorbed monolayers and bilayers comprising the modified surface are probed as a function of the polymer structure, charge density, and solubility. Using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis, we demonstrate that the presence of the polyelectrolyte multilayers drastically increases the density and specificity of the functional groups at the surface, more than what can be achieved through the plasma modification alone. Also, using the wicking rate of deionized, distilled water through the porous membrane to gauge the interfacial energy of the modified surface, we show that the membrane wicking rate can be controlled by varying the chemistry of the adsorbing polyelectrolytes and, to a lesser extent, by adjusting the polarity or ionic strength of the polyelectrolyte solution. PMID:15835146

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  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. 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)

  2. ``Swiss-cheese'' polyelectrolyte gels as media with extremely inhomogeneous distribution of charged species

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    Vasilevskaya, Valentina V.; Aerov, Artem A.; Khokhlov, Alexei R.

    2004-05-01

    "Swiss-cheese" polyelectrolyte gels (i.e., gels containing a regular set of closed spherical pores) are considered as a suitable system for modeling of a medium with extremely inhomogeneous distribution of charged species. It is shown that the inhomogeneous distribution of ions in Swiss-cheese polyelectrolyte gels can be reached simply by immersion of the gels in an aqueous solution of charged species (e.g., low-molecular 1-1 salt or multivalent ions and macroions charged likely to the gel chains). If a polymer gel is kept in such a solution for a long time, the concentration of ions within relatively big voids becomes equal to that in external solution. On the other hand, due to the Donnan effect the ion's concentration in polymer matrix is always lower than that in external solution. As a result the multivalent ions distribute between water voids and polymer matrix. The extent of this distribution is characterized by partition coefficient kD (determined as ratio kD=nsvoid/nsmat of the concentrations nsvoid and nsmat of ions in water voids and in polymer matrix, correspondingly). It is shown that the partition coefficient kD can be larger than 10 for low-molecular salt, reaches 103 for bivalent ions, and is higher than 106 for tetravalent ions. In the case of polymer macroions the partition coefficient kD tends to infinity. Our calculations show that the lower limit of characteristic scales of heterogeneity (determined by water voids size starting from which the condition of total electroneutrality is fulfilled and effect of partition is the most pronounced) can be equal to tens of nanometers.

  3. The structure and interaction mechanism of a polyelectrolyte complex: a dissipative particle dynamics study.

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    Meneses-Juárez, Efrain; Márquez-Beltrán, César; Rivas-Silva, Juan Francisco; Pal, Umapada; González-Melchor, Minerva

    2015-08-01

    The mechanism of complex formation of two oppositely charged linear polyelectrolytes dispersed in a solvent is investigated by using dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulation. In the polyelectrolyte solution, the size of the cationic polyelectrolyte remains constant while the size of the anionic chain increases. We analyze the influence of the anionic polyelectrolyte size and salt effect (ionic strength) on the conformational changes of the chains during complex formation. The behavior of the radial distribution function, the end-to-end distance and the radius of gyration of each polyelectrolyte is examined. These results showed that the effectiveness of complex formation is strongly influenced by the process of counterion release from the polyelectrolyte chains. The radius of gyration of the complex is estimated using the Fox-Flory equation for a wormlike polymer in a theta solvent. The addition of salts in the medium accelerates the complex formation process, affecting its radius of gyration. Depending on the ratio of chain lengths a compact complex or a loosely bound elongated structure can be formed.

  4. 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; Hwang, Dong Soo

    2016-02-16

    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.

  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. Yield stress and scaling of polyelectrolyte multilayer modified suspensions: effect of polyelectrolyte conformation during multilayer assembly.

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    Hess, Andreas; Aksel, Nuri

    2013-09-10

    The yield stress of polyelectrolyte multilayer modified suspensions exhibits a surprising dependence on the polyelectrolyte conformation of multilayer films. The rheological data scale onto a universal master curve for each polyelectrolyte conformation as the particle volume fraction, φ, and the ionic strength of the background fluid, I, are varied. It is shown that rough films with highly coiled, brushy polyelectrolytes significantly enhance the yield stress. Moreover, via the ionic strength I of the background fluid, the dynamic yield stress of brushy polyelectrolyte multilayers can be finely adjusted over 2 decades.

  7. 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.

  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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  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.

    2013-03-01

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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).

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. [Determination of Chloride Salt Solution by NIR Spectroscopy].

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    Zhang, Bin; Chen, Jian-hong; Jiao, Ming-xing

    2015-07-01

    Determination of chloride salt solution by near infrared spectrum plays a very important role in Biomedicine. The near infrared spectrum analysis of Sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium chloride aqueous solution shows that the concentration change of chloride salt can affect hydrogen bond, resulting in the variation of near infrared spectrum of water. The temperature influence on NIR spectrum has been decreased by choosing reasonable wavelength range and the wavelength where the temperature effects are zero (isosbestic point). Chlorine salt prediction model was established based on partial least squares method and used for predicting the concentration of the chlorine ion. The impact on near infrared spectrum of the cation ionic radius, the number of ionic charge, the complex effect of ionic in water has also discussed in this article and the reason of every factor are analysed. Experimental results show that the temperature and concentration will affect the near-infrared spectrum of the solution, It is found that the effect of temperature plays the dominant role at low concentrations of chlorine salt; rather, the ionic dominates at high concentration. Chloride complexes are formed in aqueous solution, It has an effect on hydrogen bond of water combining with the cations in chlorine salt solution, Comparing different chloride solutions at the same concentration, the destruction effects of chloride complexes and catnions on the hydrogen bond of water increases in the sequences: CaCl2 >NaCl>KC. The modeling result shows that the determination coefficients (R2) = 99.97%, the root mean square error of cross validation (RM- SECV) = 4.51, and the residual prediction deviation (RPD) = 62.7, it meets the daily requirements of biochemical detection accuracy.

  19. 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

  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. Linear Viscoelasticity and Swelling of Polyelectrolyte Complex Coacervates

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    Hamad, Fawzi; Colby, Ralph

    2012-02-01

    The addition of near equimolar amounts of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) to poly(isobutylene-alt-maleate sodium), results in formation of a polyelectrolyte complex coacervate. Zeta-potential titrations conclude that these PE-complexes are nearly charge-neutral. Swelling and rheological properties are studied at different salt concentrations in the surrounding solution. The enhanced swelling observed at high salt concentration suggests the system behaves like a polyampholyte gel, and weaker swelling at very low salt concentrations implies polyelectrolyte gel behavior. Linear viscoelastic oscillatory shear measurements indicate that the coacervates are viscoelastic liquids and that increasing ionic strength of the medium weakens the electrostatic interactions between charged units, lowering the relaxation time and viscosity. We use the time-salt superposition idea recently proposed by Spruijt, et al., allowing us to construct master curves for these soft materials. Similar swelling properties observed when varying molecular weights. Rheological measurements reveal that PE-complexes with increasing molecular weight polyelectrolytes form a network with higher crosslink density, suggesting time-molecular weight superposition idea.

  2. 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.

  3. Systematic modification of the rheological properties of colloidal suspensions with polyelectrolyte multilayers.

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    Hess, Andreas; Pretzl, Melanie; Heymann, Lutz; Fery, Andreas; Aksel, Nuri

    2011-09-01

    Tailoring rheological properties of colloidal suspensions with the adsorption of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) is based on the idea of controlling macroscopic mechanical properties by modifying the particle surface in a reproducible and well-understood manner. With layer-by-layer self-assembly, monodisperse polystyrene particles are coated with up to ten layers of the oppositely charged strong polyelectrolytes: poly(diallyl dimethyl ammonium chloride) and poly(styrene sulfonate). The conformation of the adsorbed polyelectrolyte is controlled by the ionic strength of the used aqueous polyelectrolyte solution. For 1M NaCl solution, a brushlike adsorption of the polyelectrolyte is expected. The ability of PEMs to serve on a nanoscale level as surface modifiers and influence macroscopic rheological properties like viscoelasticity, yield stress, and shear banding is discussed. The mechanical behavior of these suspensions is qualitatively described by the theory of Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek with short-range repulsion and long-range attraction. A scaling rule is proposed which distinguishes between the precusor and the multilayer regime.

  4. 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.

  5. Extruded superparamagnetic saloplastic polyelectrolyte nanocomposites.

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    Fu, Jingcheng; Wang, Qifeng; Schlenoff, Joseph B

    2015-01-14

    Iron oxide nanoparticles of diameter ca. 12 nm were dispersed into polyelectrolyte complexes made from poly(styrenesulfonate) and poly(diallyldimethylammonium). These nanocomposites were plasticized with salt water and extruded into dense, tough fibers. Magnetometry of these composites showed they retained the superparamagnetic properties of their constituent nanoparticles with saturation magnetization that scaled with the loading of nanoparticles. Their superparamagnetic response allowed the composites to be heated remotely by radiofrequency fields. While the modulus of fibers was unaffected by the presence of nanoparticles the toughness and tensile strength increased significantly. PMID:25525833

  6. Quasielastic and electrophoretic light scattering studies of polyelectrolyte-micelle complexes

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    Rigsbee, Daniel R.; Dubin, Paul L.

    1991-06-01

    The aqueous system comprised of poly(dimethylammonium chloride) (a strongly cationic polymer) and a mixture of sodium dodecyl sulfate and Triton X-100 (anionic/nonionic mixed micelles) forms polyelectrolyte-micelle complexes. At suitable micelle compositions and ionic strengths, soluble complexes are formed, which may be studied by a variety of solution techniques, including quasielastic light scattering. In this report, the authors examine the influence of polymer molecular weight and micelle composition on the nature of these complexes. Multiangle measurements were made with two different instruments (hence different procedures for extracting apparent size distributions from measured autocorrelation curves). At the concentrations employed, multipolymer complexes appear to form. The QELS data, taken in conjunction with limited electrophoretic light scattering results, suggest that the main determinant of the extent of higher-order aggregation are those factors influencing the net charge of a 'primary' i.e. intrapolymer complex, with molecular weight per se playing a secondary role.

  7. Structural transitions of encapsidated polyelectrolytes

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    Angelescu, D. G.; Linse, P.; Nguyen, T. T.; Bruinsma, R. F.

    2008-03-01

    Conformations and structural transitions of polyelectrolytes strictly confined onto a spherical 2D surface have been investigated by scaling descriptions based on physical arguments concerning polyelectrolyte adsorption onto planar surface and liquid crystals as well as by Monte Carlo simulations using a bead-spring model with short-range and electrostatic repulsions. In case of the electrostatic screened regime, a disordered-ordered (spiral) transition at increasing persistence length of the chain was found. It was predicted that the transition occurred when the persistence length is comparable with the mean spacing between adjacent strands of the ordered chain. The presence of a non-screened electrostatic repulsion led to a more complex behavior with i) a re-entrant order-disorder transition and ii) a tennis ball texture as an additional smectic/nematic structure. The various competing structures given by the theory were recovered by the Monte Carlo simulations, which also indicated that the tennis ball texture was favored over the spiral structure by the long-range interactions for semi-flexible chains.

  8. Polyelectrolyte Multilayers in Tissue Engineering

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    Detzel, Christopher J.; Larkin, Adam L.

    2011-01-01

    The layer-by-layer assembly of sequentially adsorbed, alternating polyelectrolytes has become increasingly important over the past two decades. The ease and versatility in assembling polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) has resulted in numerous wide ranging applications of these materials. More recently, PEMs are being used in biological applications ranging from biomaterials, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and drug delivery. The ability to manipulate the chemical, physical, surface, and topographical properties of these multilayer architectures by simply changing the pH, ionic strength, thickness, and postassembly modifications render them highly suitable to probe the effects of external stimuli on cellular responsiveness. In the field of regenerative medicine, the ability to sequester growth factors and to tether peptides to PEMs has been exploited to direct the lineage of progenitor cells and to subsequently maintain a desired phenotype. Additional novel applications include the use of PEMs in the assembly of three-dimensional layered architectures and as coatings for individual cells to deliver tunable payloads of drugs or bioactive molecules. This review focuses on literature related to the modulation of chemical and physical properties of PEMs for tissue engineering applications and recent research efforts in maintaining and directing cellular phenotype in stem cell differentiation. PMID:21210759

  9. Polyelectrolyte-graphene Nanocomposites for Biosensing Applications

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    Priftis, Dimitrios

    2015-01-01

    Due to their unique structure, the optical and mechanical properties graphene and its derivatives (e.g. graphene oxide, reduced graphene oxide) have captured the attention of a constantly increasing number of scientists with regards to biomolecule sensing. This mini review focuses on one specific type of sensor, that consisting of graphene and polyelectrolytes. Polyelectrolyte-graphene nanocomposites exhibit outstanding detection capabilities by synergistically combining the characteristics of both components, outperforming traditional sensors in many cases. Characteristics and mechanistic details of the most important polyelectrolyte-graphene based sensors will be discussed in detail in addition to some current challenges and future perspectives. PMID:27713667

  10. 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

  11. Polyelectrolyte adsorption onto oppositely charged interfaces: unified approach for plane, cylinder, and sphere.

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    Cherstvy, A G; Winkler, R G

    2011-06-28

    A universal description is presented for weak adsorption of flexible polyelectrolyte chains onto oppositely charged planar and curved surfaces. It is based on the WKB (Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin) quantum mechanical method for the Green function equation in the ground state dominance limit. The approach provides a unified picture for the scaling behavior of the critical characteristics of polyelectrolyte adsorption and the thickness of the adsorbed polymer layer formed adjacent to the interface. We find, particularly at low-salt conditions, that curved convex surfaces necessitate much larger surface charge densities to trigger polyelectrolyte adsorption, as compared to a planar interface in the same solution. In addition, we demonstrate that the different surface geometries yield very distinct scaling laws for the critical surface charge density required to initiate chain adsorption. Namely, in the low-salt limit, the surface charge density scales cubical with the inverse Debye screening length for a plane, quadratic for an adsorbing cylinder, and linear for a sphere. As the radius of surface curvature grows, the parameter of critical chain adsorption onto a rod and a sphere turns asymptotically into that of a planar interface. The transition occurs when the radius of surface curvature becomes comparable to the Debye screening length. The general scaling trends derived appear to be consistent with the complex-formation experiments of polyelectrolyte chains with oppositely charged spherical and cylindrical micelles. Finally, the WKB results are compared with the existing theories of polyelectrolyte adsorption and future perspectives are outlined.

  12. Lyophilized Chitosan/xanthan Polyelectrolyte Complex Based Mucoadhesive Inserts for Nasal Delivery of Promethazine Hydrochloride

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    G Dehghan, Mohamed Hassan; Marzuka, Marzuka

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this investigation was the development of chitosan/xanthan polyelectrolyte complex based mucoadhesive nasal insert of promethazine hydrochloride a drug used in the treatment of motion sickness. A 32 factorial design was applied for preparing chitosan/xanthan polyelectrolyte complex and to study the effect of independent variables i.e. concentration of xanthan [X1] and concentration of chitosan [X2] on various responses i.e. viscosity of polyelectrolyte complex solution, water uptake of nasal inserts (at pH 2, 5.5, 7.4), bioadhesion potential of nasal inserts and in-vitro drug release at Q6h through nasal inserts. FTIR and DSC analysis were carried out to confirm complex formation and on loaded and unloaded nasal insert to investigate any drug excipient interaction. The nasal inserts were also characterized by powder X-ray diffractometry (PXRD) and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and for ex-vivo permeation studies. The results show that higher amount of xanthan in polyelectrolyte complexes with respect to higher amount of chitosan retarded in-vitro drug release. The water uptake behaviour of nasal insert was strongly influenced by pH of the medium and by polycation/ polyanion concentration. The investigation verifies the formation of polyelectrolyte complexes formation between chitosan and xanthan at pH values in the vicinity of pKa intervals of the two polymers and confirms their potential for the nasal delivery of promethazine hydrochloride. PMID:25276178

  13. Polyelectrolyte Properties in Mono and Multi-Valent Ionic Media: Brushes and Complex Coacervates

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    Farina, Robert M.

    Materials composed of polyelectrolytes have unique and interesting physical properties resulting primarily from their charged monomer segments. Polyelectrolytes, which exist in many different biological and industrial forms, have also been shown to be highly responsive to external environmental changes. Here, two specific polyelectrolyte systems, brushes and complex coacervates, are discussed in regards to how their properties can be tailored by adjusting the surrounding ionic environment with mono and multi-valent ions. End-tethered polyelectrolyte brushes, which constitute an interesting and substantial portion of polyelectrolyte applications, are well known for their ability to provide excellent lubrication and low friction when coated onto surfaces (e.g. articular cartilage and medical devices), as well as for their ability to stabilize colloidal particles in solution (e.g. paint and cosmetic materials). These properties have been extensively studied with brushes in pure mono-valent ionic media. However, polyelectrolyte brush interactions with multi-valent ions in solution are much less understood, although highly relevant considering mono and multi-valent counterions are present in most applications. Even at very low concentrations of multi-valent ions in solution, dramatic polyelectrolyte brush physical property changes can occur, resulting in collapsed chains which also adhere to one another via multi-valent bridging. Here, the strong polyelectrolyte poly(sodium styrene sulfonate) was studied using the Surface Forces Apparatus (SFA) and electrochemistry in order to investigate brush height and intermolecular interactions between two brushes as a function of multi-valent counterion population inside a brush. Complex coacervates are formed when polyanions and polycations are mixed together in proper conditions of an aqueous solution. This mixing results in a phase separation of a polymer-rich, coacervate phase composed of a chain network held together via

  14. Macroscopic nanotube fibers spun from single-walled carbon nanotube polyelectrolytes.

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    Jiang, Chengmin; Saha, Avishek; Young, Colin C; Hashim, Daniel Paul; Ramirez, Carolyn E; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Pasquali, Matteo; Martí, Angel A

    2014-09-23

    In this work, single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) fibers were produced from SWCNT polyelectrolyte dispersions stabilized by crown ether in dimethyl sulfoxide and coagulated into aqueous solutions. The SWCNT polyelectrolyte dispersions had concentrations up to 52 mg/mL and showed liquid crystalline behavior under polarized optical microscopy. The produced SWCNT fibers are neat (i.e., not forming composites with polymers) and showed a tensile strength up to 124 MPa and a Young's modulus of 14 GPa. This tensile strength is comparable to those of SWCNT fibers spun from strong acids. Conductivities on the order of 10(4) S/m were obtained by doping the fibers with iodine.

  15. Determining PPN gamma with Gaia's Astrometric Core Solution

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    Hobbs, David; Holl, B.; Lindegren, L.; Raison, F.; Klioner, S.; Butkevich, A.

    2009-05-01

    Gaia is the ESA space astrometry mission due for launch in December 2011. Its objective is to map a large part of our Galaxy and its surroundings by simultaneous positional, photometric and spectroscopic measurements. In addition to its huge output of fundamental astrometric and astrophysical data, it will provide stringent new tests of general relativity. One of the largest relativistic effects observed via Gaia's measurements is the gravitational light bending due to the Sun and major planets. This opens the possibility of accurately measuring the parameter γ of the Parameterized Post-Newtonian (PPN) formulation, which is of key importance to fundamental physics. By analyzing the astrometric residuals, which compare the observations to predictions based on general relativity, a constraint on PPN γ could be obtained which is significantly better than today's best estimate from the Cassini mission of 2x10-5. The effects of introducing global unknowns into Gaia's Astrometric Global Iterative Solution (AGIS) are not well understood and the convergence properties of the solution may be affected in undesirable ways. For this reason we have implemented the algorithm to determine PPN γ within our simulation software, known as AGISLab. This light-weight and scalable simulation tool allows to investigate the convergence properties of the solution when PPN γ is included together with the astrometric and attitude updates. In particular we have considered the statistical correlation between PPN γ and the stellar parallaxes which slows the convergence of the iterative solution. By introducing a further global pseudo parameter, equivalent to a common parallax shift but constrained to zero, this correlation is eliminated resulting in an improved convergence and a better estimate of the standard error of PPN γ. Preliminary results are presented based on simulated data, which include only the deflection of light by the Sun.

  16. 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

  17. [Mechanical characteristics of synthetic polyelectrolyte gel as a physical model of the cytoskeleton].

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    Shkliar, T F; Toropova, O A; Safronov, A P; Pollack, G H; Bliakhman, F A

    2011-01-01

    A physical model of the cytoskeleton based on synthetic polyelectrolyte hydrogel of polymethacrylic acid has been proposed. From the physicochemical point of view, the structures of polyelectrolyte gel and the cytoskeleton show a high degree of similarity. It was shown that polyelectrolyte gel can shorten and produce mechanical stress in response to changes in the composition of the surrounding solution. The mechanical properties of the model gel were evaluated: Young modulus (2-6 kPa), stress relaxation time (0.1-1 s), and apparent viscosity (0.3-3 kPa x s). The viscoelastic properties of the gel depend on the degree of its swelling. It has been demonstrated that the mechanical properties of gels of polymethacrylic acid are close to those of biological objects.

  18. 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.

  19. Polyelectrolyte properties of filamentous biopolymers and their consequences in biological fluids.

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    Janmey, Paul A; Slochower, David R; Wang, Yu-Hsiu; Wen, Qi; Cēbers, Andrejs

    2014-03-14

    Anionic polyelectrolyte filaments are common in biological cells. DNA, RNA, the cytoskeletal filaments F-actin, microtubules, and intermediate filaments, and polysaccharides such as hyaluronan that form the pericellular matrix all have large net negative charge densities distributed over their surfaces. Several filamentous viruses with diameters and stiffnesses similar to those of cytoskeletal polymers also have similar negative charge densities. Extracellular protein filaments such collagen, fibrin and elastin, in contrast, have notably smaller charge densities and do not behave as highly charged polyelectrolytes in solution. This review summarizes data that demonstrate generic counterion-mediated effects on four structurally unrelated biopolymers of similar charge density: F-actin, vimentin, Pf1 virus, and DNA, and explores the possible biological and pathophysiological consequences of the polyelectrolyte properties of biological filaments.

  20. 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

  1. DNA denaturation in the rodlike polyelectrolyte model

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    Passos, C. B.; Kuhn, P. S.; Barbosa, M. C.

    2014-11-01

    The denaturation of the DNA is analyzed using an analytic model. The DNA molecules are described in the Primitive Model of Polyelectrolytes (PMP), where the polyelectrolyte molecules are cylinders with charged sites. We show that the DNA stabilization arises as the result of the competition between the electrostatic repulsion of the phosphate groups and the attractive forces of the H-bonds. We also show that the addition of salt in the system screens the electrostatic interactions and favors the double strand configuration.

  2. The synthesis and study of telechelic polyelectrolytes for hydrogel formation

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    Hunt, Jasmine N.

    Polymeric hydrogels comprised of oppositely charged ABA triblock copolymer polyelectrolytes based upon poly(allyl glycidyl ether-b-ethylene glycol-ballyl glycidyl ether), P(AGE-b-EG-b-AGE), with functionalized ionic 'A'-endblocks and a neutral, hydrophilic 'B'-block were synthesized. Aqueous solutions of poly-cations and -anions were mixed at room temperature, producing hydrogels through co-assembly driven by electrostatic interactions between the endblocks. Due the ease and modular nature of the synthesis and hydrogel formation, polymeric libraries differing in relative block lengths and ionic functionalization were created and the affects of polymer composition on the hydrogel's mechanical and structural properties were examined.

  3. DNA chips with conjugated polyelectrolytes in resonance energy transfer mode.

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    Wigenius, Jens A; Magnusson, Karin; Björk, Per; Andersson, Olof; Inganäs, Olle

    2010-03-01

    We show how to use well-defined conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPEs) combined with surface energy patterning to fabricate DNA chips utilizing fluorescence signal amplification. Cholesterol-modified DNA strands in complex with a CPE are adsorbed to a surface energy pattern, formed by printing with soft elastomer stamps. Hybridization of the surface bound DNA strands with a short complementary strand from solution is monitored using both fluorescence microscopy and imaging surface plasmon resonance. The CPEs act as antennas, enhancing resonance energy transfer to the dye-labeled DNA when complementary hybridization of the double strand occurs.

  4. Spectrofluorimetric determination of trace aluminum in diluted hemodialysis solutions

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    Gündüz, S. Beniz; Küçükkolbaşý, Semahat; Atakol, Orhan; Kýlýç, Esma

    2005-03-01

    In this study, a spectrofluorimetric method has been developed for the determination of aluminum based on the formation of an aluminum complex with N, N'-disalicylidene-1,3-diamino-2-hydroxypropane (DSAHP). The most suitable pH, solvent medium, complex formation time, Schiff base concentration and temperature were determined. The excitation and emission wavelengths were 270 and 437 nm, respectively, in which the DSAHP-Al complex gave the maximum flurescence intensity at pH 3.0 and 6.0 in 50% dioxan-50% water medium. Under these conditions, calibration curves were obtained in three different linear limits, and was found that aluminum could be detected within the concentration limit of 0-10.0 μM and the lowest detection limit being 0.27 ng ml -1. The stochiometry of the DSAHP-Al complex was also determined spectrofluorimetrically under optimal conditions and the molar ratio of DSAHP-Al was calculated as 2:1. Using the developed method, aluminum was detected in hemodialysis solutions, and the results obtained were similar and comparable with those obtained using the method described in the British Pharmacopoeia within 95% confidence limits. This method can be used successfully for the routine determination of aluminum because it is quick, requires less amount of reactives, is sensitive, reliable and reproducible.

  5. Interaction between two polyelectrolyte brushes.

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    Kumar, N Arun; Seidel, Christian

    2007-08-01

    We report molecular dynamics simulations on completely charged polyelectrolyte brushes grafted to two parallel surfaces. The pressure Pi is evaluated as a function of separation D between the two grafting planes. For decreasing separation, Pi shows several regimes distinguished by their scaling with D which reflects the different physical nature of the various regimes. At weak compression the pressure obeys the 1D power law predicted by scaling theory of an ideal gas of counterions in the osmotic brush regime. In addition we find that the brushes shrink as they approach each other trying to avoid interpenetration. At higher compressions where excluded volume interactions become important, we obtain scaling exponents between -2 at small grafting density rho(a) and -3 at large rho(a). This behavior indicates a transition from a brush under good solvent condition to the melt regime with increasing grafting density. PMID:17929998

  6. Tailoring the chain packing in ultrathin polyelectrolyte films formed by sequential adsorption: nanoscale probing by positron annihilation spectroscopy.

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    Quinn, John F; Pas, Steven J; Quinn, Anthony; Yap, Heng Pho; Suzuki, Ryoichi; Tuomisto, Filip; Shekibi, Bijan S; Mardel, James I; Hill, Anita J; Caruso, Frank

    2012-12-01

    Depth profiling experiments by positron annihilation spectroscopy have been used to investigate the free volume element size and concentration in films assembled using the layer-by-layer (LbL) adsorption method. Films prepared from strong polyelectrolytes, weak polyelectrolytes, hydrogen-bonding polymers, and blended polyelectrolyte multilayers have different chain packing that is reflected in the free volume characteristics. The influence of various parameters on free volume, such as number of bilayers, salt concentration, solution pH, and molecular weight, has been systematically studied. The free volume cavity diameters vary from 4 to 6 Å, and the free volume concentrations vary from (1.1-4.3) × 10(20) cm(-3), depending on the choice of assembly polymers and conditions. Films assembled from strong polyelectrolytes have fewer free volume cavities with a larger average size than films prepared from weak polyelectrolytes. Blending the weak polyanion poly(acrylic acid), PAA, with the strong polyanion poly(styrene sulfonate), PSS, to layer alternately with the polycation poly(allyamine hydrochloride), PAH, is shown to be a viable method to achieve intermediate free volume characteristics in these LbL films. An increase in salt concentration of the adsorption solutions for films prepared from strong polyelectrolytes makes these films tend toward weaker polyelectrolyte free volume characteristics. Hydrogen-bonded layered films show larger free volume element size and concentration than do their electrostatically bonded counterparts, while reducing the molecular weight of these hydrogen-bonded polymers results in slightly reduced free volume size and concentration. A study of the effect of solution pH on films prepared from weak polyelectrolytes shows that when both polyelectrolytes are substantially charged in solution (assembly pH = 7.5), the chains pack similarly to strong polyelectrolytes (i.e., lower free volume concentration), but with smaller average cavity

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Formation and stability of water-soluble, molecular polyelectrolyte complexes: effects of charge density, mixing ratio, and polyelectrolyte concentration.

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    Shovsky, Alexander; Varga, Imre; Makuska, Ricardas; Claesson, Per M

    2009-06-01

    The formation of complexes with stoichiometric (1:1) as well as nonstoichiometric (2:1) and (1:2) compositions between oppositely charged synthetic polyelectrolytes carrying strong ionic groups and significantly different molecular weights is reported in this contribution. Poly(sodium styrenesulfonate) (NaPSS) was used as polyanion, and a range of copolymers with various molar ratios of the poly(methacryloxyethyltrimethylammonium) chloride, poly(METAC), and the nonionic poly(ethylene oxide) ether methacrylate, poly(PEO45MEMA), were used as polycations. Formation and stability of PECs have been investigated by dynamic and static light scattering (LS), turbidity, and electrophoretic mobility measurements as a function of polyelectrolyte solution concentration, charge density of the cationic polyelectrolyte, and mixing ratio. The data obtained demonstrate that in the absence of PEO45 side chains the 100% charged polymer (polyMETAC) formed insoluble PECs with PSS that precipitate from solution when exact stoichiometry is achieved. In nonstoichiometric complexes (1:2) and (2:1) large colloidally stable aggregates were formed. The presence of even a relatively small amount of PEO45 side chains (25%) in the cationic copolymer was sufficient for preventing precipitation of the formed stoichiometric and nonstoichiometric complexes. These PEC's are sterically stabilized by the PEO45 chains. By further increasing the PEO45 side-chain content (50 and 75%) of the cationic copolymer, small, water-soluble molecular complexes could be formed. The data suggest that PSS molecules and the charged backbone of the cationic brush form a compact core, and with sufficiently high PEO45 chain density (above 25%) molecular complexes are formed that are stable over prolonged times.

  11. 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.

  12. Ordered polyelectrolyte assembly at the oil–water interface

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    Beaman, Daniel K.; Robertson, Ellen J.; Richmond, Geraldine L.

    2012-01-01

    Polyelectrolytes (PEs) are widely used in applications such as water purification, wastewater treatment, and mineral recovery. Although much has been learned in past decades about the behavior of PEs in bulk aqueous solutions, their molecular behavior at a surface, and particularly an oil–water interface where many of their applications are most relevant, is largely unknown. From these surface spectroscopic and thermodynamics studies we report the unique molecular characteristics that several common polyelectrolytes, poly(acrylic acid) and poly(methylacrylic acid), exhibit when they adsorb at a fluid interface between water and a simple insoluble organic oil. These PEs are found to adsorb to the interface from aqueous solution in a multistepped process with a very thin initial layer of oriented polymer followed by multiple layers of randomly oriented polymer. This additional layering is thwarted when the PE conformation is constrained. The adsorption/desorption process is highly pH dependent and distinctly different than what might be expected from bulk aqueous phase behavior. PMID:22345565

  13. Thermodynamic analysis of the interaction of partially hydrophobic cationic polyelectrolytes with sodium halide salts in water

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    Bončina, Matjaž; Lukšič, Miha; Seručnik, Mojca; Vlachy, Vojko

    2014-05-01

    Isothermal titration calorimetry was used to determine the temperature and concentration dependence of the enthalpy of mixing of 3,3- and 6,6-ionene fluorides, bromides, and iodides with low molecular weight salts (NaF, NaCl, NaBr, and NaI) in water. The magnitudes of the enthalpies, measured in the temperature range from 273 to 318 K, depended on the number of methylene groups on the ionene polyion (hydrophobicity), and on the anion of the added salt (ion-specificity). All enthalpies of mixing of 3,3- and 6,6-ionene fluorides with low molecular weight salts (NaCl, NaBr, and NaI) were negative, which is in contrast to the predictions of standard theories of polyelectrolyte solutions. This fact was interpreted in the light of the ion-water short-range interactions that are not accounted for in those theories. In contrast, the enthalpies of mixing of 3,3- and 6,6-ionene bromides and iodides with NaF were positive, being in accord with theory. Using the calorimetric data, we performed a model thermodynamic analysis of the polyelectrolyte-salt mixing process to obtain changes in the apparent standard Gibbs free energy, enthalpy, entropy, and heat capacity relative to the pure ionene fluorides in water. The results prove that halide ions replace fluoride counterions with a strength increasing in the order chloride < bromide < iodide. The process is enthalpy governed, accompanied by a positive change in the heat capacity.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Conductive thin-film composite hydrogels: Trapping an anionic polyelectrolyte in a polyaziridine host matrix

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    Wexler, A.; Suen, C.; Hill, S.

    1995-08-01

    Acid-catalyzed polymerization of sufficiently concentrated aqueous solutions of a trifunctional aziridine monomer affords hydrogels. Dynamic mechanical analysis has been used to demonstrate that composite hydrogels, obtained when the polymerization is effected in the presence of poly(sodium styrenesulfonate), have a composition dependent modulus. A region rich in the polyelectrolyte has a modulus which exceeds that of the {open_quotes}host{close_quotes} homogeneous polyaziridine hydrogel. This is consistent with ionic bonds between protonated sites on the polyaziridine matrix and sulfonate groups on the included polyelectrolyte augmenting the structural stability of the hydrogel. Thin films were prepared from coatings of the incipient hydrogel solutions. When the coatings are dried to a water content of 20%, water-insoluble thin films are obtained provided a critical weight fraction of the monomer is exceeded. Conductive thin films can be obtained, provided a critical weight fraction of polyelectrolyte is exceeded. FTIR analysis of the coatings in the attenuated total reflectance mode shows that conductivity increases as tight ion pairing decreases between the polyelectrolyte and its counter ions in the matrix. The S-shaped dependence of the normalized conductivity on the composition of the thin films is independent of the state of hydration of the film. Effective medium percolation theory, (EMPT), generally fits the S-shaped compositional dependence of the conductivity but overestimates the rate of growth of the conductivity beyond the critical point. 20 refs., 7 figs.

  17. 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.

  18. Novel formulations of vitamins and insulin by nanoengineering of polyelectrolyte multilayers around microcrystals.

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    Dai, Zhifei; Heilig, Anne; Zastrow, Heidi; Donath, Edwin; Möhwald, Helmuth

    2004-12-01

    Microcapsules loaded with vitamin K3 (VK3), biotin, or insulin were prepared by using a novel coating technology based on the layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes onto microcrystal templates. This produced multilayered, polymeric shells of varying thickness around the crystalline cores. Dissolution of the core material (VK3 with ethanol, biotin with basic solution, and insulin with acidic solution), resulted in its release through the shells. Microelectrophoresis was employed to monitor the microcrystal coating process; confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were used to verify multilayer coating and the formation of hollow polymer shells following removal of the microcrystal templates. The release rates of both VK3 and insulin decreased as the wall thickness (the number of polyelectrolyte layers deposited onto the microcrystal cores), increased. The release time could be varied by a factor of more than ten, depending on the number of polyelectrolyte layers applied. Following the addition of 70 mass % ethanol, the solubility of VK3 increased by as much as 170-fold, resulting in an increased rate of VK3 release. By selecting appropriate polymer materials for the shells, and by controlling the number of polyelectrolyte layers applied, shells of various thickness, stiffness, aqueous solubility, dispersibility, biocompatibility, and permeability can be constructed. PMID:15532049

  19. Determination of the enthalpy of solute-solvent interaction from the enthalpy of solution: aqueous solutions of erythritol and L-threitol.

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    Lopes Jesus, A J; Tomé, Luciana I N; Eusébio, M Ermelinda S; Redinha, J S

    2006-05-11

    In this work the enthalpy of the solute-solvent interaction of erythritol and L-threitol in aqueous solution was determined from the values obtained for the enthalpy of solvation. The values for this property were calculated from those determined for the enthalpies of solution and sublimation. To determine the values of the enthalpy of solute-solvent interaction, the solvation process is considered as taking place in three steps: opening a cavity in the solvent to hold the solute molecule, changing the solute conformation when it passes from the gas phase into solution, and interaction between the solute and the solvent molecules. The cavity enthalpy was calculated by the scaled particle theory and the conformational enthalpy change was estimated from the value of this function in the gas phase and in solution. Both terms were determined by DFT calculations. The solvent effect on the solute conformation in solution was estimated using the CPCM solvation model. The importance of the cavity and conformational terms in the interpretation of the enthalpy of solvation is noted. While the cavity term has been used by some authors, the conformational term is considered for the first time. The structural features in aqueous solution of erythritol and L-threitol are discussed.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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).

  4. Spin-Coated Polyelectrolyte Coacervate Films.

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    Kelly, Kristopher D; Schlenoff, Joseph B

    2015-07-01

    Thin films of complexes made from oppositely charged polyelectrolytes have applications as supported membranes for separations, cell growth substrates, anticorrosion coatings, biocompatible coatings, and drug release media, among others. The relatively recent technique of layer-by-layer assembly reliably yields conformal coatings on substrates but is impractically slow for films with thickness greater than about 1 μm, even when accelerated many fold by spraying and/or spin assembly. In the present work, thin, uniform, smooth films of a polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) are rapidly made by spin-coating a polyelectrolyte coacervate, a strongly hydrated viscoelastic liquidlike form of PEC, on a substrate. While the apparatus used to deposit the PEC film is conventional, the behavior of the coacervate, especially the response to salt concentration, is highly nontraditional. After glassification by immersion in water, spun-on films may be released from their substrates to yield free-standing membranes of thickness in the micrometer range.

  5. 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.

  6. Adsorption of weak polyelectrolytes on charged nanoparticles. Impact of salt valency, pH, and nanoparticle charge density. Monte Carlo simulations.

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    Carnal, Fabrice; Stoll, Serge

    2011-10-27

    Complex formation between a weak flexible polyelectrolyte chain and one positively charged nanoparticle in presence of explicit counterions and salt particles is investigated using Monte Carlo simulations. The influence of parameters such as the nanoparticle surface charge density, salt valency, and solution property such as the pH on the chain protonation/deprotonation process and monomer adsorption at the nanoparticle surface are systematically investigated. It is shown that the nanoparticle presence significantly modifies chain acid/base and polyelectrolyte conformational properties. The importance of the attractive electrostatic interactions between the chain and the nanoparticle clearly promotes the chain deprotonation leading, at high pH and nanoparticle charge density, to fully wrapped polyelectrolyte at the nanoparticle surface. When the nanoparticle bare charge is overcompensated by the polyelectrolyte charges, counterions and salt particles condense at the surface of the polyelectrolyte-nanoparticle complex to compensate for the excess of charges providing from the adsorbed polyelectrolyte chain. It is also shown that the complex formation is significantly affected by the salt valency. Indeed, with the presence of trivalent salt cations, competition is observed between the nanoparticle and the trivalent cations. As a result, the amount of adsorbed monomers is less important than in the monovalent and divalent case and chain conformations are different due to the collapse of polyelectrolyte segments around trivalent cations out of the nanoparticle adsorption layer.

  7. 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…

  8. 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

  9. The adsorption of polyelectrolytes on nanoparticles

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    Gao, Jun

    The adsorption of poly(N- isopropylacrylainide) (PNIPAM) and gelatin on surfactant- free polystyrene (PS) nanoparticles has been investigated by a combination of static and dynamic laser light scattering (LLS). We found that the coil-to-globule transition of thermo-sensitive PNIPAM chains at PS hydrophobic surface was three degrees lower than the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the free PNIPAM chains in water. The transition at surface in turn increased the adsorbed amount by additional adsorption when the temperature increased across the LCST. We established a method based on static LLS to calculate the adsorbed amount. By combining with dynamic LLS measurements, we were able to calculate the average density of the adsorbed layer. We made a general conclusion: For long linear flexible polymer chains adsorbed on a spherical surface driven by hydrophobic attraction, the volume of the adsorbed layer is proportional to the square of the adsorbed amount. We further proposed a simple scaling of the density profile for linear polymer chains on hydrophobic surface. For the adsorption of amphoteric polyelectrolyte gelatin on the same PS nanoparticles, we found that if pure water is used as a dispersing agent, the adsorption was driven by electrostatic attraction. However, by pre-dissolving gelatin in small amount of formamide and then repeating the adsorption processes, the adsorption was switched to the hydrophobic attraction driving and the same relationship between the shell volume and the adsorbed amount as that for PNIPAM/PS system recurred. Formamide is believed to have screened out the electrostatic interactions and possible hydrogen binding. We also found a general structural model in the study of different polymeric dispersions: the surface area per-stabilizer occupied is a constant; and successfully applied this model to the core-shell nanostructure formed by the self- assembly of block copolymer micelles. The preparation of narrowly distributed PS

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. The solvation and ion condensation properties for sulfonated polyelectrolytes in different solvents—a computational study

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    Smiatek, J.; Wohlfarth, A.; Holm, C.

    2014-02-01

    In contrast to the broad knowledge about aqueous polyelectrolyte solutions, less is known about the properties in aprotic and apolar solvents. We therefore investigate the behavior of sulfonated polyelectrolytes in sodium form in the presence of different solvents via all-atom molecular dynamics simulations. The results clearly reveal strong variations in ion condensation constants and polyelectrolyte conformations for different solvents like water, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and chloroform. The binding free energies of the solvent contacts with the polyelectrolyte groups validate the influence of different solvent qualities. With regard to the ion condensation behavior, the numerical findings show that the explicit values for the condensation constants depend on the preferential binding coefficient as derived by the evaluation of Kirkwood-Buff integrals. Surprisingly, the smallest ion condensation constant is observed for DMSO compared to water, whereas in the presence of chloroform, virtually no free ions are present, which is in good agreement to the donor number concept. In contrast to the results for the low condensation constants, the sodium conductivity in DMSO is smaller compared to water. We are able to relate this result to the observed smaller diffusion coefficient for the sodium ions in DMSO.

  14. 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.

  15. Nanostructure of complexes between cationic lipids and an oppositely charged polyelectrolyte.

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    Golan, Sharon; Talmon, Yeshayahu

    2012-01-24

    The morphology of aqueous solutions of polyelectrolytes and oppositely charged lipids is the subject of extensive colloid science research, because of their application in industry and medicine, the latter especially for gene therapy. In this work, we show that complexes of two different cationic lipids with the polyelectrolyte sodium poly(acrylic acid), PAA, share similar morphology with the complexes of those lipids with nucleic acids, implying a broader and universal packing phenomenon. We characterized by direct-imaging cryogenic-temperature transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS), and zeta (ζ)-potential two cationic lipids, 1,2-dioleoyl-3-trimethylammonium-propane (DOTAP) and bis(11-ferrocenylundecyl) dimethylammonium bromide (BFDMA), which are used in gene transfection, at equivalent lipid/polyelectrolyte charge ratio. Our results revealed that, for both types of complexes, onion-like multilamellar nanostructures formed, which exhibited similar morphology as in complexes of DNA or oligonucleotides (lipoplexes), based on the same lipids. Our findings suggest that the onion-like packing may be energetically favorable for a wide range of polyelectrolyte-liposome systems, from oligonucleotides and DNA to PAA. PMID:22214495

  16. 21 CFR 864.9320 - Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations.

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    2010-04-01

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  17. 21 CFR 864.9320 - Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations.

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    2013-04-01

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  18. 21 CFR 864.9320 - Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations.

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    2012-04-01

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  19. 21 CFR 864.9320 - Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations.

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    2014-04-01

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  20. 21 CFR 864.9320 - Copper sulfate solution for specific gravity determinations.

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    2011-04-01

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  1. Determination of arsenic species in soil solution under flooded conditions

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    Onken, B.M.; Hossner, L.R.

    1996-09-01

    Greenhouse experiments were conducted to evaluate the relationships between the species and concentrations of As in the soil solution of flooded soils with other parameters including soil pe, pH, Fe, Mn, and type and amount of As added. Two soils were treated with 0, 5, 15, 25, 35, and 45 mg As kg{sup -1} soil added as either Na-arsenate or Na-arsenite and planted with rice (Oryza sativa L.). Soil solution samples were collected during a period of 60 d and analyzed for As. Selective hydrides generation was employed to evaluate both type and quality of As present in the samples. Inorganic As in the form of arsenate and arsenite was found in the soil solution of both soils. The conversion of added arsenite to arsenate occurred within the first 10 d of the experiment when the pe/pH of the soil was not conducive to arsenite stability. Added arsenate was converted to arsenite during the source of the experiment as the pe/pH of the soil declined due to flooding. Arsenate reached a maximum in soil solution at 10 to 20 d after flooding while maximum arsenite concentrations occurred at 20 to 30 d after flooding. The total concentration of As in soil solution generally reached a maximum at 20 to 30 d after flooding, after which time precipitous losses of As from soil solution occurred in all but the highest As treatments. Soil solution As concentrations were not statistically different between planted and unplanted controls. 30 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  2. Complex coacervation of supercharged proteins with polyelectrolytes.

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    Obermeyer, Allie C; Mills, Carolyn E; Dong, Xue-Hui; Flores, Romeo J; Olsen, Bradley D

    2016-04-21

    Complexation of proteins with polyelectrolytes or block copolymers can lead to phase separation to generate a coacervate phase or self-assembly of coacervate core micelles. However, many proteins do not coacervate at conditions near neutral pH and physiological ionic strength. Here, protein supercharging is used to systematically explore the effect of protein charge on the complex coacervation with polycations. Four model proteins were anionically supercharged to varying degrees as quantified by mass spectrometry. Proteins phase separated with strong polycations when the ratio of negatively charged residues to positively charged residues on the protein (α) was greater than 1.1-1.2. Efficient partitioning of the protein into the coacervate phase required larger α (1.5-2.0). The preferred charge ratio for coacervation was shifted away from charge symmetry for three of the four model proteins and indicated an excess of positive charge in the coacervate phase. The composition of protein and polymer in the coacervate phase was determined using fluorescently labeled components, revealing that several of the coacervates likely have both induced charging and a macromolecular charge imbalance. The model proteins were also encapsulated in complex coacervate core micelles and micelles formed when the protein charge ratio α was greater than 1.3-1.4. Small angle neutron scattering and transmission electron microscopy showed that the micelles were spherical. The stability of the coacervate phase in both the bulk and micelles improved to increased ionic strength as the net charge on the protein increased. The micelles were also stable to dehydration and elevated temperatures.

  3. Recrystallization of bacterial S-layers on flat polyelectrolyte surfaces and hollow polyelectrolyte capsules.

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    Toca-Herrera, José Luis; Krastev, Rumen; Bosio, Vera; Küpcü, Seta; Pum, Dietmar; Fery, Andreas; Sára, Margit; Sleytr, Uwe B

    2005-03-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayer (PE) deposition and S-layer technology have been combined to make novel robust biomimetic surfaces and membranes. Isolated subunits of the bacterial cell surface layer from Bacillus sphaericus CCM2177 SbpA was self-assembled on PE multilayer supports, with the composition of the multilayer playing a crucial role in determining the structure of the resulting supported protein layers. Flat substrates were studied using atomic force microscopy and neutron reflectometry; protein on suitable PE combinations showed a crystalline structure with lattice constants equal to those found in vivo on bacterial surfaces. The mechanical stability of the S-layer is higher when recrystallized on PEs than directly on silicon supports. The recrystallization process was subsequently used to coat colloidal particles, permitting the determination of zeta potentials before and after coating. Hollow capsules could also be coated in the same way, as proven by various techniques. Our results suggest that electrostatic interactions via divalent cations are important for the assembly process. The results also demonstrate that the versatility of the PE multilayer membranes can be successfully combined with the well-defined surface chemistry and structure of 2D protein crystals.

  4. Ionic Effect on the Conformations of Weak Polyelectrolyte Brushes: from Monovalent, Multivalent to Macro ions

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    Qu, Chen; Zheng, Zhongli; Zhu, Y. Elaine

    2014-03-01

    The conformation structure and resulting interfacial properties of surface tethered weak polyelectrolyte brushes exhibit strong dependence on solution conditions, such as pH and ionic strength, due to the tunable ionization along the polymer backbone. In this work, we investigate the influence of counterions on wetting and swelling characteristics of positively charged poly(2-vinyl pyridine) (P2VP) brushes grafted to a solid surface. The critical transition pH, at which stretched P2VP brush chain collapse with a resulting increase in P2VP surface hydrophobicity, is determined in aqueous solutions by AFM, QCM, and contact angle goniometer. The critical transition pH is observed to shift to higher pH values by adding monovalent counterions of increased concentration. In contrast, an opposite trend toward lower pH range is observed by adding divalent counterions; similar behavior is also observed with added nanocluster macroions. However, it appears that reentrant counterion condensation is only observed with P2VP brushes added with divalent ions, but not with monovalent ions or macroions. Distinct scaling behaviors of P2VP brush thickness with three different types of counterions are also obtained.

  5. 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.

  6. Mediating gel formation from structurally controlled poly(electrolytes) through multiple "head-to-body" electrostatic interactions.

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    Srour, Hassan; Ratel, Olivier; Leocmach, Mathieu; Adams, Emma A; Denis-Quanquin, Sandrine; Appukuttan, Vinukrishnan; Taberlet, Nicolas; Manneville, Sébastien; Majesté, Jean-Charles; Carrot, Christian; Andraud, Chantal; Monnereau, Cyrille

    2015-01-01

    Tuning the chain-end functionality of a short-chain cationic homopolymer, owing to the nature of the initiator used in the atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) polymerization step, can be used to mediate the formation of a gel of this poly(electrolyte) in water. While a neutral end group gives a solution of low viscosity, a highly homogeneous gel is obtained with a phosphonate anionic moiety, as characterized by rheometry and diffusion nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). This novel type of supramolecular control over poly(electrolytic) gel formation could find potential use in a variety of applications in the field of electro-active materials. PMID:25353390

  7. Mediating gel formation from structurally controlled poly(electrolytes) through multiple "head-to-body" electrostatic interactions.

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    Srour, Hassan; Ratel, Olivier; Leocmach, Mathieu; Adams, Emma A; Denis-Quanquin, Sandrine; Appukuttan, Vinukrishnan; Taberlet, Nicolas; Manneville, Sébastien; Majesté, Jean-Charles; Carrot, Christian; Andraud, Chantal; Monnereau, Cyrille

    2015-01-01

    Tuning the chain-end functionality of a short-chain cationic homopolymer, owing to the nature of the initiator used in the atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) polymerization step, can be used to mediate the formation of a gel of this poly(electrolyte) in water. While a neutral end group gives a solution of low viscosity, a highly homogeneous gel is obtained with a phosphonate anionic moiety, as characterized by rheometry and diffusion nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). This novel type of supramolecular control over poly(electrolytic) gel formation could find potential use in a variety of applications in the field of electro-active materials.

  8. Swelling characteristics of acrylic acid polyelectrolyte hydrogel in a dc electric field

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    Jabbari, Esmaiel; Tavakoli, Javad; Sarvestani, Alireza S.

    2007-10-01

    A novel application of environmentally sensitive polyelectrolytes is in the fabrication of BioMEMS devices as sensors and actuators. Poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) gels are anionic polyelectrolyte networks that exhibit volume expansion in aqueous physiological environments. When an electric field is applied to PAA polyelectrolyte gels, the fixed anionic polyelectrolyte charges and the requirement of electro-neutrality in the network generate an osmotic pressure, above that in the absence of the electric field, to expand the network. The objective of this research was to investigate the effect of an externally applied dc electric field on the volume expansion of the PAA polyelectrolyte gel in a simulated physiological solution of phosphate buffer saline (PBS). For swelling studies in the electric field, two platinum-coated plates, as electrodes, were wrapped in a polyethylene sheet to protect the plates from corrosion and placed vertically in a vessel filled with PBS. The plates were placed on a rail such that the distance between the two plates could be adjusted. The PAA gel was synthesized by free radical crosslinking of acrylic acid monomer with ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) crosslinker. Our results demonstrate that volume expansion depends on the intensity of the electric field, the PAA network density, network homogeneity, and the position of the gel in the field relative to positive/negative electrodes. Our model predictions for PAA volume expansion, based on the dilute electrolyte concentration in the gel network, is in excellent agreement with the experimental findings in the high-electric-field regime (250-300 Newton/Coulomb).

  9. 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

  10. Polyelectrolyte Complexation: A Field-Theoretic Description of Phase Behavior

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    Audus, Debra; Fredrickson, Glenn

    2010-03-01

    Our research focuses on a type of polyelectrolyte complexation called complex coacervation where two oppositely charged polymers in solution phase separate to form a dense polymer phase, known as the coacervate, and a supernatant, which typically has very low concentrations of polymer. To understand the effects of various parameters on coacervation, we previously developed a simple analytic theory for flexible polymers and small ions, which reproduces many general experimental trends. However, this theory is only valid for symmetric oppositely charged polymers, which limits its direct applicability to many experimental systems. Consequently, we have extended this theory to describe more complicated experimental systems where salt concentrations are high, pH equilibria shift with the complexation process, polymer concentrations are highly asymmetric, and counterion condensation may play an important role. To validate the modified theory, we compare our predictions with an exhaustive study of the phase behavior of polyacrylic acid and polyallylamine hydrochloride.

  11. Dissolution control of Mg by cellulose acetate-polyelectrolyte membranes.

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    Yliniemi, Kirsi; Wilson, Benjamin P; Singer, Ferdinand; Höhn, Sarah; Kontturi, Eero; Virtanen, Sannakaisa

    2014-12-24

    Cellulose acetate (CA)-based membranes are used for Mg dissolution control: the permeability of the membrane is adjusted by additions of the polyelectrolyte, poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA). Spin-coated films were characterized with FT-IR, and once exposed to an aqueous solution the film distends and starts acting as a membrane which controls the flow of ions and H2 gas. Electrochemical measurements (linear sweep voltammograms, open-circuit potential, and polarization) show that by altering the CA:PDMAEMA ratio the dissolution rate of Mg can be controlled. Such a control over Mg dissolution is crucial if Mg is to be considered as a viable, temporary biomedical implant material. Furthermore, the accumulation of corrosion products between the membrane and the sample diminishes the undesirable effects of high local pH and H2 formation which takes place during the corrosion process.

  12. 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.

  13. Treatment of wastewater from a paint industry using polyelectrolytes

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    Kori, M.M.; Gupta, S.K.

    1994-12-31

    Eleven polyelectrolytes were tried separately to treat the wastewater from a paint manufacturing industry. Among these, Zetag 66, a cationic polyelectrolyte was found to be most effective. A dosage of 5 mg/L of this polyelectrolyte was found to be adequate to achieve 65% COD removal, 97% suspended solids removal, and 90% heavy metals removal. The use of this polyelectrolyte assumes significant importance as it eliminates the use of alum completely. This elimination of alum consumption results in considerable reduction of effluent treatment plant (ETP) sludge, which is a hazardous waste. The savings that results in the primary treatment is an added advantage.

  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

    2016-01-01

    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

  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. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Not all anionic polyelectrolytes complex with DTAB.

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    Cui, Yuguo; Pelton, Robert; Cosgrove, Terence; Richardson, Robert; Dai, Sheng; Prescott, Stuart; Grillo, Isabelle; Ketelson, Howard; Meadows, David

    2009-12-15

    The influence of hydroxypropyl guar (HPG), with and without boric acid, on dodecyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (DTAB) micellization was characterized by surface tension measurements, isothermal titration calorimetry, and small-angle neutron scattering. Although HPG is a nonionic water-soluble polymer, borate ions form weak bonds with HPG, transforming it into an anionic polyelectrolyte, HPG-borate. Surprisingly, the three independent measurements showed that HPG-borate does not promote DTAB micellization or phase separation normally seen when mixing oppositely charged polyelectrolytes and surfactants. However, the neutron scattering results suggested that HPG-borate binds to and flocculates existing DTAB micelles. The unusual behavior of HPG-borate with DTAB was underscored by showing that carboxymethyl guar (CMG) formed precipitates with DTAB.

  19. 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

  20. Direct determination of unbound lipophilic ligands in aqueous solutions

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    2004-01-01

    Due to their hydrophobic nature, lipophilic compounds are always bound to proteins when transported in the organism. The transfer of such compounds between their binding proteins and cells as well as intracellular trafficking is mediated by a very low water-phase concentration of monomers. The use of protein filled resealed red cell membranes (erythrocyte ghosts) as semipermeable bags enables us to determine directly such water-phase concentrations in a biological system where the lipophilic compound is in equilibrium with the compound bound to its binding protein. Equilibrium dissociation constants (Kd’s) and number of binding sites are determined by regression analyses of data. We describe the method with the hydrophobic anion arachidonate and the neutral N-arachidonoylethanolamide as examples. PMID:19565308

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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

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    2014-01-01

    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. PMID:24910569

  8. 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.

  9. Rapid polyelectrolyte-based membrane immunoassay for the herbicide butachlor.

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    Dzantiev, B B; Byzova, N A; Zherdev, A V; Hennion, M C

    2005-01-01

    Oppositely charged water-soluble polyelectrolytes were used in the developed membrane immunoenzyme assay for the herbicide butachlor. High-affinity and rapid binding between polyanion polymethacrylate and polycation poly(N-ethyl-4-vinylpyridinium) was applied to separate reacted and free immunoreactants. Competitive immunoassay format with peroxidase-labeled antigen was realized. The insoluble colored product of the peroxidase reaction was formed by bound labeled immune complexes and was reflectometrically detected. The assay combines short duration (15 min), high sensitivity (0.03 g/mL) and availability for out-of-laboratory testing. Different image processing algorithms were used to determine the herbicide content. Low variation coefficients of the measurements in the proposed quantitative assay, namely 4.8-9.0% for the range of antigen concentrations from 0.1 to 3.0 ng/mL, are evidence of the assay effectiveness. Possibility to control the butachlor content in mineral, artesian, and drinking water was demonstrated.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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…

  16. Simple Method for Simultaneous Determination of Carbonate, Sulfite and Hydroxide in Solution

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    Al-Itawi, Hossam I.; Al-Ebaisat, Hamdan; Al-Garaleh, Mazen

    A method is proposed for the simultaneous determination of carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide in a complex matrices. The method involves salvation of the tow gases in Sodium Hydroxide solution followed by simultaneous determination of the three species (carbonate, sulfite and hydroxide) using conductometric and potentiometric titration. What set this method apart from other determination methods it`s simplicity.

  17. [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

  18. 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…

  19. 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.

  20. Determinant formula for solutions of the Garnier system and Padé approximation

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    Mano, Toshiyuki

    2012-04-01

    It is known that a class of special solutions of the Garnier system is expressed by a determinant formula in terms of a certain specialization of the Schur functions with rectangular-shape partitions. Y Yamada showed that such a determinant formula for rational solutions of Riccati type can be derived by making use of the Padé approximation. In this paper, we extend Yamada’s method. We derive a determinant formula for transcendental solutions of Riccati type by showing that the Padé approximation can be utilized in order to construct a Schlesinger transformation between isomonodromic deformations. In addition, we show that this method is effective in generic solutions of the Garnier system and derive a determinant structure of them.

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

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    Seo, Sungbaek; Kaufman, Yair; Israelachvili, Jacob N.; Waite, J. Herbert

    2016-01-01

    Polyelectrolyte complexation is critical to the formation and properties of many biological and polymeric materials, and is typically initiated by aqueous mixing1 followed by fluid–fluid phase separation, such as coacervation2–5. 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. PMID:26779881

  2. A study of properties of "micelle-enhanced" polyelectrolyte capsules: Structure, encapsulation and in vitro release.

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    Li, Xiaodong; Lu, Tian; Zhang, Jianxiang; Xu, Jiajie; Hu, Qiaoling; Zhao, Shifang; Shen, Jiacong

    2009-07-01

    "Micelle-enhanced" polyelectrolyte capsules were fabricated via a layer-by-layer technique, templated on hybrid calcium carbonate particles with built-in polymeric micelles based on polystyrene-b-poly(acrylic acid). Due to the presence of a large number of negatively charged micelles inside the polyelectrolyte capsule, which were liberated from templates, the capsule wall was reconstructed and had properties different to those of conventional polyelectrolyte capsules. This type of capsule could selectively entrap positively charged water-soluble substances. The encapsulation efficiency of positively charged substances was dependent on their molecular weight or size. For some positively charged compounds, such as rhodamine B and lysozyme, the concentration in the capsules was orders of magnitude higher than that in the incubation solution. In addition, in vitro release study suggested that the encapsulated compounds could be released through a sustained manner to a certain degree. All these results point to the fact that these capsules might be used as novel delivery systems for some water-soluble compounds. PMID:19282263

  3. Chitosan Based Polyelectrolyte Complexes as Potential Carrier Materials in Drug Delivery Systems

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    Hamman, Josias H.

    2010-01-01

    Chitosan has been the subject of interest for its use as a polymeric drug carrier material in dosage form design due to its appealing properties such as biocompatibility, biodegradability, low toxicity and relatively low production cost from abundant natural sources. However, one drawback of using this natural polysaccharide in modified release dosage forms for oral administration is its fast dissolution rate in the stomach. Since chitosan is positively charged at low pH values (below its pKa value), it spontaneously associates with negatively charged polyions in solution to form polyelectrolyte complexes. These chitosan based polyelectrolyte complexes exhibit favourable physicochemical properties with preservation of chitosan’s biocompatible characteristics. These complexes are therefore good candidate excipient materials for the design of different types of dosage forms. It is the aim of this review to describe complexation of chitosan with selected natural and synthetic polyanions and to indicate some of the factors that influence the formation and stability of these polyelectrolyte complexes. Furthermore, recent investigations into the use of these complexes as excipients in drug delivery systems such as nano- and microparticles, beads, fibers, sponges and matrix type tablets are briefly described. PMID:20479980

  4. Protonation process of conjugated polyelectrolytes on enhanced power conversion efficiency in the inverted polymer solar cells

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    Yi, Chao; Hu, Rong; Ren, He; Hu, Xiaowen; Wang, Shu; Gong, Xiong; Cao, Yong

    2014-01-01

    In this study, two conjugated polyelectrolytes, polythiophene derivative (PTP) and poly[(9,9-bis [6‧-N, N, N-trimethylammonium] hexyl)-fluorenylene-phenylene] dibromide (PFP), are utilized to modify the surface properties of ZnO electron extraction layer (EEL) in the inverted polymer solar cells (PSCs). Both higher short-circuit current densities and larger open-circuit voltages were observed from the inverted PSCs with ZnO/PFP or ZnO/PTP as compared with those only with ZnO EEL. The protonation process for PTP and PFP in solution is distinguished. Overall, more than 40% enhanced power conversion efficiency (PCE) from the inverted PSCs with ZnO/PFP, in which the PFP could be fully ionized in deionized water, and more than 30% enhanced PCE from the inverted PSCs with ZnO/PTP, as the case that the PTP could not be fully ionized in deionized water, as compared with the inverted PSCs with ZnO EEL were observed, respectively. These results demonstrate that the conjugated polyelectrolytes play an important role in enhancement of device performance of inverted PSCs and that the protonation process of the conjugated polyelectrolytes is critical to the modification for EEL in PSCs.

  5. The pH regulated phycobiliproteins loading and releasing of polyelectrolytes multilayer microcapsules.

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    Li, Ye; Lu, Liying; Zhang, Hengjian; Wang, Jin

    2012-05-01

    The polyelectrolytes multilayer microcapsules considered as a good matrix can meet the requirements of protein encapsulation and release. It is important to understand the factors affecting the encapsulation and release of proteins in capsules. In this study, the eight layers hollow capsules (PSS/PAH)(4) and nine layers hollow capsules (PSS/PAH)(4)PSS are fabricated. The protein, R-Phycoerythrins (R-PEs) is employed as a probe instead of fluorescein isothiocyanate labeled proteins to investigate protein loading capacities on capsules as a function of pH, since R-PEs demonstrate an excellent stability over a broad pH range. The loading capacities of R-PEs on capsules (PSS/PAH)(4) or (PSS/PAH)(4)PSS are demonstrated to be sensitive to pH. The R-PE encapsulated in capsules exhibit the largest load capacity around isoelectric point of the protein independent of outer most layer of polyelectrolytes. However, if the pH of buffer is far away from the isoelectric point of the protein, they are absorbed on the surface of capsules. Based on a Freundlich model, capsules take up proteins on their surface by monolayer adsorption. The release process of R-PEs from microcapsules to solution is also shown to be sensitive to pH. Proteins show a faster release process around isoelectric point. Therefore, the pH sensitive polyelectrolyte microcapsules may offer a promising delivery system for loading and releasing proteins in biological systems depending on environment.

  6. 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.

  7. 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. PMID:26779881

  8. Encapsulation of curcumin in polyelectrolyte nanocapsules and their neuroprotective activity

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    Szczepanowicz, Krzysztof; Jantas, Danuta; Piotrowski, Marek; Staroń, Jakub; Leśkiewicz, Monika; Regulska, Magdalena; Lasoń, Władysław; Warszyński, Piotr

    2016-09-01

    Poor water solubility and low bioavailability of lipophilic drugs can be potentially improved with the use of delivery systems. In this study, encapsulation of nanoemulsion droplets was utilized to prepare curcumin nanocarriers. Nanosize droplets containing the drug were encapsulated in polyelectrolyte shells formed by the layer-by-layer (LbL) adsorption of biocompatible polyelectrolytes: poly-L-lysine (PLL) and poly-L-glutamic acid (PGA). The size of synthesized nanocapsules was around 100 nm. Their biocompatibility and neuroprotective effects were evaluated on the SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cell line using cell viability/toxicity assays (MTT reduction, LDH release). Statistically significant toxic effect was clearly observed for PLL coated nanocapsules (reduction in cell viability about 20%–60%), while nanocapsules with PLL/PGA coating did not evoke any detrimental effects on SH-SY5Y cells. Curcumin encapsulated in PLL/PGA showed similar neuroprotective activity against hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced cell damage, as did 5 μM curcumin pre-dissolved in DMSO (about 16% of protection). Determination of concentration of curcumin in cell lysate confirmed that curcumin in nanocapsules has cell protective effect in lower concentrations (at least 20 times) than when given alone. Intracellular mechanisms of encapsulated curcumin-mediated protection engaged the prevention of the H2O2-induced decrease in mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) but did not attenuate Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) formation. The obtained results indicate the utility of PLL/PGA shell nanocapsules as a promising, alternative way of curcumin delivery for neuroprotective purposes with improved efficiency and reduced toxicity.

  9. Encapsulation of curcumin in polyelectrolyte nanocapsules and their neuroprotective activity

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    Szczepanowicz, Krzysztof; Jantas, Danuta; Piotrowski, Marek; Staroń, Jakub; Leśkiewicz, Monika; Regulska, Magdalena; Lasoń, Władysław; Warszyński, Piotr

    2016-09-01

    Poor water solubility and low bioavailability of lipophilic drugs can be potentially improved with the use of delivery systems. In this study, encapsulation of nanoemulsion droplets was utilized to prepare curcumin nanocarriers. Nanosize droplets containing the drug were encapsulated in polyelectrolyte shells formed by the layer-by-layer (LbL) adsorption of biocompatible polyelectrolytes: poly-L-lysine (PLL) and poly-L-glutamic acid (PGA). The size of synthesized nanocapsules was around 100 nm. Their biocompatibility and neuroprotective effects were evaluated on the SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cell line using cell viability/toxicity assays (MTT reduction, LDH release). Statistically significant toxic effect was clearly observed for PLL coated nanocapsules (reduction in cell viability about 20%-60%), while nanocapsules with PLL/PGA coating did not evoke any detrimental effects on SH-SY5Y cells. Curcumin encapsulated in PLL/PGA showed similar neuroprotective activity against hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced cell damage, as did 5 μM curcumin pre-dissolved in DMSO (about 16% of protection). Determination of concentration of curcumin in cell lysate confirmed that curcumin in nanocapsules has cell protective effect in lower concentrations (at least 20 times) than when given alone. Intracellular mechanisms of encapsulated curcumin-mediated protection engaged the prevention of the H2O2-induced decrease in mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) but did not attenuate Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) formation. The obtained results indicate the utility of PLL/PGA shell nanocapsules as a promising, alternative way of curcumin delivery for neuroprotective purposes with improved efficiency and reduced toxicity.

  10. Interaction of Polyelectrolytes with Salivary Pellicles on Hydroxyapatite Surfaces under Erosive Acidic Conditions.

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    Delvar, Alice; Lindh, Liselott; Arnebrant, Thomas; Sotres, Javier

    2015-09-30

    The modification of acidic beverage formulations with food-approved, nonhazardous substances with antierosive properties has been identified as a key strategy for counteracting the prevalence of dental erosion, i.e., the acid-induced dissolution of hydroxyapatite (HA, the main mineral component of tooth surfaces). While many of such substances have been reported, very little is known on how they interact with teeth and inhibit their acid-induced dissolution. With the aim of filling this gap in knowledge, we have studied under acidic conditions the interaction between two polyelectrolytes of differing ionic character, carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and chitosan, and saliva-coated hydroxyapatite, i.e., a model for the outer surface of teeth. These studies were performed by means of ellipsometry, quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring, and atomic force microscopy. We also studied, by means of pH variations, how dissolution of saliva-coated HA is affected by including these polyelectrolytes in the erosive solutions. Our results confirm that salivary films protect HA from acid-induced dissolution, but only for a limited time. If the acid is modified with CMC, this polyelectrolyte incorporates into the salivary films prolonging in time their protective function. Eventually, the CMC-modified salivary films are removed from the HA surfaces. From this moment, HA is continuously coated with CMC, but this offers only a weak protection against erosion. When the acid is modified with the cationic chitosan, the polyelectrolyte adsorbs on top of the salivary films. Chitosan-modified salivary films are also eventually replaced by bare chitosan films. In this case both coatings offer a similar protection against HA dissolution, which is nevertheless notably higher than that offered by CMC. PMID:26368580

  11. 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.

  12. Development of Highly-Conductive Polyelectrolytes for Lithium Batteries

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    Shriver, D. F.; Ratner, M. A.; Vaynman, S.; Annan, K. O.; Snyder, J. F.

    2003-01-01

    Future NASA and Air Force missions require reliable and safe sources of energy with high specific energy and energy density that can provide thousands of charge-discharge cycles at more than 40% depth- of-discharge and that can operate at low temperatures. All solid-state batteries have substantial advantages with respect to stability, energy density, storage fife and cyclability. Among all solid-state batteries, those with flexible polymer electrolytes offer substantial advantages in cell dimensionality and commensurability, low temperature operation and thin film design. The above considerations suggest that lithium-polymer electrolyte systems are promising for high energy density batteries and should be the systems of choice for NASA and US Air Force applications. Polyelectrolytes (single ion conductors) are among most promising avenues for achieving a major breakthrough 'in the applicability of polymer- based electrolyte systems. Their major advantages include unit transference number for the cation, reduced cell polarization, minimal salt precipitation, and favorable electrolyte stability at interfaces. Our research is focused on synthesis, modeling and cell testing of single ion carriers, polyelectrolytes. During the first year of this project we attempted the synthesis of two polyelectrolytes. The synthesis of the first one, the poly(ethyleneoxide methoxy acrylateco-lithium 1,1,2-trifluorobutanesulfonate acrylate, was attempted few times and it was unsuccessful. We followed the synthetic route described by Cowie and Spence. The yield was extremely low and the final product could not be separated from the impurities. The synthesis of this polyelectrolyte is not described in this report. The second polyelectrolyte, comb polysiloxane polyelectrolyte containing oligoether and perfluoroether sidechains, was synthesized in sufficient quantity to study the range of properties such as thermal stability, Li- ion- conductivity and stability toward lithium metal. Also

  13. Nanoparticle gel electrophoresis: bare charged spheres in polyelectrolyte hydrogels.

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    Li, Fei; Hill, Reghan J

    2013-03-15

    Nanoparticle gel electrophoresis has recently emerged as an attractive means of separating and characterizing nanoparticles. Consequently, a theory that accounts for electroosmotic flow in the gel, and coupling of the nanoparticle and hydrogel electrostatics and hydrodynamics, is required, particularly for gels in which the mesh size is comparable to or smaller than the particle radii. Here, we present an electrokinetic model for charged, spherical colloidal particles undergoing electrophoresis in charged (polyelectrolyte) hydrogels: the gel-electrophoresis analogue of Henry's theory for electrophoresis in Newtonian electrolytes. We compare numerically exact solutions of the model with several independent asymptotic approximations, identifying regions in the parameter space where these approximations are accurate or break down. As previously assumed in the literature, Henry's formula, modified by the addition of a constant electroosmotic flow mobility, is accurate only for nanoparticles that are small compared to the hydrogel mesh size. We derived an exact analytical solution of the full model by judiciously modifying the theory of Allison et al. for uncharged gels, drawing on the superposition methodology of Doane et al. to account for hydrogel charge. This furnishes accurate and economical mobility predictions for the entire parameter space. The present model suggests that nanoparticle size separations (with diameters ≲40 nm) are optimal at low ionic strength, with a gel mesh size that is selected according to the particle charging mechanism. For weakly charged particles, optimal size separation is achieved when the Brinkman screening length is matched to the mean particle size. PMID:23153681

  14. Design of polyelectrolyte multilayer membranes for ion rejection and wastewater effluent treatment

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    Sanyal, Oishi

    wastewater samples, the EC treated solution also contained a fair amount of organic foulants. These PEM membranes, however, indicated better anti-fouling properties than commercial NF/RO membranes under normal flow conditions. The last part of our work was focused on improving the anti-fouling properties of these membranes by the incorporation of clay nanoplatelets within polyelectrolyte multilayers. In this project, a commercial polyethersulfone (PES) membrane was modified by clay-polyelectrolyte composite thin films and tested against the EC effluent under tangential flow conditions. In comparison to the PEM membranes, these clay-PEM (c-PEM) hybrid membranes offered superior anti-fouling properties with higher fluxes and also required lesser number of layers. On crosslinking the polyelectrolytes, the c-PEM membranes yielded improved anti-fouling properties and high COD removal. Introduction of these inorganic nanoplatelets, however, led to a significant decline in the initial flux of the modified membranes as compared to bare PES membranes, which therefore necessitates further optimization. Some strategies which can potentially help in optimizing the performance of these c-PEM membranes have been discussed in this thesis.

  15. Mechanical properties of nanotubes of polyelectrolyte multilayers

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    Cuenot, S.; Alem, H.; Louarn, G.; Demoustier-Champagne, S.; Jonas, A. M.

    2008-04-01

    The elastic properties of nanotubes fabricated by layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of polyelectrolytes in the nanopores of polycarbonate track-etched membranes have been investigated by resonant contact Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), for nanotube diameters in the range of 100 to 200nm. The elastic modulus of the nanotubes was computed from the resonance frequencies of a cantilever resting on freely suspended LbL nanotubes. An average value of 115MPa was found in air for Young's modulus of these nanostructures, well below the values reported for dry, flat multilayers, but in the range of values reported for water-swollen flat multilayers. These low values are most probably due to the lower degree of ionic cross-linking of LbL nanotubes and their consequently higher water content in air, resulting from the peculiar mode of growth of nanoconfined polyelectrolyte multilayers. The computation of the moment of inertia of the LbL nanostructures is only available in electronic form at 10.1140/epje/i2007-10291-3 and are accessible for authorised users.

  16. Modeling competitive substitution in a polyelectrolyte complex

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    Peng, B.; Muthukumar, M.

    2015-12-01

    We have simulated the invasion of a polyelectrolyte complex made of a polycation chain and a polyanion chain, by another longer polyanion chain, using the coarse-grained united atom model for the chains and the Langevin dynamics methodology. Our simulations reveal many intricate details of the substitution reaction in terms of conformational changes of the chains and competition between the invading chain and the chain being displaced for the common complementary chain. We show that the invading chain is required to be sufficiently longer than the chain being displaced for effecting the substitution. Yet, having the invading chain to be longer than a certain threshold value does not reduce the substitution time much further. While most of the simulations were carried out in salt-free conditions, we show that presence of salt facilitates the substitution reaction and reduces the substitution time. Analysis of our data shows that the dominant driving force for the substitution process involving polyelectrolytes lies in the release of counterions during the substitution.

  17. Modeling competitive substitution in a polyelectrolyte complex

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    Peng, B.; Muthukumar, M.

    2015-12-28

    We have simulated the invasion of a polyelectrolyte complex made of a polycation chain and a polyanion chain, by another longer polyanion chain, using the coarse-grained united atom model for the chains and the Langevin dynamics methodology. Our simulations reveal many intricate details of the substitution reaction in terms of conformational changes of the chains and competition between the invading chain and the chain being displaced for the common complementary chain. We show that the invading chain is required to be sufficiently longer than the chain being displaced for effecting the substitution. Yet, having the invading chain to be longer than a certain threshold value does not reduce the substitution time much further. While most of the simulations were carried out in salt-free conditions, we show that presence of salt facilitates the substitution reaction and reduces the substitution time. Analysis of our data shows that the dominant driving force for the substitution process involving polyelectrolytes lies in the release of counterions during the substitution.

  18. Quantum field theory of polyelectrolyte-counterion condensation

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    Dewey, T. G.

    1988-10-01

    A simple quantum theory of polyelectrolyte-counterion interactions is presented. A model Hamiltonian is employed which describes both the polyelectrolyte and the counterion as free, spinless fermions. This Hamiltonian is transformed into a form which is isomorphous with traditional Hamiltonians used to describe phase transitions. The difference between this theory and early theories of superconductivity is that the counterion-counterion interaction energies will be quite large and will persist at high temperatures. The counterion condensate is a collective mode resulting from polyelectrolyte-mediated polarizations. Colligative properties for this model are compared with the Poisson-Boltzmann theory and to Manning's condensation theory.

  19. Adsorption of hydrophobically modified polyelectrolytes at the n-octane/water interface.

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    Barraza, R G; Olea, A F; Martinez, F; Ruiz-Tagle, I

    2003-05-15

    The interfacial activity of polyelectrolytes carrying alkyl side chains of different length has been studied. Potassium salts of poly(maleic acid-co-1-olefins), PA-n K2 with n=12 , 14, 16, 18, were synthesized, and the interfacial tension at the aqueous solution/n -octane interface was measured as a function of the length of the alkyl side chain. The results show that the interfacial tension lowering, the limiting excess concentration Gamma (m), and the efficiency of adsorption pC (20) depend on the number of methylene groups in the alkyl side chain. According to Rosen the last two parameters define two different contributions to the standard free energy of adsorption: one arises from the distribution of the polymer between the bulk of the solution and the interface Delta G (dist )(0), and another comes from the configuration adopted at the interface Delta G (int )(0). These free energies were plotted as a function of the number of carbon atoms in the alkyl side chain and a linear relation was found for both of them. From these plots contributions of 0.83 and -0.58 per methylene group were determined for Delta G (0)(dist ) and Delta G (0)(int ), respectively. The positive value for the incremental free energy of distribution is attributed to the formation of a polymer micelle which is stabilized by longer alkyl side chains. On the other hand, the negative value for Delta G (0)(int ) indicates that at the interface the polymer adopts a configuration where the hydrocarbon tail is interacting with the octane molecules.

  20. Lipid Layers on Polyelectrolyte Multilayers: Understanding Lipid-Polyelectrolyte Interactions and Applications on the Surface Engineering of Nanomaterials.

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    Diamanti, Eleftheria; Gregurec, Danijela; Gabriela, Romero; Cuellar, J L; Donath, E; Moya, S E

    2016-06-01

    In this manuscript we review work of our group on the assembly of lipid layers on top of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs). The assembly of lipid layers with zwitterionic and charged lipids on PEMs is studied as a function of lipid and polyelectrolyte composition by the Quartz Crystal Microbalance. Polyelectrolyte lipid interactions are studied by means of Atomic Force Spectroscopy. We also show the coating of lipid layers for engineering different nanomaterials, i.e., carbon nanotubes and poly(lactic-co-glycolic) nanoparticles and how these can be used to decrease in vitro toxicity and to direct the intracellular localization of nanomaterials.

  1. Lipid Layers on Polyelectrolyte Multilayers: Understanding Lipid-Polyelectrolyte Interactions and Applications on the Surface Engineering of Nanomaterials.

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    Diamanti, Eleftheria; Gregurec, Danijela; Gabriela, Romero; Cuellar, J L; Donath, E; Moya, S E

    2016-06-01

    In this manuscript we review work of our group on the assembly of lipid layers on top of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs). The assembly of lipid layers with zwitterionic and charged lipids on PEMs is studied as a function of lipid and polyelectrolyte composition by the Quartz Crystal Microbalance. Polyelectrolyte lipid interactions are studied by means of Atomic Force Spectroscopy. We also show the coating of lipid layers for engineering different nanomaterials, i.e., carbon nanotubes and poly(lactic-co-glycolic) nanoparticles and how these can be used to decrease in vitro toxicity and to direct the intracellular localization of nanomaterials. PMID:27427617

  2. Potentiometric determination of free acidity in uranium(VI) and plutonium(IV) solutions and a sequential determination of uranium

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    Ahmed, M.K.; Suryanarayana, D.S.; Sabharwal, K.N.; Sreenivasan, N.L.

    1985-10-01

    Free acidity in uranium(VI) and plutonium(IV) solutions has been determined with sodium sulfate as complexant and sodium carbonate as titrant. The described method is simple, accurate, and applicable to all ranges of nitric acid and heavy metal concentrations relevant to Purex process. The method is adaptable for remote operation. The overall recovery of nitric acid is 99.5% with 0.7% relative standard deviation. Uranium content has also been determined in the same aliquot with a recovery of 98.5% and 1.2% relative standard deviation after the determination of acidity.

  3. Filterability of membrane bioreactor (MBR) sludge: impacts of polyelectrolytes and mixing with conventional activated sludge.

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    Yigit, Nevzat O; Civelekoglu, Gokhan; Cinar, Ozer; Kitis, Mehmet

    2010-01-01

    The main objective of this work was to investigate the filterability of MBR sludge and its mixture with conventional activated sludge (CAS). In addition, the impacts of type and dose of various polyelectrolytes, filter type and sludge properties on the filterability of both MBR and Mixed sludges were determined. Specific cake resistance (SCR) measured by the Buchner funnel filtration test apparatus and the solids content of the resulting sludge cake were used to assess the dewaterability of tested sludges. The type of filter paper used in Buchner tests affected the results of filterability for MBR, CAS and Mixed sludges. SCR values and optimum polyelectrolyte doses increased with increasing MLSS concentrations in the MBR, which suggested that increase in MLSS concentrations accompanied by increases in EPS and SMP concentrations and a shift toward smaller particles caused poorer dewaterability of the MBR sludge. The significant differences observed among the filterability of CAS and MBR sludges suggested that MLSS alone is not a good predictor of sludge dewaterability. Combining CAS and MBR sludges at different proportions generally improved their dewaterability. Combining MBR sludges having typically high MLSS and EPS concentrations with CAS having much lower MLSS concentrations may be an option for full-scale treatment plants experiencing sludge dewaterability problems. Better filterability and higher cake dry solids were achieved with cationic polyelectrolytes compared to anionic and non-ionic ones for all sludge types tested.

  4. Ductile polyelectrolyte macromolecule-complexed zinc phosphate conversion crystal pre-coatings and topcoatings embodying a laminate

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    Sugama, Toshifumi; Kukacka, Lawrence E.; Carciello, Neal R.

    1987-01-01

    This invention relates to a precoat, laminate, and method for ductile coatings on steel and non-ferrous metals which comprises applying a zinc phosphating coating solution modified by a solid polyelectrolyte selected from polyacrylic acid (PAA), polymethacrylic acid (PMA), polyitaconic acid (PIA), and poly-L-glutamic acid. The contacting of the resin with the phosphating solution is made for a period of up to 20 hours at about 80.degree. C. The polyelectrolyte or the precoat is present in about 0.5-5.0% by weight of the total precoat composition and after application, the precoat base is dried for up to 5 hours at about 150.degree. C. to desiccate. Also, a laminate may be formed where polyurethane (PU) is applied as an elastomeric topcoating or polyfuran resin is applied as a glassy topcoating. It has been found that the use of PAA at a molecular weight of about 2.times.10.sup.5 gave improved ductility modulus effect.

  5. Ductile polyelectrolyte macromolecule-complexed zinc phosphate conversion crystal pre-coatings and topcoatings embodying a laminate

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    Sugama, T.; Kukacka, L.E.; Carciello, N.R.

    1987-04-21

    This invention relates to a precoat, laminate, and method for ductile coatings on steel and non-ferrous metals which comprises applying a zinc phosphating coating solution modified by a solid polyelectrolyte selected from polyacrylic acid (PAA), polymethacrylic acid (PMA), polyitaconic acid (PIA), and poly-L-glutamic acid. The contacting of the resin with the phosphating solution is made for a period of up to 20 hours at about 80 C. The polyelectrolyte or the precoat is present in about 0.5--5.0% by weight of the total precoat composition and after application, the precoat base is dried for up to 5 hours at about 150 C to desiccate. Also, a laminate may be formed where polyurethane (PU) is applied as an elastomeric topcoating or polyfuran resin is applied as a glassy topcoating. It has been found that the use of PAA at a molecular weight of about 2 [times] 10[sup 5] gave improved ductility modulus effect. 5 figs.

  6. Standard addition method for free acid determination in solutions with hydrolyzable ions

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    Baumann, E.W.

    1981-01-01

    The free acid content of solutions containing hydrolyzable ions has been determined potentiometrically by a standard addition method. Two increments of acid are added to the sample in a 1M potassium thiocyanate solution. The sample concentration is calculated by solution of three simultaneous Nernst equations. The method has been demonstrated for solutions containing Al/sup 3 +/, Cr/sup 3 +/, Fe/sup 3 +/, Ni/sup 2 +/, Th/sup 4 +/, or UO/sub 2//sup 2 +/ with a metal-to-acid ratio of < 2.5. The method is suitable for determination of 10 ..mu..moles acid in 10 mL total volume. The accuracy is verifiable by reasonable agreement of the Nerst slopes found in the presence and absence of hydrolyzable ions. The relative standard deviation is < 2.5 percent.

  7. Capillary gas chromatographic determination of cyclohexanone and 2-ethyl-1-hexanol leached from solution administration sets.

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    Danielson, J W

    1991-01-01

    A capillary gas chromatographic method is described for the determination of cyclohexanone and 2-ethyl-1-hexanol leached from solution administration sets. A preliminary study was made of compounds leached from solution administration sets by 5% sodium bicarbonate solution (pH 8.1), 0.9% sodium chloride solution (pH 6.8), and water. Water was selected as the leaching solvent because similar quantities of the compounds were leached into water and into both types of parenteral solutions. The correlation coefficients were 0.99977 for cyclohexanone and 0.99974 for 2-ethyl-1-hexanol, and recoveries were good (93-94%). Five administration sets from each of 2 manufacturers were analyzed by this method. The amounts of cyclohexanone that were leached from the individual sets varied considerably; however, similar quantities were leached from sets of both manufacturers. 2-Ethyl-1-hexanol was also found in extracts from each of the sets analyzed.

  8. Self-organization of grafted polyelectrolyte layers via the coupling of chemical equilibrium and physical interactions.

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    Tagliazucchi, Mario; de la Cruz, Mónica Olvera; Szleifer, Igal

    2010-03-23

    The competition between chemical equilibrium, for example protonation, and physical interactions determines the molecular organization and functionality of biological and synthetic systems. Charge regulation by displacement of acid-base equilibrium induced by changes in the local environment provides a feedback mechanism that controls the balance between electrostatic, van der Waals, steric interactions and molecular organization. Which strategies do responsive systems follow to globally optimize chemical equilibrium and physical interactions? We address this question by theoretically studying model layers of end-grafted polyacids. These layers spontaneously form self-assembled aggregates, presenting domains of controlled local pH and whose morphologies can be manipulated by the composition of the solution in contact with the film. Charge regulation stabilizes micellar domains over a wide range of pH by reducing the local charge in the aggregate at the cost of chemical free energy and gaining in hydrophobic interactions. This balance determines the boundaries between different aggregate morphologies. We show that a qualitatively new form of organization arises from the coupling between physical interactions and protonation equilibrium. This optimization strategy presents itself with polyelectrolytes coexisting in two different and well-defined protonation states. Our results underline the need of considering the coupling between chemical equilibrium and physical interactions due to their highly nonadditive behavior. The predictions provide guidelines for the creation of responsive polymer layers presenting self-organized patterns with functional properties and they give insights for the understanding of competing interactions in highly inhomogeneous and constrained environments such as those relevant in nanotechnology and those responsible for biological cells function.

  9. The self-assembly of copolymers with one hydrophobic and one polyelectrolyte block in aqueous media: a dissipative particle dynamics study.

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    Lísal, Martin; Limpouchová, Zuzana; Procházka, Karel

    2016-06-28

    The reversible self-assembly of symmetrical block copolymers consisting of one hydrophobic block and one ionizable polyelectrolyte block of the same length has been studied in aqueous solutions by dissipative particle dynamics simulations. In addition to three standard dissipative particle dynamics forces (conservative soft repulsion, dissipative and stochastic forces), explicit interaction between smeared charges on ions and on ionized polymer beads described by the electrostatic potential with appropriately localized charges was taken into account. The self-assembly and properties of formed core-shell micelles were investigated as functions of the degree of ionization for systems differing in the hydrophobicity of the non-ionized polyelectrolyte block and in the compatibility of the polymer blocks. This study shows that micelles undergo massive dissociation with increasing degree of ionization. The simulation data compare well with the predictions of scaling theories for systems with soluble polyelectrolytes on a semi-quantitative level and broaden the knowledge of systems in poor solvents. PMID:27254381

  10. The self-assembly of copolymers with one hydrophobic and one polyelectrolyte block in aqueous media: a dissipative particle dynamics study.

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    Lísal, Martin; Limpouchová, Zuzana; Procházka, Karel

    2016-06-28

    The reversible self-assembly of symmetrical block copolymers consisting of one hydrophobic block and one ionizable polyelectrolyte block of the same length has been studied in aqueous solutions by dissipative particle dynamics simulations. In addition to three standard dissipative particle dynamics forces (conservative soft repulsion, dissipative and stochastic forces), explicit interaction between smeared charges on ions and on ionized polymer beads described by the electrostatic potential with appropriately localized charges was taken into account. The self-assembly and properties of formed core-shell micelles were investigated as functions of the degree of ionization for systems differing in the hydrophobicity of the non-ionized polyelectrolyte block and in the compatibility of the polymer blocks. This study shows that micelles undergo massive dissociation with increasing degree of ionization. The simulation data compare well with the predictions of scaling theories for systems with soluble polyelectrolytes on a semi-quantitative level and broaden the knowledge of systems in poor solvents.

  11. Deposition of polyelectrolyte multilayer films made from chitosan and xanthan on biodegradable substrate: Effect of pH and ionic strength

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

    2016-03-01

    The aim of the present work is to investigate the effect of pH and ionic strength on the deposition of chitosan/xanthan multilayers on preliminary corona charged substrates from polylactic acid. The multilayer films were formed by alternative dipping the substrate into chitosan and xanthan polyelectrolyte solutions. For this purpose 0.1% chitosan solution and 0.05% xanthan solution in acetate buffers with pH 4; 4.5 and 5 and ionic strengths 0; 0.01; 0.1 and 1 mol/l were used. The film properties were investigated by FTIR, laser refractometry, XPS and AFM methods. It was found that the binding of the polyelectrolytes to the substrate was irreversible over the time of deposition. The investigated parameters were found to depend on both pH and ionic strength of the polyelectrolyte solutions. This behaviour was attributed to the changes in charge density of the polyelectrolytes and screening effect of the counterions.

  12. Determination of potassium and sodium ions with diaphragm glow discharge plasma in aqueous solution

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    Liu, Yongjun; Sun, Bing; Wang, Lei

    2013-03-01

    In the present work, a new apparatus of diaphragm glow discharge emission spectroscopy was described for the determination of potassium and sodium ions in aqueous solution. The discharge was formed in a pin hole on a dielectric diaphragm interposed between two submerged graphite electrodes. Effects of pH and applied voltage on the determination have been examined. It was found that decreasing the solution pH and increasing the applied voltage were favorable for the determination performance. Limits of detection for Na and K were 0.002 and 0.05 mg L-1 under the optimum conditions, respectively. It demonstrates that the diaphragm glow discharge emission spectroscopy is a promising technique in measurements of metal ions in aqueous solution, because no optical interferences from the electrodes were found.

  13. Novel silver nanoparticle-enhanced fluorometric determination of trace tetracyclines in aqueous solutions.

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    Wang, Ping; Wu, Tun-Hua; Zhang, Yong

    2016-01-01

    Metal-enhanced fluorescence (MEF) has exhibited promise for applications in fluorometric assays. The effects of silver nanoparticles (AgNP) on the fluorescence behaviours of tetracycline hydrochloride (TCH) and chlortetracycline hydrochloride (CTC) in aqueous solutions were investigated. The experimental results demonstrated that the fluorescence intensities of each tetracycline in water solutions were greatly enhanced by AgNP through the MEF effect. In addition, a novel silver nanoparticle-enhanced fluorometric method was established for the direct determination of TCH and CTC in aqueous solutions. Under optimum experimental conditions, the linear dynamic ranges for the determination of TCH and CTC in aqueous solutions varied from 0.10 to 6.0 mg L(-1) and 0.050 to 3.0 mg L(-1) with detection limits of 0.63 µg L(-1) and 0.19 µg L(-1), respectively, and with the relative standard deviation of less than 1.9% (n=9). The experimental recovery results for the determination of TCH and CTC in aqueous solutions ranged from 93-106% and 95-104%, respectively. Compared with the established method without the addition of AgNP, the limits of quantitation of the silver nanoparticle-enhanced fluorometric method were approximately 5-fold lower for TCH and 3-fold lower for CTC. Moreover, the newly established silver nanoparticle-enhanced fluorometric method was successfully applied to the direct determination of TCH and CTC in pharmaceutical preparations.

  14. Conformation transitions of a polyelectrolyte chain: a replica-exchange Monte-Carlo study.

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    Chi, Peng; Li, Baohui; Shi, An-Chang

    2011-08-01

    The thermodynamic behavior of a strongly charged polyelectrolyte chain immersed in a salt-free solution is studied using replica-exchange Monte-Carlo simulations. The results reveal that the chain can assume a variety of conformations, and it undergoes two phase transitions upon cooling. The first transition is identified as a continuous counterion condensation transition while the second one as a first-order coil-globule transition. In the globular state, the counterions and the charged chain segments are densely packed forming a three-dimensional Wigner crystal.

  15. Monte Carlo simulations of polyelectrolytes inside viral capsids

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    Angelescu, Daniel George; Bruinsma, Robijn; Linse, Per

    2006-04-01

    Structural features of polyelectrolytes as single-stranded RNA or double-stranded DNA confined inside viral capsids and the thermodynamics of the encapsidation of the polyelectrolyte into the viral capsid have been examined for various polyelectrolyte lengths by using a coarse-grained model solved by Monte Carlo simulations. The capsid was modeled as a spherical shell with embedded charges and the genome as a linear jointed chain of oppositely charged beads, and their sizes corresponded to those of a scaled-down T=3 virus. Counterions were explicitly included, but no salt was added. The encapisdated chain was found to be predominantly located at the inner capsid surface, in a disordered manner for flexible chains and in a spool-like structure for stiff chains. The distribution of the small ions was strongly dependent on the polyelectrolyte-capsid charge ratio. The encapsidation enthalpy was negative and its magnitude decreased with increasing polyelectrolyte length, whereas the encapsidation entropy displayed a maximum when the capsid and polyelectrolyte had equal absolute charge. The encapsidation process remained thermodynamically favorable for genome charges ca. 3.5 times the capsid charge. The chain stiffness had only a relatively weak effect on the thermodynamics of the encapsidation.

  16. Stereoregularity Drives Precipitation in Polyelectrolyte Complex Formation

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    Tirrell, Matthew; Perry, Sarah; Leon, Lorraine; Kade, Matthew; Priftis, Dimitris; Black, Katie; Hoffman, Kyle; Whitmer, Jonathan; Qin, Jian; de Pablo, Juan

    2014-03-01

    This study investigates the effect of stereoregularity on the formation of polypeptide-based complex formation and assembly into micelles, hydrogels and ordered phases. We demonstrate that fluid complex coacervate formation (rather than solid complex precipitation) between oppositely charged polypeptides requires at least one racemic partner in order to disrupt backbone hydrogen bonding networks and prevent the hydrophobic collapse of the polymers into compact, fibrillar secondary structures. Computer simulations bear this out and enable visualization of the molecular structure of the complexes. The ability to choose between conditions of fluid phase formation and solid phase formation is a useful tool in developing new self-assembled materials based on polyelectrolyte complex formation. Support from the Argonne National Laboratory Laboratory Research and Development Program (2011-217) is gratefully acknowledged.

  17. Electrokinetic Transport in Polyelectrolyte-Grafted Nanochannels

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    Das, Siddhartha

    2014-11-01

    We discuss here an analytical framework for describing the streaming potential generation in charged soft nanochannels in presence of a pure pressure-driven transport. Soft nanochannels are described by considering a charged polyelectrolyte layer (or PEL) resident on the nanochannel walls. We pinpoint the key dimensionless parameters that dictate the problem. We further identify that such electrokinetic transport leads to extremely efficient electrochemomechanical energy conversion associated with the generation of streaming potential. We also demonstrate that the PEL thickness as well as the depth-dependent distribution of the polymer density within the PEL need to be quantified from the balance of the elastic, volume-exclusion and electrostatic interactions - such PEL behaviour exerts non-trivial influences in the overall electrokinetic nanochannel transport.

  18. Electrolyte-induced collapse of a polyelectrolyte brush

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    Biesalski, M.; Johannsmann, D.; Rühe, J.

    2004-05-01

    We have investigated the electrolyte-induced collapse of a polyelectrolyte brush covalently attached to a planar solid surface. Positively charged poly-4-vinyl [N-methyl-pyridinium] (MePVP) brushes were prepared in situ at the surface by free radical chain polymerization using a surface-immobilized initiator monolayer ("grafting from" technique) and 4-vinylpyridine as the monomer, followed by a polymer-analogous quaternization reaction. The height of the brushes was measured as a function of the external salt concentration via multiple-angle null ellipsometry. As predicted by mean-field theory, the height of the MePVP brushes remains unaffected by the addition of low amounts of external salt. At higher salt concentrations the brush height decreases. The extent to which the brush shrinks strongly depends on the nature of the salt present in the environment. MePVP brushes collapse to almost the dry layer thickness upon the addition of potassium iodide to a contacting aqueous medium. In contrast, the collapse of MePVP brushes having bromide or chloride counterions is much less pronounced. These brushes remain in a highly swollen state even after large amounts of salt have been added to the solution.

  19. Polyelectrolyte decomplexation via addition of salt: charge correlation driven zipper.

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    Antila, Hanne S; Sammalkorpi, Maria

    2014-03-20

    We report the first atomic scale studies of polyelectrolyte decomplexation. The complex between DNA and polylysine is shown to destabilize and spontaneously open in a gradual, reversible zipper-like mechanism driven by an increase in solution salt concentration. Divalent CaCl2 is significantly more effective than monovalent NaCl in destabilizing the complex due to charge correlations and water binding capability. The dissociation occurs accompanied by charge reversal in which charge correlations and ion binding chemistry play a key role. Our results are in agreement with experimental work on complex dissociation but in addition show the underlying microstructural correlations driving the behavior. Comparison of our full atomic level detail and dynamics results with theoretical works describing the PEs as charged, rigid rods reveals that although charge correlation involved theories provide qualitatively similar responses, considering also specific molecular chemistry and molecular level water contributions provides a more complete understanding of PE complex stability and dynamics. The findings may facilitate controlled release in gene delivery and more in general tuning of PE membrane permeability and mechanical characteristics through ionic strength.

  20. Complex formation between polyelectrolytes and oppositely charged oligoelectrolytes

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    Zhou, Jiajia; Barz, Matthias; Schmid, Friederike

    2016-04-01

    We study the complex formation between one long polyanion chain and many short oligocation chains by computer simulations. We employ a coarse-grained bead-spring model for the polyelectrolyte chains and model explicitly the small salt ions. We systematically vary the concentration and the length of the oligocation and examine how the oligocations affects the chain conformation, the static structure factor, the radial and axial distribution of various charged species, and the number of bound ions in the complex. At low oligocation concentration, the polyanion has an extended structure. Upon increasing the oligocation concentration, the polyanion chain collapses and forms a compact globule, but the complex still carries a net negative charge. Once the total charge of the oligocations is equal to that of the polyanion, the collapse stops and is replaced by a slow expansion. In this regime, the net charge on the complexes is positive or neutral, depending on the microion concentration in solution. The expansion can be explained by the reduction of the oligocation bridging. We find that the behavior and the structure of the complex are largely independent of the length of oligocations, and very similar to that observed when replacing the oligocations by multivalent salt cations, and conclude that the main driving force keeping the complex together is the release of monovalent counterions and coions. We speculate on the implications of this finding for the problem of controlled oligolyte release and oligolyte substitution.

  1. Electric field induced morphological transitions in polyelectrolyte multilayers.

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    Cho, Chungyeon; Jeon, Ju-Won; Lutkenhaus, Jodie; Zacharia, Nicole S

    2013-06-12

    In this work, the morphological transitions in weak polyelectrolyte (PE) multilayers (PEMs) assembled from linear poly(ethylene imine) (LPEI) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) upon application of an electric field were studied. Exposure to an electric field results in the creation of a porous structure, which can be ascribed to local changes in pH from the hydrolysis of water and subsequent structural rearrangements of the weak PE constituents. Depending on the duration of application of the field, the porous transition gradually develops into a range of structures and pore sizes. It was discovered that the morphological transition of the LbL films starts at the multilayer-electrode interface and propagates through the film. First an asymmetrical structure forms, consisting of microscaled pores near the electrode and nanoscaled pores near the surface in contact with the electrolyte solution. At longer application of the field the porous structures become microscaled throughout. The results revealed in this study not only demonstrate experimental feasibility for controlling variation in pore size and porosity of multilayer films but also deepens the understanding of the mechanism of the porous transition. In addition, electrical potential is used to release small molecules from the PEMs.

  2. Molecular Origins of Thermal Transitions in Polyelectrolyte Assemblies

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    Yildirim, Erol; Zhang, Yanpu; Antila, Hanne S.; Lutkenhaus, Jodie L.; Sammalkorpi, Maria; Aalto Team; Texas A&M Team

    2015-03-01

    Polyelectrolyte (PE) multilayers and complexes formed from oppositely charged polymers can exhibit extraordinary superhydrophobicity, mechanical strength and responsiveness resulting in applications ranging functional membranes, optics, sensors and drug delivery. Depending on the assembly conditions, PE assemblies may undergo a thermal transition from glassy to soft behavior under heating. Our earlier work using thermal analysis measurements shows a distinct thermal transition for PE layer-by-layer (LbL) systems assembled with added salt but no analogous transition in films assembled without added salt or dry systems. These findings raise interesting questions on the nature of the thermal transition; here, we explore its molecular origins through characterization of the PE aggregates by temperature-controlled all-atom molecular dynamics simulations. We show via molecular simulations the thermal transition results from the existence of an LCST (lower critical solution temperature) in the PE systems: the diffusion behavior, hydrogen bond formation, and bridging capacity of water molecules plasticizing the complex changes at the transition temperature. We quantify the behavior, map its chemistry specificity through comparison of strongly and weakly charged PE complexes, and connect the findings to our interrelated QCM-D experiments.

  3. Electric field induced morphological transitions in polyelectrolyte multilayers.

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    Cho, Chungyeon; Jeon, Ju-Won; Lutkenhaus, Jodie; Zacharia, Nicole S

    2013-06-12

    In this work, the morphological transitions in weak polyelectrolyte (PE) multilayers (PEMs) assembled from linear poly(ethylene imine) (LPEI) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) upon application of an electric field were studied. Exposure to an electric field results in the creation of a porous structure, which can be ascribed to local changes in pH from the hydrolysis of water and subsequent structural rearrangements of the weak PE constituents. Depending on the duration of application of the field, the porous transition gradually develops into a range of structures and pore sizes. It was discovered that the morphological transition of the LbL films starts at the multilayer-electrode interface and propagates through the film. First an asymmetrical structure forms, consisting of microscaled pores near the electrode and nanoscaled pores near the surface in contact with the electrolyte solution. At longer application of the field the porous structures become microscaled throughout. The results revealed in this study not only demonstrate experimental feasibility for controlling variation in pore size and porosity of multilayer films but also deepens the understanding of the mechanism of the porous transition. In addition, electrical potential is used to release small molecules from the PEMs. PMID:23683121

  4. Forming Reversible Gels with Triblock Polyelectrolytes: a Field-theoretic Study

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    Audus, Debra; Fredrickson, Glenn

    2011-03-01

    Recently, two research groups have formed reversible gels using triblock polyelectrolytes (Lemmers et al. 2010; Hunt et al., in preparation). This gel formation is driven by a phenomenon called complex coacervation, in which two oppositely charged homopolymers in solution phase separate into a polymer rich phase, known as a coacervate, and a solution phase. If instead, the polymers are triblocks with a neutral midblock and charged end blocks, under appropriate conditions they will microphase separate into micelles with cores of coacervated charged groups and coronas of neutral midblocks. These neutral midblocks act as bridges between the micelles, thereby creating a gel. One of the advantages of forming gels in this way is that the coacervate domains, and thus the gel, can be easily tuned by varying parameters such as pH, salt concentration and temperature. In order to understand the microstructures and solution sensitivity of these reversible gels, we have numerically simulated field-theoretic models of triblock polyelectrolyte mixtures in an implicit solvent. Because coacervation is driven by charge correlations, the usual mean-field assumption fails, and it is necessary to study the model beyond the level of SCFT.

  5. Nanomechanics of layer-by-layer polyelectrolyte complexes: a manifestation of ionic cross-links and fixed charges.

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    Han, Biao; Chery, Daphney R; Yin, Jie; Lu, X Lucas; Lee, Daeyeon; Han, Lin

    2016-01-28

    This study investigates the roles of two distinct features of ionically cross-linked polyelectrolyte networks - ionic cross-links and fixed charges - in determining their nanomechanical properties. The layer-by-layer assembled poly(allylamine hydrochloride)/poly(acrylic acid) (PAH/PAA) network is used as the model material. The densities of ionic cross-links and fixed charges are modulated through solution pH and ionic strength (IS), and the swelling ratio, elastic and viscoelastic properties are quantified via an array of atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based nanomechanical tools. The roles of ionic cross-links are underscored by the distinctive elastic and viscoelastic nanomechanical characters observed here. First, as ionic cross-links are highly sensitive to solution conditions, the instantaneous modulus, E0, exhibits orders-of-magnitude changes upon pH- and IS-governed swelling, distinctive from the rubber elasticity prediction based on permanent covalent cross-links. Second, ionic cross-links can break and self-re-form, and this mechanism dominates force relaxation of PAH/PAA under a constant indentation depth. In most states, the degree of relaxation is >90%, independent of ionic cross-link density. The importance of fixed charges is highlighted by the unexpectedly more elastic nature of the network despite low ionic cross-link density at pH 2.0, IS 0.01 M. Here, the complex is a net charged, loosely cross-linked, where the degree of relaxation is attenuated to ≈50% due to increased elastic contribution arising from fixed charge-induced Donnan osmotic pressure. In addition, this study develops a new method for quantifying the thickness of highly swollen polymer hydrogel films. It also underscores important technical considerations when performing nanomechanical tests on highly rate-dependent polymer hydrogel networks. These results provide new insights into the nanomechanical characters of ionic polyelectrolyte complexes, and lay the ground for further

  6. Method for determining D-xylose in copper-plating solutions

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    Feemster, H.C.

    1981-04-01

    A modified colormetric procedure for the determination of low concentrations of D-xylose in copper sulfate-sulfuric acid plating baths is described. The D-xylose is added to the copper solutions to eliminate gas entrapment in the finished copper deposit. Determinations were made at 620 nm with concentrations between 0.01 to 0.1 mg D-xylose per ml. The system obeys Beer's Law at these concentrations.

  7. Twin solution calorimeter determines heats of formation of alloys at high temperatures

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    Darby, J. B., Jr.; Kleb, R.; Kleppa, O. J.

    1968-01-01

    Calvert-type, twin liquid metal solution calorimeter determines the heats of formation of transition metal alloys at high temperatures. The twin differential calorimeter measures the small heat effects generated over extended periods of time, has maximum operating temperature of 1073 degrees K and an automatic data recording system.

  8. Interactions between colloidal particles in the presence of an ultrahighly charged amphiphilic polyelectrolyte.

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    Yu, Danfeng; Yang, Hui; Wang, Hui; Cui, Yingxian; Yang, Guang; Zhang, Jian; Wang, Jinben

    2014-12-01

    A novel amphiphilic polyelectrolyte denoted as PAGC8 and a traditional amphiphilic polyelectrolyte denoted as PASC8 were prepared. PAGC8 consisted of gemini-type surfactant segment based on 1,3-bis (N,N-dimethyl-N-octylammonium)-2-propyl acrylate dibromide, while PASC8 incorporated acryloyloxyethyl-N,N-dimethyl-N-dodecylammonium bromide as single chain surfactant units within its repeat unit structure. Turbidity, stability, and zeta potential measurements were performed in the presence of PAGC8 and PASC8, respectively, to evaluate their effectiveness in inducing solid/liquid separations. It was found that the maximum transmittance was observed before the zeta potential values reached the isoelectric point, implying that not only charge neutralization but also charge-patch mechanism contributed to the separation process. Colloid probe atomic force microscopy technique was introduced to directly determine the interactions between surfaces in the presence of ultrahighly charged amphiphilic polyelectrolyte. On the basis of the AFM results, we have successfully interpreted the influence of the charge density of the polyelectrolytes on the phase stability. Electrostatic interaction played the dominant role in the flocculation processes, although both electrostatic interaction and hydrophobic effect provided contributions to the colloidal dispersions. The attractions upon surfaces approach in the case of PAGC8 were significantly larger than that of PASC8 due to the higher charge density. The strong peeling events upon retraction in the presence of PAGC8 implied that the hydrophobic effect was stronger than that of PASC8, which displayed the loose pulling events. A strong attraction was identified at shorter separation distances for both systems. However, these interactions cannot be successfully described by the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory of colloid stability due to the participation of charge-patch and strong hydrophobic effect. To account for the

  9. Mineralization of monodispersed CdS nanoparticles on polyelectrolyte superstructure forming an electroluminescent "necklace-of-beads".

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    Maheshwari, Vivek; Saraf, Ravi F

    2006-10-10

    We report a nonmicellar method to synthesize monodisperse semiconducting nanoparticles templated on polymer chains dissolved in solution at high yield. The monodispersity is achieved due to the beaded necklace morphology of the polyelectrolyte chains in solution where the beads are nanometer-scale nodules in the polymer chain. The resultant structure is a nanoparticles studded necklace where the particles are imbedded in the beads. Multiple cycles of synthesis on the polymer template yield nanoparticles of identical size, resulting in a nanocomposite with high particle fraction. The resultant nanocomposite has beaded-fibrilar morphology with imbedded nanoparticles and can be solution-casted to make electroluminescent thin film device. PMID:17014094

  10. Direct LC-ES-MS/MS determination of phthalates in physiological saline solutions.

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    Feás, C Pérez; Barciela-Alonso, M C; Bermejo-Barrera, P

    2011-02-01

    A method for determining a group of phthalic esters (PAEs) in physiological saline solutions has been developed. The PAEs studied were dimethyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate, butyl benzyl phthalate and dibutyl phthalate. These groups of phthalates were determined by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry, working in positive ion mode. The compounds were separated by liquid chromatography working in gradient mode with acetonitrile-ultrapure water as a mobile phase. The separation was performed starting with 5% of acetonitrile and increasing to 75% in 5 min, followed by isocratic elution for 8 min. The method was precise (with relative standard deviation (RSD) from 1.0 to 6.8%) and sensitive, with LODs of 0.05, 0.38, 0.05 and 0.82 μg L⁻¹ for DMP, DEP, BBP and DBP, respectively. The proposed analytical method has been applied to determine these compounds in different physiological saline solutions commercialized in plastic bottles.

  11. Theory of space-charge polarization for determining ionic constants of electrolytic solutions.

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    Sawada, Atsushi

    2007-06-14

    A theoretical expression of the complex dielectric constant attributed to space-charge polarization has been derived under an electric field calculated using Poisson's equation considering the effects of bound charges on ions. The frequency dependence of the complex dielectric constant of chlorobenzene solutions doped with tetrabutylammonium tetraphenylborate (TBATPB) has been analyzed using the theoretical expression, and the impact of the bound charges on the complex dielectric constant has been clarified quantitatively in comparison with a theory that does not consider the effect of the bound charges. The Stokes radius of TBA+(=TPB-) determined by the present theory shows a good agreement with that determined by conductometry in the past; hence, the present theory should be applicable to the direct determination of the mobility of ion species in an electrolytic solution without the need to measure ionic limiting equivalent conductance and transport number.

  12. Polyelectrolyte Complexes of Low Molecular Weight PEI and Citric Acid as Efficient and Nontoxic Vectors for in Vitro and in Vivo Gene Delivery.

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    Giron-Gonzalez, M Dolores; Salto-Gonzalez, Rafael; Lopez-Jaramillo, F Javier; Salinas-Castillo, Alfonso; Jodar-Reyes, Ana Belen; Ortega-Muñoz, Mariano; Hernandez-Mateo, Fernando; Santoyo-Gonzalez, Francisco

    2016-03-16

    Gene transfection mediated by the cationic polymer polyethylenimine (PEI) is considered a standard methodology. However, while highly branched PEIs form smaller polyplexes with DNA that exhibit high transfection efficiencies, they have significant cell toxicity. Conversely, low molecular weight PEIs (LMW-PEIs) with favorable cytotoxicity profiles display minimum transfection activities as a result of inadequate DNA complexation and protection. To solve this paradox, a novel polyelectrolyte complex was prepared by the ionic cross-linking of branched 1.8 kDa PEI with citric acid (CA). This system synergistically exploits the good cytotoxicity profile exhibited by LMW-PEI with the high transfection efficiencies shown by highly branched and high molecular weight PEIs. The polyectrolyte complex (1.8 kDa-PEI@CA) was obtained by a simple synthetic protocol based on the microwave irradiation of a solution of 1.8 kDa PEI and CA. Upon complexation with DNA, intrinsic properties of the resulting particles (size and surface charge) were measured and their ability to form stable polyplexes was determined. Compared with unmodified PEIs the new complexes behave as efficient gene vectors and showed enhanced DNA binding capability associated with facilitated intracellular DNA release and enhanced DNA protection from endonuclease degradation. In addition, while transfection values for LMW-PEIs are almost null, transfection efficiencies of the new reagent range from 2.5- to 3.8-fold to those of Lipofectamine 2000 and 25 kDa PEI in several cell lines in culture such as CHO-k1, FTO2B hepatomas, L6 myoblasts, or NRK cells, simultaneously showing a negligible toxicity. Furthermore, the 1.8 kDa-PEI@CA polyelectrolyte complexes retained the capability to transfect eukaryotic cells in the presence of serum and exhibited the capability to promote in vivo transfection in mouse (as an animal model) with an enhanced efficiency compared to 25 kDa PEI. Results support the polyelectrolyte complex

  13. Polyelectrolyte Complexes of Low Molecular Weight PEI and Citric Acid as Efficient and Nontoxic Vectors for in Vitro and in Vivo Gene Delivery.

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    Giron-Gonzalez, M Dolores; Salto-Gonzalez, Rafael; Lopez-Jaramillo, F Javier; Salinas-Castillo, Alfonso; Jodar-Reyes, Ana Belen; Ortega-Muñoz, Mariano; Hernandez-Mateo, Fernando; Santoyo-Gonzalez, Francisco

    2016-03-16

    Gene transfection mediated by the cationic polymer polyethylenimine (PEI) is considered a standard methodology. However, while highly branched PEIs form smaller polyplexes with DNA that exhibit high transfection efficiencies, they have significant cell toxicity. Conversely, low molecular weight PEIs (LMW-PEIs) with favorable cytotoxicity profiles display minimum transfection activities as a result of inadequate DNA complexation and protection. To solve this paradox, a novel polyelectrolyte complex was prepared by the ionic cross-linking of branched 1.8 kDa PEI with citric acid (CA). This system synergistically exploits the good cytotoxicity profile exhibited by LMW-PEI with the high transfection efficiencies shown by highly branched and high molecular weight PEIs. The polyectrolyte complex (1.8 kDa-PEI@CA) was obtained by a simple synthetic protocol based on the microwave irradiation of a solution of 1.8 kDa PEI and CA. Upon complexation with DNA, intrinsic properties of the resulting particles (size and surface charge) were measured and their ability to form stable polyplexes was determined. Compared with unmodified PEIs the new complexes behave as efficient gene vectors and showed enhanced DNA binding capability associated with facilitated intracellular DNA release and enhanced DNA protection from endonuclease degradation. In addition, while transfection values for LMW-PEIs are almost null, transfection efficiencies of the new reagent range from 2.5- to 3.8-fold to those of Lipofectamine 2000 and 25 kDa PEI in several cell lines in culture such as CHO-k1, FTO2B hepatomas, L6 myoblasts, or NRK cells, simultaneously showing a negligible toxicity. Furthermore, the 1.8 kDa-PEI@CA polyelectrolyte complexes retained the capability to transfect eukaryotic cells in the presence of serum and exhibited the capability to promote in vivo transfection in mouse (as an animal model) with an enhanced efficiency compared to 25 kDa PEI. Results support the polyelectrolyte complex

  14. Structural determinants of protein stabilization by solutes. The important of the hairpin loop in rubredoxins.

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    Pais, Tiago M; Lamosa, Pedro; dos Santos, Wagner; Legall, Jean; Turner, David L; Santos, Helena

    2005-02-01

    Despite their high sequence homology, rubredoxins from Desulfovibrio gigas and D. desulfuricans are stabilized to very different extents by compatible solutes such as diglycerol phosphate, the major osmolyte in the hyperthermophilic archaeon Archaeoglobus fulgidus[Lamosa P, Burke A, Peist R, Huber R, Liu M Y, Silva G, Rodrigues-Pousada C, LeGall J, Maycock C and Santos H (2000) Appl Environ Microbiol66, 1974-1979]. The principal structural difference between these two proteins is the absence of the hairpin loop in the rubredoxin from D. desulfuricans. Therefore, mutants of D. gigas rubredoxin bearing deletions in the loop region were constructed to investigate the importance of this structural feature on protein intrinsic stability, as well as on its capacity to undergo stabilization by compatible solutes. The three-dimensional structure of the mutant bearing the largest deletion, Delta17/29, was determined by 1H-NMR, demonstrating that, despite the drastic deletion, the main structural features were preserved. The dependence of the NH chemical shifts on temperature and solute concentration (diglycerol phosphate or mannosylglycerate) provide evidence of subtle conformational changes induced by the solute. The kinetic stability (as assessed from the absorption decay at 494 nm) of six mutant rubredoxins was determined at 90 degrees C and the stabilizing effect exerted by both solutes was assessed. The extent of protection conferred by each solute was highly dependent on the specific mutant examined: while the half-life for iron release in the wild-type D. gigas rubredoxin increased threefold in the presence of 0.1 M diglycerol phosphate, mutant Delta23/29 was destabilized. This study provides evidence for solute-induced compaction of the protein structure and occurrence of weak, specific interactions with the protein surface. The relevance of these findings to our understanding of the molecular basis for protein stabilization is discussed.

  15. Sustained, Controlled and Stimuli-Responsive Drug Release Systems Based on Nanoporous Anodic Alumina with Layer-by-Layer Polyelectrolyte.

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    Porta-I-Batalla, Maria; Eckstein, Chris; Xifré-Pérez, Elisabet; Formentín, Pilar; Ferré-Borrull, J; Marsal, Lluis F

    2016-12-01

    Controlled drug delivery systems are an encouraging solution to some drug disadvantages such as reduced solubility, deprived biodistribution, tissue damage, fast breakdown of the drug, cytotoxicity, or side effects. Self-ordered nanoporous anodic alumina is an auspicious material for drug delivery due to its biocompatibility, stability, and controllable pore geometry. Its use in drug delivery applications has been explored in several fields, including therapeutic devices for bone and dental tissue engineering, coronary stent implants, and carriers for transplanted cells. In this work, we have created and analyzed a stimuli-responsive drug delivery system based on layer-by-layer pH-responsive polyelectrolyte and nanoporous anodic alumina. The results demonstrate that it is possible to control the drug release using a polyelectrolyte multilayer coating that will act as a gate. PMID:27550052

  16. Sustained, Controlled and Stimuli-Responsive Drug Release Systems Based on Nanoporous Anodic Alumina with Layer-by-Layer Polyelectrolyte

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    Porta-i-Batalla, Maria; Eckstein, Chris; Xifré-Pérez, Elisabet; Formentín, Pilar; Ferré-Borrull, J.; Marsal, Lluis F.

    2016-08-01

    Controlled drug delivery systems are an encouraging solution to some drug disadvantages such as reduced solubility, deprived biodistribution, tissue damage, fast breakdown of the drug, cytotoxicity, or side effects. Self-ordered nanoporous anodic alumina is an auspicious material for drug delivery due to its biocompatibility, stability, and controllable pore geometry. Its use in drug delivery applications has been explored in several fields, including therapeutic devices for bone and dental tissue engineering, coronary stent implants, and carriers for transplanted cells. In this work, we have created and analyzed a stimuli-responsive drug delivery system based on layer-by-layer pH-responsive polyelectrolyte and nanoporous anodic alumina. The results demonstrate that it is possible to control the drug release using a polyelectrolyte multilayer coating that will act as a gate.

  17. Complexation of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes in gene delivery and biology

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    Shklovskii, Boris

    2009-03-01

    Charge inversion of a DNA double helix by a positively charged flexible polymer (polyelectrolyte) is widely used to facilitate DNA contact with negative cell membranes for gene delivery. Motivated by this application in the first part of the talk I study the phase diagram a solution of long polyanions (PA) with a shorter polycations (PC) as a function the ratio of total charges of PC and PA in the solution, x, and the concentration of monovalent salt. Each PA attracts many PCs to form a complex. When x= 1, the complexes are neutral and condense in a macroscopic drop. When x is far away from 1, complexes are strongly charged and stable. PA are overcharged by PC at x > 1 and undercharged by PC at x < 1. As x approaches 1, PCs attached to PA disproportionate between complexes. Some complexes become neutral and condensed in a macroscopic drop while others become even stronger charged and stay free. The second part of the talk deals with biological example of PA -PC complexes namely self-assembly of vegetable viruses from long ss-RNA molecule paying role of scaffold and identical capsid proteins with long positive tails. I show that optimization Coulomb energy of the virus leads to the charge of RNA twice larger than the total charge of the capsid, in agreement with the experimental data. Then I discuss kinetics of the Coulomb complexation driven virus self-assembly. Capsid proteins stick to unassembled chain of ss RNA (which we call ``antenna'') and slide on it towards the assembly site. I show that at excess of capsid proteins such one-dimensional diffusion accelerates self-assembly more than ten times. On the other hand at excess of ss-RNA, antenna slows self-assembly down. Several experiments are proposed to verify the role of ss-RNA antenna in self-assembly.

  18. Polyelectrolyte multilayer-assisted fabrication of non-periodic silicon nanocolumn substrates for cellular interface applications

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    Lee, Seyeong; Kim, Dongyoon; Kim, Seong-Min; Kim, Jeong-Ah; Kim, Taesoo; Kim, Dong-Yu; Yoon, Myung-Han

    2015-08-01

    Recent advances in nanostructure-based biotechnology have resulted in a growing demand for vertical nanostructure substrates with elaborate control over the nanoscale geometry and a high-throughput preparation. In this work, we report the fabrication of non-periodic vertical silicon nanocolumn substrates via polyelectrolyte multilayer-enabled randomized nanosphere lithography. Owing to layer-by-layer deposited polyelectrolyte adhesives, uniformly-separated polystyrene nanospheres were securely attached on large silicon substrates and utilized as masks for the subsequent metal-assisted silicon etching in solution. Consequently, non-periodic vertical silicon nanocolumn arrays were successfully fabricated on a wafer scale, while each nanocolumn geometric factor, such as the diameter, height, density, and spatial patterning, could be fully controlled in an independent manner. Finally, we demonstrate that our vertical silicon nanocolumn substrates support viable cell culture with minimal cell penetration and unhindered cell motility due to the blunt nanocolumn morphology. These results suggest that vertical silicon nanocolumn substrates may serve as a useful cellular interface platform for performing a statistically meaningful number of cellular experiments in the fields of biomolecular delivery, stem cell research, etc.Recent advances in nanostructure-based biotechnology have resulted in a growing demand for vertical nanostructure substrates with elaborate control over the nanoscale geometry and a high-throughput preparation. In this work, we report the fabrication of non-periodic vertical silicon nanocolumn substrates via polyelectrolyte multilayer-enabled randomized nanosphere lithography. Owing to layer-by-layer deposited polyelectrolyte adhesives, uniformly-separated polystyrene nanospheres were securely attached on large silicon substrates and utilized as masks for the subsequent metal-assisted silicon etching in solution. Consequently, non-periodic vertical

  19. Polyelectrolytes: Wastewater and sewage treatment. (Latest citations from the Selected Water Resources Abstracts database). Published Search

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    Not Available

    1994-04-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning polyelectrolytes in wastewater and water treatment. Topics include flocculation, coagulation, separation techniques, pollutant identification, water pollution sources, and sludge dehydration. Hospital wastewater processing, methods of synthesizing polyelectrolyte complexes, and performance evaluations of polyelectrolytes are also discussed. (Contains 250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  20. Polyelectrolytes: Wastewater and sewage treatment. (Latest citations from the Selected Water Resources Abstracts database). Published Search

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    Not Available

    1993-02-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning polyelectrolytes in wastewater and water treatment. Topics include flocculation, coagulation, separation techniques, pollutant identification, water pollution sources, and sludge dehydration. Hospital wastewater processing, methods of synthesizing polyelectrolyte complexes, and performance evaluations of polyelectrolytes are also discussed. (Contains 250 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  1. Polyelectrolytes Ability in Reducing Atrazine Concentration in Water: Surface Effects

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    Heijman, S. G. J.; Lopes, S. I. C.; Rietveld, L. C.

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports on the direct ability of two positively charged organic polyelectrolytes (natural-based and synthetic) to reduce the atrazine concentration in water. The adsorption study was set up using multiple glass vessels with different polymer dosing levels followed by ultrafiltration with a 1 kDa membrane. The addition of polymers exhibited a capability in reducing the atrazine concentration up to a maximum of 60% in surface-to-volume ratio experiments. In the beginning, the theoretical L-type of the isotherm of Giles' classification was expected with an increase in the dosage of the polymer. However, in this study, the conventional type of isotherm was not observed. It was found that the adsorption of the cationic polymer on the negatively charged glass surface was necessary and influential for the removal of atrazine. Surface-to-volume ratio adsorption experiments were performed to elucidate the mechanisms and the polymer configuration. The glass surface area was determined to be a limiting parameter in the adsorption mechanism. PMID:25197693

  2. Polyelectrolyte/surfactant films spread from neutral aggregates.

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    Campbell, Richard A; Tummino, Andrea; Noskov, Boris A; Varga, Imre

    2016-06-28

    We describe a new methodology to prepare loaded polyelectrolyte/surfactant films at the air/water interface by exploiting Marangoni spreading resulting from the dynamic dissociation of hydrophobic neutral aggregates dispensed from an aqueous dispersion. The system studied is mixtures of poly(sodium styrene sulfonate) with dodecyl trimethylammonium bromide. Our approach results in the interfacial confinement of more than one third of the macromolecules in the system even though they are not even surface-active without the surfactant. The interfacial stoichiometry of the films was resolved during measurements of surface pressure isotherms in situ for the first time using a new implementation of neutron reflectometry. The interfacial coverage is determined by the minimum surface area reached when the films are compressed beyond a single complete surface layer. The films exhibit linear ripples on a length scale of hundreds of micrometers during the squeezing out of material, after which they behave as perfectly insoluble membranes with consistent stoichiometric charge binding. We discuss our findings in terms of scope for the preparation of loaded membranes for encapsulation applications and in deposition-based technologies. PMID:27221521

  3. Polyelectrolytes ability in reducing atrazine concentration in water: surface effects.

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    Mohd Amin, Mohamad Faiz; Heijman, S G J; Lopes, S I C; Rietveld, L C

    2014-01-01

    This paper reports on the direct ability of two positively charged organic polyelectrolytes (natural-based and synthetic) to reduce the atrazine concentration in water. The adsorption study was set up using multiple glass vessels with different polymer dosing levels followed by ultrafiltration with a 1 kDa membrane. The addition of polymers exhibited a capability in reducing the atrazine concentration up to a maximum of 60% in surface-to-volume ratio experiments. In the beginning, the theoretical L-type of the isotherm of Giles' classification was expected with an increase in the dosage of the polymer. However, in this study, the conventional type of isotherm was not observed. It was found that the adsorption of the cationic polymer on the negatively charged glass surface was necessary and influential for the removal of atrazine. Surface-to-volume ratio adsorption experiments were performed to elucidate the mechanisms and the polymer configuration. The glass surface area was determined to be a limiting parameter in the adsorption mechanism. PMID:25197693

  4. Removal of textile dyes and metallic ions using polyelectrolytes and macroelectrolytes containing sulfonic acid groups.

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    Caldera Villalobos, M; Peláez Cid, A A; Herrera González, Ana M

    2016-07-15

    This work reports the removal of textile dyes and metallic ions by means of adsorption and coagulation-flocculation using two polyelectrolytes and two macroelectrolytes containing sulfonic acid groups. The adsorption of textile dyes was studied in aqueous solutions containing cationic dyes and in wastewater containing a vat dye. Also, removal of vat and naphthol dyes was studied using the process of coagulation-flocculation. The results show these materials possess elevated adsorption capacity, and they accomplished removal rates above 97% in aqueous solutions. The removal of the vat dye improved the quality of the wastewater notably, and an uncolored effluent was obtained at the end of the treatment. The treatment using adsorption decreased the values for coloration, conductivity, suspended solids, and pH. The removal of vat and naphthol dyes by means of coagulation-flocculation was studied as well, and removal rates of 90% were obtained. The polyelectrolytes and macroelectrolytes also proved effective in the adsorption of metallic ions in wastewater. The treatment using adsorption accomplished high removal rates of metallic ions, and it showed greater selectivity towards Cu(2+), Fe(3+) and Pb(2+). A decrease in the content of solids as well as the values for COD and conductivity was observed in the wastewater as well. The analyses of FT-IR indicated that cationic dyes and metallic ions were chemisorbed by means of ionic exchange.

  5. Structure and dynamics of polyelectrolyte surfactant mixtures under conditions of surfactant excess

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    Hoffmann, Ingo; Simon, Miriam; Farago, Bela; Schweins, Ralf; Falus, Peter; Holderer, Olaf; Gradzielski, Michael

    2016-09-01

    Oppositely charged polyelectrolyte (PE) surfactant mixtures can self-assemble into a large variety of mesoscopic structures, so-called polyelectrolyte surfactant complexes (PESCs). These structures directly affect the macroscopic behavior of such solutions. In this study, we investigated mixtures of the cationically charged PE JR 400 and the anionic surfactant SDS with the help of different neutron scattering and fluorescence methods. While an excess of PE charges in semi-dilute solutions causes an increase of viscosity, it has been observed that an excess of surfactant charges reduces the viscosity while precipitation is observed at charge equilibrium. The increase in viscosity had been investigated before and was attributed to the formation of cross links between PE chains. In this publication we focus our attention on the reduction of viscosity which is observed with an excess of surfactant charges. It is found that the PE chains form relatively large and densely packed clusters near the phase boundary on the surfactant rich side, thereby occupying less space and reducing the viscosity. For even higher surfactant concentrations, individual surfactant decorated PE chains are observed and their viscosity is found to be similar to that of the pure PE.

  6. Removal of textile dyes and metallic ions using polyelectrolytes and macroelectrolytes containing sulfonic acid groups.

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    Caldera Villalobos, M; Peláez Cid, A A; Herrera González, Ana M

    2016-07-15

    This work reports the removal of textile dyes and metallic ions by means of adsorption and coagulation-flocculation using two polyelectrolytes and two macroelectrolytes containing sulfonic acid groups. The adsorption of textile dyes was studied in aqueous solutions containing cationic dyes and in wastewater containing a vat dye. Also, removal of vat and naphthol dyes was studied using the process of coagulation-flocculation. The results show these materials possess elevated adsorption capacity, and they accomplished removal rates above 97% in aqueous solutions. The removal of the vat dye improved the quality of the wastewater notably, and an uncolored effluent was obtained at the end of the treatment. The treatment using adsorption decreased the values for coloration, conductivity, suspended solids, and pH. The removal of vat and naphthol dyes by means of coagulation-flocculation was studied as well, and removal rates of 90% were obtained. The polyelectrolytes and macroelectrolytes also proved effective in the adsorption of metallic ions in wastewater. The treatment using adsorption accomplished high removal rates of metallic ions, and it showed greater selectivity towards Cu(2+), Fe(3+) and Pb(2+). A decrease in the content of solids as well as the values for COD and conductivity was observed in the wastewater as well. The analyses of FT-IR indicated that cationic dyes and metallic ions were chemisorbed by means of ionic exchange. PMID:27082258

  7. Polyelectrolyte complexes via desalting mixtures of hyaluronic acid and chitosan-Physicochemical study and structural analysis.

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    Lalevée, G; Sudre, G; Montembault, A; Meadows, J; Malaise, S; Crépet, A; David, L; Delair, T

    2016-12-10

    Polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) were prepared from Chitosan (CS) and Hyaluronic Acid (HYA) homogeneous mixtures of aqueous solutions. The method consisted of preparing a homogeneous mixture of the two polysaccharides via charge screening at high salt concentrations. Then, the mixture was dialyzed, leading to the controlled self-assembly of the two polyelectrolytes. Critical parameters like the chitosan degree of acetylation (DA) and molar mass (Mw), the residual salt concentration and the molar charge ratio r=nNH3(+) (CS)/nCOO(-) (HYA) accounted for the transition from homogeneous aqueous solutions to colloidal suspensions (r=0.1) or gel coacervates (r=0.5). The influence of the DA and Mw of CS was evaluated by visual observations, light scattering and rheological measurements. For low values of r, Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) experiments revealed that the HYA nanostructure was weakly affected by the presence of PECs. On the contrary, the structure was impacted when increasing r, revealing a heterogeneous aggregate morphology with ladder-like chain interactions. PMID:27577900

  8. Coacervation in Symmetric Mixtures of Oppositely Charged Rodlike Polyelectrolytes

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    Kumar, Rajeev; Fredrickson, Glenn

    2010-03-01

    Phase separation in the salt-free symmetric mixtures of oppositely charged rodlike polyelectrolytes is studied using quasi-analytical calculations. Stability analyses for the isotropic-isotropic and the isotropic-nematic phase transitions in the symmetric mixtures are carried out. It is shown that electrostatics favor nematic ordering. Also, the coexistence curves for the symmetric mixtures are computed, and the effects of the linear charge density and the electrostatic interaction strength on the phase boundaries are studied. It is found that the counterions are uniformly distributed in the coexisting phases for low electrostatic interaction strengths characterized by the linear charge density of the polyelectrolytes and the Bjerrum's length. However, the counterions also phase separate along with the rodlike polyelectrolytes with an increase in the electrostatic interaction strength. It is shown that the number density of the counterions is higher in the concentrated (or coacervate) phase than in the dilute (or supernatant) phase. In contrast to the rodlike mixtures, flexible polyelectrolyte mixtures can undergo only isotropic-isotropic phase separation. A comparison of the coexistence curves for the weakly charged rodlike with the flexible polyelectrolyte mixtures reveals that the electrostatic driving force for the isotropic-isotropic phase separation is stronger in the flexible mixtures.

  9. Changes of the molecular structure in polyelectrolyte multilayers under stress.

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    Früh, Johannes; Köhler, Ralf; Möhwald, Helmuth; Krastev, Rumen

    2010-10-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) produced by layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly find different applications. Often the PEMs are exposed to mechanical stress which they have to sustain. A correlation of the mechanical properties of PEM on macroscopic level with the ordering of polyelectrolyte molecules on molecular level is of interest. Our study is focused on the changes of orientation of the polyelectrolyte molecules when the PEM is under lateral mechanical stress. The PEM was prepared from pyrene (PY) labeled polystyrene sulfonate (PSS-PY) and poly(diallyldimethylammonium) chloride (PDDA) on sheets of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) rubber used as substrates. The LbL dipping technique was used for the formation of PEMs. A special stretching device was constructed which allows the fluorescence of the films under stress to be observed. The change in the fluorescence spectra which can be attributed to a PY ordering change from the PEM under stress of up to 10% was monitored. We observed that PEMs undergo a plastic deformation under external mechanical stretching. We conclude that under mechanical stress the polyelectrolyte molecules organized in polyelectrolyte multilayers experience an irreversible transition from the coiled to decoiled state. PMID:20809658

  10. Ion transferring in polyelectrolyte networks in electric fields

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    Li, Honghao; Erbas, Aykut; Zwanikken, Jos; Olvera de La Cruz, Monica

    Ion-conducting polyelectrolyte gels have drawn the attention of many researchers in the last few decades as they have wide applications not only in lithium batteries but also as stretchable, transparent ionic conductor or ionic cables devices. However, ion dynamics in polyelectrolyte gels has been much less studied analytically or computationally due to the complicated interplay of long-range electrostatic and short-range interactions. Here we propose a coarse-grained non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulation to study the ion dynamics in polyelectrolyte gels under external electric fields. We found a nonlinear response region where the molar conductivity of polyelectrolyte gels increases with external fields. We propose counterion redistribution under electric fields as the driving mechanism. We also found the ionic conductivity to be modulated by changing polylelectrolyte network topology such as the chain length. Our discovery reveals the essential difference of ion dynamics between electrolytes and polyelectrolyte gels. These results will expand our understanding in charged polymeric systems and help in designing ion-conducting devices with higher conductivity.

  11. Rheological and kinetic study of the ultrasonic degradation of locust bean gum in aqueous saline and salt-free solutions.

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    Li, Ruoshi; Feke, Donald L

    2015-11-01

    The ultrasonic degradation of locust bean gum (LBG) in aqueous solutions has been studied at 25°C for ultrasonication times up to 120 min. Although LBG is not a polyelectrolyte, the degradation extent and kinetics were found to be somewhat sensitive to the ionic conditions in solution, and this is attributed to changes in molecular conformation that can occur in different salt environments. Ultrasonic degradation was tracked by rheological measurements that lead to the determination of intrinsic viscosity for the LBG molecules. A kinetic model was also developed and successfully applied to characterize and predict the degradation results.

  12. Rheological and kinetic study of the ultrasonic degradation of locust bean gum in aqueous saline and salt-free solutions.

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    Li, Ruoshi; Feke, Donald L

    2015-11-01

    The ultrasonic degradation of locust bean gum (LBG) in aqueous solutions has been studied at 25°C for ultrasonication times up to 120 min. Although LBG is not a polyelectrolyte, the degradation extent and kinetics were found to be somewhat sensitive to the ionic conditions in solution, and this is attributed to changes in molecular conformation that can occur in different salt environments. Ultrasonic degradation was tracked by rheological measurements that lead to the determination of intrinsic viscosity for the LBG molecules. A kinetic model was also developed and successfully applied to characterize and predict the degradation results. PMID:26186852

  13. Curves to determine the relative importance of advection and dispersion for solute and vapor transport

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    Garges, J.A.; Baehr, A.L.

    1998-01-01

    The relative importance of advection and dispersion for both solute and vapor transport can be determined from type curves or concentration, flux, or cumulative flux. The dimensionless form of the type curves provides a means to directly evaluate the importance of mass transport by advection relative to that of mass transport by diffusion and dispersion. Type curves based on an analytical solution to the advection-dispersion equation are plotted in terms of dimensionless time and Peclet number. Flux and cumulative flux type curves provide additional rationale for transport regime determination in addition to the traditional concentration type curves. The extension of type curves to include vapor transport with phase partitioning in the unsaturated zone is a new development. Type curves for negative Peclet numbers also are presented. A negative Peclet number characterizes a problem in which one direction of flow is toward the contamination source, and thereby diffusion and advection can act in opposite directions. Examples are the diffusion of solutes away from the downgradient edge of a pump-and-treat capture zone, the upward diffusion of vapors through the unsaturated zone with recharge, and the diffusion of solutes through a low hydraulic conductivity cutoff wall with an inward advective gradient.

  14. Surfactant mediated polyelectrolyte self-assembly

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    Goswami, Monojoy; Borreguero Calvo, Jose M.; Pincus, Phillip A.; Sumpter, Bobby G.

    2015-11-25

    Self-assembly and dynamics of polyelectrolyte (PE) surfactant complex (PES) is investigated using molecular dynamics simulations. The complexation is systematically studied for five different PE backbone charge densities. At a fixed surfactant concentration the PES complexation exhibits pearl-necklace to agglomerated double spherical structures with a PE chain decorating the surfactant micelles. The counterions do not condense on the complex, but are released in the medium with a random distribution. The relaxation dynamics for three different length scales, polymer chain, segmental and monomer, show distinct features of the charge and neutral species; the counterions are fastest followed by the PE chain andmore » surfactants. The surfactant heads and tails have the slowest relaxation due to their restricted movement inside the agglomerated structure. At the shortest length scale, all the charge and neutral species show similar relaxation dynamics confirming Rouse behavior at monomer length scales. Overall, the present study highlights the structure-property relationship for polymer-surfactant complexation. These results will help improve the understanding of PES complex and should aid in the design of better materials for future applications.« less

  15. Surfactant mediated polyelectrolyte self-assembly

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    Goswami, Monojoy; Borreguero Calvo, Jose M.; Pincus, Phillip A.; Sumpter, Bobby G.

    2015-11-25

    Self-assembly and dynamics of polyelectrolyte (PE) surfactant complex (PES) is investigated using molecular dynamics simulations. The complexation is systematically studied for five different PE backbone charge densities. At a fixed surfactant concentration the PES complexation exhibits pearl-necklace to agglomerated double spherical structures with a PE chain decorating the surfactant micelles. The counterions do not condense on the complex, but are released in the medium with a random distribution. The relaxation dynamics for three different length scales, polymer chain, segmental and monomer, show distinct features of the charge and neutral species; the counterions are fastest followed by the PE chain and surfactants. The surfactant heads and tails have the slowest relaxation due to their restricted movement inside the agglomerated structure. At the shortest length scale, all the charge and neutral species show similar relaxation dynamics confirming Rouse behavior at monomer length scales. Overall, the present study highlights the structure-property relationship for polymer-surfactant complexation. These results will help improve the understanding of PES complex and should aid in the design of better materials for future applications.

  16. The Determination of the pH of Standard Buffer Solution: A Laboratory Experiment.

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    Harris, K. R.

    1985-01-01

    Describes an experiment which shows: (1) how measurements of the reaction electromotive force for the cell (Pt/glass/NaCl(aq,m),buffer/AgCl/Ag/Pt) can be utilized in determining the absolute pH of the buffer; and (2) the demonstration of the use of the Debye-Huckel model of an electrolyte solution in solving an important electrochemical problem.…

  17. Experimentally determined swelling pressures and geochemical interactions of compacted Wyoming bentonite with highly alkaline solutions

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    Karnland, Ola; Olsson, Siv; Nilsson, Ulf; Sellin, Patrik

    The estimated quantity of cement for construction and sealing purposes is around 9E5 kg in the planned Swedish KBS3 repository for nuclear waste. The highly alkaline cement pore fluid (pH > 12) may affect other components in the repository, and especially the bentonite buffer is of concern. In this study, we simulated possible interactions between cement and bentonite by contacting highly compacted bentonite with high molar hydroxide solutions in a series of laboratory experiments. Wyoming bentonite (MX-80) and purified homo-ionic Na- and Ca-montmorillonite were used for tests with 0.1, 0.3 and 1.0 M NaOH, and saturated Ca(OH) 2 solutions. Pressure cells with permeable filters were loaded with compacted discs of bentonite at the proposed buffer density (2000 kg/m 3 at full water saturation). A hydroxide solution was circulated on one side of the cell and an isotonic chloride solution on the other during a minimum of 45 days. Swelling pressure and solution pH were monitored during the tests and the change in the solution composition and bentonite mineralogy were determined after completed tests. No effect on swelling pressure was observed in tests with 0.1 M NaOH (pH 12.9) or saturated Ca(OH) 2 solutions (pH 12.4) and the mineralogical/chemical changes of the clay were minimal. The bentonite swelling pressure was significantly reduced in the tests with 0.3 (pH 13.3) and 1.0 M (pH 13.8) NaOH solutions. The reduction seems to be due to an instant osmotic effect, and to a continuous dissolution of silica minerals, resulting in mass loss and, consequently, a decrease in density. At these high pH, the release of silica was dominating and the CEC of the clay increased by 20-25%. The structural formula of the smectite and X-ray diffraction tests for non-expandability (Greene-Kelly test) provided strong evidence that the dissolution of montmorillonite proceeds incongruently through an initial step of beidellitization. The calculated rate of silica release from

  18. Application of laser-induced photoacoustic spectroscopy for determination of plutonium concentration in nuclear waste solutions.

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    Surugaya, Naoki; Sato, Soichi; Jitsukata, Syu; Watahiki, Masaru

    2008-04-01

    Laser-induced photoacoustic spectroscopy was used in a quantitative analysis of Pu in HNO3 medium. Plutonium was quantitatively oxidized to Pu(VI) using Ce(IV). The photoacoustic measurement of Pu(VI) with maximum absorption at 830.5 nm was subsequently performed to determine the concentration. The photoacoustic signal was linearly proportional to the Pu(VI) ion concentration. The detection limit of Pu(VI) was estimated to be 0.5 microg mL(-1) (3sigma) in 3 M HNO3. By the proposed method, Pu concentration was successfully determined in a nuclear waste solution for use in nuclear materials management.

  19. Analytical solutions for determining residual stresses in two-dimensional domains using the contour method

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    Kartal, Mehmet E.

    2013-01-01

    The contour method is one of the most prevalent destructive techniques for residual stress measurement. Up to now, the method has involved the use of the finite-element (FE) method to determine the residual stresses from the experimental measurements. This paper presents analytical solutions, obtained for a semi-infinite strip and a finite rectangle, which can be used to calculate the residual stresses directly from the measured data; thereby, eliminating the need for an FE approach. The technique is then used to determine the residual stresses in a variable-polarity plasma-arc welded plate and the results show good agreement with independent neutron diffraction measurements. PMID:24204187

  20. Practical Considerations for Determination of Glass Transition Temperature of a Maximally Freeze Concentrated Solution.

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    Pansare, Swapnil K; Patel, Sajal Manubhai

    2016-08-01

    Glass transition temperature is a unique thermal characteristic of amorphous systems and is associated with changes in physical properties such as heat capacity, viscosity, electrical resistance, and molecular mobility. Glass transition temperature for amorphous solids is referred as (T g), whereas for maximally freeze concentrated solution, the notation is (T g'). This article is focused on the factors affecting determination of T g' for application to lyophilization process design and frozen storage stability. Also, this review provides a perspective on use of various types of solutes in protein formulation and their effect on T g'. Although various analytical techniques are used for determination of T g' based on the changes in physical properties associated with glass transition, the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is the most commonly used technique. In this article, an overview of DSC technique is provided along with brief discussion on the alternate analytical techniques for T g' determination. Additionally, challenges associated with T g' determination, using DSC for protein formulations, are discussed. The purpose of this review is to provide a practical industry perspective on determination of T g' for protein formulations as it relates to design and development of lyophilization process and/or for frozen storage; however, a comprehensive review of glass transition temperature (T g, T g'), in general, is outside the scope of this work. PMID:27193003

  1. Counterion-mediated protein adsorption into polyelectrolyte brushes.

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    He, Su-Zhen; Merlitz, Holger; Sommer, Jens-Uwe; Wu, Chen-Xu

    2015-09-01

    We present molecular dynamics simulations of the interaction of fullerene-like, inhomogeneously charged proteins with polyelectrolyte brushes. A motivation of this work is the experimental observation that proteins, carrying an integral charge, may enter like-charged polymer brushes. Simulations of varying charge distributions on the protein surfaces are performed to unravel the physical mechanism of the adsorption. Our results prove that an overall neutral protein can be strongly driven into polyelectrolyte brush whenever the protein features patches of positive and negative charge. The findings reported here give further evidence that the strong adsorption of proteins is also driven by entropic forces due to counterion release, since charged patches on the surface of the proteins can act as multivalent counterions of the oppositely charged polyelectrolyte chains. A corresponding number of mobile co- and counterions is released from the brush and the vicinity of the proteins so that the entropy of the total system increases. PMID:26385737

  2. Electrochemical mechanism of ion current rectification of polyelectrolyte gel diodes.

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    Yamamoto, Tetsuya; Doi, Masao

    2014-06-17

    Polyelectrolyte gel diodes that are double layers of two oppositely charged polyelectrolyte gels, sandwiched by two symmetric electrodes, are emergent ionic devices. These diodes are designed to rectify ion currents with a physical mechanism that is analogous to conventional semiconductor diodes-the asymmetry in the permeability of ions across the interfaces between the two oppositely charged gels. Here we show that polyelectrolyte gel diodes indeed rectify steady currents with a physical mechanism that is very different from conventional diodes by using a simple electrochemical model; electric currents are limited by electrochemical reactions that are driven by potential drops at electrodes and these potential drops markedly change with changing the direction of applied voltages due to the redistribution of non-reactive counterions, leading to rectified ion currents. This concept is relatively generic and thus may provide insight in the physics of analogous ionic and biomimetic systems that show electrochemical reactions.

  3. The evolution of cyclopropenium ions into functional polyelectrolytes

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    Jiang, Yivan; Freyer, Jessica L.; Cotanda, Pepa; Brucks, Spencer D.; Killops, Kato L.; Bandar, Jeffrey S.; Torsitano, Christopher; Balsara, Nitash P.; Lambert, Tristan H.; Campos, Luis M.

    2015-01-01

    Versatile polyelectrolytes with tunable physical properties have the potential to be transformative in applications such as energy storage, fuel cells and various electronic devices. Among the types of materials available for these applications, nanostructured cationic block copolyelectrolytes offer mechanical integrity and well-defined conducting paths for ionic transport. To date, most cationic polyelectrolytes bear charge formally localized on heteroatoms and lack broad modularity to tune their physical properties. To overcome these challenges, we describe herein the development of a new class of functional polyelectrolytes based on the aromatic cyclopropenium ion. We demonstrate the facile synthesis of a series of polymers and nanoparticles based on monomeric cyclopropenium building blocks incorporating various functional groups that affect physical properties. The materials exhibit high ionic conductivity and thermal stability due to the nature of the cationic moieties, thus rendering this class of new materials as an attractive alternative to develop ion-conducting membranes. PMID:25575214

  4. The evolution of cyclopropenium ions into functional polyelectrolytes

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    Jiang, Yivan; Freyer, Jessica L.; Cotanda, Pepa; Brucks, Spencer D.; Killops, Kato L.; Bandar, Jeffrey S.; Torsitano, Christopher; Balsara, Nitash P.; Lambert, Tristan H.; Campos, Luis M.

    2015-01-09

    We report that versatile polyelectrolytes with tunable physical properties have the potential to be transformative in applications such as energy storage, fuel cells and various electronic devices. Among the types of materials available for these applications, nanostructured cationic block copolyelectrolytes offer mechanical integrity and well-defined conducting paths for ionic transport. To date, most cationic polyelectrolytes bear charge formally localized on heteroatoms and lack broad modularity to tune their physical properties. To overcome these challenges, we describe herein the development of a new class of functional polyelectrolytes based on the aromatic cyclopropenium ion.We demonstrate the facile synthesis of a series of polymers and nanoparticles based on monomeric cyclopropenium building blocks incorporating various functional groups that affect physical properties. In conclusion, the materials exhibit high ionic conductivity and thermal stability due to the nature of the cationic moieties, thus rendering this class of new materials as an attractive alternative to develop ion-conducting membranes.

  5. The evolution of cyclopropenium ions into functional polyelectrolytes.

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    Jiang, Yivan; Freyer, Jessica L; Cotanda, Pepa; Brucks, Spencer D; Killops, Kato L; Bandar, Jeffrey S; Torsitano, Christopher; Balsara, Nitash P; Lambert, Tristan H; Campos, Luis M

    2015-01-01

    Versatile polyelectrolytes with tunable physical properties have the potential to be transformative in applications such as energy storage, fuel cells and various electronic devices. Among the types of materials available for these applications, nanostructured cationic block copolyelectrolytes offer mechanical integrity and well-defined conducting paths for ionic transport. To date, most cationic polyelectrolytes bear charge formally localized on heteroatoms and lack broad modularity to tune their physical properties. To overcome these challenges, we describe herein the development of a new class of functional polyelectrolytes based on the aromatic cyclopropenium ion. We demonstrate the facile synthesis of a series of polymers and nanoparticles based on monomeric cyclopropenium building blocks incorporating various functional groups that affect physical properties. The materials exhibit high ionic conductivity and thermal stability due to the nature of the cationic moieties, thus rendering this class of new materials as an attractive alternative to develop ion-conducting membranes. PMID:25575214

  6. Influence of salt and rinsing protocol on the structure of PAH/PSS polyelectrolyte multilayers.

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    Feldötö, Zsombor; Varga, Imre; Blomberg, Eva

    2010-11-16

    A quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and dual polarization interferometry (DPI) have been utilized to study how the structure of poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH)/poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS) multilayers is affected by the rinsing method (i.e., the termination of polyelectrolyte adsorption). The effect of the type of counterions used in the deposition solution was also investigated, and the polyelectrolyte multilayers were formed in a 0.5 M electrolyte solution (NaCl and KBr). From the measurements, it was observed that thicker layers were obtained when using KBr in the deposition solution than when using NaCl. Three different rinsing protocols have been studied: (i) the same electrolyte solution as used during multilayer formation, (ii) pure water, and (iii) first a salt solution (0.5 M) and then pure water. When the multilayer with PAH as the outermost layer was exposed to pure water, an interesting phenomenon was discovered: a large change in the energy dissipation was measured with the QCM. This could be attributed to the swelling of the layer, and from both QCM and DPI it is obvious that only the outermost PAH layer swells (to a thickness of 25-30 nm) because of a decrease in ionic strength and hence an increase in intra- and interchain repulsion, whereas the underlying layers retain a very rigid and compact structure with a low water content. Interestingly, the outermost PAH layer seems to obtain very similar thicknesses in water independent of the electrolyte used for the multilayer buildup. Another interesting aspect was that the measured thickness with the DPI evaluated by a single-layer model did not correlate with the estimated thickness from the model calculations performed on the QCM-D data. Thus, we applied a two-layer model to evaluate the DPI data and the results were in excellent agreement with the QCM-D results. To our knowledge, this evaluation of DPI data has not been done previously.

  7. Polyelectrolyte multilayer-calcium phosphate composite coatings for metal implants.

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    Elyada, Alon; Garti, Nissim; Füredi-Milhofer, Helga

    2014-10-13

    The preparation of organic-inorganic composite coatings with the purpose to increase the bioactivity of bioinert metal implants was investigated. As substrates, glass plates and rough titanium surfaces (Ti-SLA) were employed. The method comprises the deposition of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMLs) followed by immersion of the coated substrate into a calcifying solution of low supersaturation (MCS). Single or mixed PEMLs were constructed from poly-L-lysine (PLL) alternating with poly-L-glutamate, (PGA), poly-L-aspartate (PAA), and/or chondroitin sulfate (CS). ATR-FTIR spectra reveal that (PLL/PGA)10 multilayers and mixed multilayers with a (PLL/PGA)5 base contain intermolecular β-sheet structures, which are absent in pure (PLL/PAA)10 and (PLL/CS)10 assemblies. All PEML coatings had a grainy topography with aggregate sizes and size distributions increasing in the order: (PLL/PGA)n < (PLL/PAA)n < (PLL/CS)n. In mixed multilayers with a (PLL/PGA)n base and a (PLL/PAA)n or (PLL/CS)n top, the aggregate sizes were greatly reduced. The PEMLs promoted calcium phosphate nucleation and early crystal growth, the intensity of the effect depending on the composition of the terminal layer(s) of the polymer. In contrast, crystal morphology and structure depended on the supersaturation, pH, and ionic strength of the MCS, rather than on the composition of the organic matrix. Crystals grown on both uncoated and coated substrates were mostly platelets of calcium deficient carbonate apatite, with the Ca/P ratio depending on the precipitation conditions. PMID:25105729

  8. Polyelectrolyte multilayer-calcium phosphate composite coatings for metal implants.

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    Elyada, Alon; Garti, Nissim; Füredi-Milhofer, Helga

    2014-10-13

    The preparation of organic-inorganic composite coatings with the purpose to increase the bioactivity of bioinert metal implants was investigated. As substrates, glass plates and rough titanium surfaces (Ti-SLA) were employed. The method comprises the deposition of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMLs) followed by immersion of the coated substrate into a calcifying solution of low supersaturation (MCS). Single or mixed PEMLs were constructed from poly-L-lysine (PLL) alternating with poly-L-glutamate, (PGA), poly-L-aspartate (PAA), and/or chondroitin sulfate (CS). ATR-FTIR spectra reveal that (PLL/PGA)10 multilayers and mixed multilayers with a (PLL/PGA)5 base contain intermolecular β-sheet structures, which are absent in pure (PLL/PAA)10 and (PLL/CS)10 assemblies. All PEML coatings had a grainy topography with aggregate sizes and size distributions increasing in the order: (PLL/PGA)n < (PLL/PAA)n < (PLL/CS)n. In mixed multilayers with a (PLL/PGA)n base and a (PLL/PAA)n or (PLL/CS)n top, the aggregate sizes were greatly reduced. The PEMLs promoted calcium phosphate nucleation and early crystal growth, the intensity of the effect depending on the composition of the terminal layer(s) of the polymer. In contrast, crystal morphology and structure depended on the supersaturation, pH, and ionic strength of the MCS, rather than on the composition of the organic matrix. Crystals grown on both uncoated and coated substrates were mostly platelets of calcium deficient carbonate apatite, with the Ca/P ratio depending on the precipitation conditions.

  9. Immediate Truth--Temporal Contiguity between a Cognitive Problem and Its Solution Determines Experienced Veracity of the Solution

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    Topolinski, Sascha; Reber, Rolf

    2010-01-01

    A temporal contiguity hypothesis for the experience of veracity is tested which states that a solution candidate to a cognitive problem is more likely to be experienced as correct the faster it succeeds the problem. Experiment 1 varied the onset time of the appearance of proposed solutions to anagrams (50 ms vs. 150 ms) and found for both correct…

  10. Soft X-ray microscopy to characterize polyelectrolyte assemblies.

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    Köhler, Karen; Déjugnat, Christophe; Dubois, Monique; Zemb, Thomas; Sukhorukov, Gleb B; Guttmann, Peter; Möhwald, Helmuth

    2007-07-26

    Transmission microscopy with soft X-rays (TXM) is applied to image in-situ polyelectrolyte assemblies in aqueous environment. The method is element specific and at this stage exhibits a lateral resolution of 20 nm. With the specific examples of hollow capsules and full spheres made of PAH/PSS polyelectrolyte multilayers, it is shown quantitatively that heat treatment irreversibly reduces the water content in the membrane. These experiments complement those reported recently on the polyion system PDADMAC/PSS, which shows a different glass-transition behavior. Finally, the potential and present limitations of TXM are discussed. PMID:17428089

  11. Multilayered Polyelectrolyte Microcapsules: Interaction with the Enzyme Cytochrome C Oxidase

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    Pastorino, Laura; Dellacasa, Elena; Noor, Mohamed R.; Soulimane, Tewfik; Bianchini, Paolo; D'Autilia, Francesca; Antipov, Alexei; Diaspro, Alberto; Tofail, Syed A. M.; Ruggiero, Carmelina

    2014-01-01

    Cell-sized polyelectrolyte capsules functionalized with a redox-driven proton pump protein were assembled for the first time. The interaction of polyelectrolyte microcapsules, fabricated by electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly, with cytochrome c oxidase molecules was investigated. We found that the cytochrome c oxidase retained its functionality, that the functionalized microcapsules interacting with cytochrome c oxidase were permeable and that the permeability characteristics of the microcapsule shell depend on the shell components. This work provides a significant input towards the fabrication of an integrated device made of biological components and based on specific biomolecular functions and properties. PMID:25372607

  12. CONJUGATED POLYMERS AND POLYELECTROLYTES IN SOLAR PHOTOCONVERSION, Final Technical Report

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    Schanze, Kirk S

    2014-08-05

    This DOE-supported program investigated the fundamental properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes, with emphasis placed on studies of excited state energy transport, self-assembly into conjugated polyelectroyte (CPE) based films and colloids, and exciton transport and charge injection in CPE films constructed atop wide bandgap semiconductors. In the most recent grant period we have also extended efforts to examine the properties of low-bandgap donor-acceptor conjugated polyelectrolytes that feature strong visible light absorption and the ability to adsorb to metal-oxide interfaces.

  13. Larger red-shift in optical emissions obtained from the thin films of globular proteins (BSA, lysozyme) - polyelectrolyte (PAA) complexes

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    Talukdar, Hrishikesh; Kundu, Sarathi; Basu, Saibal

    2016-09-01

    Globular proteins (lysozyme and BSA) and polyelectrolyte (sodium polyacrylic acid) are used to form protein-polyelectrolyte complexes (PPC). Out-of-plane structures of ≈30-60 nm thick PPC films and their surface morphologies have been studied by using X-ray reflectivity and atomic force microscopy, whereas optical behaviors of PPC and protein conformations have been studied by using UV-vis, photoluminescence and FTIR spectroscopy respectively. Our study reveals that thin films of PPC show a larger red-shift of 23 and 16 nm in the optical emissions in comparison to that of pure protein whereas bulk PPC show a small blue-shift of ≈3 nm. A small amount of peak-shift is found to occur due to the heat treatment or concentration variation of the polyelectrolyte/protein in bulk solution but cannot produce such film thickness independent larger red-shift. Position of the emission peak remains nearly unchanged with the film thickness. Mechanism for such larger red-shift has been proposed.

  14. Fredholm Determinants and Pole-free Solutions to the Noncommutative Painlevé II Equation

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    Bertola, M.; Cafasso, M.

    2012-02-01

    We extend the formalism of integrable operators à la Its-Izergin-Korepin-Slavnov to matrix-valued convolution operators on a semi-infinite interval and to matrix integral operators with a kernel of the form {E_1^T(λ) E_2(μ)/λ+μ}, thus proving that their resolvent operators can be expressed in terms of solutions of some specific Riemann-Hilbert problems. We also describe some applications, mainly to a noncommutative version of Painlevé II (recently introduced by Retakh and Rubtsov) and a related noncommutative equation of Painlevé type. We construct a particular family of solutions of the noncommutative Painlevé II that are pole-free (for real values of the variables) and hence analogous to the Hastings-McLeod solution of (commutative) Painlevé II. Such a solution plays the same role as its commutative counterpart relative to the Tracy-Widom theorem, but for the computation of the Fredholm determinant of a matrix version of the Airy kernel.

  15. A rapid perturbation procedure for determining nonlinear flow solutions: Application to transonic turbomachinery flows

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    Stahara, S. S.; Elliott, J. P.; Spreiter, J. R.

    1981-01-01

    Perturbation procedures and associated computational codes for determining nonlinear flow solutions were developed to establish a method for minimizing computational requirements associated with parametric studies of transonic flows in turbomachines. The procedure that was developed and evaluated was found to be capable of determining highly accurate approximations to families of strongly nonlinear solutions which are either continuous or discontinuous, and which represent variations in some arbitrary parameter. Coordinate straining is employed to account for the movement of discontinuities and maxima of high gradient regions due to the perturbation. The development and results reported are for the single parameter perturbation problem. Flows past both isolated airfoils and compressor cascades involving a wide variety of flow and geometry parameter changes are reported. Attention is focused in particular on transonic flows which are strongly supercritical and exhibit large surface shock movement over the parametric range studied; and on subsonic flows which display large pressure variations in the stagnation and peak suction pressure regions. Comparisons with the corresponding 'exact' nonlinear solutions indicate a remarkable accuracy and range of validity of such a procedure.

  16. Analysis of hydration parameter for sugars determined from viscosity and its relationship with solution parameters.

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    Sato, Yukinori; Miyawaki, Osato

    2016-01-01

    The hydration parameter h was obtained from the viscosity B-coefficients and the partial molar volume of solute, V2, for various sugars and urea in aqueous solutions. The parameter h showed a good correlation with the parameter α, determined from the activity coefficient of water, representing the solute-solvent interaction. The parameter h also showed a good correlation with the number of equatorial-OH groups (e-OH) for sugars, suggesting that the sugar molecules with the higher e-OH fit more to the water-structure. From the temperature dependence of the parameter h (dh/dT), the negative dh/dT for sugars suggested their water-structure making activity while the positive dh/dT for urea corresponded to its structure breaking effect. From the Arrhenius plot, the activation energy for h, Ea, was determined to be as low as 10 kJ/mol for disaccharides suggesting the stable hydration structure. The Ea increased with a decrease in molecular weight for sugars.

  17. Analysis of hydration parameter for sugars determined from viscosity and its relationship with solution parameters.

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    Sato, Yukinori; Miyawaki, Osato

    2016-01-01

    The hydration parameter h was obtained from the viscosity B-coefficients and the partial molar volume of solute, V2, for various sugars and urea in aqueous solutions. The parameter h showed a good correlation with the parameter α, determined from the activity coefficient of water, representing the solute-solvent interaction. The parameter h also showed a good correlation with the number of equatorial-OH groups (e-OH) for sugars, suggesting that the sugar molecules with the higher e-OH fit more to the water-structure. From the temperature dependence of the parameter h (dh/dT), the negative dh/dT for sugars suggested their water-structure making activity while the positive dh/dT for urea corresponded to its structure breaking effect. From the Arrhenius plot, the activation energy for h, Ea, was determined to be as low as 10 kJ/mol for disaccharides suggesting the stable hydration structure. The Ea increased with a decrease in molecular weight for sugars. PMID:26213015

  18. Sugar interaction with metals in aqueous solution: indirect determination from infrared and direct determination from nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

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    Rondeau, Philippe; Sers, Sandrine; Jhurry, Dhanjay; Cadet, Frederic

    2003-04-01

    In this article, mid-infrared Fourier transform (Mid-FT-IR) and carbon thirteen nuclear magnetic resonance (13C NMR) spectroscopy have been used to determine possible interactions between sucrose and various alkali or alkaline earth metals in aqueous solution. In the presence of these metals, significant shifts in the absorption bands of sucrose were noted by mid-FT-IR coupled with principal component analysis (PCA). These shifts were explained on the basis of weakening of the H-bond network between sucrose and water and possible interactions between sucrose and the metal ion. Factorial maps were established and the spectral patterns obtained show that these interactions vary according to the nature of the metal ion. 13C NMR analysis showed that the carbon atoms of sucrose undergo shielding or deshielding in the presence of metal ions in aqueous solutions. Two factors were invoked to account for the variation of chemical shifts: the rupture of hydrogen bonds due to hydration of the metal ion and the possible coordination of the metal ion to the oxygen atoms of sucrose. PMID:14658645

  19. Determination of Gibbs energies of formation in aqueous solution using chemical engineering tools.

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    Toure, Oumar; Dussap, Claude-Gilles

    2016-08-01

    Standard Gibbs energies of formation are of primary importance in the field of biothermodynamics. In the absence of any directly measured values, thermodynamic calculations are required to determine the missing data. For several biochemical species, this study shows that the knowledge of the standard Gibbs energy of formation of the pure compounds (in the gaseous, solid or liquid states) enables to determine the corresponding standard Gibbs energies of formation in aqueous solutions. To do so, using chemical engineering tools (thermodynamic tables and a model enabling to predict activity coefficients, solvation Gibbs energies and pKa data), it becomes possible to determine the partial chemical potential of neutral and charged components in real metabolic conditions, even in concentrated mixtures.

  20. Polyelectrolyte multilayer-assisted fabrication of non-periodic silicon nanocolumn substrates for cellular interface applications.

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    Lee, Seyeong; Kim, Dongyoon; Kim, Seong-Min; Kim, Jeong-Ah; Kim, Taesoo; Kim, Dong-Yu; Yoon, Myung-Han

    2015-09-21

    Recent advances in nanostructure-based biotechnology have resulted in a growing demand for vertical nanostructure substrates with elaborate control over the nanoscale geometry and a high-throughput preparation. In this work, we report the fabrication of non-periodic vertical silicon nanocolumn substrates via polyelectrolyte multilayer-enabled randomized nanosphere lithography. Owing to layer-by-layer deposited polyelectrolyte adhesives, uniformly-separated polystyrene nanospheres were securely attached on large silicon substrates and utilized as masks for the subsequent metal-assisted silicon etching in solution. Consequently, non-periodic vertical silicon nanocolumn arrays were successfully fabricated on a wafer scale, while each nanocolumn geometric factor, such as the diameter, height, density, and spatial patterning, could be fully controlled in an independent manner. Finally, we demonstrate that our vertical silicon nanocolumn substrates support viable cell culture with minimal cell penetration and unhindered cell motility due to the blunt nanocolumn morphology. These results suggest that vertical silicon nanocolumn substrates may serve as a useful cellular interface platform for performing a statistically meaningful number of cellular experiments in the fields of biomolecular delivery, stem cell research, etc.

  1. Nanoporous polyelectrolyte vaccine microcarriers. A formulation platform for enhancing humoral and cellular immune responses.

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    De Koker, Stefaan; Fierens, Kaat; Dierendonck, Marijke; De Rycke, Riet; Lambrecht, Bart N; Grooten, Johan; Remon, Jean Paul; De Geest, Bruno G

    2014-12-10

    In this paper we report on the design, characterization and immuno-biological evaluation of nanoporous polyelectrolyte microparticles as vaccine carrier. Relative to soluble antigen, formulation of antigen as a sub-10 μm particle can strongly enhance antigen-specific cellular immune responses. The latter is crucial to confer protective immunity against intracellular pathogens and for anti-cancer vaccines. However, a major bottleneck in microparticulate vaccine formulation is the development of generic strategies that afford antigen encapsulation under benign and scalable conditions. Our strategy is based on spray drying of a dilute aqueous solution of antigen, oppositely charged polyelectrolytes and mannitol as a pore-forming component. The obtained solid microparticles can be redispersed in aqueous medium, leading to leaching out of the mannitol, thereby creating a highly porous internal structure. This porous structure enhances enzymatic processing of encapsulated proteins. After optimizing the conditions to process these microparticles we demonstrate that they strongly enhance cross-presentation in vitro by dendritic cells to CD8 T cells. In vivo experiments in mice confirm that this vaccine formulation technology is capable of enhancing cellular immune responses.

  2. Architectural layer-by-layer assembly of drug nanocapsules with PEGylated polyelectrolytes.

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    Shutava, Tatsiana G; Pattekari, Pravin P; Arapov, Kirill A; Torchilin, Vladimir P; Lvov, Yuri M

    2012-01-01

    150-200 nm diameter capsules containing 60-70 wt % of poorly soluble drugs, paclitaxel and camptothecin, were produced by layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly on drug nanocores in a solution containing uncharged stabilizers. Optimization of capsule shell architecture and thickness allowed for concentrated (3-5 mg/mL) colloids that are stable in isotonic salt buffers. Nanoparticle aggregation during the washless LbL-assembly was prevented by using low molecular weight block-copolymers of poly(amino acids) (poly-L-lysine and poly-L-glutamic acid) with polyethylene glycol (PEG) in combination with heparin and bovine serum albumin at every bilayer building step. Minimal amounts of the polyelectrolytes were used to recharge the surface of nanoparticles in this non-washing LbL process. Such PEGylated shells resulted in drug nanocapsules with high colloidal stability in PBS buffer and increased protein adhesion resistance. The washless LbL polyelectrolyte nanocapsule assembly process, colloidal stability and nanoparticle morphology were monitored by dynamic light scattering and electrophoretic mobility measurements, UV-vis spectroscopy, TEM, SEM and laser confocal microscopy imaging. PMID:23144650

  3. Architectural layer-by-layer assembly of drug nanocapsules with PEGylated polyelectrolytes

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    Shutava, Tatsiana G.; Pattekari, Pravin P.; Arapov, Kirill A.; Torchilin, Vladimir P.; Lvov, Yuri M.

    2012-01-01

    150–200 nm diameter capsules containing 60–70 wt % of poorly soluble drugs, paclitaxel and camptothecin, were produced by layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly on drug nanocores in a solution containing uncharged stabilizers. Optimization of capsule shell architecture and thickness allowed for concentrated (3–5 mg/mL) colloids that are stable in isotonic salt buffers. Nanoparticle aggregation during the washless LbL-assembly was prevented by using low molecular weight block-copolymers of poly(amino acids) (poly-L-lysine and poly-L-glutamic acid) with polyethylene glycol (PEG) in combination with heparin and bovine serum albumin at every bilayer building step. Minimal amounts of the polyelectrolytes were used to recharge the surface of nanoparticles in this non-washing LbL process. Such PEGylated shells resulted in drug nanocapsules with high colloidal stability in PBS buffer and increased protein adhesion resistance. The washless LbL polyelectrolyte nanocapsule assembly process, colloidal stability and nanoparticle morphology were monitored by dynamic light scattering and electrophoretic mobility measurements, UV-vis spectroscopy, TEM, SEM and laser confocal microscopy imaging. PMID:23144650

  4. In Situ Growth and Characterization of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles within Polyelectrolyte Membranes.

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    Landers, John; Colon-Ortiz, Jonathan; Zong, Kenneth; Goswami, Anandarup; Asefa, Tewodros; Vishnyakov, Aleksey; Neimark, Alexander V

    2016-09-12

    This study describes a novel approach for the in situ synthesis of metal oxide-polyelectrolyte nanocomposites formed via impregnation of hydrated polyelectrolyte films with binary water/alcohol solutions of metal salts and consecutive reactions that convert metal cations into oxide nanoparticles embedded within the polymer matrix. The method is demonstrated drawing on the example of Nafion membranes and a variety of metal oxides with an emphasis placed on zinc oxide. The in situ formation of nanoparticles is controlled by changing the solvent composition and conditions of synthesis that for the first time allows one to tailor not only the size, but also the nanoparticle shape, giving a preference to growth of a particular crystal facet. The high-resolution TEM, SEM/EDX, UV-vis and XRD studies confirmed the homogeneous distribution of crystalline nanoparticles of circa 4 nm and their aggregates of 10-20 nm. The produced nanocomposite films are flexible, mechanically robust and have a potential to be employed in sensing, optoelectronics and catalysis. PMID:27539360

  5. Determining the Transfer Function for Unsteady Pressure Measurements Using a Method of Characteristics Solution

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    Clark, Edward L.; Henfling, John F.; McBride, Donald D.

    1999-05-12

    An inverse Fourier transform method for removing lag from pressure measurements has been used by various researchers, given an experimentally derived transfer function to characterize the pressure plumbing. This paper presents a Method of Characteristics (MOC) solution technique for predicting the transfer function and thus easily determining its sensitivity to various plumbing pammeters. The MOC solution has been used in the pipeline industry for some time for application to transient flow in pipelines, but it also lends itself well to this application. For highly nonsteady pressures frequency-dependent friction can cause significant distortion of the traveling waves. This is accounted for in the formulation. A simple bench experiment and proof-of-principle test provide evidence to establish the range of validity of the method.

  6. KEY COMPARISON: Final report on CCQM-K38: Determination of PAHs in solution

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    Duewer, D. L.; May, W. E.; Parris, R. M.; Schantz, M. M.; Wise, S. A.; Piechotta, C.; Philipp, R.; Win, T.; Avila, M.; Pérez Urquiza, M.; Ulberth, F.; Kim, B.; Ishikawa, K.; Chen, D.; Krylov, A. I.; Kustidov, Y. A.; Lopushanskaya, E. M.

    2009-01-01

    Solutions of known mass fraction of organic analytes of interest are typically used to calibrate the measurement processes used in the determination of these analytes. Appropriate value assignments and uncertainty calculations for these calibration solutions are critical. For the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) developed by the CIPM, there are numerous Calibration and Measurement Capability Claims (CMCs) published in Category 3 Organic Solutions in the CIPM MRA Appendix C. Additional CMCs in this category are being proposed and reviewed. Evidence of successful participation in formal, relevant international comparisons is needed to support these claims. A CCQM pilot study conducted in 2004 was comprised of three parts: CCQM-P31a Organic Solution—Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), CCQM-P31b Organic Solution—Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) Congeners, and CCQM-P31c Organic Solution—Chlorinated Pesticides. The results from the CCQM-P31a study are summarized below for the PAHs. After review of the P31a results at the April 2004 Organic Analytical Working Group (OAWG) meeting (Sèvres 2004) and the October 2004 OAWG meeting (Beijing 2004), it was decided to proceed with a key comparison study for PAHs in solution (CCQM-K38) with a concurrent second pilot study for the PAHs in solution (CCQM-P31a.1). CCQM-K38 was conducted during the same time period as a PAHs in soil pilot study (CCQM-P69) coordinated by CENAM and BAM. This Key Comparison study demonstrated a high level of equivalence in capabilities of the participating NMIs to successfully identify and measure five PAHs (phenanthrene, fluoranthene, benz[a]anthracene, benzo[a]pyrene, and benzo[ghi]perylene) in a solution using GC/MS-based methods. The PAHs measured in CCQM-K38 were selected to be representative of PAHs typically used as calibrants in the determination of the PAHs found in environmental samples and to provide the typical analytical measurement challenges encountered in the value

  7. A new approach to determine 147Pm in irradiated fuel solutions.

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    Brennetot, René; Stadelmann, Guillaume; Caussignac, Céline; Gombert, Clémentine; Fouque, Michèle; Lamouroux, Christine

    2009-05-15

    Developments carried out in the Laboratory of Isotopic, Nuclear and Elementary Analyses in order to quantify (147)Pm in spent nuclear fuels analyzed at the CEA within the framework of the Burn Up Credit research program for neutronic code validation are presented here. This determination is essential for safety-criticality studies. The quantity and the nature of the radionuclides in irradiated fuel solutions force us to separate the elements of interest before measuring their isotopic content by mass spectrometry. The main objective of this study is to modify the separation protocol used in our laboratory in order to recover and to measure the (147)Pm at the same time as the other lanthanides and actinides determined by mass spectrometry. A very complete study on synthetic solution (containing or not (147)Pm) was undertaken in order to determine the yield of the various stages of separation carried out before obtaining the isolated Pm fraction from the whole of the elements present in the spent fuel solutions. With the lack of natural tracer to carry out the measurement with the isotope dilution technique, the great number of isotopes in fuel, the originality of this work rests on the use of another present lanthanide in fuel to define the output of separation. The yields were measured at the conclusion of each stage of separation with two others lanthanides in order to show that one of them could be used as a tracer to correct the measurement of the (147)Pm with the separation yield. The total yield (at the conclusion of the two stages of separation) was measured at the same time by ICP-MS and liquid scintillation. This last determination made it possible to validate the use of the (147)Sm (natural) to measure the (147)Pm in ICP-MS since the outputs determined in liquid scintillation and ICP-MS (starting from the radioactive decrease of the source having been used to make the synthetic solution) were equivalent. It is the first time that such measurement is

  8. Experimental determination of the temperature dependence of water activities for a selection of aqueous organic solutions

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    Ganbavale, G.; Marcolli, C.; Krieger, U. K.; Zuend, A.; Stratmann, G.; Peter, T.

    2014-09-01

    This work presents experimental data of the temperature dependence of water activity in aqueous organic solutions relevant for tropospheric conditions (200-273 K). Water activity (aw) at low temperatures (T) is a crucial parameter for predicting homogeneous ice nucleation. We investigated temperature-dependent water activities, ice freezing and melting temperatures of solutions, and vapour pressures of a selection of atmospherically relevant aqueous organic systems. To measure aw over a wide composition range and with a focus on low temperatures, we use various aw measurement techniques and instruments: a dew point water activity meter, an electrodynamic balance (EDB), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and a setup to measure the total gas phase pressure at equilibrium over aqueous solutions. Water activity measurements were performed for aqueous multicomponent and multifunctional organic mixtures containing the functional groups typically found in atmospheric organic aerosols, such as hydroxyl, carboxyl, ketone, ether, ester, and aromatic groups. The aqueous organic systems studied at several fixed compositions over a considerable temperature range differ significantly in their temperature dependence. Aqueous organic systems of 1,4-butanediol and methoxyacetic acid show a moderate decrease in aw with decreasing temperature. The aqueous M5 system (a multicomponent system containing five different dicarboxylic acids) and aqueous 2-(2-ethoxyethoxy)ethanol solutions both show a strong increase of water activity with decreasing temperature at high solute concentrations for T < 270 K and T < 260 K, respectively. These measurements show that the temperature trend of aw can be reversed at low temperatures and that linear extrapolations of high-temperature data may lead to erroneous predictions. To avoid this, experimentally determined aw at low temperature are needed to improve thermodynamic models towards lower temperatures and for improved predictions of the ice

  9. Experimental determination of the temperature dependence of water activities for a selection of aqueous organic solutions

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    Ganbavale, G.; Marcolli, C.; Krieger, U. K.; Zuend, A.; Stratmann, G.; Peter, T.

    2014-05-01

    This work presents experimental data of the temperature dependence of water activity in aqueous organic solutions relevant for tropospheric conditions (200-273 K). Water activity (aw) at low temperatures (T) is a crucial parameter for predicting homogeneous ice nucleation. We investigated temperature dependent water activities, ice freezing and melting temperatures of solutions, and vapour pressures of a selection of atmospherically relevant aqueous organic systems. To measure aw over a wide composition range and with a focus on low temperatures, we use various aw measurement techniques and instruments: a dew point water activity meter, an electrodynamic balance (EDB), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and a setup to measure the total gas phase pressure at equilibrium over aqueous solutions. Water activity measurements were performed for aqueous multicomponent and multifunctional organic mixtures containing the functional groups typically found in atmospheric organic aerosols, such as hydroxyl, carboxyl, ketone, ether, ester, and aromatic groups. The aqueous organic systems studied at several fixed compositions over a considerable temperature range differ significantly in their temperature dependence. Aqueous organic systems of 1,4-butanediol and methoxyacetic acid show a moderate decrease in aw with decreasing temperature. The aqueous M5 system (a multicomponent system containing five different dicarboxylic acids) and aqueous 2-(2-ethoxyethoxy)ethanol solutions both show a strong increase of water activity with decreasing temperature at high solute concentrations for T<270 K and T<260 K, respectively. These measurements show that the temperature trend of aw can be reversed at low temperatures and that linear extrapolations of high temperature data may lead to erroneous predictions. To avoid this, experimentally determined aw at low temperature are needed to improve thermodynamic models towards lower temperatures and for improved predictions of the ice

  10. Polyelectrolyte-promoted forward osmosis-membrane distillation (FO-MD) hybrid process for dye wastewater treatment.

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    Ge, Qingchun; Wang, Peng; Wan, Chunfeng; Chung, Tai-Shung

    2012-06-01

    Polyelectrolytes have proven their advantages as draw solutes in forward osmosis process in terms of high water flux, minimum reverse flux, and ease of recovery. In this work, the concept of a polyelectrolyte-promoted forward osmosis-membrane distillation (FO-MD) hybrid system was demonstrated and applied to recycle the wastewater containing an acid dye. A poly(acrylic acid) sodium (PAA-Na) salt was used as the draw solute of the FO to dehydrate the wastewater, while the MD was employed to reconcentrate the PAA-Na draw solution. With the integration of these two processes, a continuous wastewater treatment process was established. To optimize the FO-MD hybrid process, the effects of PAA-Na concentration, experimental duration, and temperature were investigated. Almost a complete rejection of PAA-Na solute was observed by both FO and MD membranes. Under the conditions of 0.48 g mL(-1) PAA-Na and 66 °C, the wastewater was most efficiently dehydrated yet with a stabilized PAA-Na concentration around 0.48 g mL(-1). The practicality of PAA-Na-promoted FO-MD hybrid technology demonstrates not only its suitability in wastewater reclamation, but also its potential in other membrane-based separations, such as protein or pharmaceutical product enrichment. This study may provide the insights of exploring novel draw solutes and their applications in FO related processes.

  11. Determination of Absorption Coefficient of a Solution by a Simple Experimental Setup

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    Gopalakrishnan, Deepak; Akhildev, C.; Sreenivasan, P. V.; Leelamma, K. K.; Joseph, Lyjo K.; Anila, E. I.

    2011-10-01

    The absorption coefficients of aqueous potassium permanganate (KMnO4) solution at 638.8 nm for various concentrations are determined using a simple experimental set up. The setup consists of He-Ne laser source (Red, 638.8 nm, 10 mW), a glass jar in which the KMnO4 sample is taken, a mirror strip inclined at 45° to direct the laser beam towards the bottom of the glass jar, a traveling microscope to adjust the position of light dependent resistor (LDR) and a digital multimeter to measure the resistance.

  12. Electrostatics and charge regulation in polyelectrolyte multilayered assembly.

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    Cherstvy, Andrey G

    2014-05-01

    We examine the implications of electrostatic interactions on formation of polyelectrolyte multilayers, in application to field-effect based biosensors for label-free detection of charged macromolecules. We present a quantitative model to describe the experimental potentiometric observations and discuss its possibilities and limitations for detection of polyelectrolyte adsorption. We examine the influence of the ionic strength and pH on the sensor response upon polyelectrolyte layer-by-layer formation. The magnitude of potential oscillations on the sensor-electrolyte interface predicted upon repetitive adsorption charge-alternating polymers agrees satisfactorily with experimental results. The model accounts for different screening by mobile ions in electrolyte and inside tightly interdigitated multilayered structure. In particular, we show that sensors' potential oscillations are larger and more persistent at lower salt conditions, while they decay faster with the number of layers at higher salt conditions, in agreement with experiments. The effects of polyelectrolyte layer thickness, substrate potential, and charge regulation on the sensor surface triggered by layer-by-layer deposition are also analyzed.

  13. Novel polyelectrolyte multilayer micro- and nanocapsules as magnetic carriers

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    Voigt, Andreas; Buske, Norbert; Sukhorukov, Gleb B.; Antipov, Alexei A.; Leporatti, Stefano; Lichtenfeld, H.; Bäumler, Hans; Donath, Edwin; Möhwald, Helmuth

    2001-01-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) capsules are introduced as versatile magnetic carrier systems. Superparamagnetic magnetite is mounted to the multilayer shell itself or is a component of the capsule interior. The PEM is formed at different (decomposable) colloidal templates, e.g. melamine formaldehyde resin, glutaraldehyde fixed red blood cells, emulsion oil droplets. The results are illustrated by transmission electron microscopy and confocal laser scanning microscopy.

  14. Polyelectrolyte brushes in mixed ionic medium studied via intermolecular forces

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    Farina, Robert; Laugel, Nicolas; Pincus, Philip; Tirrell, Matthew

    2011-03-01

    The vast uses and applications of polyelectrolyte brushes make them an attractive field of research especially with the growing interest in responsive materials. Polymers which respond via changes in temperature, pH, and ionic strength are increasingly being used for applications in drug delivery, chemical gating, etc. When polyelectrolyte brushes are found in either nature (e.g., surfaces of cartilage and mammalian lung interiors) or commercially (e.g., skin care products, shampoo, and surfaces of medical devices) they are always surrounded by mixed ionic medium. This makes the study of these brushes in varying ionic environments extremely relevant for both current and future potential applications. The polyelectrolyte brushes in this work are diblock co-polymers of poly-styrene sulfonate (N=420) and poly-t-butyl styrene (N=20) which tethers to a hydrophobic surface allowing for a purely thermodynamic study of the polyelectrolyte chains. Intermolecular forces between two brushes are measured using the SFA. As multi-valent concentrations are increased, the brushes collapse internally and form strong adhesion between one another after contact (properties not seen in a purely mono-valent environment).

  15. Electrostatics and charge regulation in polyelectrolyte multilayered assembly.

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    Cherstvy, Andrey G

    2014-05-01

    We examine the implications of electrostatic interactions on formation of polyelectrolyte multilayers, in application to field-effect based biosensors for label-free detection of charged macromolecules. We present a quantitative model to describe the experimental potentiometric observations and discuss its possibilities and limitations for detection of polyelectrolyte adsorption. We examine the influence of the ionic strength and pH on the sensor response upon polyelectrolyte layer-by-layer formation. The magnitude of potential oscillations on the sensor-electrolyte interface predicted upon repetitive adsorption charge-alternating polymers agrees satisfactorily with experimental results. The model accounts for different screening by mobile ions in electrolyte and inside tightly interdigitated multilayered structure. In particular, we show that sensors' potential oscillations are larger and more persistent at lower salt conditions, while they decay faster with the number of layers at higher salt conditions, in agreement with experiments. The effects of polyelectrolyte layer thickness, substrate potential, and charge regulation on the sensor surface triggered by layer-by-layer deposition are also analyzed. PMID:24725100

  16. Chlorine resistant glutaraldehyde crosslinked polyelectrolyte multilayer membranes for desalination.

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    Cho, Kwun Lun; Hill, Anita J; Caruso, Frank; Kentish, Sandra E

    2015-05-01

    Crosslinked polyelectrolyte multilayer membranes are synthesized with salt rejection values approaching those of commercial desalination membranes, but with increased chlorine resistance. The membranes are fabricated directly onto porous commercial substrates. Subsequent crosslinking of the polycation layers with glutaraldehyde leads to NaCl rejections of up to 97%, while the incorporation of a highly sulfonated polysulfone polyanion leads to high chlorine resistance.

  17. Water's Role in the Relaxation of Polyelectrolyte Complexes and Multilayers

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    Lutkenhaus, Jodie; Zhang, Yanpu; Reid, Dariya; Antila, Hanne; Yildirim, Erol; Zhang, Ran; Sammalkorpi, Maria

    In the last decade, evidence for an intriguing glass-transition-like phase transition has emerged in hydrated polyelectrolyte complex precipitates and polyelectrolyte multilayers. Although the transition is weak, it stimulates large-scale macroscopic phenomena such as multilayer shrinking, swelling, and rearrangement. To date, there is not a clear consensus on what causes this transition, although a growing body of evidence indicates that salt and water are key parameters. Recent simulations of hydrated polyelectrolyte complexes show that water molecules form a stabilizing hydrogen-bonded network and that this network is disrupted by dehydration of the polyanion at the thermal transition, leading to segmental relaxation of polymer chains. If true, this would explain the transition's dependence on water and extrinsic compensation as well as its glass transition-like character. This talk will focus upon water's role in the transition, in which a strong dependence on hydration is observed. Quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) and modulated differential scanning calorimetry (MDSC) are used to track the transition in polyelectrolytes complexes as a function of hydration.

  18. Determination of effective growth time for zinc oxide nanorods using chemical solution deposition

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    Kim, Kyung Ho; Umakoshi, Tomoyuki; Abe, Yoshio; Kawamura, Midori; Kiba, Takayuki

    2015-12-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods were grown on a ZnO seed layer using chemical solution deposition, and their growth behavior over various timescales was investigated. The structural properties of the nanorods were investigated using x-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and the pH of the solution was measured both before and after the reaction process. It was observed that the nanorods grew in two stages, with the first stage from 0 to 6 h time and the second stage at 12-24 h of time. When they were given 24 h of reaction time, the length and aspect ratio of the nanorods reached ∼2.6 μm and ∼54, respectively. The pH value of the solution changed during the whole process, and on reaching a pH value ∼8.1 after 36 h, the nanorods exhibited very stable size dimensions. The most effective growth time to yield nanorods with high aspect ratios was determined to be 24 h.

  19. Determination of Iron in Water Solution by Time-Resolved Femtosecond Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

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    Sergey, S. Golik; Alexey, A. Ilyin; Michael, Yu. Babiy; Yulia, S. Biryukova; Vladimir, V. Lisitsa; Oleg, A. Bukin

    2015-11-01

    The influence of the energy of femtosecond laser pulses on the intensity of Fe I (371.99 nm) emission line and the continuous spectrum of the plasma generated on the surface of Fe3+ water solution by a Ti: sapphire laser radiation with pulse duration < 45 fs and energies up to 7 mJ is determined. A calibration curve was obtained for Fe3+ concentration range from 0.5 g/L to the limit of detection in water solution, and its saturation was detected for concentrations above 0.25 g/L, which is ascribed to self-absorption. The 3σ- limit of detection obtained for Fe in water solution is 2.6 mg/L in the case of 7 mJ laser pulse energy. It is found that an increase of laser pulse energy insignificantly affects on LOD in the time-resolved LIBS and leads to a slight improvement of the limit of detection. supported by the Russian Science Foundation (agreement #14-50-00034) (measurements of limit of detection), Russian Foundation for Basic Research (NK 15-32-20878/15) obtained in the frame of “Organization of Scientific Research” in the Far Eastern Federal University supported by Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation

  20. Semi-permanent split end mending with a polyelectrolyte complex.

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    Rigoletto, R; Zhou, Y; Foltis, L

    2007-01-01

    Split ends form through mechanical stresses during grooming procedures and are more likely to appear in hair damaged as a result of excessive combing forces. Although there are no conventional systems that will permanently mend split ends, a semi-permanent mending composition has been achieved through a polyelectrolyte complex. The complex is formed as a result of the ionic association of a cationic polymer, Polyquaternium-28, and an anionic polymer, PVM/MA Copolymer. Hair tresses containing tagged split ends are used in measuring mending efficacy. The tagging allows the fate of the split ends to be determined after different types of treatment regimens which test the durability of the mend. Monitoring of the repair and mending durability is carried out with the aid of a stereomicroscope. Results obtained with this method indicate that the complex both by itself and when formulated into a simple lotion provided a high level of split end mending not only after initial treatment but more importantly after combing showing the durability of the mend. Cumulative effects and durability to washing indicate that the polymer complex does not build up on the hair and rinses off with shampoo making possible its usage as a post shampoo treatment. The formulated lotion has higher durability performance as compared to a commercial product with a split end mending claim. The proposed mechanism of action entails a crosslinking microgel structure that infiltrates the damaged hair sites binding them together. This model is supported by the analysis of phase behavior, viscometry, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and absorption of ionic dyes.

  1. Semi-permanent split end mending with a polyelectrolyte complex.

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    Rigoletto, R; Zhou, Y; Foltis, L

    2007-01-01

    Split ends form through mechanical stresses during grooming procedures and are more likely to appear in hair damaged as a result of excessive combing forces. Although there are no conventional systems that will permanently mend split ends, a semi-permanent mending composition has been achieved through a polyelectrolyte complex. The complex is formed as a result of the ionic association of a cationic polymer, Polyquaternium-28, and an anionic polymer, PVM/MA Copolymer. Hair tresses containing tagged split ends are used in measuring mending efficacy. The tagging allows the fate of the split ends to be determined after different types of treatment regimens which test the durability of the mend. Monitoring of the repair and mending durability is carried out with the aid of a stereomicroscope. Results obtained with this method indicate that the complex both by itself and when formulated into a simple lotion provided a high level of split end mending not only after initial treatment but more importantly after combing showing the durability of the mend. Cumulative effects and durability to washing indicate that the polymer complex does not build up on the hair and rinses off with shampoo making possible its usage as a post shampoo treatment. The formulated lotion has higher durability performance as compared to a commercial product with a split end mending claim. The proposed mechanism of action entails a crosslinking microgel structure that infiltrates the damaged hair sites binding them together. This model is supported by the analysis of phase behavior, viscometry, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and absorption of ionic dyes. PMID:17728946

  2. An improved method of determining vapor-liquid equilibria for dilute organics in aqueous solution.

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    Kieckbusch, T G; King, C J

    1979-05-01

    Chromatographic quantitative analyses of aqueous samples containing dilute concentrations of organic solutes are frequently confounded by sorption phenomena, particularly for vapor samples and aged syringes. A novel apparatus was developed for overcoming this problem; it utilizes continual circulation of gas through a thermostated syringe for sampling, followed by a needleless injection into the chromatograph. Precision and reproducibility well under 0.5% can be obtained in this way. This method was applied to a determination of the solubility of isopentyl acetate in water (2600 ppm) by following the equilibrium vapor response for increasing liquid concentrations. It was also used to determine equilibrium partition coefficients for C1-C5 n-acetates between air and water, over a range of temperatures from 25 to 40 degrees C. PMID:19847988

  3. Monte Carlo simulations of flexible polyelectrolytes inside viral capsids with dodecahedral charge distribution

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    Angelescu, Daniel George; Linse, Per

    2007-05-01

    Structural properties of encapsidated flexible polyelectrolytes in viral capsids with dodecahedral charge distribution have been investigated by Monte Carlo simulations using a coarse-grained model. Several capsid charge distributions ranging from a homogeneous surface charge distribution (λ=0) to a complete dodecahedral distribution (λ=1) at constant total capsid charge and fixed radial location of the capsid charges have been considered. The radial and lateral organizations of the polyelectrolyte have been examined as a function of the polyelectrolyte length and capsid charge distribution. With short polyelectrolytes a single polyelectrolyte layer was formed at the inner capsid surface, whereas at increasing polyelectrolyte length also a uniform polyelectrolyte density inside the surface layer was established. At low λ , the polyelectrolyte layer was laterally isotropic, but at λ≥0.05 a dodecahedral structure started to appear. At λ=1 , the polyelectrolyte followed essentially a path along the edges of a dodecahedron. With sufficiently long chains, all edges were decorated with polyelectrolyte, facilitated by loop formation. For an undercharged capsid, the capsid counterions inside the capsid also adopted a dodecahedral distribution.

  4. Determination of hydroxyl radical production in aqueous solutions irradiated to clinically significant doses

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    Sagone, A.L. Jr.; Democko, C.; Clark, L.; Kartha, M.

    1983-02-01

    Decarboxylation of /sup 14/C-carboxylbenzoic acid in aqueous solutions after low-dose irradiation has been used to determine the relative magnitude of oxidation reactions and estimate the hydroxyl radicals produced. The G CO/sub 2/ values determined from these measurements of 0.4 to 1.0 mM solutions of benzoic acid after x-ray doses of 1000 rads ranged from 0.72 to 0.77, in excellent agreement with values reported by authors using much higher doses of radiation. Superoxide dismutase and catalase, known scavengers of superoxide and hydrogen peroxide, respectively, did not show impairment of the oxidation of benzoic acid. On the other hand, biologically significant concentrations of phenol and mannitol appear to impair the radiation-induced oxidation of benzoic acid, indicating that the process is secondary to a reaction with OH . . We found that serum and glucose, common cell media contents, are potent OH . scavengers. These observations indicate that the oxidation of benzoic acid can be as a reliable method to estimate OH . with radiation doses of clinically significant magnitudes. In addition, these results suggest that the radiation induced by OH . in cell systems can be significantly modified by the type of buffer used.

  5. A refined solution structure of hen lysozyme determined using residual dipolar coupling data.

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    Schwalbe, H; Grimshaw, S B; Spencer, A; Buck, M; Boyd, J; Dobson, C M; Redfield, C; Smith, L J

    2001-04-01

    A high resolution NMR structure of hen lysozyme has been determined using 209 residual 1H-15N dipolar coupling restraints from measurements made in two different dilute liquid crystalline phases (bicelles) in conjunction with a data set of 1632 NOE distance restraints, 110 torsion angle restraints, and 60 hydrogen bond restraints. The ensemble of 50 low-energy calculated structures has an average backbone RMSD of 0.50+/-0.13A to the mean structure and of 1.49+/-0.10A to the crystal structure of hen lysozyme. To assess the importance of the dipolar coupling data in the structure determination, the final structures are compared with an ensemble calculated using an identical protocol but excluding the dipolar coupling restraints. The comparison shows that structures calculated with the dipolar coupling data are more similar to the crystal structure than those calculated without, and have better stereochemical quality. The structures also show improved quality factors when compared with additional dipolar coupling data that were not included in the structure calculations, with orientation-dependent 15N chemical shift changes measured in the bicelle solutions, and with T1/T2 values obtained from 15N relaxation measurements. Analysis of the ensemble of NMR structures and comparisons with crystal structures, 15N relaxation data, and molecular dynamics simulations of hen lysozyme provides a detailed description of the solution structure of this protein and insights into its dynamical behavior.

  6. Elimination of the interferences of anions in the kinetic spectrophotometric determination of vanadium (V) solution.

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    Abdel-Halim, Said H; Hassanin, Hanaa A; El-Shahat, Mohamed F

    2003-01-01

    Accurate determination of vanadium (V) in industrial waste water is of great importance in environmental, biological and toxicological studies. Most of kinetic spectrophotometric methods based on the catalytic effect of vanadium (V), when applied to real samples for determination of trace levels of vanadium (V) lack the satisfactory sensitivity and selectivity. This may be attributed to the serious interferences of various anions which are common pollutants in industrial waste water. The oxidation of gallic acid by ammonium persulphate, catalysed by vanadium (V) was chosen for our study. The effect of the serious interferences of various anions such as chloride, bromate, bromide, chromate, iodide, iodate, molybdate, carbonate and sulphate on the net absorbance given by 4 microg l(-1) of vanadium (V) solution were studied. The minimum concentrations of citric acid, EDTA, ascorbic acid and oxalic acid as leveling off agents required to level off interfering effects due to the aforementioned anions in the kinetic determination of vanadium (V) were 50, 70, 80 and 120 microg ml(-1), respectively. In the presence of optimum concentrations of effective leveling off agents, the dynamic range can be extended and sensitivity increased as compared with the proposed method without levelling off agents. The proposed method is a rapid, sensitive and selective method for the determination of ultra trace amounts of vanadium (V) in real samples with satisfactory results.

  7. First-Principles Determination of Molecular Conformations of Indolizidine (−)-235B′ in Solution

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    Zheng, Fang; Dwoskin, Linda P.; Crooks, Peter A.; Zhan, Chang-Guo

    2009-01-01

    Indolizidine (−)-235B′ is a particularly interesting natural product, as it is the currently known, most potent and subtype-selective open-channel blocker of the α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR). In the current study, extensive first-principles electronic structure calculations have been carried out in order to determine the stable molecular conformations and their relative free energies of the protonated and deprotonated states of (−)-235B′ in the gas phase, in chloroform, and in aqueous solution. The 1H and 13C NMR chemical shifts calculated using the computationally determined dominant molecular conformation of the deprotonated state are all consistent with available experimental NMR spectra of (−)-235B′ in chloroform, which suggests that the computationally determined molecular conformations are reasonable. Our computational results reveal for the first time that two geminal H atoms on carbon-3 (C3) of (−)-235B′ have remarkably different chemical shifts (i.e. 3.24 and 2.03 ppm). The computational results help one to better understand and analyze the experimental 1H NMR spectra of (−)-235B′. The finding of remarkably different chemical shifts of two C3 geminal H atoms in a certain molecular conformation of (−)-235B′ may also be valuable in analysis of NMR spectra of other related ring-containing compounds. In addition, the pKa of (−)-235B′ in aqueous solution is predicted to be ~9.7. All of the computational results provide a solid basis for future studies of the microscopic and phenomenological binding of various receptor proteins with the protonated and deprotonated structures of this unique open-channel blocker of α4β2 nAChRs. This computational study also demonstrates how one can appropriately use computational modeling and spectroscopic analysis to address the structural and spectroscopic problems that cannot be addressed by experiments alone. PMID:20161506

  8. A novel, biodegradable and reversible polyelectrolyte platform for topical-colonic delivery of pentosan polysulphate.

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    Shah, Hardik K; Conkie, Jim A; Tait, Robert C; Johnson, James R; Wilson, Clive G

    2011-02-14

    The goal of the present work was to develop a swellable hydrogel colonic delivery system, which would maximise the availability of the therapeutic agent at a site of inflammation, especially where the water is scarce. A novel method was developed to manufacture a biodegradable and reversible polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) containing chitosan and poly acrylic-acid (PAA). The PEC was analysed using FTIR and DSC, which confirmed the formation of non-permanent swollen gel-network at an alkaline pH. Pentosan polysulphate (PPS) was incorporated in a PEC and an activated partial thromboplastin time assay was developed to measure the release of PPS from PEC. In vitro studies suggested that the release of PPS was dependent on the initial drug loading and the composition of the PEC. The gel strength of the swollen network, determined using a texture analyser, was dependent on polymer composition and the amount of PPS incorporated. Bacterial enzymes were collected from the rat caecum and colon for the digestion studies and characterised for glucosidase activity, glucuronidase activity and protein content. The digestion of the reversible polyelectrolyte complexes was measured using a dinitro salicylic acid assay and an increased release of drug was also confirmed in the presence of bacterial enzymes. PMID:21093555

  9. A novel, biodegradable and reversible polyelectrolyte platform for topical-colonic delivery of pentosan polysulphate.

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    Shah, Hardik K; Conkie, Jim A; Tait, Robert C; Johnson, James R; Wilson, Clive G

    2011-02-14

    The goal of the present work was to develop a swellable hydrogel colonic delivery system, which would maximise the availability of the therapeutic agent at a site of inflammation, especially where the water is scarce. A novel method was developed to manufacture a biodegradable and reversible polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) containing chitosan and poly acrylic-acid (PAA). The PEC was analysed using FTIR and DSC, which confirmed the formation of non-permanent swollen gel-network at an alkaline pH. Pentosan polysulphate (PPS) was incorporated in a PEC and an activated partial thromboplastin time assay was developed to measure the release of PPS from PEC. In vitro studies suggested that the release of PPS was dependent on the initial drug loading and the composition of the PEC. The gel strength of the swollen network, determined using a texture analyser, was dependent on polymer composition and the amount of PPS incorporated. Bacterial enzymes were collected from the rat caecum and colon for the digestion studies and characterised for glucosidase activity, glucuronidase activity and protein content. The digestion of the reversible polyelectrolyte complexes was measured using a dinitro salicylic acid assay and an increased release of drug was also confirmed in the presence of bacterial enzymes.

  10. Polyelectrolyte Microcapsules Dispersed in Silicone Rubber for in Vivo Sampling in Fish Brains.

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    Xu, Jianqiao; Wu, Rongben; Huang, Shuyao; Yang, Muzi; Liu, Yan; Liu, Yuan; Jiang, Ruifen; Zhu, Fang; Ouyang, Gangfeng

    2015-10-20

    Direct detection of fluoxetine and its metabolite norfluoxetine in living fish brains was realized for the first time by using a novel solid-phase microextraction fiber, which was prepared by mixing the polyelectrolyte in the oligomer of silicone rubber and followed by in-mold heat-curing. The polyelectrolyte was finally encased in microcapsules dispersed in the cured silicone rubber. The fiber exhibited excellent interfiber reproducibility (5.4-7.1%, n = 6), intrafiber reproducibility (3.7-4.6%, n = 6), and matrix effect-resistant capacity. Due to the capacity of simultaneously extracting the neutral and the protonated species of the analytes at physiological pH, the fiber exhibited high extraction efficiencies to fluoxetine and norfluoxetine. Besides, the effect of the salinity on the extraction performance and the competitive sorption between the analytes were also evaluated. Based on the small-sized custom-made fiber, the concentrations of fluoxetine and norfluoxetine in the brains of living fish, which were exposed to waterborne fluoxetine at an environmentally relevant concentration, were determined and found 4.4 to 9.2 and 5.0 to 9.2 times those in the dorsal-epaxial muscle. The fiber can be used to detect various protonated bioactive compounds in living animal tissues. PMID:26403643

  11. Determining the electrophoretic mobility and translational diffusion coefficients of DNA molecules in free solution.

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    Stellwagen, Earle; Stellwagen, Nancy C

    2002-08-01

    The free solution mobility of DNA molecules of different molecular weights, the sequence dependence of the mobility, and the diffusion coefficients of small single- and double-stranded DNA (ss- and dsDNA) molecules can be measured accurately by capillary zone electrophoresis, using coated capillaries to minimize the electroosmotic flow (EOF) of the solvent. Very small differences in mobility between various analytes can be quantified if a mobility marker is used to correct for small differences in EOF between successive experiments. Using mobility markers, the molecular weight at which the free solution mobility of dsDNA becomes independent of molecular weight is found to be approximately 170 bp in 40 mM Tris-acetate-EDTA buffer. A DNA fragment containing 170 bp has a contour length of approximately 58 nm, close to the persistence length of DNA under these buffer conditions. Hence, the approach of the free solution mobility of DNA to a plateau value may be associated with the transition from a rod-like to a coil-like conformation in solution. Markers have also been used to determine that the free solution mobilities of ss- and dsDNA oligomers are sequence-dependent. Double-stranded 20-bp oligomers containing runs of three or more adenine residues in a row (A-tracts) migrate somewhat more slowly than 20-mers without A-tracts, suggesting that somewhat larger numbers of counterions are condensed in the ion atmospheres of A-tract DNAs, decreasing their net effective charge. Single-stranded 20-mers with symmetric sequences migrate approximately 1% faster than their double-stranded counterparts, and faster than single-stranded 20-mers containing A(5)- or T(5)-tracts. Interestingly, the average mobility of two complementary single-stranded 20-mers is equal to the mobility of the double-stranded oligomer formed upon annealing. Finally, the stopped migration method has been used to measure the diffusion coefficients of single- and double-stranded oligomers. The diffusion

  12. Polyelectrolytes Multilayers to Modulate Cell Adhesion: A Study of the Influence of Film Composition and Polyelectrolyte Interdigitation on the Adhesion of the A549 Cell Line.

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    Muzzio, Nicolás E; Pasquale, Miguel A; Gregurec, Danijela; Diamanti, Eleftheria; Kosutic, Marija; Azzaroni, Omar; Moya, Sergio E

    2016-04-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) with different polycation/polyanion pairs are fabricated by the layer-by-layer technique employing synthetic, natural, and both types of polyelectrolytes. The impact of the chemical composition of PEMs on cell adhesion is assessed by studying cell shape, spreading area, focal contacts, and cell proliferation for the A549 cell line. Cells exhibit good adhesion on PEMs containing natural polycations and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS) as polyanion, but limited adhesion is observed on PEMs fabricated from both natural polyelectrolytes. PEMs are then assembled, depositing a block of natural polyelectrolytes on top of a stiffer block with PSS as polyanion. Cell adhesion is enhanced on top of the diblock PEMs compared to purely natural PEMs. This fact could be explained by the interdigitation between polyelectrolytes from the two blocks. Diblock PEM assembly provides a simple means to tune cell adhesion on biocompatible PEMs.

  13. Determination of matrix composition based on solute-solute nearest-neighbor distances in atom probe tomography.

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    De Geuser, F; Lefebvre, W

    2011-03-01

    In this study, we propose a fast automatic method providing the matrix concentration in an atom probe tomography (APT) data set containing two phases or more. The principle of this method relies on the calculation of the relative amount of isolated solute atoms (i.e., not surrounded by a similar solute atom) as a function of a distance d in the APT reconstruction. Simulated data sets have been generated to test the robustness of this new tool and demonstrate that rapid and reproducible results can be obtained without the need of any user input parameter. The method has then been successfully applied to a ternary Al-Zn-Mg alloy containing a fine dispersion of hardening precipitates. The relevance of this method for direct estimation of matrix concentration is discussed and compared with the existing methodologies.

  14. On the possibility of determining the thermodynamic temperature of colloid solutions by the nuclear magnetic resonance method

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    Davydov, V. V.; Dudkin, V. I.

    2016-07-01

    A new method of determining the thermodynamic temperature of colloid solutions placed onto a sealed glass vessel is considered; the method is based on measurements of the magnetic susceptibility in flowing liquid by the magnetic nuclear resonance method. Experimental results show that the Curie law holds for colloid solutions in the temperature range of 278-333 K, in which ferrofluid cells prepared based on these solutions are used.

  15. Multi-plate freeze concentration: Recovery of solutes occluded in the ice and determination of thawing time.

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    Gulfo, Rafael; Auleda, Josep M; Moreno, Fabián Leonardo; Ruiz, Yolanda; Hernández, Eduard; Raventós, Mercè

    2014-09-01

    The retention of solutes in the ice formed in a falling-film freeze concentrator (multi-plate freeze-concentrator) was analysed. Solutions of fructose, glucose and sucrose and a simulated juice with initial concentrations of 5, 10, 15 and 20 °Brix were freeze concentrated. The ice produced in the four steps of the process retains solutes at levels of 1.0-8.8 °Brix (expressed as solute mass fraction in the ice). The recovery of these solutes during thawing can increase overall system efficiency. All thawing steps were carried out dividing the sample in 10 fractions at 20 ℃. The first thawed fractions showed solute concentrations that were 1.9-3.3 times higher than the mean solute mass fraction in the ice, while the last fractions of ice showed very low levels of retained solutes, less than 0.2 times the mean solute mass fraction in the ice. It was found that fractionated thawing can recover most of the solute content in the ice. The procedure presented in the present study allows the determination of the solute concentration achieved in the various thawing fractions and predicts the thawing time required for a given form factor, melting temperature and initial solute mass fraction in the ice.

  16. Electrically driven ion separations and nanofiltration through membranes coated with polyelectrolyte multilayers

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    White, Nicholas

    Polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) films deposited using the layer-by-layer (LBL) method are attractive for their simple deposition, tailorable nature, scalability, and charge or size-based selectivity for solutes. This dissertation explores ion separations in electrodialysis (ED) and solute removal through nanofiltration with PEMs deposited on polymer membranes. ED membranes typically exhibit modest selectivities between monovalent and divalent ions. In contrast, this work shows that K+/Mg 2+ ED selectivities reach values >1000 when using Nafion 115 cation-exchange membranes coated with multilayer poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS)/protonated poly(allylamine) (PAH) films. For comparison, the corresponding K+ /Mg2+ selectivity of bare Nafion 115 is <2. However, water-splitting at strongly overlimiting current densities may lead to a local pH increase close to the membrane surface and alter film permeability or allow passage of Mg(OH)x species to decrease selectivity. When the source phase contains high salt concentrations, the K+ transference number approaches unity and the K+/Mg2+ selectivity is >20,000, presumably because the applied current is below the limiting value for K+ and H+ transport is negligible at this high K+ concentration. The high selectivities of these membranes may enable electrodialysis applications such as purification of salts that contain divalent or trivalent ions. The high ED selectivities of (PAH/PSS)5PAH-coated Nafion membranes translate to separations with Li+/Co2+ and K +/La3+. Even with adsorption of only 3 polyelectrolyte layers, Nafion membranes exhibit a Li+/Co2+ selectivity >23. However, the resistance to monovalent-ion passage does not decrease significantly with fewer polyelectrolyte layers. At overlimiting currents, hydroxides from water splitting form insoluble metal hydroxides to foul the membrane. With 0.1 M source-phase salt concentrations, transference numbers for monovalent cations approach unity and selectivities are >5000

  17. Deconstructing graphite: graphenide solutions.

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    Pénicaud, Alain; Drummond, Carlos

    2013-01-15

    Growing interest in graphene over past few years has prompted researchers to find new routes for producing this material other than mechanical exfoliation or growth from silicon carbide. Chemical vapor deposition on metallic substrates now allows researchers to produce continuous graphene films over large areas. In parallel, researchers will need liquid, large scale, formulations of graphene to produce functional graphene materials that take advantage of graphene's mechanical, electrical, and barrier properties. In this Account, we describe methods for creating graphene solutions from graphite. Graphite provides a cheap source of carbon, but graphite is insoluble. With extensive sonication, it can be dispersed in organic solvents or water with adequate additives. Nevertheless, this process usually creates cracks and defects in the graphite. On the other hand, graphite intercalation compounds (GICs) provide a means to dissolve rather than disperse graphite. GICS can be obtained through the reaction of alkali metals with graphite. These compounds are a source of graphenide salts and also serve as an excellent electronic model of graphene due to the decoupling between graphene layers. The graphenide macroions, negatively charged graphene sheets, form supple two-dimensional polyelectrolytes that spontaneously dissolve in some organic solvents. The entropic gain from the dissolution of counterions and the increased degrees of freedom of graphene in solution drives this process. Notably, we can obtain graphenide solutions in easily processable solvents with low boiling points such as tetrahydrofuran or cyclopentylmethylether. We performed a statistical analysis of high resolution transmission electronic micrographs of graphene sheets deposited on grids from GICs solution to show that the dissolved material has been fully exfoliated. The thickness distribution peaks with single layers and includes a few double- or triple-layer objects. Light scattering analysis of the

  18. pH-regulated ionic current rectification in conical nanopores functionalized with polyelectrolyte brushes.

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    Zeng, Zhenping; Ai, Ye; Qian, Shizhi

    2014-02-14

    Mimicking biological ion channels capable of pH-regulated ionic transport, synthetic nanopores functionalized with pH-tunable polyelectrolyte (PE) brushes have been considered as versatile tools for active transport control of ions, fluids, and bioparticles on the nanoscale. The ionic current rectification (ICR) phenomenon through a conical nanopore functionalized with PE brushes whose charge highly depends upon the local solution properties (i.e., pH and background salt concentration) is studied theoretically for the first time. The results show that the rectification magnitude, as well as the preferential rectification direction, is sensitive to the pH stimulus. The bulk concentration of the background salt can also significantly influence the charge of the PE brushes and accordingly affect the ICR phenomenon. The obtained results provide an insightful understanding of the pH-regulated ICR and guidelines for designing nanopores functionalized with PE brushes for pH-tunable applications.

  19. Preparation of polyelectrolyte/calcium phosphate hybrids for drug delivery application.

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    Salama, Ahmed; El-Sakhawy, Mohamed

    2014-11-26

    Biocompatible and biodegradable polyelectrolyte complex consisting of carboxylmethyl cellulose (CMC) and chitosan (CHI) were studied as a template for calcium phosphate biomimetic mineralization. CMC/CHI/calcium phosphate hybrids were prepared using different concentrations of simulated body fluid (2, 5 and 10 × SBF) for producing hybrids with different organic/inorganic ratio. These hybrids were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The equilibrium swelling extents of the hybrids were found to be dependent on the inorganic % in the hybrids. The release profile of bovine serum albumin as a model drug in simulated intestine solution (pH 7.4) during 24h has established the efficiency of the hybrids as a sustained delivery system. The hybrids developed in this contribution exhibit a great potential in bone tissue engineering and drug delivery applications. PMID:25256512

  20. Chemo-enzymatic synthesis of raffinose-branched polyelectrolytes and self-assembly application in microcapsules.

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    Wu, Qi; Chen, Zhi-Chun; Lu, De-Shui; Lin, Xian-Fu

    2006-01-01

    A novel biocompatible polyelectrolyte poly(vinyl raffinose-co-acrylic acid) (PRCA) containing a raffinose branch was prepared via redox polymerization using Fe(2+)/K(2)S(2)O(8)/H(2)O(2) starting from enzymatically-synthesized monomer: 1-O-vinyldecanedioyl raffinose. Copolymers with different monomer feed ratios were prepared and characterized with IR, NMR, and GPC. PRCA can be alternated with polycation to form microcapsules on a crystals template by electrostatic layer-by-layer technique. The multilayers of PRCA/poly(methacryloyloxyethyl dimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride) (PMBA) on quartz slides and PRCA/poly(dimethyldiallyl ammonium chloride) (PDDA) on acyclovir crystals template were fabricated and characterized with UV-Vis spectra, the microelectrophoretic measurement, and TEM. Hollow capsules can be formed after the removal of acyclovir crystals template in a buffer solution. The nano-capsule-carrying galactose residue is a potential targeting drug-controlled delivery systems.

  1. N,N-Dimethyl chitosan/heparin polyelectrolyte complex vehicle for efficient heparin delivery.

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    Bueno, Pedro V A; Souza, Paulo R; Follmann, Heveline D M; Pereira, Antonio G B; Martins, Alessandro F; Rubira, Adley F; Muniz, Edvani C

    2015-04-01

    Polysaccharide-based device for oral delivery of heparin (HP) was successfully prepared. Previously synthesized N,N-dimethyl chitosan (DMC) (86% dimethylated by (1)H NMR spectroscopy) was complexed with HP by mixing HP and DMC aqueous solutions (both at pH 3.0). The polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) obtention was confirmed by infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA/DTG) and wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS). In vitro controlled release assays of HP from PEC were investigated in the simulated intestinal fluid (SIF) and simulated gastric fluid (SGF). The PEC efficiently protected the HP in SGF condition in which HP is degraded. On the other hand, in SIF PEC promoted the releasing of 80 ± 1.5% of loaded HP. The promissory results indicated that the PEC based on DMC/HP presented potential as drug-carrier matrix, since biological activity of HP was improved at pH close to physiological condition.

  2. Polyelectrolyte-linked film assemblies of nanoparticles and nanoshells: growth, stability, and optical properties.

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    Galyean, Anne A; Day, Robert W; Malinowski, Justin; Kittredge, Kevin W; Leopold, Michael C

    2009-03-15

    Multi-layer films of nanoparticles and nanoshells featuring various polymeric linkage molecules have been assembled and their optical properties characterized. The growth dynamics, including molecular weight effects, and stability of the various nanoparticle film constructions, using both single polymer as well as combinations of alternating charge polyelectrolytes as linking mechanisms, are presented. The polymeric linkers studied include poly-L-lysine, poly-L-arginine, poly(allylamine hydrochloride), and polyamidoamine dendrimers. Significantly air stable films were achieved with the use of multi-layered polymeric bridges between the nanoparticles and nanoshells. Optical sensitivity normally observed with these nanomaterials in solution was observed for their corresponding film geometries, with the nanoshell films exhibiting a markedly higher ability to report their local dielectric environment. PMID:19108848

  3. Encapsulation of catalase in polyelectrolyte microspheres composed of melamine formaldehyde, dextran sulfate, and protamine.

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    Balabushevich, N G; Zimina, E P; Larionova, N I

    2004-07-01

    Immobilization of catalase (molecular weight 240,000 daltons) in polyelectrolyte microspheres was studied. The microspheres were obtained by alternating adsorption of dextran sulfate and protamine on commercially available melamine formaldehyde cores followed by the core hydrolysis at pH 1.7. As the interior of the microspheres was filled with homogeneous matrix, the catalase distribution inside the microspheres was uniform. The quantity of entrapped catalase was dependent on the initial concentration of the enzyme and pH of solution, and the peak value was 10(8)-10(9) molecules per microsphere. It was demonstrated that catalase was entrapped in the microspheres via electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions. The catalase activity inside the microspheres increased as the quantity of enzyme decreased, which was due to the switch between diffusion and kinetic regimes of the enzymatic reaction. The microspheres could be applied for separation and concentration of high molecular weight proteins.

  4. Visualization of Sweat Fingerprints on Various Surfaces Using a Conjugated Polyelectrolyte.

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    Yoon, Joon-Hyun; Jin, Young-Jae; Sakaguchi, Toshikazu; Kwak, Giseop

    2016-09-14

    A conformation-variable conjugated polyelectrolyte responding to oppositely charged biomolecules was examined as an imaging agent for the detection of latent fingerprints (LFPs). Sulfonated poly(diphenylacetylene) (SPDPA) produces high-resolution fluorescence (FL) LFP images by simple wetting of the target objects with the polymer solution without any additional treatment. SPDPA readily interacts with LFP sweat components (especially amino acids) via electrostatic interactions, leading to significantly enhanced FL images in a "turn-on" mode. The FL emission enhancement was examined in a model reaction between SPDPA and an amino acid standard. Visualization with SPDPA is effective on various surfaces, including both rough (paper) and smooth (glass and plastic) ones. Moreover, SPDPA readily interacts with extremely thin sweat LFPs, especially on smooth glass surfaces. PMID:27558275

  5. Communication: Intraparticle segregation of structurally homogeneous polyelectrolyte microgels caused by long-range Coulomb repulsion

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    Rumyantsev, Artem M.; Rudov, Andrey A.; Potemkin, Igor I.

    2015-05-01

    Structurally homogeneous polyelectrolyte microgels in dilute aqueous solutions are shown to exhibit inhomogeneous density profile including intraparticle "phase" coexistence of hollow core and dense "skin." This effect is a consequence of long-range Coulomb repulsion of charged groups which appear because of entropy-driven escape of monovalent counterions into the outer solvent. Excess of the charged groups at the periphery of the microgel particle reduces electrostatic energy and overall free energy of the system despite a penalty in the elastic free energy of strongly stretched subchains in the hole. This finding can serve as additional tool controlling encapsulation, transport, and release of high- and low-molecular-weight species in processes where the microgels are used as delivery systems.

  6. Multifunctional polyelectrolyte microcapsules as a contrast agent for photoacoustic imaging in blood.

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    Yashchenok, Alexey M; Jose, Jithin; Trochet, Philippe; Sukhorukov, Gleb B; Gorin, Dmitry A

    2016-08-01

    The polyelectrolyte microcapsules that can be accurate either visualized in biological media or in tissue would enhance their further in vivo application both as a carrier of active payloads and as a specific sensor. The immobilization of active species, for instance fluorescent dyes, quantum dots, metal nanoparticles, in polymeric shell enables visualization of capsules by optical imaging techniques in aqueous solution. However, for visualization of capsules in complex media an instrument with high contrast modality requires. Herein, we show for the first time photoacoustic imaging (PAI) of multifunctional microcapsules in water and in blood. The microcapsules exhibit greater photoacoustic intensity compare to microparticles with the same composition of polymeric shell presumably their higher thermal expansion. Photoacoustic intensity form microcapsules dispersed in blood displays an enhancement (2-fold) of signal compare to blood. Photoacoustic imaging of microcapsules might contribute to non-invasive carrier visualization and further their in vivo distribution.

  7. Layer-by-layer deposition of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes on the surface of condensed DNA particles.

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    Trubetskoy, V S; Loomis, A; Hagstrom, J E; Budker, V G; Wolff, J A

    1999-01-01

    DNA can be condensed with an excess of poly-cations in aqueous solutions forming stable particles of submicron size with positive surface charge. This charge surplus can be used to deposit alternating layers of polyanions and polycations on the surface surrounding the core of condensed DNA. Using poly-L-lysine (PLL) and succinylated PLL (SPLL) as polycation and polyanion, respectively, we demonstrated layer-by-layer architecture of the particles. Polyanions with a shorter carboxyl/backbone distance tend to disassemble binary DNA/PLL complexes by displacing DNA while polyanions with a longer carboxyl/backbone distance effectively formed a tertiary complex. The zeta potential of such complexes became negative, indicating effective surface recharging. The charge stoichiometry of the DNA/PLL/SPLL complex was found to be close to 1:1:1, resembling poly-electrolyte complexes layered on macrosurfaces. Recharged particles containing condensed plasmid DNA may find applications as non-viral gene delivery vectors. PMID:10454604

  8. Layer-by-layer deposition of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes on the surface of condensed DNA particles.

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    Trubetskoy, V S; Loomis, A; Hagstrom, J E; Budker, V G; Wolff, J A

    1999-08-01

    DNA can be condensed with an excess of poly-cations in aqueous solutions forming stable particles of submicron size with positive surface charge. This charge surplus can be used to deposit alternating layers of polyanions and polycations on the surface surrounding the core of condensed DNA. Using poly-L-lysine (PLL) and succinylated PLL (SPLL) as polycation and polyanion, respectively, we demonstrated layer-by-layer architecture of the particles. Polyanions with a shorter carboxyl/backbone distance tend to disassemble binary DNA/PLL complexes by displacing DNA while polyanions with a longer carboxyl/backbone distance effectively formed a tertiary complex. The zeta potential of such complexes became negative, indicating effective surface recharging. The charge stoichiometry of the DNA/PLL/SPLL complex was found to be close to 1:1:1, resembling poly-electrolyte complexes layered on macrosurfaces. Recharged particles containing condensed plasmid DNA may find applications as non-viral gene delivery vectors.

  9. Multifunctional polyelectrolyte microcapsules as a contrast agent for photoacoustic imaging in blood.

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    Yashchenok, Alexey M; Jose, Jithin; Trochet, Philippe; Sukhorukov, Gleb B; Gorin, Dmitry A

    2016-08-01

    The polyelectrolyte microcapsules that can be accurate either visualized in biological media or in tissue would enhance their further in vivo application both as a carrier of active payloads and as a specific sensor. The immobilization of active species, for instance fluorescent dyes, quantum dots, metal nanoparticles, in polymeric shell enables visualization of capsules by optical imaging techniques in aqueous solution. However, for visualization of capsules in complex media an instrument with high contrast modality requires. Herein, we show for the first time photoacoustic imaging (PAI) of multifunctional microcapsules in water and in blood. The microcapsules exhibit greater photoacoustic intensity compare to microparticles with the same composition of polymeric shell presumably their higher thermal expansion. Photoacoustic intensity form microcapsules dispersed in blood displays an enhancement (2-fold) of signal compare to blood. Photoacoustic imaging of microcapsules might contribute to non-invasive carrier visualization and further their in vivo distribution. PMID:26913984

  10. The effect of multivalent ions on the thermal transition of hydrated polyelectrolyte multilayers

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    Reid, Dariya; Lutkenhaus, Jodie

    2015-03-01

    Layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly is a commonly studied technique in the production of uniform thin films. Hydrate LbL assemblies made of model polyelectrolytes, poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDAC) and poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS), exhibit a thermal transition with features of a glass transition and a lower critical solution temperature transition when assembled in the presence of sodium chloride. The question remains as to how multivalent cations affect the nature of the transition. Here, we present results on the thermal transition of PDAC/PSS LbL assemblies exposed to various multivalent salts. Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM-D) and modulated differential scanning calorimetry (MDSC) is used to assess the transition.

  11. Quantitative Computer Tomography for Determining Composition of Microgravity and Ground Based Solid Solutions

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    Gillies, D. C.; Engel, H. P.

    1999-01-01

    Advances in x-ray Computer Tomography (CT) have been led by the medical profession, and by evaluation of industrial products, particularly castings. Porosity can readily be determined as a function of the density of a material, and CT is thus an industrially important NDE tool. Providing high purity, 100% dense standards of pure elements and compounds can be fabricated, the composition of solid solution alloys can be determined by measuring the CT number, which is a function of the absorption of the sample. Average densities across slices 1 mm thick can generally be determined to better than 1 percent. With present technology this spatial sensitivity is less than ideal, but important benefits can nevertheless be obtained by using CT, particularly single crystals, prior to making any destructive assault upon the sample. The sample can in fact be examined prior to removal from the mold within which it has been grown and, in the cases of microgravity flight samples, before removal from the cartridge assembly. This greatly assists the researcher in the characterization of the products, particularly as a guide to cutting and sampling. Examples of work with germanium-silicon alloys and mercury cadmium telluride taken with a radioactive cobalt source will be demonstrated.

  12. A validated stability-indicating HPLC method for the determination of PEGylated puerarin in aqueous solutions.

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    Liu, Xinyi; Yu, Boyang; Wang, Naijie; Zhang, Bei; Du, Feng; He, Cheng; Ye, Zuguang

    2010-08-01

    The aim of this study was to develop a validated specific stability-indicating HPLC method for the quantitative determination of PEGylated puerarin (PEG-PUE) in aqueous solutions. The method was validated by subjecting PEG-PUE to forced degradation under stress conditions of acid, alkali, water hydrolysis, and oxidation. Both PEG-PUE and puerarin (PUE) were simultaneously determined and separated on CAPCELL PAK C18 column by gradient elution with 0.2% aqueous phosphoric acid and acetonitrile as the mobile phase. The flow rate was 1.0 mL min(-1) and detection wavelength was set at 250 nm. Both calibration curves showed good linear regression (r> or =0.9998) within test ranges. The LOD and LOQ of PEG-PUE were determined to be 3 and 9 microg mL(-1) respectively. Degradation of PEG-PUE followed pseudo-first-order kinetics with t(1/2) of 59 min at pH 9.0 and 17.79 h at pH 7.4. However, at pH 5.0 and 2.0, there was no significant degradation of PEG-PUE over time. In conclusion, the method was observed to have the necessary specificity, precision, and accuracy, and to be suitable for quantity monitoring the degradation process of PEG-PUE during stability studies. The degradation studies may give insight into useful information for formulation development of PEG-PUE.

  13. A new method to determine the yield stress of diluted polymeric solutions

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    Soto, Enrique; Ruiz, Servando; Cordova Aguilar, Maria Soledad

    2012-11-01

    A new method to measure the yield stress for diluted polymeric solutions is presented. The tested solutions exhibit shear thinning behavior a once the critical yield stress is overcame. In rheology, these fluids are known as Herschel-Buckley. The yield stress phenomenon and its relation with bubble motion is an important issue for different industries, for example, personal care, paints and some others. As a result of the yield stress, small bubbles remain trapped in the fluid bulk, but above a critical volume, which is related with the characteristic yield stress, the bubbles flow in the liquid. In order to change the bubble volume, the liquid is placed in a cylindrical container whose pressure is decreased by a vacuum pump. The bubble growths as the pressure decreases and keeps its position until it reaches the critical volume. The bubble shape changes with volume and velocity, and a competition among surface, gravitational, inertial and viscous forces is discussed. The yield stress determined value is higher than the obtained from simple shear measurements due to the complex flow around the bubble.

  14. Determination of actinide speciation in solution using high-energy X-ray scattering.

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    Soderholm, L; Skanthakumar, S; Neuefeind, J

    2005-09-01

    High-energy X-ray scattering (HEXS) has been used to understand the coordination environment of the uranyl ion in a perchlorate solution. Assuming the two coordinating oxo ligands bound to U(VI) are represented in a peak in the pair distribution function (PDF) at 1.766(1) A, integration of the peak intensity is used to quantify the charge located on the oxygens. The dioxo ligands are essentially neutral, as predicted by numerous published calculations, with a charge of -16.4(8) electrons. The peak in the PDF at 2.420(1) A is consistent with equatorial ligating waters. The intensity of this peak is inconsistent with an integral coordination number and is used to propose a solution equilibrium of five and four waters coordinating to the uranyl(VI) ion favoring the five-coordinate species. This equilibrium is then used to experimentally determine that five-coordinate uranyl is 1.19+/-0.42 kcal/mol more stable than its four-coordinate counterpart under the conditions of the experiment. Further peaks in the Fourier transform of the scattering data at 4.50, 7, and 8.7 A are attributed to uranium-solvent correlations.

  15. Determination of polar organic solutes in oil-shale retort water

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    Leenheer, J.A.; Noyes, T.I.; Stuber, H.A.

    1982-01-01

    A variety of analytical methods were used to quantitatively determine polar organic solutes in process retort water and a gas-condensate retort water produced in a modified in situ oil-shale retort. Specific compounds accounting for 50% of the dissolved organic carbon were identified in both retort waters. In the process water, 42% of the dissolved organic carbon consisted of a homologous series of fatty acids from C2 to C10. Dissolved organic carbon percentages for other identified compound classes were as follows: aliphatic dicarboxylic acids, 1.4%; phenols, 2.2%; hydroxypyridines, 1.1%; aliphatic amides, 1.2%. In the gas-condensate retort water, aromatic amines were most abundant at 19.3% of the dissolved organic carbon, followed by phenols (17.8%), nitriles (4.3%), aliphatic alcohols (3.5%), aliphatic ketones (2.4%), and lactones (1.3%). Steam-volatile organic solutes were enriched in the gas-condensate retort water, whereas nonvolatile acids and polyfunctional neutral compounds were predominant organic constituents of the process retort water.

  16. Current Situation, Determinants, and Solutions to Drug Shortages in Shaanxi Province, China: A Qualitative Study

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    Yang, Caijun; Wu, Lina; Cai, Wenfang; Zhu, Wenwen; Shen, Qian; Li, Zongjie; Fang, Yu

    2016-01-01

    Objective Drug shortages were a complex global problem. The aim of this study was to analyze, characterize, and assess the drug shortages, and identify possible solutions in Shaanxi Province, western China. Methods A qualitative methodological approach was conducted during May–June 2015 and December 2015–January 2016. Semi-structured interviews were performed to gather information from representatives of hospital pharmacists, wholesalers, pharmaceutical producers, and local health authorities. Results Thirty participants took part in the study. Eight traditional Chinese medicines and 87 types of biologicals and chemicals were reported to be in short supply. Most were essential medicines. Five main determinants of drug shortages were detected: too low prices, too low market demands, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) issues, materials issues, and approval issues for imported drugs. Five different solutions were proposed by the participants: 1) let the market decide the drug price; 2) establish an information platform; 3) establish a reserve system; 4) enhance the communication among the three parties in the supply chain; and 5) improve hospital inventory management. Conclusions Western China was currently experiencing a serious drug shortage. Numerous reasons for the shortage were identified. Most drug shortages in China were currently because of “too low prices.” To solve this problem, all of the stakeholders, especially the government, needed to participate in managing the drug shortages. PMID:27780218

  17. Effect of polyelectrolytes on (de)stability of liquid foam films.

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    Fauser, Heiko; von Klitzing, Regine

    2014-09-28

    The review addresses the influence of polyelectrolytes on the stabilisation of free-standing liquid foam films, which affects the stability of a whole macroscopic foam. Both the composition of the film surface and the stratification of the film bulk drives the drainage and the interfacial forces within a foam film. Beside synthetic polyelectrolytes also natural polyelectrolytes like cellulose, proteins and DNA are considered. PMID:25080085

  18. Nanohybrid conjugated polyelectrolytes: highly photostable and ultrabright nanoparticles

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    Darwish, Ghinwa H.; Karam, Pierre

    2015-09-01

    We present a general and straightforward one-step approach to enhance the photophysical properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes. Upon complexation with an amphiphilic polymer (polyvinylpyrrolidone), an anionic conjugated polyelectrolyte (poly[5-methoxy-2-(3-sulfopropoxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene]) was prepared into small nanoparticles with exceptional photostability and brightness. The polymer fluorescence intensity was enhanced by 23 -fold and could be easily tuned by changing the order of addition. Single molecule experiments revealed a complete suppression of blinking. In addition, after only losing 18% of the original intensity, a remarkable amount of photons were emitted per particle (~109, on average). This number is many folds greater than popular organic fluorescent dyes. We believe that an intimate contact between the two polymers is shielding the conjugated polyelectrolyte from the destructive photooxidation. The prepared nanohybrid particles will prove instrumental in single particle based fluorescent assays and can serve as a probe for the current state-of-the-art bioimaging fluorescence techniques.We present a general and straightforward one-step approach to enhance the photophysical properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes. Upon complexation with an amphiphilic polymer (polyvinylpyrrolidone), an anionic conjugated polyelectrolyte (poly[5-methoxy-2-(3-sulfopropoxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene]) was prepared into small nanoparticles with exceptional photostability and brightness. The polymer fluorescence intensity was enhanced by 23 -fold and could be easily tuned by changing the order of addition. Single molecule experiments revealed a complete suppression of blinking. In addition, after only losing 18% of the original intensity, a remarkable amount of photons were emitted per particle (~109, on average). This number is many folds greater than popular organic fluorescent dyes. We believe that an intimate contact between the two polymers is shielding the

  19. Solution structure of apamin determined by nuclear magnetic resonance and distance geometry

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    Pease, J.H.B.; Wemmer, D.E.

    1988-11-01

    The solution structure of the bee venom neurotoxin apamin has been determined with a distance geometry program using distance constraints derived from NMR. Twenty embedded structures were generated and refined by using the program DSPACE. After error minimization using both conjugate gradient and dynamics algorithms, six structures had very low residual error. Comparisons of these show that the backbone of the peptide is quite well-defined with the largest rms difference between backbone atoms in these structures of 1.34 /Angstrom/. The side chains have far fewer constraints and show greater variability in their positions. The structure derived here is generally consistent with the qualitative model previously described, with most differences occurring in the loop between the ..beta..-turn (residues 2-5) and the C-terminal ..cap alpha..-helix (residues 9-17). Comparisons are made with previously derived models from NMR data and other methods.

  20. A computer program for automated flutter solution and matched point determination

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    Bhatia, K. G.

    1973-01-01

    The use of a digital computer program (MATCH) for automated determination of the flutter velocity and the matched-point flutter density is described. The program is based on the use of the modified Laguerre iteration formula to converge to a flutter crossing or a matched-point density. A general description of the computer program is included and the purpose of all subroutines used is stated. The input required by the program and various input options are detailed, and the output description is presented. The program can solve flutter equations formulated with up to 12 vibration modes and obtain flutter solutions for up to 10 air densities. The program usage is illustrated by a sample run, and the FORTRAN program listing is included.

  1. On the scattering properties of polyelectrolyte gels

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    Barrat, Jean-Louis; Joanny, Jean-François; Pincus, Phil

    1992-08-01

    We present a simple model for scattering properties of polyelectrolyte gels at swelling equilibrium. In the weak screening limit where the Debye-Hückel screening length is larger than the mesh size of the gel, the direct electrostatic interactions are negligible and the swelling is driven by the osmotic pressure of the counterions. The tension created by this pressure is transmitted through the crosslinks to the elastic chains which behave as isolated chains with an applied force at their end points. The structure factor of the gel can be split into a frozen component due to the average concentration heterogeneities and a thermodynamic component due to concentration fluctuations. The frozen component has a peak at a wavevector of the order of the mesh size of the gel, the thermodynamic component has a peak at a higher wavevector of the order of the inverse transverse radius of the chains. At infinite times the dynamic structure factor relaxes towards the frozen component of the static structure factor. In the limit of small wavevectors the relaxation is diffusive with a diffusion constant equal to the Stokes diffusion constant of the Pincus blobs of the stretched chains. The diffusion constant shows a minimum at a wavevector of the order of the inverse transverse radius of the chains. Nous présentons un modèle simple pour étudier la diffusion de rayonnement par des gels polylectrolytes à l'équilibre de gonflement. Dans la limite d'écrantage faible où la longueur d'écran de Debye-Hückel est plus grande que la maille du gel, les interactions électrostatiques directes sont négligeables et le gonflement est dû à la pression osmotique des contreions. La tension créée par cette pression est transmise par les noeuds du gel aux chaines élastiques qui se comportent comme des chaines isolées avec une force extérieure appliquée aux extrémités. Le facteur de structure du gel est la somme d'une composante gelée due aux hétérogénéités de concentration

  2. Adsorbed polyelectrolyte coatings decrease Fe(0) nanoparticle reactivity with TCE in water: conceptual model and mechanisms.

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    Phenrat, Tanapon; Liu, Yueqiang; Tilton, Robert D; Lowry, Gregory V

    2009-03-01

    The surfaces of reactive nanoscale zerovalent iron (NZVI) particles used for in situ groundwater remediation are modified with polymers or polyelectrolytes to enhance colloidal stability and mobility in the subsurface. However, surface modification decreases NZVI reactivity. Here, the TCE dechlorination rate and reaction products are measured as a function of adsorbed polyelectrolyte mass for three commercially available polyelectrolytes used for NZVI surface modification including poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS), carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), and polyaspartate (PAP). The adsorbed mass, extended layer thickness, and TCE-polyelectrolyte partition coefficient are measured and used to explain the effect of adsorbed polyelectrolyte on NZVI reactivity. For all modifiers, the dechlorination rate constant decreased nonlinearly with increasing surface excess, with a maximum of a 24-fold decrease in reactivity. The TCE dechlorination pathways were not affected. Consistent with Scheutjens-Fleer theory for homopolymer adsorption, the nonlinear relationship between the dechlorination rate and the surface excess of adsorbed polyelectrolyte suggests that adsorbed polyelectrolyte decreases reactivity primarily by blocking reactive surface sites at low surface excess where they adsorb relatively flat onto the NZVI surface, and by a combination of site blocking and decreasing the aqueous TCE concentration at the NZVI surface due to partitioning of TCE to adsorbed polyelectrolytes. This explanation is also consistent with the effect of adsorbed polyelectrolyte on acetylene formation. This conceptual model should apply to other medium and high molecular weight polymeric surface modifiers on nanoparticles, and potentially to adsorbed natural organic matter.

  3. Inkjet ink spreading on polyelectrolyte multilayers deposited on pigment coated paper.

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    Mielonen, Katriina; Geydt, Pavel; Österberg, Monika; Johansson, Leena-Sisko; Backfolk, Kaj

    2015-01-15

    Mechanisms of inkjet ink spreading and absorption on a coated paper have been studied using a polyelectrolyte multilayering technique. By applying alternating sequences of cationic and anionic polyelectrolyte layers on a mineral coated paper, the role of the interfacial chemistry was evaluated. The polyelectrolyte multilayer was created to imitate a thin resin-like liquid-absorptive layer and to clarify the role of the charge of the protruding polyelectrolyte layer on ink spreading and colorant fixation. The formation of a thin polyelectrolyte layer and coating coverage was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). A submolecular mechanical imaging of the polyelectrolyte complexes with an atomic force microscope (AFM) revealed differences in modulus and different nanosize agglomerates were identified which were ascribed to polyion complexes. The polyelectrolyte coatings significantly affect the solid-liquid interaction and particularly the ink spreading revealed as intercolor bleeding and wicking. The interfacial interaction between the ink and the applied polyelectrolyte layers showed differences between dye- and pigment-based colorants, which could be emphasized by the polyelectrolyte chemistry. PMID:25454440

  4. Tailoring the optical properties of poly(diallyl dimethyl ammonium chloride) polyelectrolyte by incorporation of 2-mercaptoethanol capped CdSe nanoparticles

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    Tyagi, Chetna; Sharma, Ambika

    2016-10-01

    The present work deals with the preparation and characterization of 2-mercaptoethanol capped cadmium selenide (CdSe) nanoparticles, dispersed in poly(diallyl dimethyl ammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) polyelectrolyte aqueous solution. X-ray diffraction spectra, scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive x-ray have been used to determine the structure, particle size (d), surface morphology and composition of various constituents. The absorption spectra of pure PDADMAC and the CdSe/PDADMAC polymer nanocomposite (PNC) are analyzed to determine the values of the absorption coefficient (α) and energy band gap (E g) which are found to be 4 eV and 3.26 eV respectively. A red shift in the spectrum of the PNC, as compared to the pure polymer, has been observed. With the addition of CdSe nanoparticles in the PDADMAC polyelectrolyte, a remarkable change in the optical parameters of the pure polymer has been observed. The refractive index (n) obtained by using Swanepoel’s method decreases in the case of the PNC as compared to the pure polymer. The value of the static refractive index (n 0) is found to be 4.29 for the pure polymer and 1.52 for the PNC. The extinction coefficient, dielectric constants, optical conductivity and relaxation time have been evaluated. The Wemple-DiDomenico model has been used to evaluate the dispersion parameters such as the average energy gap (E 0) and dispersion energy (E d). The values of the nonlinear refractive index (n 2) of the pure polymer and PNC have been determined using the theoretical approaches suggested by Boling and Tichy and Ticha. n 2 increases in the case of PNC, which relates to the decreased energy band gap. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra have been studied to explore the energy band structure and interaction between CdSe nanoparticles and PDADMAC. The PL peaks obtained at 437 nm and 461 nm correspond to the pure polymer whereas the peak at 577 nm is attributed to CdSe.

  5. Cationic conjugated polyelectrolyte/molecular beacon complex for sensitive, sequence-specific, real-time DNA detection.

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    Feng, Xuli; Duan, Xinrui; Liu, Libin; An, Lingling; Feng, Fude; Wang, Shu

    2008-11-01

    A new fluorescence method has been developed for DNA detection at room temperature in a sensitive, selective, economical, and real-time manner that interfaces the superiority of a molecular beacon in mismatch discrimination with the light-harvesting property of water-soluble conjugated polyelectrolytes. The probe solution contains a cationic conjugated polyelectrolyte (PFP-NMe3+), a molecular beacon with a five base pairs double-stranded stem labeled at the 5'-terminus with fluorescein (DNA P-Fl), and ethidium bromide (EB, a specific intercalator of dsDNA). The electrostatic interactions between DNA P-Fl and PFP-NMe3+ keep them in close proximity, facilitating the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) from PFP-NMe3+ to fluorescein. Upon adding a complementary strand to the probe solution, the conformation of DNA P-Fl transits into dsDNA followed by the intercalation of EB into the grooves. Two-step FRET, from PFP-NMe3+ to DNA P-Fl (FRET-1), followed by FRET from DNA P-Fl to EB (FRET-2) takes place. In view of the observed fluorescein or EB emission changes, DNA can be detected in aqueous solution. Because the base mismatch in target DNA inhibits the transition of DNA P-Fl from the stem-loop to duplex structure, single nucleotide mismatch can be clearly detected.

  6. Layer-by-layer modification of high surface curvature nanoparticles with weak polyelectrolytes using a multiphase solvent precipitation process.

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    Nagaraja, Ashvin T; You, Yil-Hwan; Choi, Jeong-Wan; Hwang, Jin-Ha; Meissner, Kenith E; McShane, Michael J

    2016-03-15

    The layer-by-layer modification of ≈5 nm mercaptocarboxylic acid stabilized gold nanoparticles was studied in an effort to illustrate effective means to overcome practical issues in handling and performing surface modification of such extremely small materials. To accomplish this, each layer deposition cycle was separated into a multi-step process wherein solution pH was controlled in two distinct phases of polyelectrolyte adsorption and centrifugation. Additionally, a solvent precipitation step was introduced to make processing more amenable by concentrating the sample and exchanging solution pH before ultracentrifugation. The pH-dependent assembly on gold nanoparticles was assessed after each layer deposition cycle by monitoring the plasmon peak absorbance location, surface charge, and the percentage of nanoparticles recovered. The selection of solution pH during the adsorption phase was found to be a critical parameter to enhance particle recovery and maximize surface charge when coating with weak polyelectrolytes. One bilayer was deposited with a high yield and the modified particles exhibited enhanced colloidal stability across a broad pH range and increased ionic strength. These findings support the adoption of this multi-step processing approach as an effective and generalizable approach to improve stability of high surface curvature particles. PMID:26771506

  7. Fracturing fluid cleanup by controlled release of enzymes from polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles

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    Barati Ghahfarokhi, Reza

    Guar-based polymer gels are used in the oil and gas industry to viscosify fluids used in hydraulic fracturing of production wells, in order to reduce leak-off of fluids and pressure, and improve the transport of proppants. After fracturing, the gel and associated filter cake must be degraded to very low viscosities using breakers to recover the hydraulic conductivity of the well. Enzymes are widely used to achieve this but injecting high concentrations of enzyme may result in premature degradation, or failure to gel; denaturation of enzymes at alkaline pH and high temperature conditions can also limit their applicability. In this study, application of polyelectrolyte nanoparticles for entrapping, carrying, releasing and protecting enzymes for fracturing fluids was examined. The objective of this research is to develop nano-sized carriers capable of carrying the enzymes to the filter cake, delaying the release of enzyme and protecting the enzyme against pH and temperature conditions inhospitable to native enzyme. Polyethylenimine-dextran sulfate (PEI-DS) polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) were used to entrap two enzymes commonly used in the oil industry in order to obtain delayed release and to protect the enzyme from conditions inhospitable to native enzyme. Stability and reproducibility of PEC nanoparticles was assured over time. An activity measurement method was used to measure the entrapment efficiency of enzyme using PEC nanoparticles. This method was confirmed using a concentration measurement method (SDS-PAGE). Entrapment efficiencies of pectinase and a commercial high-temperature enzyme mixture in polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles were maximized. Degradation, as revealed by reduction in viscoelastic moduli of borate-crosslinked hydroxypropyl guar (HPG) gel by commercial enzyme loaded in polyelectrolyte nanoparticles, was delayed, compared to equivalent systems where the enzyme mixture was not entrapped. This indicates that PEC nanoparticles delay the

  8. Surface modification of silk fibroin fabric using layer-by-layer polyelectrolyte deposition and heparin immobilization for small-diameter vascular prostheses.

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    Elahi, M Fazley; Guan, Guoping; Wang, Lu; Zhao, Xinzhe; Wang, Fujun; King, Martin W

    2015-03-01

    There is an urgent need to develop a biologically active implantable small-diameter vascular prosthesis with long-term patency. Silk-fibroin-based small-diameter vascular prosthesis is a promising candidate having higher patency rate; however, the surface modification is indeed required to improve its further hemocompatibility. In this study, silk fibroin fabric was modified by a two-stage process. First, the surface of silk fibroin fabric was coated using a layer-by-layer polyelectrolyte deposition technique by stepwise dipping the silk fibroin fabric into a solution of cationic poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and anionic poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) solution. The dipping procedure was repeated to obtain the PAH/PAA multilayers deposited on the silk fibroin fabrics. Second, the polyelectrolyte-deposited silk fibroin fabrics were treated in EDC/NHS-activated low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) solution at 4 °C for 24 h, resulting in immobilization of LMWH on the silk fibroin fabrics surface. Scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray data revealed the accomplishment of LMWH immobilization on the polyelectrolyte-deposited silk fibroin fabric surface. The higher the number of PAH/PAA coating layers on the silk fibroin fabric, the more surface hydrophilicity could be obtained, resulting in a higher fetal bovine serum protein and platelets adhesion resistance properties when tested in vitro. In addition, compared with untreated sample, the surface-modified silk fibroin fabrics showed negligible loss of bursting strength and thus reveal the acceptability of polyelectrolytes deposition and heparin immobilization approach for silk-fibroin-based small-diameter vascular prostheses modification.

  9. Dihedral angles of tripeptides in solution directly determined by polarized Raman and FTIR spectroscopy.

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    Schweitzer-Stenner, Reinhard

    2002-07-01

    (+) = 178 degrees; phi(+/-) = -110 degrees, psi(+/-) = 155 degrees; and phi(-) = -127 degrees, psi(-) = 165 degrees for the cationic, zwitterionic, and anionic state, respectively. These values reflect an extended beta-helix structure. Tri-glycine was found to be much more heterogeneous in that different extended conformers coexist in the cationic and zwitterionic state, which yield a noncoincidence between isotropic and anisotropic Raman scattering. Our study introduces vibrational spectroscopy as a suitable tool for the structure analysis of peptides in solution and tripeptides as suitable model systems for investigating the role of local interactions in determining the propensity of peptide segments for distinct secondary structure motifs.

  10. Solution conformation of cytochrome c-551 from Pseudomonas stutzeri ZoBell determined by NMR.

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    Cai, M; Timkovich, R

    1994-01-01

    1H NMR spectroscopy and solution structure computations have been used to examine ferrocytochrome c-551 from Pseudomonas stutzeri ZoBell (ATCC 14405). Resonance assignments are proposed for all main-chain and most side-chain protons. Stereospecific assignments were also made for some of the beta-methylene protons and valine methyl protons. Distance constraints were determined based upon nuclear Overhauser enhancements between pairs of protons. Dihedral angle constraints were determined from estimates of scalar coupling constants and intra-residue NOEs. Twenty structures were calculated by distance geometry and refined by energy minimization and simulated annealing on the basis of 1012 interproton distance and 74 torsion angle constraints. Both the main-chain and side-chain atoms are well defined except for two terminal residues, and some side-chain atoms located on the molecular surface. The average root mean squared deviation in the position for equivalent atoms between the 20 individual structures and the mean structure obtained by averaging their coordinates is 0.56 +/- 0.10 A for the main-chain atoms, and 0.95 +/- 0.09 A for all nonhydrogen atoms of residue 3 to 80 plus the heme group. The average structure was compared with an analogous protein, cytochrome c-551 from pseudomonas stutzeri. The main-chain folding patterns are very consistent, but there are some differences, some of which can be attributed to the loss of normally conserved aromatic residues in the ZoBell c-551. PMID:7811935

  11. The application of Encke's method to long arc orbit determination solutions

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    Lundberg, J. B.; Schutz, B. E.; Fields, R. K.; Watkins, M. M.

    1990-01-01

    The Laser Geodynamics Satellite (LAGEOS) was launched on May 4, 1976 to provide geophysical measurements by means of laser ranging techniques. To date, over twelve years of laser range measurements have been collected from various tracking stations located around the world. Laser range measurements to LAGEOS have contributed to studies of earth rotation, plate tectonics, global baseline, and the gravity field as well as many other areas. Some of these studies are based upon the determination of a single, continuous orbit for LAGEOS for time spans on the order of several years. Current studies at the University of Texas Center for Space Research include the precision orbit determination of LAGEOS for arc lengths of up to 12.8 years which represents over 31,000 orbital revolutions. These long arc studies have led to the implementation of Encke's method to improve the convergence of the batch filter while reducing numerical integration errors. While the technique has been successfully applied to arc lengths of up to 12.8 years, the results presented focus on the solution of a six-year arc.

  12. Direct determination of carbon dioxide in aqueous solution using mid-infrared quantum cascade lasers.

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    Schaden, S; Haberkorn, M; Frank, J; Baena, J R; Lendl, B

    2004-06-01

    A method for the direct determination of carbon dioxide in aqueous solutions using a room-temperature mid-infrared (MIR) quantum cascade laser at 2330 cm(-1) is reported. The absorption values of different carbon dioxide concentrations were measured in a 119 microm CaF2 flow-through cell. An optical system made of parabolic mirrors was used to probe the flow cell and to focus the laser beam on the mercury cadmium telluride (MCT) detector. Aqueous carbon dioxide standards were prepared by feeding different mixtures of gaseous N2 and CO2 through wash bottles at controlled temperature. The concentration of the dissolved CO2 was calculated according to Henry's law, taking into account the temperature and the partial pressure of CO2. The carbon dioxide standards were connected via a selection valve to a peristaltic pump for subsequent, automated measurement in the flow-through cell. A calibration curve was obtained in the range of 0.338 to 1.350 g/L CO2 with a standard deviation of the method sxo equal to 19.4 mg/L CO2. The limit of detection was calculated as three times the baseline noise over time and was determined to be 39 mg/L.

  13. Field-Theoretic Studies of Nanostructured Triblock Polyelectrolyte Gels

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    Audus, Debra; Fredrickson, Glenn

    2012-02-01

    Recently, experimentalists have developed nanostructured, reversible gels formed from triblock polyelectrolytes (Hunt et al. 2011, Lemmers et al. 2010, 2011). These gels have fascinating and tunable properties that reflect a heterogeneous morphology with domains on the order of tens of nanometers. The complex coacervate domains, aggregated oppositely charged end-blocks, are embedded in a continuous aqueous matrix and are bridged by uncharged, hydrophilic polymer mid-blocks. We report on simulation studies that employ statistical field theory models of triblock polyelectrolytes, and we explore the equilibrium self-assembly of these remarkable systems. As the charge complexation responsible for the formation of coacervate domains is driven by electrostatic correlations, we have found it necessary to pursue full ``field-theoretic simulations'' of the models, as opposed to the familiar self-consistent field theory approach. Our investigations have focused on morphological trends with mid- and end-block lengths, polymer concentration, salt concentration and charge density.

  14. Fibrillar films obtained from sodium soap fibers and polyelectrolyte multilayers.

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    Zawko, Scott A; Schmidt, Christine E

    2011-08-01

    An objective of tissue engineering is to create synthetic polymer scaffolds with a fibrillar microstructure similar to the extracellular matrix. Here, we present a novel method for creating polymer fibers using the layer-by-layer method and sacrificial templates composed of sodium soap fibers. Soap fibers were prepared from neutralized fatty acids using a sodium chloride crystal dissolution method. Polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) of polystyrene sulfonate and polyallylamine hydrochloride were deposited onto the soap fibers, crosslinked with glutaraldehyde, and then the soap fibers were leached with warm water and ethanol. The morphology of the resulting PEM structures was a dense network of fibers surrounded by a nonfibrillar matrix. Microscopy revealed that the PEM fibers were solid structures, presumably composed of polyelectrolytes complexed with residual fatty acids. These fibrillar PEM films were found to support the attachment of human dermal fibroblasts.

  15. Weak Polyelectrolyte-Clay Assemblies: Physical Mechanisms of Biological Response

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    Sukhishvili, Svetlana; Pavlukhina, Svetlana; Zhuk, Iryna

    2014-03-01

    We report on a highly efficient, non-leachable antibacterial coating, consisting of an ultrathin nanocomposite hydrogel capable of hosting, protecting and delivering antibiofilm agents in response to bacterial infection. Constructed using layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition of clay nanoplatelets and a weak polyelectrolyte and loaded with an antimicrobial agent (AmA), the coatings was highly resistant to colonization by Staphylococcus aureus. The high antibiofilm activity of the coating results from a combination of highly localized, bacteria-triggered AmA release and hydrogel swelling, as well as retention of AmA by clay nanoplatelets. We discuss the dependence of rheological and swelling properties of weak polyelectrolyte-clay assemblies on film thickness, clay platelet orientation and environmental pH.

  16. Simultaneous determination of nitric acid and uranium concentrations in aqueous solution from measurements of electrical conductivity, density, and temperature

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    Spencer, B.B.

    1991-01-01

    Nuclear fuel reprocessing plants handle aqueous solutions of nitric acid and uranium in large quantities. Automatic control of process operations requires reliable measurements of these solutes concentration, but this is difficult to directly measure. Physical properties such as solution density and electrical conductivity vary with solute concentration and temperature. Conductivity, density and temperature can be measured accurately with relatively simple and inexpensive devices. These properties can be used to determine solute concentrations will good correlations. This paper provides the appropriate correlations for solutions containing 2 to 6 Molar (M) nitric acid and 0 to 300 g/L uranium metal at temperatures from 25--90{degrees}C. The equations are most accurate below 5 M nitric acid, due to a broad maximum in the conductivity curve at 6 M. 12 refs., 9 figs., 6 tabs.

  17. Comparison of TOPEX/Poseidon orbit determination solutions obtained by the Goddard Space Flight Center Flight Dynamics Division and Precision Orbit Determination Teams

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    Doll, C.; Mistretta, G.; Hart, R.; Oza, D.; Cox, C.; Nemesure, M.; Bolvin, D.; Samii, Mina V.

    1993-01-01

    Orbit determination results are obtained by the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Flight Dynamics Division (FDD) using the Goddard Trajectory Determination System (GTDS) and a real-time extended Kalman filter estimation system to process Tracking Data and Relay Satellite (TDRS) System (TDRSS) measurements in support of the Ocean Topography Experiment (TOPEX)/Poseidon spacecraft navigation and health and safety operations. GTDS is the operational orbit determination system used by the FDD, and the extended Kalman fliter was implemented in an analysis prototype system, the Real-Time Orbit Determination System/Enhanced (RTOD/E). The Precision Orbit Determination (POD) team within the GSFC Space Geodesy Branch generates 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 tracking data. The TOPEX/Poseidon trajectories were estimated for the October 22 - November 1, 1992, timeframe, for which the latest preliminary POD results were available. Independent assessments were made of the consistencies of solutions produced by the batch and sequential methods. The batch cases were assessed using overlap comparisons, while the sequential cases were assessed with covariances and the first measurement residuals. The batch least-squares and forward-filtered RTOD/E orbit solutions were compared with the definitive POD orbit solutions. The solution differences were generally less than 10 meters (m) for the batch least squares and less than 18 m for the sequential estimation solutions. The differences among the POD, GTDS, and RTOD/E solutions can be traced to differences in modeling and tracking data types, which are being analyzed in detail.

  18. Electric field-induced deformation of polyelectrolyte gels

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    Adolf, D.; Hance, B.G.

    1995-08-01

    Water-swollen polyelectrolyte gels deform in an electric field. We observed that the sign and magnitude of the deformation is dependent on the nature of the salt bath in which the gel is immersed and electrocuted. These results are compatible with a deformation mechanism based upon creation of ion density gradients by the field which, in turn, creates osmotic pressure gradients within the gel. A consistent interpretation results only if gel mobility is allowed as well as free ion diffusion and migration.

  19. Kinetics of swelling of polyelectrolyte gels: Fixed degree of ionization.

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    Sen, Swati; Kundagrami, Arindam

    2015-12-14

    The swelling kinetics of uncharged and charged polymer (polyelectrolyte) gels in salt-free conditions is studied in one dimension by solving the constitutive equation of motion (Newton's law for the elementary gel volume) of the displacement variable by two theoretical methods: one in which the classical definition of stress is used with the bulk modulus taken as a parameter, and the other in which a phenomenological expression of the osmotic stress as a function of polymer density and degree of ionization is taken as an input to the dynamics. The time-evolution profiles for spatially varying polymer density and stress, along with the location of the gel-solvent interface, are obtained from the two methods. We show that both the polymer density (volume fraction) and stress inside the gel follow expected behaviours of being maximum for the uniformly shrunken gel, and relaxing slowly to the lowest values as the gel approaches equilibrium. We further show that, by comparing the temporal profiles of the gel-solvent interface and other variables between the two methods, one may attempt to assign an effective bulk modulus to the polyelectrolyte gel as a function of the degree of ionization and other parameters of the gel such as hydrophobicity, cross-link density, and the temperature. The major result we get is that the effective bulk modulus of a polyelectrolyte gel increases monotonically with its degree of ionization. In the process of identifying the parameters for a monotonic swelling, we calculated using a well-known expression of the free energy the equilibrium results of two-phase co-existence and the critical point of a polyelectrolyte gel with a fixed degree of ionization. PMID:26671401

  20. Azobenzene - functionalized polyelectrolyte nanolayers as ultrafast optoacoustic transducers

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    Pavlenko, E. S.; Sander, M.; Mitzscherling, S.; Pudell, J.; Zamponi, F.; Rössle, M.; Bojahr, A.; Bargheer, M.

    2016-07-01

    We introduce azobenzene-functionalized polyelectrolyte multilayers as efficient, inexpensive optoacoustic transducers for hyper-sound strain waves in the GHz range. By picosecond transient reflectivity measurements we study the creation of nanoscale strain waves, their reflection from interfaces, damping by scattering from nanoparticles and propagation in soft and hard adjacent materials like polymer layers, quartz and mica. The amplitude of the generated strain ε ~ 5 × 10-4 is calibrated by ultrafast X-ray diffraction.

  1. Azobenzene - functionalized polyelectrolyte nanolayers as ultrafast optoacoustic transducers.

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    Pavlenko, E S; Sander, M; Mitzscherling, S; Pudell, J; Zamponi, F; Rössle, M; Bojahr, A; Bargheer, M

    2016-07-21

    We introduce azobenzene-functionalized polyelectrolyte multilayers as efficient, inexpensive optoacoustic transducers for hyper-sound strain waves in the GHz range. By picosecond transient reflectivity measurements we study the creation of nanoscale strain waves, their reflection from interfaces, damping by scattering from nanoparticles and propagation in soft and hard adjacent materials like polymer layers, quartz and mica. The amplitude of the generated strain ε∼ 5 × 10(-4) is calibrated by ultrafast X-ray diffraction. PMID:27341685

  2. Kinetics of swelling of polyelectrolyte gels: Fixed degree of ionization

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    Sen, Swati; Kundagrami, Arindam

    2015-12-01

    The swelling kinetics of uncharged and charged polymer (polyelectrolyte) gels in salt-free conditions is studied in one dimension by solving the constitutive equation of motion (Newton's law for the elementary gel volume) of the displacement variable by two theoretical methods: one in which the classical definition of stress is used with the bulk modulus taken as a parameter, and the other in which a phenomenological expression of the osmotic stress as a function of polymer density and degree of ionization is taken as an input to the dynamics. The time-evolution profiles for spatially varying polymer density and stress, along with the location of the gel-solvent interface, are obtained from the two methods. We show that both the polymer density (volume fraction) and stress inside the gel follow expected behaviours of being maximum for the uniformly shrunken gel, and relaxing slowly to the lowest values as the gel approaches equilibrium. We further show that, by comparing the temporal profiles of the gel-solvent interface and other variables between the two methods, one may attempt to assign an effective bulk modulus to the polyelectrolyte gel as a function of the degree of ionization and other parameters of the gel such as hydrophobicity, cross-link density, and the temperature. The major result we get is that the effective bulk modulus of a polyelectrolyte gel increases monotonically with its degree of ionization. In the process of identifying the parameters for a monotonic swelling, we calculated using a well-known expression of the free energy the equilibrium results of two-phase co-existence and the critical point of a polyelectrolyte gel with a fixed degree of ionization.

  3. Kinetics of swelling of polyelectrolyte gels: Fixed degree of ionization

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    Sen, Swati; Kundagrami, Arindam

    2015-12-14

    The swelling kinetics of uncharged and charged polymer (polyelectrolyte) gels in salt-free conditions is studied in one dimension by solving the constitutive equation of motion (Newton’s law for the elementary gel volume) of the displacement variable by two theoretical methods: one in which the classical definition of stress is used with the bulk modulus taken as a parameter, and the other in which a phenomenological expression of the osmotic stress as a function of polymer density and degree of ionization is taken as an input to the dynamics. The time-evolution profiles for spatially varying polymer density and stress, along with the location of the gel-solvent interface, are obtained from the two methods. We show that both the polymer density (volume fraction) and stress inside the gel follow expected behaviours of being maximum for the uniformly shrunken gel, and relaxing slowly to the lowest values as the gel approaches equilibrium. We further show that, by comparing the temporal profiles of the gel-solvent interface and other variables between the two methods, one may attempt to assign an effective bulk modulus to the polyelectrolyte gel as a function of the degree of ionization and other parameters of the gel such as hydrophobicity, cross-link density, and the temperature. The major result we get is that the effective bulk modulus of a polyelectrolyte gel increases monotonically with its degree of ionization. In the process of identifying the parameters for a monotonic swelling, we calculated using a well-known expression of the free energy the equilibrium results of two-phase co-existence and the critical point of a polyelectrolyte gel with a fixed degree of ionization.

  4. The evolution of cyclopropenium ions into functional polyelectrolytes

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    Jiang, Yivan; Freyer, Jessica L.; Cotanda, Pepa; Brucks, Spencer D.; Killops, Kato L.; Bandar, Jeffrey S.; Torsitano, Christopher; Balsara, Nitash P.; Lambert, Tristan H.; Campos, Luis M.

    2015-01-09

    We report that versatile polyelectrolytes with tunable physical properties have the potential to be transformative in applications such as energy storage, fuel cells and various electronic devices. Among the types of materials available for these applications, nanostructured cationic block copolyelectrolytes offer mechanical integrity and well-defined conducting paths for ionic transport. To date, most cationic polyelectrolytes bear charge formally localized on heteroatoms and lack broad modularity to tune their physical properties. To overcome these challenges, we describe herein the development of a new class of functional polyelectrolytes based on the aromatic cyclopropenium ion.We demonstrate the facile synthesis of a series ofmore » polymers and nanoparticles based on monomeric cyclopropenium building blocks incorporating various functional groups that affect physical properties. In conclusion, the materials exhibit high ionic conductivity and thermal stability due to the nature of the cationic moieties, thus rendering this class of new materials as an attractive alternative to develop ion-conducting membranes.« less

  5. Charged colloids and polyelectrolytes: from statics to electrokinetics

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    Löwen, H.; Esztermann, A.; Wysocki, A.; Allahyarov, E.; Messina, R.; Jusufi, A.; Hoffmann, N.; Gottwald, D.; Kahl, G.; Konieczny, M.; Likos, C. N.

    2005-01-01

    A review is given on recent studies of charged colloidal suspensions and polyelectrolytes both in static and non-equilibrium situations. As far as static equilibrium situations are concerned, we discuss three different problems: 1) Sedimentation density profiles in charged suspensions are shown to exhibit a stretched non-bariometric wing at large heights and binary suspensions under gravity can exhibit an analog of the brazil-nut effect known from granular matter, i.e. the heavier particles settle on top of the lighter ones. 2) Soft polyelectrolyte systems like polyelectrolyte stars and microgels show an ultra-soft effective interaction and this results into an unusual equilibrium phase diagram including reentrant melting transitions and stable open crystalline lattices. 3) The freezing transition in bilayers of confined charged suspensions is discussed and a reentrant behaviour is obtained. As far as nonequilibrium problems are concerned, we discuss an interface instability in oppositely driven colloidal mixtures and discuss possible approaches to simulate electrokinetic effects in charged suspensions.

  6. Computer simulations of thermo-shrinking polyelectrolyte gels

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    Quesada-Pérez, Manuel; Guadalupe Ibarra-Armenta, José; Martín-Molina, Alberto

    2011-09-01

    In this work, thermo-responsive polyelectrolyte gels have been simulated using polymer networks of diamond-like topology in the framework of the primitive model. Monte Carlo simulations were performed in the canonical ensemble and a wide collection of situations has been systematically analysed. Unlike previous studies, our model includes an effective solvent-mediated potential for the hydrophobic interaction between non-bonded polymer beads. This model predicts that the strength of the attractive hydrophobic forces increases with temperature, which plays a key role in the explanation of the thermo-shrinking behaviour of many real gels. Although this hydrophobic model is simple (and it could overestimate the interactions at high temperature), our simulation results qualitatively reproduce several features of the swelling behaviour of real gels and microgels reported by experimentalists. This agreement suggests that the effective solvent-mediated polymer-polymer interaction used here is a good candidate for hydrophobic interaction. In addition, our work shows that the functional form of the hydrophobic interaction has a profound influence on the swelling behaviour of polyelectrolyte gels. In particular, systems with weak hydrophobic forces exhibit discontinuous volume changes, whereas gels with strong hydrophobic forces do not show hallmarks of phase transitions, even for highly charged polyelectrolyte chains.

  7. [Application of nuclear magnetic resonance for the determination of the structure of proteins in solution].

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    Charretier, E; Guéron, M

    1991-01-01

    Knowledge of three-dimensional structure is a key factor in protein engineering. It is useful, for example, in predicting and understanding the functional consequences of specific substitution of one or more amino acids of the polypeptide chain. It is also necessary for the design of new effectors or analogs of the substrates of enzymes and receptors. X-ray diffraction by crystals of the biomolecule was for a long time the only method of determining three-dimensional structures. In the last 5 years, it has been joined by a new technique, two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance (2D NMR), which can resolve the structure of middle-sized proteins (less than 10 kilodaltons). The technique is applied on solutions whose pH, ionic strength, and temperature can be chosen and changed. The two basic measurements, COSY and NOESY, detect respectively the systems of hydrogen nuclei, or protons, coupled through covalent bonds, and those in which the interproton distances are less than 0.5 nm. A systematic strategy leads from resonance assignments of the two-dimensional spectrum to molecular modeling with constraints and finally to the determination of the molecular structure in the solution. Much sophistication is needed even today for the first task, the assignment of the resonances. Each of the COSY and NOESY spectra is a two-dimensional map, where the diagonal line is the one-dimensional spectrum, and the off-diagonal peaks indicate connectives between protons. Peak assignment to a specific type of amino acid is based on the pattern of scalar couplings observed in the COSY spectrum. Next, the amino acids are positioned in the primary sequence, using the spatial proximities of polypeptide chain protons, as observed in the NOESY spectrum. The principal secondary structures (alpha helix, beta sheets, etc.) are then identified by their specific connectivities. The tertiary structure is detected by NOESY connectivities between protons of different amino acids which are far apart

  8. Development of functionalised polyelectrolyte capsules using filamentous Escherichia coli cells

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    2012-01-01

    Background Escherichia coli is one of the best studied microorganisms and finds multiple applications especially as tool in the heterologous production of interesting proteins of other organisms. The heterologous expression of special surface (S-) layer proteins caused the formation of extremely long E. coli cells which leave transparent tubes when they divide into single E. coli cells. Such natural structures are of high value as bio-templates for the development of bio-inorganic composites for many applications. In this study we used genetically modified filamentous Escherichia coli cells as template for the design of polyelectrolyte tubes that can be used as carrier for functional molecules or particles. Diversity of structures of biogenic materials has the potential to be used to construct inorganic or polymeric superior hybrid materials that reflect the form of the bio-template. Such bio-inspired materials are of great interest in diverse scientific fields like Biology, Chemistry and Material Science and can find application for the construction of functional materials or the bio-inspired synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles. Results Genetically modified filamentous E. coli cells were fixed in 2% glutaraldehyde and coated with alternating six layers of the polyanion polyelectrolyte poly(sodium-4styrenesulfonate) (PSS) and polycation polyelectrolyte poly(allylamine-hydrochloride) (PAH). Afterwards we dissolved the E. coli cells with 1.2% sodium hypochlorite, thus obtaining hollow polyelectrolyte tubes of 0.7 μm in diameter and 5–50 μm in length. For functionalisation the polyelectrolyte tubes were coated with S-layer protein polymers followed by metallisation with Pd(0) particles. These assemblies were analysed with light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Conclusion The thus constructed new material offers possibilities for diverse applications like novel catalysts or metal

  9. Electrophoresis and dielectric dispersion of spherical polyelectrolyte brushes.

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    Ahualli, Silvia; Ballauff, Matthias; Arroyo, Francisco J; Delgado, Ángel V; Jiménez, María L

    2012-11-27

    Spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (SPBs) consist of a rigid core on which polyelectrolyte chains are grafted in such a way that in certain conditions (low ionic strength and high charge of the chains) the polymer chains extend radially toward the liquid medium. Because of the hairy-like structure of the polymer brushes, the typical soft-particle approach used for explaining the behavior of polyelectrolyte-coated particles must be modified, using the assumptions that the density of charged segments in the polymer chains decreases with the squared distance to the rigid core surface and that the same happens to the friction between the brushes and the surrounding fluid. Interest in clarifying the electrokinetics of these systems is not just academic. It has recently been found experimentally (Jiménez et al., Soft Matter 2011, 7, 3758-3762) that the response of concentrated suspensions of spherical polyelectrolyte brushes in the presence of alternating electric fields shows a number of unexpected features. Both dielectric and dynamic electrophoretic mobility spectra (respectively, dependences of the electric permittivity and the AC electrophoretic mobility on the frequency of the applied field) showed very special aspects, with giant values of the mobility and an unusually strong dielectric relaxation in the kHz region. In the present paper we give a full account of the electrodynamics of such systems, based on a cell model for describing the hydrodynamic and electrical interactions between the particles. It is found that the low-frequency dynamic mobility of SPBs is much higher than that of rigid particles of comparable size and charge, making any interpretation based on zeta potential estimations of very limited applicability. The very characteristic feature of SPBs in concentrated suspensions, namely, the enhanced alpha relaxation, can be explained by considering an adequate description of the field-induced perturbations in the counterion and co-ion concentrations

  10. Glassy Behavior in a Micellar Polyelectrolyte System

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    Bhatia, Surita; Crichton, Mark; Mourchid, Ahmed

    2003-03-01

    We present SANS and rheology for micellar solutions of polystyrene-poly(acrylic acid) block copolymers that can be regarded as attractive colloids. These systems form gels at high effective micellar volume fractions that are suggestive of disordered colloidal glasses. At the gel point, the solution rheology follows the scaling predicted by classical percolation theory. We argue that this scaling could be due either to formation of a percolated network or a pre-transitional glassy phase. The addition of cationic and anionic surfactants (DTAB and SDS) can be used to modify the intermicellar interactions and solution rheology. Addition of an anionic surfactant acts to screen attractive interactions and causes a monotonic decrease in the elastic modulus. However, the addition of a cationic surfactant appears to initially induce a stronger intermicellar attraction, leading to gels with a higher elastic modulus. At higher surfactant concentrations, the cationic surfactant begins to screen intermicellar association, leading to a decrease in elasticity.

  11. Interaction of Surfactants with Block Polyelectrolyte Gels

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    Crichton, Mark; Bhatia, Surita

    2002-03-01

    We present SANS and rheology for poly(styrene)-poly(acrylic acid) polymers in aqueous solutions. These polymers self-assemble to form spherical micelles in aqueous solutions, and the micelles associate to create elastic, transparent gels at moderate polymer concentrations. The addition of cationic and anionic surfactants (DTAB and SDS) can be used to modify the associative interactions and solution rheology. Addition of an anionic surfactant acts to screen attractive interactions and causes a monotonic decrease in the elastic modulus. However, the addition of a cationic surfactant appears to initially induce a stronger intermicellar attraction, leading to gels with a higher elastic modulus. At higher surfactant concentrations, the cationic surfactant begins to screen intermicellar association, leading to a decrease in the strength of the gel.

  12. Determining the solution conformational entropy of oligosaccharides by SEC with on-line viscometry detection.

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    Morris, Mallory J; Striegel, André M

    2014-06-15

    Introduced here is a method for determining the solution conformational entropy of oligosaccharides (-ΔS) that relies on the on-line coupling of size-exclusion chromatography (SEC), an entropically-controlled separation technique, and differential viscometry (VISC). Results from this SEC/VISC method were compared, for the same injections of the same sample dissolutions and under identical solvent/temperature conditions, to results from a benchmark SEC/differential refractometry (SEC/DRI) method which has been applied successfully over the last decade to determining -ΔS of a variety of mono-, di-, and oligosaccharides. The accuracy (as compared to SEC/DRI) and precision of SEC/VISC were found to be excellent, as was the sensitivity of the viscometer in the oligomeric region. The experiments presented here contrast three sets of (1→4)-β-d-oligosaccharides, namely manno-, cello-, and N-acetylchitooligosaccharides of degree of polymerization (DP) 2 through 6. For each series, the dependence of -ΔS on DP was found to be monotonic while, between series, differences at each DP could be ascribed to either the additional degrees of freedom imparted by large, multi-atomic substituent groups, or to the presence or absence of additional intramolecular hydrogen bonds, depending on the axial versus equatorial arrangement of particular hydroxyl groups. An hypothesis is advanced to explain the unexpectedly high sensitivity of viscometric detection for low-molar-mass analytes. The method presented can be extended to the analysis of oligosaccharides other than those studied here.

  13. Self-assembled systems of water soluble metal 8-hydroxyquinolates with surfactants and conjugated polyelectrolytes.

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    Burrows, Hugh D; Costa, Telma; Ramos, M Luisa; Valente, Artur J M; Stewart, Beverly; Justino, Licinia L G; Almeida, Aline I A; Catarina, Nathanny Lessa; Mallavia, Ricardo; Knaapila, Matti

    2016-06-22

    We have studied the interaction of 8-hydroxyquinoline-5-sulfonate (8-HQS) with the metal ions Al(iii) and Zn(ii) in aqueous solution in the presence of tetraalkylammonium surfactants using UV/vis absorption, fluorescence, NMR spectroscopy and electrical conductivity measurements, complemented by DFT calculations and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Under appropriate conditions, complexes between 8-HQS and metal ions form rapidly, and have similar electronic, spectroscopic and photophysical properties to the corresponding metal quinolates, such as Alq3. These interact with the cationic surfactants, leading to marked increases in fluorescence intensity. However, significant differences are seen in the behavior of the two metal ions. With aluminium, a stable [Al(8-QS)3](3-) anion is formed, and interacts, predominantly through electrostatic interactions, with the surfactant, without disrupting the metal ion coordination sphere. In contrast, with Zn(ii), there is a competition between the metal ion and surfactants in the interaction with 8-HQS, although the [Zn(8-QS)2(H2O)2](2-) species is stable at appropriate pH and surfactant concentration. The studies are extended to systems with the conjugated polyelectrolyte (CPE) poly-(9,9-bis(6-N,N,N-trimethylammonium)hexyl)-fluorene-phenylene bromide (HTMA-PFP), which has a similar alkylammonium chain to the surfactants. Mixing metal salt, 8-HQS and HTMA-PFP in the presence of a nonionic surfactant leads to the formation of a metal complex/CPE supramolecular assembly between the conjugated polyelectrolyte and the metal/8-HQS complex, as demonstrated by electronic energy transfer. The potential of these systems in sensing, light harvesting, and electron injection/transport layers in organic semiconductor devices is discussed. PMID:26817700

  14. Micellar electrokinetic chromatography with polyelectrolyte complexes as micellar pseudo-stationary phases.

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    Shpak, Alexey V; Pirogov, Andrey V; Shpigun, Oleg A

    2004-02-01

    The separation of dansyl (DNS-AAs) and carbobenzoxy (CBZ-AAs) amino acids using micellar electrokinetic chromatography employing polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes (PSC) formed in the reaction between polyacrylic acid (PAA) and dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB) as pseudo-stationary phases was described. The PSCs were stabilized by hydrophobic interactions of alkyl chains of the surfactant ions and converted to an intramolecular micellar-like phase. The running buffer was a 50mM solution of sodium phosphate (pH 6.0) containing 4.6-20.2mM PSC, in which a part of carboxyl groups of PAA was blocked by aliphatic amines. For the systems with 7.9mM of PAA/DTAB complex (phi=0.30, phi-composition of water-soluble polyelectrolyte complex) as a pseudo-stationary phase, the peaks of six dansyl amino acids (DNS-AAs) were baseline resolved. The separation in this case is based on a complex distribution mechanism of the dansyl derivatives between the free buffer and the intramolecular micellar-like phase of the water-soluble PSC. On the other hand, the additives of PAA/DTAB complex (phi=0.30) to the running buffer does not essentially affect on the electrophoretic behaviour of the CBZ-AAs, the variant MEKC is not realized. The influence of the concentration of the complex of PAA/DTAB on the electrophoretic behaviour of analytes was investigated. Relative retentions and relative selectivities were used for describing electrophoretic behaviour of the amino acid derivatives.

  15. Effect of PEG-PDMAEMA Block Copolymer Architecture on Polyelectrolyte Complex Formation with Heparin.

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    Välimäki, Salla; Khakalo, Alexey; Ora, Ari; Johansson, Leena-Sisko; Rojas, Orlando J; Kostiainen, Mauri A

    2016-09-12

    Heparin is a naturally occurring polyelectrolyte consisting of a sulfated polysaccharide backbone. It is widely used as an anticoagulant during major surgical operations. However, the associated bleeding risks require rapid neutralization after the operation. The only clinically approved antidote for heparin is protamine sulfate, which is, however, ineffective against low molecular weight heparin and can cause severe adverse reactions in patients. In this study, the facile synthesis of cationic-neutral diblock copolymers and their effective heparin binding is presented. Poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PEG-PDMAEMA) block copolymers were synthesized in two steps via atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) using PEG as a macroinitiator. Solution state binding between heparin and a range of PEG-PDMAEMA block copolymers and one homopolymer was studied with dynamic light scattering and methylene blue displacement assay. Also in vitro binding in plasma was studied by utilizing a chromogenic heparin anti-Xa assay. Additionally, quartz crystal microbalance and multiparametric surface plasmon resonance were used to study the surface adsorption kinetics of the polymers on a heparin layer. It was shown that the block copolymers and heparin form electrostatically bound complexes with varying colloidal properties, where the block lengths play a key role in controlling the heparin binding affinity, polyelectrolyte complex size and surface charge. With the optimized polymers (PEG114PDMAEMA52 and PEG114PDMAEMA100), heparin could be neutralized in a dose-dependent manner, and bound efficiently into small neutral complexes, with a hydrodynamic radius less than 100 nm. These complexes had only a limited effect on cell viability. Based on these studies, our approach paves the way for the development of new polymeric heparin binding agents. PMID:27477891

  16. Single-Channel Flow Injection Spectrophotometric Determination of Nickel Using Furildioxime in Micellar Solution

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    Memon, Najma; Memon, Saima; Solangi, Amber R.; Soomro, Rubina; Soomro, Rabel

    2012-01-01

    A very simple, selective, and fast flow injection spectrophotometeric method is developed for determination of nickel using furildioxime as complexing agent. Micellar solution of brij-35 is employed to solubilize the sparingly soluble complex of Ni-furildioxime in buffered aqueous system (pH-9.00). Under optimized conditions, absorbance is linear from 0.02 to 10 μg mL−1 using 500 μL sample volume and from 10 to 30 μg mL−1 using 50 μL sample volume of nickel at 480 nm, with R2 = 0.9971 and 0.9916, respectively. The molar absorption coefficient and Sandell's sensitivity were 6.0 × 103 L mol−1 cm−1 and 0.01 ng cm−2, respectively. The sample throughput of the method is 120 samples per hour with RSD of 0.01–0.2% for 0.02 to 10 μg mL−1 nickel (n = 5), indicating that the method is highly precise and reproducible. Interference from cobalt is removed by Nitroso R-salt-modified XAD-16. The developed method is validated by analysing certified reference materials and is applied to assess nickel content of commercially available cigarettes. PMID:22654605

  17. Arrhenius parameter determination for the reaction of methyl radicals with iodine species in aqueous solution

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    Mezyk, S.P.; Madden, K.P.

    1996-05-30

    The techniques of electron pulse radiolysis and direct ESR detection have been used to determine Arrhenius parameters for the recombination reaction of methyl radicals and methyl radical reaction with iodine in aqueous solution. At 22.8 {degree}C, rate constants of 2k{sub 7} = (1.77{+-}0.16) x 10{sup 9} dm{sup 3} mol{sup -1} s{sup -1} and k{sub 1} = (2.75{+-}0.43) x 10{sup 9} dm{sup 3} mol{sup -1} s{sup -1} with corresponding activation energies of 14.89{+-}0.87 and 13.10{+-}0.71 kJ mol{sup -1} (5.7-39.6 {degree}C), were obtained respectively for these two reactions. The analogous reaction of methyl radicals with iodide or iodate was found to be much slower, with the room temperature rate constant for both reactions estimated as k < 10{sup 6} dm{sup 3} mol{sup -1} s{sup -}. 34 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  18. Highly sensitive and selective optical chemosensor for determination of Cu2+ in aqueous solution.

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    Xiang, Yu; Li, Zifan; Chen, Xiaotong; Tong, Aijun

    2008-02-15

    A highly selective and sensitive rhodamine-based colorimetric chemosensor (1) for quantification of divalent copper in aqueous solution has been investigated in this work. It was designed using salicylaldehyde hydrazone and rhodamine 6G as copper-chelating and signal-reporting groups, respectively. In environmentally friendly media (50%(v/v) water/ethanol and 10mM NaAc-HAc neutral buffer (pH 7.0)), the sensor exhibited selective absorbance enhancement to Cu(2+) over other metal ions at 529 nm, with a dynamic working range of 0.05-5.00 microM and a detection limit of 10nM Cu(2+), respectively. To achieve fluorometric determination of Cu(2+), the Cu(2+)-induced absorbance enhancement of 1 was efficiently converted to fluorescence quenching by fluorescence inner filter effects using rhodamine B (RB) as a fluorophore. The selectivity and sensitivity of fluorescence analysis were similar to those of absorptiometric measurement. Both absorptiometric and fluorometric methods were successfully applied to the detection of Cu(2+) in three water samples. PMID:18371763

  19. Nuclear magnetic resonance as a tool for determining protonation constants of natural polyprotic bases in solution.

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    Frassineti, C; Ghelli, S; Gans, P; Sabatini, A; Moruzzi, M S; Vacca, A

    1995-11-01

    The acid-base properties of the tetramine 1,5,10,14-tetraazatetradecane H2N(CH2)3NH(CH2)4NH(CH2)3NH2 (spermine) in deuterated water have been studied at 40 degrees C at various pD values by means of NMR spectroscopy. Both one-dimensional 13C[1H] spectra and two-dimensional 1H/13C heterocorrelation spectra with inverse detection have been recorded. A calculation procedure of general validity has been developed to unravel the effect of rapid exchange between the various species in equilibrium as a function of pD of the solution. The method of calculation used in this part of the new computer program, HYPNMR, is independent of the equilibrium model. HYPNMR has been used to obtain the basicity constants of spermine with respect to the D+ cation at 40 degrees C. Calculations have been performed using either 13C[1H] or 1H/13C data individually, or using both sets of data simultaneously. The results of the latter calculations were practically the same as the results obtained with the single data sets; the calculated errors on the refined parameters were a little smaller. After appropriate empirical corrections for temperature effects and for the presence of D+ in contrast to H+, the calculated constants are compared with spermine protonation constants which have been determined previously both from potentiometric and NMR data.

  20. Ductile polyelectrolyte macromolecule-complexed zinc phosphate conversion crystal pre-coatings and topcoatings embodying a laminate

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    Sugama, Toshifumi; Kukacka, L.E.; Carciello, N.R.

    1985-11-05

    This invention relates to a precoat, laminate, and method for ductile coatings on steel and non-ferrous metals which comprises applying a zinc phosphating coating solution modified by a solid polyelectrolyte selected from polyacrylic acid (PAA), polymethacrylic acid (PMA), polyitaconic acid (PIA), and poly-L-glutamic acid. The contacting of the resin with the phosphating solution is made for a period of up to 20 hours at about 80/sup 0/C. The polyelectrolyte or the precoat is present in about 0.5 to 5.0% by weight of the total precoat composition and after application, the precoat base is dried for up to 5 hours at about 150/sup 0/C to desiccate. Also, a laminate may be formed where polyurethane (PU) is applied as an elastomeric topcoating or polyfuran resin is applied as a glassy topcoating. It has been found that the use of PAA at a molecular weight of about 2 x 10/sup 5/ gave improved ductility modulus effect.

  1. In situ formation of silver nanoparticles in linear and branched polyelectrolyte matrices using various reducing agents

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    2014-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles were synthesized in linear and branched polyelectrolyte matrices using different reductants and distinct synthesis conditions. The effect of the host hydrolyzed linear polyacrylamide and star-like copolymers dextran-graft-polyacrylamide of various compactness, the nature of the reductant, and temperature were studied on in situ synthesis of silver sols. The related nanosystems were analyzed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and UV-vis absorption spectrophotometry. It was established that the internal structure of the polymer matrix as well as the nature of the reductant determines the process of the silver nanoparticle formation. Specifically, the branched polymer matrices were much more efficient than the linear ones for stable nanosystem preparation. PMID:24708898

  2. New method to predict the surface tension of complex synthetic and biological polyelectrolyte/surfactant mixtures.

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    Ábraham, Ágnes; Campbell, Richard A; Varga, Imre

    2013-09-17

    Although the surface tension of complex mixtures determines the fate of many important natural processes, the property is notoriously difficult to interpret. Here we announce a new method that successfully predicts the surface tension of two synthetic and one biological polyelectrolyte/surfactant mixtures in the phase-separation region after dynamic changes in the bulk phase behavior have reached completion. The approach is based on the nonequilibrium framework of a lack of colloidal stability of bulk complexes in compositions around the charge match point of the oppositely charged components and requires as input parameters only the surface tension isotherm of the pure surfactant and some bulk measurements of the mixtures; no surface measurements of the mixtures are required. The complexity of the problem is reduced to a single empirical equation. This simplification in our understanding of the surface properties of strongly interacting mixtures involving macromolecules can lead to the optimization of applications involving synthetic polymers and biomacromolecules such as DNA at surfaces.

  3. A self-healing hydrogel formation strategy via exploiting endothermic interactions between polyelectrolytes.

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    Ren, Ying; Lou, Ruyun; Liu, Xiaocen; Gao, Meng; Zheng, Huizhen; Yang, Ting; Xie, Hongguo; Yu, Weiting; Ma, Xiaojun

    2016-05-01

    We report a strategy to synthesize self-healing hydrogels via exploiting endothermic interactions between polyelectrolytes. Natural polysaccharides and their derivatives were used to form reversible polyelectrolyte complexes by selecting appropriately charged chemical groups and counterions. This simple and effective method to fabricate self-healing hydrogels will find applications in diverse fields such as surface coating and 3D printing. PMID:27078585

  4. Flexibility and Charge of Solutes as Factors That Determine Their Diffusion in Casein Suspensions and Gels.

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    Silva, Juliana V C; Pezennec, Stéphane; Lortal, Sylvie; Floury, Juliane

    2015-07-29

    This work explores the influence of both the physicochemical characteristics of solutes and the solute-matrix interactions on diffusion in casein systems. Diffusion coefficients of three solute groups (dextrans, proteins, and peptides) presenting different physicochemical characteristics, such as molecular flexibility and charge, were measured using the technique of fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP). The casein systems had the same casein concentration, but different microstructures (suspension or gel), and/or a different pH (5.2 or 6.6). Flexible solutes diffused more rapidly through the casein systems than the rigid ones. Electrostatic interactions between charged solute molecules and the casein matrix were partly screened due to the high ionic strength of the systems. As a consequence, it was the flexibility of the solute molecule (rather than its charge) that most influenced its diffusion through casein systems.

  5. Effect of Sr and Ca solid-solution behaviour on superconductive properties as determined by microstructure analysis

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    Hong, Zhanglian; Wang, Minquan; Xiong, Guohong; Fan, Xianping

    1997-02-01

    The effects of the Sr and Ca composition and site-selection in a solid solution of a Bi-system superconductor on the superconductive properties were studied. Results showed that the Sr and Ca solid-solution behaviour had a remarkable effect on the superconductive properties. Further analysis indicated that this effect originated from varied hole concentration which was determined by the content of Sr atoms substituting for Bi atoms within the BiO layers. This substitution was influenced by the Sr and Ca solid-solution behaviour. This result offers a new mechanism for clarifying why the bivalent Sr and Ca cations affect the superconductive properties.

  6. Controlling the formation of cyanine dye H- and J-aggregates with cucurbituril hosts in the presence of anionic polyelectrolytes.

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    Gadde, Suresh; Batchelor, Elizabeth K; Kaifer, Angel E

    2009-06-01

    The presence of anionic polyelectrolytes enhances the tendency of cationic cyanine dyes to form aggregates in aqueous media. In this work we investigate the interactions between two cyanine dyes, pseudoisocyanine (PIC) and pinacyanol (PIN), with polystyrenesulfonate (PSS) as the key additive to develop J- and H-aggregates. We also take advantage of the binding properties of the cucurbit[7]uril (CB7) host to control formation of these aggregates through its host-guest interactions with the dye molecules. UV/Vis absorption spectroscopic studies clearly demonstrate the PSS-enhanced formation of J-aggregates in the case of PIC and H-aggregates in the case of PIN. Electrostatic interactions between the cyanine dye molecules and the polyelectrolyte chains assist the formation of J- or H-aggregates at very low dye concentrations (ca. 10 microM). Optimum development of dye aggregates was observed at a sulfonate/dye molar ratio of about 3:1. Departures from this stoichiometric ratio seem to perturb the optimal aggregate structure. Furthermore, the presence of CB7 was found to effectively disrupt the interactions responsible for dye aggregation. Thus, CB7 completely disrupts the J-aggregates formed by PIC and the H-aggregates (as well as lower concentrations of J-aggregates) formed by PIN. UV/Vis and emission spectroscopic studies clearly indicate that binding of CB7 to both dye molecules removes them from the aggregate structures. Our spectroscopic data clearly indicate that regulation of the relative molar ratios of dye, CB7 host, and polyelectrolyte sulfonate groups leads to a quantitative control of dye aggregation, yielding variable amounts of PIC J- and PIN H-aggregates in these solutions. PMID:19402091

  7. Determination of the stability of dopamine in aqueous solutions by high performance liquid chromatography

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    Shen, Y. . Dept. of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology); Ye, M.Y. . Dept. of Biology and Chemistry ManTech Environmental Technology, Inc., Ada, OK )

    1994-01-01

    Methods for the analysis of dopamine and its degradation products in aqueous solutions are described. The technique of reverse phase chromatography with electrochemical detection is used to investigate the stability of dopamine in various aqueous solutions. In neutral and basic solutions, dopamine is rapidly oxidized by dissolved oxygen to form degradation products. The results demonstrate that dopamine is stable in 0.1 N HCl solution, pH < 1. The study indicates that EDTA can slow down the oxidation process. The detection limit for the analysis of dopamine is 0.1 [mu]M with 100 [mu]l injection.

  8. Entering and exiting the protein-polyelectrolyte coacervate phase via nonmonotonic salt dependence of critical conditions.

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    Antonov, Margarita; Mazzawi, Malek; Dubin, Paul L

    2010-01-11

    Critical conditions for coacervation of poly(dimethyldiallylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) with bovine serum albumin were determined as a function of ionic strength, pH, and protein/polyelectrolyte stoichiometry. The resultant phase boundaries, clearly defined with this narrow molecular weight distribution PDADMAC sample, showed nonmonotonic ionic strength dependence, with the pH-induced onset of coacervation (at pH(phi)) occurring most readily at 20 mM NaCl. The corresponding onset of soluble complex formation, pH(c), determined using high-precision turbidimetry sensitive to changes of less than 0.1% transmittance units, mirrored the ionic strength dependence of pH(phi). This nonmonotonic binding behavior is attributable to simultaneous screening of short-range attraction and long-range repulsion. The similarity of pH(c) and pH(phi) was explained by the effect of salt on protein binding, and consequently on the number of bound proteins relative to that required for charge neutralization of the complex, a requirement for phase separation. Expansion of the coacervation regime with chitosan, a polycation with charge spacing similar to that of PDADMAC, could be due to either the charge mobility or chain stiffness of the former. The pH(phi) versus I phase boundary for PDADMAC correctly predicted entrance into and egress from the coacervation region by addition of either salt or water. The ability to induce or suppress coacervation via protein/polyelectrolyte stoichiometry r was found to be consistent with the proposed model. The results indicate that the conjoint effects of I, r, and pH on coacervation could be represented by a three-dimensional phase boundary.

  9. Tuning the properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes and application in a biosensor platform

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    Chen, Liaohai

    2004-05-18

    The present invention provides a method of detecting a biological agent including contacting a sample with a sensor including a polymer system capable of having an alterable measurable property from the group of luminescence, anisotropy, redox potential and uv/vis absorption, the polymer system including an ionic conjugated polymer and an electronically inert polyelectrolyte having a biological agent recognition element bound thereto, the electronically inert polyelectrolyte adapted for undergoing a conformational structural change upon exposure to a biological agent having affinity for binding to the recognition element bound to the electronically inert polyelectrolyte, and, detecting the detectable change in the alterable measurable property. A chemical moiety being the reaction product of (i) a polyelectrolyte monomer and (ii) a biological agent recognition element-substituted polyelectrolyte monomer is also provided.

  10. Experimental techniques for determination of the role of diffusion and convection in crystal growth from solution

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    Zefiro, L.

    1980-01-01

    Various studies of the concentration of the solution around a growing crystal using interferometric techniques are reviewed. A holographic interferometric technique used in laboratory experiments shows that a simple description of the solution based on the assumption of a purely diffusive mechanism appears inadequate since the convection, effective even in reduced columns, always affects the growth.

  11. 75 FR 73132 - Sypris Technologies, Sypris Solutions Division, Kenton, OH; Notice of Revised Determination on...

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    2010-11-29

    ... workers of Sypris Technologies, Sypris Solutions Division, Kenton, Ohio (subject firm). The Department's Notice was published in the Federal Register on October 25, 2010 (75 FR 65514). The initial investigation... Employment and Training Administration Sypris Technologies, Sypris Solutions Division, Kenton, OH; Notice...

  12. Polyelectrolyte-stabilized metal oxide hydrosols as catalysts for the photooxidation of water by zinc porphyrins

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    Nahor, G.S.; Mosseri, S.; Neta, P.; Harriman, A.

    1988-07-28

    Colloids of ruthenium dioxide and iridium oxide have been prepared and characterized. These colloids, which are inherently negatively charged in neutral water, have been stabilized with a surface layer of polyelectrolyte. Electrostatic binding occurs between the stabilized colloids and water-soluble zinc porphyrins of the opposite electronic charge. Such electrostatic forces affect the rate constant for interfacial electron transfer between the colloids and radical cations derived from the zinc porphyrins. The products of these reactions depend upon the relative charges of the reactants. For oppositely charged reactants, the rate of interaction was very high but O/sub 2/ generation was not observed. In some cases where the porphyrin and colloid possess the same charge, the system can be used to oxidize water to O/sub 2/ under photochemical conditions. The yield of O/sub 2/ depends upon the solution pH and the nature of both reactants. With negatively charged reactions in alkaline solution, the authors have reported quantum efficiencies for O/sub 2/ generation in the range of 50-60%. With positively charged reactants, oxygen formation could be observed in acidic solution, although the quantum efficiencies were less than 10%.

  13. Modeling the effects of pH and ionic strength on swelling of polyelectrolyte gels.

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    Drozdov, A D; deClaville Christiansen, J

    2015-03-21

    A model is developed for the elastic response of a polyelectrolyte gel under unconstrained and constrained swelling in a water bath with an arbitrary pH, where a monovalent salt is dissolved. A gel is treated as a three-phase medium consisting of an equivalent polymer network, solvent (water), and solute (mobile ions). Transport of solvent and solute is thought of as their diffusion through the network accelerated by an electric field formed by mobile and fixed ions and accompanied by chemical reactions (self-ionization of water molecules, dissociation of functional groups attached to polymer chains, and formation of ion pairs between bound charges and mobile counter-ions). Constitutive equations are derived by means of the free energy imbalance inequality for an arbitrary three-dimensional deformation with finite strains. Adjustable parameters in the governing relations are found by fitting equilibrium swelling diagrams on several hydrogels. The effects of pH, ionic strength of solution, and constraints on equilibrium water uptake are studied numerically. PMID:25796263

  14. Modeling the effects of pH and ionic strength on swelling of polyelectrolyte gels

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    Drozdov, A. D.; deClaville Christiansen, J.

    2015-03-01

    A model is developed for the elastic response of a polyelectrolyte gel under unconstrained and constrained swelling in a water bath with an arbitrary pH, where a monovalent salt is dissolved. A gel is treated as a three-phase medium consisting of an equivalent polymer network, solvent (water), and solute (mobile ions). Transport of solvent and solute is thought of as their diffusion through the network accelerated by an electric field formed by mobile and fixed ions and accompanied by chemical reactions (self-ionization of water molecules, dissociation of functional groups attached to polymer chains, and formation of ion pairs between bound charges and mobile counter-ions). Constitutive equations are derived by means of the free energy imbalance inequality for an arbitrary three-dimensional deformation with finite strains. Adjustable parameters in the governing relations are found by fitting equilibrium swelling diagrams on several hydrogels. The effects of pH, ionic strength of solution, and constraints on equilibrium water uptake are studied numerically.

  15. Water activity as the determinant for homogeneous ice nucleation in aqueous solutions

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    Koop; Luo; Tsias; Peter

    2000-08-10

    The unique properties of water in the supercooled (metastable) state are not fully understood. In particular, the effects of solutes and mechanical pressure on the kinetics of the liquid-to-solid phase transition of supercooled water and aqueous solutions to ice have remained unresolved. Here we show from experimental data that the homogeneous nucleation of ice from supercooled aqueous solutions is independent of the nature of the solute, but depends only on the water activity of the solution--that is, the ratio between the water vapour pressures of the solution and of pure water under the same conditions. In addition, we show that the presence of solutes and the application of pressure have a very similar effect on ice nucleation. We present a thermodynamic theory for homogeneous ice nucleation, which expresses the nucleation rate coefficient as a function of water activity and pressure. Recent observations from clouds containing ice are in good agreement with our theory and our results should help to overcome one of the main weaknesses of numerical models of the atmosphere, the formulation of cloud processes.

  16. Summary of Tests to Determine Effectiveness of Gelatin Strike on SS{ampersand}C Dissolver Solutions

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    Murray, A.M.; Karraker, D.G.

    1998-05-01

    The solutions from the dissolution of sand, slag, and crucible (SS&C) material are sufficiently different from previous solutions processed via the F-Canyon Purex process that the effectiveness of individual process steps needed to be ascertained. In this study, the effectiveness of gelatin strike was tested under a variety of conditions. Specifically, several concentrations of silica, fluoride, nitric acid (HNO{sub 3}), boric acid (H{sub 3}BO{sub 3}), and aluminium nitrate nonahydrate (ANN) were studied. The disengagement times of surrogate and plant SS&C dissolver solutions from plant solvent also were measured. The results of the tests indicate that gelatin strike does not coagulate the silica at the low concentration of silica ({tilde 30} ppm) expected in the SS&C dissolver solutions because the silicon is complexed with fluoride ions (e.g., SiF{sub 6}{sup -2}). The silicon fluoride complex is expected to remain with the aqueous phase during solvent extraction. The disengagement times of the dissolver solutions from the plant solvent were not affected by the presence of low concentrations of silica and no third phase formation was observed in the disengagement phase with the low silica concentrations. Tests of surrogate SS&C dissolver solutions with higher concentration of silica (less than 150 ppm) did show that gelatin strike followed by centrifugation resulted in good phase disengagement of the surrogate SS{ampersand}C dissolver solution from the plant dissolver solution. At the higher silica concentrations, there is not sufficient fluoride to complex with the silica, and the silica must be entrained by the gelatin and removed from the dissolver solution prior to solvent extraction.

  17. Determination of the ascorbate content of photographic developer solutions using miniaturised isotachophoresis on a planar chip.

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    Prest, Jeff E; Baldock, Sara J; Fielden, Peter R; Goddard, Nicholas J; Brown, Bernard J Treves

    2003-09-01

    The use of miniaturised isotachophoresis, performed on a planar poly(methyl methacrylate) device with integrated platinum conductivity electrodes, for the analysis of the ascorbate content of photographic developer solutions has been investigated. An electrolyte system has been developed which enabled the analysis to be made without interference from any of the other components in the developer solution, a number of which were present at significantly higher concentrations than that of the ascorbate ions. Using this system, the ascorbate content of the developer solutions could be analysed in under 6 min. The limit of detection for ascorbate using miniaturised isotachophoresis was calculated to be 0.011 mmol dm(-3).

  18. Polyionic vaccine adjuvants: another look at aluminum salts and polyelectrolytes

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Adjuvants improve the adaptive immune response to a vaccine antigen by modulating innate immunity or facilitating transport and presentation. The selection of an appropriate adjuvant has become vital as new vaccines trend toward narrower composition, expanded application, and improved safety. Functionally, adjuvants act directly or indirectly on antigen presenting cells (APCs) including dendritic cells (DCs) and are perceived as having molecular patterns associated either with pathogen invasion or endogenous cell damage (known as pathogen associated molecular patterns [PAMPs] and damage associated molecular patterns [DAMPs]), thereby initiating sensing and response pathways. PAMP-type adjuvants are ligands for toll-like receptors (TLRs) and can directly affect DCs to alter the strength, potency, speed, duration, bias, breadth, and scope of adaptive immunity. DAMP-type adjuvants signal via proinflammatory pathways and promote immune cell infiltration, antigen presentation, and effector cell maturation. This class of adjuvants includes mineral salts, oil emulsions, nanoparticles, and polyelectrolytes and comprises colloids and molecular assemblies exhibiting complex, heterogeneous structures. Today innovation in adjuvant technology is driven by rapidly expanding knowledge in immunology, cross-fertilization from other areas including systems biology and materials sciences, and regulatory requirements for quality, safety, efficacy and understanding as part of the vaccine product. Standardizations will aid efforts to better define and compare the structure, function and safety of adjuvants. This article briefly surveys the genesis of adjuvant technology and then re-examines polyionic macromolecules and polyelectrolyte materials, adjuvants currently not known to employ TLR. Specific updates are provided for aluminum-based formulations and polyelectrolytes as examples of improvements to the oldest and emerging classes of vaccine adjuvants in use. PMID:25648619

  19. Proton and metal ion binding to natural organic polyelectrolytes-I. Studies with synthetic model compounds

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

    1984-01-01

    A unified physico-chemical model, based on a modified Henderson-Hasselbalch equation, for the analysis of ion complexation reactions involving charged polymeric systems is presented and verified. In this model pH = pKa+p(??Ka) + log(??/1 - ??) where Ka is the intrinsic acid dissociation constant of the ionizable functional groups on the polymer, ??Ka is the deviation of the intrinsic constant due to electrostatic interaction between the hydrogen ion and the polyanion, and alpha (??) is the polyacid degree of ionization. Using this approach pKa values for repeating acidic units of polyacrylic (PAA) and polymethacrylic (PMA) acids were found to be 4.25 ?? 0.03 and 4.8 ?? 0.1, respectively. The polyion electrostatic deviation term derived from the potentiometric titration data (i.e. p(??Ka)) is used to calculate metal ion concentration at the complexation site on the surface of the polyanion. Intrinsic cobalt-polycarboxylate binding constants (7.5 for PAA and 5.6 for PMA), obtained using this procedure, are consistent with the range of published binding constants for cobalt-monomer carboxylate complexes. In two phase systems incorporation of a Donnan membrane potential term allows determination of the intrinsic pKa of a cross-linked PMA gel, pKa = 4.83, in excellent agreement with the value obtained for the linear polyelectrolyte and the monomer. Similarly, the intrinsic stability constant for cobalt ion binding to a PMA-gel (??CoPMA+ = 11) was found to be in agreement with the linear polyelectrolyte analogue and the published data for cobalt-carboxylate monodentate complexes. ?? 1984.

  20. Gradients of physical and biochemical cues on polyelectrolyte multilayer films generated via microfluidics.

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    Almodóvar, Jorge; Crouzier, Thomas; Selimović, Šeila; Boudou, Thomas; Khademhosseini, Ali; Picart, Catherine

    2013-04-21

    The cell microenvironment is a complex and anisotropic matrix composed of a number of physical and biochemical cues that control cellular processes. A current challenge in biomaterials is the engineering of biomimetic materials which present spatially controlled physical and biochemical cues. The layer-by-layer assembly of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEM) has been demonstrated to be a promising candidate for a biomaterial mimicking the native extracellular matrix. In this work, gradients of biochemical and physical cues were generated on PEM films composed of hyaluronan (HA) and poly(l-lysine) (PLL) using a microfluidic device. As a proof of concept, four different types of surface concentration gradients adsorbed onto the films were generated. These included surface concentration gradients of fluorescent PLL, fluorescent microbeads, a cross-linker, and one consisting of a polyelectrolyte grafted with a cell adhesive peptide. In all cases, reproducible centimeter-long linear gradients were obtained. Fluorescence microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy were used to characterize these gradients. Cell responses to the stiffness gradient and to the peptide gradient were studied. Pre-osteoblastic cells were found to adhere and spread more along the stiffness gradient, which varied linearly from 200 kPa-600 kPa. Myoblast cell spreading also increased throughout the length of the increasing RGD-peptide gradient. This work demonstrates a simple method to modify PEM films with concentration gradients of non-covalently bound biomolecules and with gradients in stiffness. These results highlight the potential of this technique to efficiently and quickly determine the optimal biochemical and mechanical cues necessary for specific cellular processes. PMID:23440074

  1. On line vapor generation of osmium based on solution cathode glow discharge for the determination by ICP-OES.

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    Zhu, Zhenli; Huang, Chunying; He, Qian; Xiao, Qing; Liu, Zhifu; Zhang, Suicheng; Hu, Shenghong

    2013-03-15

    A novel plasma induced vapor generation method is proposed to determine osmium in solutions. Without any chemical oxidizing agents, osmium ion can be readily converted to volatile osmium tetraoxide vapor in the solution cathode glow discharge (SCGD) system. The generated osmium vapor is then transported to inductively coupled plasma for determination by optical emission spectrometry. The influences of background electrolyte, carrier gas flow rate, sample flow rate, ICP power and discharge current were investigated. The analytical performances of this proposed technique were evaluated under optimized conditions. The detection limit of Os was calculated to be 0.51 ng mL(-1). The reproducibility, expressed as the relative standard deviation (n=11) of a 2.0 μg mL(-1) standard solution, was 1.9%. This SCGD induced vapor generation is sensitive and simple, oxidation reagents free, providing an alternative analytical method for measuring Os in geological or environmental water samples. PMID:23598105

  2. On line vapor generation of osmium based on solution cathode glow discharge for the determination by ICP-OES.

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    Zhu, Zhenli; Huang, Chunying; He, Qian; Xiao, Qing; Liu, Zhifu; Zhang, Suicheng; Hu, Shenghong

    2013-03-15

    A novel plasma induced vapor generation method is proposed to determine osmium in solutions. Without any chemical oxidizing agents, osmium ion can be readily converted to volatile osmium tetraoxide vapor in the solution cathode glow discharge (SCGD) system. The generated osmium vapor is then transported to inductively coupled plasma for determination by optical emission spectrometry. The influences of background electrolyte, carrier gas flow rate, sample flow rate, ICP power and discharge current were investigated. The analytical performances of this proposed technique were evaluated under optimized conditions. The detection limit of Os was calculated to be 0.51 ng mL(-1). The reproducibility, expressed as the relative standard deviation (n=11) of a 2.0 μg mL(-1) standard solution, was 1.9%. This SCGD induced vapor generation is sensitive and simple, oxidation reagents free, providing an alternative analytical method for measuring Os in geological or environmental water samples.

  3. Kinetic Studies on Photodeposition of Polydiacetylene Thin Film from Solution: Preliminary Determination of the Rate Law

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    Paley, M. S.; Armstrong, S.; Witherow, W. K.; Frazier, D. O.

    1996-01-01

    Preliminary kinetic studies were undertaken on the photodeposition of thin films of a polydiacetylene derivative of 2-methyl-4-nitroaniline from monomer solutions onto quartz substrates. Solutions of the monomer, DAMNA, in 1,2-dichloroethane at various concentrations were irradiated at 364 nm using an argon-ion laser at several intensities. It was found that the rate of polydiacetylene (PDAMNA) film photodeposition varies linearly with UV light intensity and as the square root of monomer concentration.

  4. Tailor-made polyelectrolyte microcapsules: from multilayers to smart containers.

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    Peyratout, Claire S; Dähne, Lars

    2004-07-19

    This review addresses the fabrication and properties of novel polyelectrolyte microcapsules, with an emphasis on their mechanical and permeability properties. Ease of preparation through layer-by-layer self assembly, accurate control over wall thickness as well as flexibility in the choice of constituents make these capsules very promising for numerous applications in materials and life science. Moreover, by engineering the inner and outer interfaces, these capsules can be used as microreactors for precipitation, crystallization, and polymerization reactions, as well as enzymatic, and heterogeneous catalysis.

  5. Enhanced radiation therapy with internalized polyelectrolyte modified nanoparticles

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    Zhang, Peipei; Qiao, Yong; Wang, Chaoming; Ma, Liyuan; Su, Ming

    2014-08-01

    A challenge of X-ray radiation therapy is that high dose X-ray under therapeutic conditions damages normal cells. This paper describes a nanoparticle-based method to enhance X-ray radiation therapy by delivering radio-sensitizing gold nanoparticles into cancer cells. The nanoparticles have been modified with cationic polyelectrolytes to allow internalization. Upon X-ray irradiation of nanoparticles, more photoelectrons and Auger electrons are generated to cause water ionization, leading to formation of free radicals that damage DNA of cancer cells. The X-ray dose required for DNA damage and cell killing is reduced by delivering gold nanoparticles inside cancer cells.

  6. 78 FR 27971 - Determination That REV-EYES (Dapiprazole Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution), 0.5%, Was Not...

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration Determination That REV-EYES (Dapiprazole Hydrochloride Ophthalmic Solution), 0.5%, Was Not Withdrawn From Sale for Reasons of Safety or Effectiveness AGENCY:...

  7. Voltammetric determination of the chlorine content of aqueous solutions, using a silicone-rubber based graphite electrode.

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    Pungor, E; Szepesváry, E; Szepesváry, P

    1970-04-01

    A method for the determination of chlorine and hypochlorous acid in 0.1N sulphuric acid by voltammetry is described. The method may be applied to stirred and flowing solutions and has a possible use in the monitoring of sewage effluent systems.

  8. 78 FR 6823 - Determination That DIFFERIN (Adapalene) Solution, 0.1%, Was Not Withdrawn From Sale for Reasons...

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    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration Determination That DIFFERIN (Adapalene) Solution, 0.1%, Was Not Withdrawn From Sale for Reasons of Safety or Effectiveness AGENCY: Food and Drug...

  9. Determination of Solute Distributions in the Vadose Zone Using Downhole Electromagnetic Induction

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    Hall, L. M.; Brainard, J. R.; Bowman, R. S.; Hendrickx, J. M.

    2003-12-01

    We used down-hole electromagnetic induction to determine the distribution of a salt pulse added to an unsaturated soil profile. Water was applied to the surface at a flux of 2.7 cm/d over a 3-m by 3-m area. After approximately 1100 days, a 6.9-g/L slug of NaCl was added to the infiltration water, increasing the irrigation water conductivity from 80 mS/m to 1300 mS/m. Electrical conductivity measurements were collected weekly with an EM39 probe (Geonics LTD., Mississauga, ON, Canada) in 13 12-m deep boreholes installed over a 16-m by 16-m area. Three-dimensional images based on these measurements showed salt distributions reflecting the site stratigraphy and the shape of the wetted bulb under the infiltrometer. The calculated mass of salt in the profile was compared to the known mass of salt infiltrated at the surface. Following models designed primarily for agricultural soils, the measured bulk soil conductivity (ECa) was converted to soil water conductivity (ECw) using estimates of the volumetric water content from monthly neutron probe measurements and the percent clay from lab analysis of continuous core samples. The calculations showed a close correspondence over time (r2 = 0.98) between the calculated total mass of salt in the soil water and the known mass of salt infiltrated at the surface. The low water content (<15% by volume) and low bulk soil conductivity (<100 mS/m) at the test site presented more resistive conditions than previous studies of this type and were sources of uncertainty in the calculated ECw values. Errors in the calculated mass of salt were particularly evident during the initial stages of the salt infiltration and following the salt pulse, when the average ECw was low. Sensitivity analyses showed that the calculated ECw was strongly dependent on the assumed cutoff between immobile and mobile water content. Calculations were relatively insensitive to soil temperature and percent clay. The results of this study indicate that downhole EM

  10. Protein-polyelectrolyte interactions: Monitoring particle formation and growth by nanoparticle tracking analysis and flow imaging microscopy.

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    Sediq, Ahmad S; Nejadnik, M Reza; El Bialy, Inas; Witkamp, Geert-Jan; Jiskoot, Wim

    2015-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the formation and growth kinetics of complexes of proteins and oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. Equal volumes of IgG and dextran sulfate (DS) solutions, 0.01 mg/ml each in 10mM phosphate, pH 6.2, were mixed. At different time points, samples were taken and analyzed by nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA), Micro-Flow Imaging (MFI) and size-exclusion chromatography (SEC). SEC showed a huge drop in monomer content (approximately 85%) already 2 min after mixing, while a very high nanoparticle (size up to 500 nm) concentration (ca. 9 × 10(8)/ml) was detected by NTA. The nanoparticle concentration gradually decreased over time, while the average particle size increased. After a lag time of about 1.5h, a steady increase in microparticles was measured by MFI. The microparticle concentration kept increasing up to about 1.5 × 10(6)/ml until it started to slightly decrease after 10h. The average size of the microparticles remained in the low-μm range (1-2 μm) with a slight increase and broadening of the size distribution in time. The experimental data could be fitted with Smoluchowski's perikinetic coagulation model, which was validated by studying particle growth kinetics in IgG:DS mixtures of different concentrations. In conclusion, the combination of NTA and MFI provided novel insight into the kinetics and mechanism of protein-polyelectrolyte complex formation. PMID:25936855

  11. Interfacial dynamic and dilational rheology of polyelectrolyte/surfactant two-component nanoparticle systems at air-water interface

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    Tong, L. J.; Bao, M. T.; Li, Y. M.; Gong, H. Y.

    2014-10-01

    The interfacial characteristics of nanoparticles and consequent inter-particle interactions at the interface are poorly understood. In this work, the interfacial dynamic and corresponding dilational surface rheology of self-assembled polyelectrolyte/surfactant nanoparticles at the air-water interface are characterized. The nanoparticles are prepared from dodecyltrimethylammonium (DTAB) and poly (sodium 4-styrene-sulfonate) (PSS) by mixing them in aqueous solution. The interfacial dynamic characteristics have been carried out by comparing the surface pressure with the dilational rheological response of these nanoparticles at interface. The results indicate that this type of nanoparticles can adsorb at the interface forming a nanoparticle monolayer, which leads to the surface tension decreased markedly. The dependence of surface pressure on time shows the instability and disassembly process of nanoparticles at the interface. On the basis of these observations, it is proposed that the nanoparticles undergo a dynamic process that interface induced nanoparticles disassembly into DTAB/PSS complexes. The presence of PSS in the subphase can promote the process of nanoparticles disassembly. A transition point in dilational elasticity and viscosity response of the nanoparticles versus oscillation frequency further validate the micro dynamic process of nanoparticles and the formation of polyelectrolyte/surfactant complex monolayer at the interface.

  12. Dynamics of polyelectrolyte adsorption and colloidal flocculation upon mixing studied using mono-dispersed polystyrene latex particles.

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    Feng, Lili; Stuart, Martien Cohen; Adachi, Yasuhisa

    2015-12-01

    The dynamic behavior of polyelectrolytes just after their encounter with the surface of bare colloidal particles is analyzed, using the flocculation properties of mono-dispersed polystyrene latex (PSL) particles. Applying a Standardized Colloid Mixing (SCM) approach, effects of ionic strength and charge density of polymer chain on the rate of flocculation, the electrophoretic mobility of particle coated with polyelectrolyte, and the thickness of adsorbed polymer layer were analyzed, focusing on distinguishing features of two modes of flocculation, namely bridging formation and charge neutralization. In the case of excess polymer dosage, the bridging flocculation clearly highlights the transient behavior of polymer conformation from random-coil-like in bulk solution to increasingly flatten on the surface. The adsorption of polymer chains leads to a stagnant layer of solvent near the solid wall, which is confirmed by electrokinetic data. In the regime near optimum dosage two cases emerge. For high charge density polymer, charge neutralization is dominant and advantageous for the continuous progress of flocculation by heterogeneous double layer interaction. As a function of elapsed time after the onset of mixing, crossover from bridging to charge neutralization is found. In the case of low charge density polymer, bridging flocculation is the mechanism. Fluid mixing is concluded to have an essential role in the formation of bridges.

  13. Complexation Between Weakly Basic Dendrimers and Linear Polyelectrolytes: Effects of Chain Stiffness, Grafts, and pOH

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    Lewis, Thomas; Pandav, Gunja; Omar, Ahmad; Ganesan, Venkat

    2013-03-01

    The unique architecture and high charge density of dendrimer molecules have attracted interest for their utilization in gene delivery applications. The strong binding affinity of cationic dendrimers to genetic materials make them effective gene delivery vectors not only by shielding the nucleic acid (NA) material from degradative enzymes in the blood stream, but also by reducing the overall negative charge of the dendrimer-NA material complex, which in turn creates more favorable interaction with the anionic cell membrane. However, the high cytotoxicities of cationic dendrimers have motivated the development of polyethylene glycol (PEG) conjugated dendrimer molecules, which have been shown to reduce dendrimer cytotoxicity while still retaining transfection ability. In order to gain insight into how the addition of neutral grafts affects the binding affinity and conformations of dendrimer-NA material complexes, we have developed and numerically solved a Self-Consistent Field Theory approach for both grafted and non-grafted annealed charged dendrimer molecules in the presence of linear polyelectrolyte molecules. Specifically, this work examines the effect of linear polyelectrolyte stiffness, grafting chain length, and solution pOH.

  14. Introduction of thiol moieties, including their thiol-ene reactions and air oxidation, onto polyelectrolyte multilayer substrates.

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    Madaan, Nitesh; Romriell, Naomi; Tuscano, Joshua; Schlaad, Helmut; Linford, Matthew R

    2015-12-01

    We describe the derivatization of uncross-linked and cross-linked layer-by-layer (LbL) assemblies of polyelectrolytes (polyallylamine hydrochloride and polyacrylic acid) with sulfydryl groups via Traut's reagent (2-iminothiolane). This thiolation was optimized with regards to temperature, concentration, and pH. The stability of the resulting -SH groups in the air was determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). This air oxidation has obvious implications for the use of thiol-ene reactions in materials chemistry, and there appears to be little on this topic in the literature. Three main S 2s signals were observed by XPS: at 231.5 eV (oxidized sulfur), 227.6 eV (thiol groups), and 225.4 eV (thiolate groups). Due to their rapid oxidation, we recommend that thiolated surfaces be used immediately after they are prepared. As driven by 254 nm UV light, thiol groups on polyelectrolyte multilayers react with 1,2-polybutadiene (PBd), and residual carbon-carbon double bonds on adsorbed PBd similarly react with another thiol. In the case of a fluorinated thiol, surfaces with high water contact angles (ca. 120°) are obtained. Modest exposures to light result in derivatization, while longer exposures damage the assemblies. Polyelectrolyte-thiol-PBd-thiol assemblies delaminate from their substrates when immersed for long periods of time in water. Surface silanization with an amino silane prevents this delamination and leads to stable assemblies. These assemblies withstand various stability tests. Techniques used to analyze the materials in this study include X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and contact angle goniometry. PMID:26295196

  15. Introduction of thiol moieties, including their thiol-ene reactions and air oxidation, onto polyelectrolyte multilayer substrates.

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    Madaan, Nitesh; Romriell, Naomi; Tuscano, Joshua; Schlaad, Helmut; Linford, Matthew R

    2015-12-01

    We describe the derivatization of uncross-linked and cross-linked layer-by-layer (LbL) assemblies of polyelectrolytes (polyallylamine hydrochloride and polyacrylic acid) with sulfydryl groups via Traut's reagent (2-iminothiolane). This thiolation was optimized with regards to temperature, concentration, and pH. The stability of the resulting -SH groups in the air was determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). This air oxidation has obvious implications for the use of thiol-ene reactions in materials chemistry, and there appears to be little on this topic in the literature. Three main S 2s signals were observed by XPS: at 231.5 eV (oxidized sulfur), 227.6 eV (thiol groups), and 225.4 eV (thiolate groups). Due to their rapid oxidation, we recommend that thiolated surfaces be used immediately after they are prepared. As driven by 254 nm UV light, thiol groups on polyelectrolyte multilayers react with 1,2-polybutadiene (PBd), and residual carbon-carbon double bonds on adsorbed PBd similarly react with another thiol. In the case of a fluorinated thiol, surfaces with high water contact angles (ca. 120°) are obtained. Modest exposures to light result in derivatization, while longer exposures damage the assemblies. Polyelectrolyte-thiol-PBd-thiol assemblies delaminate from their substrates when immersed for long periods of time in water. Surface silanization with an amino silane prevents this delamination and leads to stable assemblies. These assemblies withstand various stability tests. Techniques used to analyze the materials in this study include X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and contact angle goniometry.

  16. Density and visco-elasticity of Natrosol 250 HH solutions: Determining their suitability for experimental tectonics

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    Boutelier, D.; Cruden, A.; Saumur, B.

    2016-05-01

    Analogue models often require that materials with specific physical properties be engineered to satisfy scaling conditions. To achieve this goal we investigate the rheology of aqueous solutions of Natrosol 250 HH, a rheology modifier employed in various industries to thicken viscous solutions. We report the rheological properties as functions of the concentration and temperature and discuss the advantages and limitations of these materials in view of their use in analogue modelling experiments. The solutions are linear visco-elastic for low stresses (or strain-rates), becoming shear-thinning for larger stresses. For the typically slow analogue experiments of tectonics, the solutions can be considered linear visco-elastic with a Maxwell relaxation time much smaller than the characteristic observation time. This simplification is even more appropriate when the solutions are employed at temperatures higher than 20 °C, since the solutions then display a behaviour that is more viscous, less elastic at the same shear-rate, while the Newtonian viscosity reduces and the shear-rate limit between Newtonian and shear-thinning behaviours increases. The Newtonian viscosity is shown to increase non-linearly with concentration and decrease non-linearly with temperature. With concentrations between 0 and 3% and temperature between 20 and 40 °C, the viscosity varied between 10-1 and 4000 Pa s, while the density remained close to the density of water. Natrosol 250 HH thus offers the possibility to control the viscosity of a solution without significantly affecting the density, thereby facilitating the design and setup of analogue experiments.

  17. Influence of higher valent ions on flexible polyelectrolyte stiffness and counter-ion distribution.

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    Chremos, Alexandros; Douglas, Jack F

    2016-04-28

    We investigate the influence of counter-ion valency on the flexibility of highly charged flexible polymer chains using molecular dynamics simulations that include both salt and an explicit solvent. As observed experimentally, we find that divalent counter-ions greatly reduce the chain persistence length, lp, in comparison with monovalent counter-ions. On the other hand, polyelectrolyte chains having trivalent counter-ions adopt a much more compact conformation than polyelectrolytes having monovalent and divalent counter-ions. We demonstrate that the tendency of polyelectrolyte chains to become deformed by proximal high valence counter-ions is due to chain "coiling" around the counter-ions. In particular, we find that the number of contacts that the proximal counter-ions have with the polyelectrolyte dictates the extent of chain coiling. This ion-binding induced coiling mechanism influences not only the conformational properties of the polyelectrolyte, but also the counter-ion distribution around the chain. Specifically, we find that higher valent counter-ions lead both to a counter-ion enrichment in close proximity to the polyelectrolyte and to a significant reduction in the spatial extent of the diffuse counter-ion cloud around the polyelectrolyte.

  18. [Optimal operating condition of ICP-aES for determination of soil nutrients extracted by Mehlich 3 through solution simulation].

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    Wang, Xiao-li; Cui, Jian-yu; Tang, Ao-han; Han, Wen-xuan; Jiang, Rong-feng

    2010-09-01

    As a key process of fertilization with soil test, the determination of soil effective nutrients has received great attention in recent years. Based on a series of standard solution mixtures, which simulate the soil nutrients extracted by Mehlich 3 (M3) reagent, the optimal operating condition of ICP-AES was explored in a systematic way. The results show that the 20 key nutrient elements (P, K, Ca, Mg, Na, Fe, Mn, Cu, Zn, Cd, Cr, Pb, Ni, Al, B, Mo, S, Si, Se, and As) in the solutions can be determined correctly and proficiently when ICP-AES is set at 0.80 L x min(-1) of carrier gas flux, with observation height 15 mm and power 1200 W. This study supplies a primary experimental foundation for establishing the determination technique of essential nutrient elements, extracted from soils in China with the general soil-nutrient extractant M3 reagent. PMID:21105440

  19. Density functional theory for encapsidated polyelectrolytes: A comparison with Monte Carlo simulation

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    Jin, Zhehui; Wu, Jianzhong

    2012-07-01

    Genome packaging inside viral capsids is strongly influenced by the molecular size and the backbone structure of RNA/DNA chains and their electrostatic affinity with the capsid proteins. Coarse-grained models are able to capture the generic features of non-specific interactions and provide a useful testing ground for theoretical developments. In this work, we use the classical density functional theory (DFT) within the framework of an extended primitive model for electrolyte solutions to investigate the self-organization of flexible and semi-flexible linear polyelectrolytes in spherical capsids that are permeable to small ions but not polymer segments. We compare the DFT predictions with Monte Carlo (MC) simulation for the density distributions of polymer segments and small ions at different backbone flexibilities and several solution conditions. In general, the agreement between DFT and MC is near quantitative except when the simulation results are noticeably influenced by the boundary effects. The numerical efficiency of the DFT calculations makes it promising as a useful tool for quantification of the structural and thermodynamic properties of viral nucleocapsids in vivo and at conditions pertinent to experiments.

  20. Effect of calcium/sodium ion exchange on the osmotic properties and structure of polyelectrolyte gels.

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    Horkay, Ferenc; Basser, Peter J; Hecht, Anne-Marie; Geissler, Erik

    2015-12-01

    We discuss the main findings of a long-term research program exploring the consequences of sodium/calcium ion exchange on the macroscopic osmotic and elastic properties, and the microscopic structure of representative synthetic polyelectrolyte (sodium polyacrylate, (polyacrylic acid)) and biopolymer gels (DNA). A common feature of these gels is that above a threshold calcium ion concentration, they exhibit a reversible volume phase transition. At the macroscopic level, the concentration dependence of the osmotic pressure shows that calcium ions influence primarily the third-order interaction term in the Flory-Huggins model of polymer solutions. Mechanical tests reveal that the elastic modulus is practically unaffected by the presence of calcium ions, indicating that ion bridging does not create permanent cross-links. At the microscopic level, small-angle neutron scattering shows that polyacrylic acid and DNA gels exhibit qualitatively similar structural features in spite of important differences (e.g. chain flexibility and chemical composition) between the two polymers. The main effect of calcium ions is that the neutron scattering intensity increases due to the decrease in the osmotic modulus. At the level of the counterion cloud around dissolved macroions, anomalous small-angle X-ray scattering measurements made on DNA indicate that divalent ions form a cylindrical sheath enveloping the chain, but they are not localized. Small-angle neutron scattering and small-angle X-ray scattering provide complementary information on the structure and interactions in polymer solutions and gels.

  1. Polyelectrolyte-coated carbons used in the generation of blue energy from salinity differences.

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    Ahualli, S; Jiménez, M L; Fernández, M M; Iglesias, G; Brogioli, D; Delgado, A V

    2014-12-14

    In this work we present a method for the production of clean, renewable electrical energy from the exchange of solutions with different salinities. Activated carbon films are coated with negatively or positively charged polyelectrolytes using well-established adsorption methods. When two oppositely charged coated films are placed in contact with an ionic solution, the potential difference between them will be equal to the difference between their Donnan potentials, and hence, energy can be extracted by building an electrochemical cell with such electrodes. A model is elaborated on the operation of the cell, based on the electrokinetic theory of soft particles. All the features of the model are experimentally reproduced, although a small quantitative difference concerning the maximum open-circuit voltage is found, suggesting that the coating is the key point to improve the efficiency. In the experimental conditions used, we obtain a power of 12.1 mW m(-2). Overall, the method proves to be a fruitful and simple approach to salinity-gradient energy production.

  2. Modeling the effects of pH and ionic strength on swelling of anionic polyelectrolyte gels

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    Drozdov, A. D.; deClaville Christiansen, J.

    2015-07-01

    A constitutive model is developed for the elastic response of an anionic polyelectrolyte gel under swelling in water with an arbitrary pH and an arbitrary molar fraction of dissolved monovalent salt. A gel is treated as a three-phase medium consisting of a solid phase (polymer network), solvent (water), and solute (mobile ions). Transport of solvent and solute is thought of as their diffusion through the polymer network accelerated by an electric field formed by mobile and fixed ions and accompanied by chemical reactions (dissociation of functional groups attached to polymer chains and formation of ion pairs between bound charges and mobile counter-ions). Constitutive equations are derived by means of the free energy imbalance inequality for an arbitrary three-dimensional deformation with finite strains. These relations are applied to analyze equilibrium swelling diagrams on poly(acrylic acid) gel, poly(methacrylic acid) gel, and three composite hydrogels under water uptake in a bath (i) with a fixed molar fraction of salt and varied pH, and (ii) with a fixed pH and varied molar fraction of salt. To validate the ability of the model to predict observations quantitatively, material constants are found by matching swelling curves under one type of experimental conditions and results of simulation are compared with experimental data in the other type of tests.

  3. Determining the solution space for a coordinated whole body movement in a noisy environment: application to the upstart in gymnastics.

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    Hiley, Michael J; Yeadon, Maurice R

    2014-08-01

    The upstart is a fundamental skill in gymnastics, requiring whole body coordination to transfer the gymnast from a swing beneath the bar to a support position above the bar. The aim of this study was to determine the solution space within which a gymnast could successfully perform an upstart. A previous study had shown that the underlying control strategy for the upstart could be accounted for by maximizing the likelihood of success while operating in a noisy environment. In the current study, data were collected on a senior gymnast and a computer simulation model of a gymnast and bar was used to determine the solution space for maximizing success while operating in a noisy environment. The effects of timing important actions, gymnast strength, and movement execution noise on the success of the upstart were then systematically determined. The solution space for the senior gymnast was relatively large. Decreasing strength and increasing movement execution noise reduced the size of the solution space. A weaker gymnast would have to use a different technique than that used by the senior gymnast to produce an acceptable success rate. PMID:24603774

  4. Determining the solution space for a coordinated whole body movement in a noisy environment: application to the upstart in gymnastics.

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    Hiley, Michael J; Yeadon, Maurice R

    2014-08-01

    The upstart is a fundamental skill in gymnastics, requiring whole body coordination to transfer the gymnast from a swing beneath the bar to a support position above the bar. The aim of this study was to determine the solution space within which a gymnast could successfully perform an upstart. A previous study had shown that the underlying control strategy for the upstart could be accounted for by maximizing the likelihood of success while operating in a noisy environment. In the current study, data were collected on a senior gymnast and a computer simulation model of a gymnast and bar was used to determine the solution space for maximizing success while operating in a noisy environment. The effects of timing important actions, gymnast strength, and movement execution noise on the success of the upstart were then systematically determined. The solution space for the senior gymnast was relatively large. Decreasing strength and increasing movement execution noise reduced the size of the solution space. A weaker gymnast would have to use a different technique than that used by the senior gymnast to produce an acceptable success rate.

  5. Organically-doped sol-gel based tube detectors: Determination of iron(II) in aqueous solutions.

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    Kuselman, I; Lev, O

    1993-05-01

    A novel type of disposable sensor for the determination of iron(II) in aqueous solution is described. The iron sensor serves to exemplify a new class of disposable field tests for field analysis of water pollutants. The sensors are comprised of capillary glass tubes filled with porous sol-gel silica powder doped with o-phenanthroline. When a sample solution is passed through a tube detector the iron ions are complexed by the immobilized o-phenanthroline and a stained section of the capillary develops. Metrological characteristics of these detectors including precision and accuracy and chemical interferences by heavy metals and humic acids are discussed. PMID:18965698

  6. Polyelectrolyte Conformation, Interactions and Hydrodynamics as Studied by Light Scattering.

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    Ghosh, Snehasish

    Polyelectrolyte conformation, interactions and hydrodynamics show a marked dependence on the ionic strength (C_{rm s}) of the medium, the concentration (C_{rm p}) of the polymer itself and their charge density (xi). The apparent electrostatic persistence length obtained from static light scattering varied approximately as the inverse square root of C _{rm s} for highly pure, high molecular weight hyaluronate (HA) as well as for variably ionized acrylamide/sodium acrylate copolymers (NaPAA), and linearly with xi. The experimental values of persistence length and second virial coefficient (A_2) are compared to predictions from theories based on the Debye-Huckel approximation for the Poisson-Boltzmann equation and on excluded-volume. Although the mean square radius of gyration (< S^2>) depended strongly on C _{rm s}. < S^2> decreasing with increasing C_{rm s} for both HA and NaPAA indicating clear evidence of polyion expansion, dynamic light scattering values of the translational diffusion coefficient (D) remains constant when extrapolated to infinite polymer concentration for both the polymers. The behavior of D is compared to predictions from coupled mode theory in the linear limit. The effects of NaOH on the conformations, interactions, diffusion and hydrolysis rates of HA are characterized in detail using static, dynamic and time-dependent light scattering supplemented by size exclusion chromatography (SEC). For the HA < S^2>, A_2 and the hydrolysis rates all resemble superposing titration curves, while the D remains independent of both the concentration of NaOH, and the contraction of < S^2>. The indication is that the interactions, conformations and the hydrolysis rates are all controlled by the titration of the HA hydroxyl groups by the NaOH to yield -O ^-, which (i) destroys single strand hydrogen bonds, leading to de-stiffening and contraction of the HA coil and a large decrease in intermolecular interaction, and (ii) slowly depolymerizes HA. The experimental

  7. Effect of Protein Supercharging on Interaction with Polyelectrolytes

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    Olsen, Bradley; Obermeyer, Allie; Mills, Carolyn; Dong, Xuehui

    Complexation of proteins with polyelectrolytes can lead to a liquid-liquid phase separation to generate a viscous complex coacervate phase rich in protein and polyelectrolyte. However, many proteins do not readily coacervate at conditions near neutral pH and physiological ionic strength. Here, protein supercharging is used to systematically explore the effect of protein charge on the complex coacervation with polycations. Four model proteins were chemically modified to generate a panel of proteins with varying surface charge, with both the average charge and charge distribution quantified by mass spectrometry. Proteins phase separated with the qP4VP and qPDMAEMA polycations when the ratio of negatively charged residues to positively charged residues was greater than 1.1-1.2. Efficient partitioning of the protein into the coacervate phase required larger charge ratio (1.5-2.0). The model proteins were also encapsulated in complex coacervate core micelles. Dynamic light scattering was used to assess the formation of micelles with POEGMA- b-qP4VP and revealed micellar hydrodynamic radii of approximately 25-30 nm. Small angle neutron scattering and transmission electron microscopy were used to confirm the formation of spherical micelles.

  8. Confined polyelectrolytes: The complexity of a simple system.

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    Nunes, Sandra C C; Skepö, Marie; Pais, Alberto A C C

    2015-08-01

    The interaction between polyelectrolytes and counterions in confined situations and the mutual relationship between chain conformation and ion condensation is an important issue in several areas. In the biological field, it assumes particular relevance in the understanding of the packaging of nucleic acids, which is crucial in the design of gene delivery systems. In this work, a simple coarse-grained model is used to assess the cooperativity between conformational change and ion condensation in spherically confined backbones, with capsides permeable to the counterions. It is seen that the variation on the degree of condensation depends on counterion valence. For monovalent counterions, the degree of condensation passes through a minimum before increasing as the confining space diminishes. In contrast, for trivalent ions, the overall tendency is to decrease the degree of condensation as the confinement space also decreases. Most of the particles reside close to the spherical wall, even for systems in which the density is higher closer to the cavity center. This effect is more pronounced, when monovalent counterions are present. Additionally, there are clear variations in the charge along the concentric layers that cannot be totally ascribed to polyelectrolyte behavior, as shown by decoupling the chain into monomers. If both chain and counterions are confined, the formation of a counterion rich region immediately before the wall is observed. Spool and doughnut-like structures are formed for stiff chains, within a nontrivial evolution with increasing confinement. PMID:26096545

  9. Highly sensitive self-complementary DNA nanoswitches triggered by polyelectrolytes.

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    Wu, Jincai; Yu, Feng; Zhang, Zheng; Chen, Yong; Du, Jie; Maruyama, Atsushi

    2016-01-01

    Dimerization of two homologous strands of genomic DNA/RNA is an essential feature of retroviral replication. Herein we show that a cationic comb-type copolymer (CCC), poly(L-lysine)-graft-dextran, accelerates the dimerization of self-complementary stem-loop DNA, frequently found in functional DNA/RNA molecules, such as aptamers. Furthermore, an anionic polymer poly(sodium vinylsulfonate) (PVS) dissociates CCC from the duplex shortly within a few seconds. Then single stem-loop DNA spontaneously transforms from its dimer. Thus we can easily control the dimer and stem-loop DNA by switching on/off CCC activity. Both polyelectrolytes and DNA concentrations are in the nanomole per liter range. The polyelectrolyte-assisted transconformation and sequences design strategy ensures the reversible state control with rapid response and effective switching under physiologically relevant conditions. A further application of this sensitive assembly is to construct an aptamer-type drug delivery system, bind or release functional molecules responding to its transconformation.

  10. Theory of volume transition in polyelectrolyte gels with charge regularization.

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    Hua, Jing; Mitra, Mithun K; Muthukumar, M

    2012-04-01

    We present a theory for polyelectrolyte gels that allow the effective charge of the polymer backbone to self-regulate. Using a variational approach, we obtain an expression for the free energy of gels that accounts for the gel elasticity, free energy of mixing, counterion adsorption, local dielectric constant, electrostatic interaction among polymer segments, electrolyte ion correlations, and self-consistent charge regularization on the polymer strands. This free energy is then minimized to predict the behavior of the system as characterized by the gel volume fraction as a function of external variables such as temperature and salt concentration. We present results for the volume transition of polyelectrolyte gels in salt-free solvents, solvents with monovalent salts, and solvents with divalent salts. The results of our theoretical analysis capture the essential features of existing experimental results and also provide predictions for further experimentation. Our analysis highlights the importance of the self-regularization of the effective charge for the volume transition of gels in particular, and for charged polymer systems in general. Our analysis also enables us to identify the dominant free energy contributions for charged polymer networks and provides a framework for further investigation of specific experimental systems.

  11. Surface functionalization of hyaluronic acid hydrogels by polyelectrolyte multilayer films.

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    Yamanlar, Seda; Sant, Shilpa; Boudou, Thomas; Picart, Catherine; Khademhosseini, Ali

    2011-08-01

    Hyaluronic acid (HA), an anionic polysaccharide, is one of the major components of the natural extracellular matrix (ECM). Although HA has been widely used for tissue engineering applications, it does not support cell attachment and spreading and needs chemical modification to support cellular adhesion. Here, we present a simple approach to functionalize photocrosslinked HA hydrogels by deposition of poly(l-lysine) (PLL) and HA multilayer films made by the layer-by-layer (LbL) technique. PLL/HA multilayer film formation was assessed by using fluorescence microscopy, contact angle measurements, cationic dye loading and confocal microscopy. The effect of polyelectrolyte multilayer film (PEM) formation on the physicochemical and mechanical properties of hydrogels revealed polyelectrolyte diffusion inside the hydrogel pores, increased hydrophobicity of the surface, reduced equilibrium swelling, and reduced compressive moduli of the modified hydrogels. Furthermore, NIH-3T3 fibroblasts seeded on the surface showed improved cell attachment and spreading on the multilayer functionalized hydrogels. Thus, modification of HA hydrogel surfaces with multilayer films affected their physicochemical properties and improved cell adhesion and spreading on these surfaces. This new hydrogel/PEM composite system may offer possibilities for various biomedical and tissue engineering applications, including growth factor delivery and co-culture systems.

  12. Surface Functionalization of Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels by Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films

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    Yamanlar, Seda; Sant, Shilpa; Boudou, Thomas; Picart, Catherine; Khademhosseini, Ali

    2011-01-01

    Hyaluronic acid (HA), an anionic polysaccharide, is one of the major components of the natural extracellular matrix (ECM). Although HA has been widely used for tissue engineering applications, it does not support cell attachment and spreading and needs chemical modification to support cellular adhesion. Here, we present a simple approach to functionalize photocrosslinked HA hydrogels by deposition of poly(L-lysine) (PLL) and HA multilayer films made by the layer-by-layer (LbL) technique. PLL/HA multilayer film formation was assessed by using fluorescence microscopy, contact angle measurements, cationic dye loading and confocal microscopy. The effect of polyelectrolyte multilayer film formation on the physicochemical and mechanical properties of hydrogels revealed polyelectrolyte diffusion inside the hydrogel pores, increased hydrophobicity of the surface, reduced equilibrium swelling, and reduced compressive moduli of the modified hydrogels. Furthermore, NIH-3T3 fibroblasts seeded on the surface showed improved cell attachment and spreading on the multilayer functionalized hydrogels. Thus, modification of HA hydrogel surfaces with multilayer films affected their physicochemical properties and improved cell adhesion and spreading on these surfaces. This new hydrogel/PEM composite system may offer possibilities for various biomedical and tissue engineering applications, including growth factor delivery and co-culture systems. PMID:21571364

  13. Unifying Self-Consistent Field Theory for Weak Polyelectrolytes

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    Witte, Kevin; Won, You-Yeon

    2008-03-01

    A self-consistent field (SCF) theory for weak polyelectrolytes has been derived from a grand canonical partition function. The formalism accounts for the location and mixing of the charged and uncharged polymer species, treating the local (spatially dependent) charge fraction as a field variable with which to minimize the total free energy. This method of the derivation gives the resulting equations, especially those governing the local charge fraction, that are identical to the results obtained by Szleifer and coworkers (J. Polym. Sci. B Polym. Phys., 2006) who built upon the mean-field ``annealed'' free energy expression proposed by Raphael and Joanny (Europhys. Lett., 1990). However, we show that these results are further identical to the ``two-state'' model of Borukhov, Andelman and Orland (Eur. Phys. J. B, 1998), namely, the potential field due to the polymer charges with which the chains interact and the local charge fraction are shown to be exactly equal. This annealed model is derived by averaging the partition function with regard to the monomer charges. The charged and uncharged states are weighted by their probabilities which is, in our notation, the bulk charge fraction and one minus the bulk charge fraction, respectively. The utility of this theory is demonstrated by comparing its predictions against various experimental results from bulk potentiometric measurements and also from polyelectrolyte brush compression studies.

  14. Study of sporadical properties of crosslinked polyelectrolyte multilayers

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    Balu, Deebika

    Polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEM) have become a highly studied class of materials due to the range of their applicability in many areas of research, including biology, chemistry and materials science. Recent advances in surface coatings have enabled modification of PEM surfaces to provide desirable properties such as controlled release, super-hydrophobicity, biocompatibility, antifouling and antibacterial properties. In the past decade, antimicrobial PEM coatings have been investigated as a safer alternative to the traditional disinfection methods that usually involve application of hazardous chemicals onto the surface to be cleaned. These antimicrobial coatings could be applied to common surfaces prone to colonization of bacteria (such as bench tops, faucet handles, etc) to supplement routine sanitization protocols by providing sustained antimicrobial activity. Vegetative bacteria (such as Escherichia coli) are more susceptible to antimicrobial agents than bacterial species that form spores. Hence, the antimicrobial activity of PEM coatings fabricated using Layer by Layer (LbL) technique were assayed using Bacillus anthracis spores (Sterne strain). In this thesis, the sporicidal effect of various polyelectrolyte multilayer coatings containing cross-linked polymers immersed in bleach have been evaluated as potential augmentation to existing disinfection methods.

  15. Bioactive coatings based on polyelectrolyte multilayer architectures functionalized by embedded proteins, peptides or drugs.

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    Leguen, Erell; Chassepot, Armelle; Decher, Gero; Schaaf, Pierre; Voegel, Jean-Claude; Jessel, Nadia

    2007-02-01

    In recent years, considerable effort has been devoted to the design and controlled fabrication of structured materials with functional properties. The layer by layer buildup of polyelectrolyte multilayer films (PEM films) from oppositely charged polyelectrolytes offers new opportunities for the preparation of functionalized biomaterial coatings. This technique allows the preparation of supramolecular nano-architectures exhibiting specific properties in terms of control of cell activation and may also play a role in the development of local drug delivery systems. Peptides, proteins, chemically bound to polyelectrolytes, adsorbed or embedded in PEM films, have been shown to retain their biological activities.

  16. Submicron Patterning of Polymer Brushes: An Unexpected Discovery from Inkjet Printing of Polyelectrolyte Macroinitiators.

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    Parry, Adam V S; Straub, Alexander J; Villar-Alvarez, Eva M; Phuengphol, Takdanai; Nicoll, Jonathan E R; W K, Xavier Lim; Jordan, Lianne M; Moore, Katie L; Taboada, Pablo; Yeates, Stephen G; Edmondson, Steve

    2016-07-27

    Using an electrostatic-based super inkjet printer we report the high-resolution deposition of polyelectrolyte macroinitiators and subsequent polymer brush growth using SI-ARGET-ATRP. We go on to demonstrate for the first time a submicron patterning phenomenon through the addition of either a like charged polyelectrolyte homopolymer or through careful control of ionic strength. As a result patterning of polymer brushes down to ca. 300 nm is reported. We present a possible mechanistic model and consider how this may be applied to other polyelectrolyte-based systems as a general method for submicron patterning. PMID:27400396

  17. Cognitive and Neural Determinants of Response Strategy in the Dual-Solution Plus-Maze Task

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    De Leonibus, Elvira; Costantini, Vivian J. A.; Massaro, Antonio; Mandolesi, Georgia; Vanni, Valentina; Luvisetto, Siro; Pavone, Flaminia; Oliverio, Alberto; Mele, Andrea

    2011-01-01

    Response strategy in the dual-solution plus maze is regarded as a form of stimulus-response learning. In this study, by using an outcome devaluation procedure, we show that it can be based on both action-outcome and stimulus-response habit learning, depending on the amount of training that the animals receive. Furthermore, we show that…

  18. Highly sensitive self-complementary DNA nanoswitches triggered by polyelectrolytes

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    Wu, Jincai; Yu, Feng; Zhang, Zheng; Chen, Yong; Du, Jie; Maruyama, Atsushi

    2015-12-01

    Dimerization of two homologous strands of genomic DNA/RNA is an essential feature of retroviral replication. Herein we show that a cationic comb-type copolymer (CCC), poly(l-lysine)-graft-dextran, accelerates the dimerization of self-complementary stem-loop DNA, frequently found in functional DNA/RNA molecules, such as aptamers. Furthermore, an anionic polymer poly(sodium vinylsulfonate) (PVS) dissociates CCC from the duplex shortly within a few seconds. Then single stem-loop DNA spontaneously transforms from its dimer. Thus we can easily control the dimer and stem-loop DNA by switching on/off CCC activity. Both polyelectrolytes and DNA concentrations are in the nanomole per liter range. The polyelectrolyte-assisted transconformation and sequences design strategy ensures the reversible state control with rapid response and effective switching under physiologically relevant conditions. A further application of this sensitive assembly is to construct an aptamer-type drug delivery system, bind or release functional molecules responding to its transconformation.Dimerization of two homologous strands of genomic DNA/RNA is an essential feature of retroviral replication. Herein we show that a cationic comb-type copolymer (CCC), poly(l-lysine)-graft-dextran, accelerates the dimerization of self-complementary stem-loop DNA, frequently found in functional DNA/RNA molecules, such as aptamers. Furthermore, an anionic polymer poly(sodium vinylsulfonate) (PVS) dissociates CCC from the duplex shortly within a few seconds. Then single stem-loop DNA spontaneously transforms from its dimer. Thus we can easily control the dimer and stem-loop DNA by switching on/off CCC activity. Both polyelectrolytes and DNA concentrations are in the nanomole per liter range. The polyelectrolyte-assisted transconformation and sequences design strategy ensures the reversible state control with rapid response and effective switching under physiologically relevant conditions. A further application of

  19. Synthesis and characterization of N,N{prime},N{double_prime},N{double_prime}{prime}-tetrasalicylidene-3,3{prime}-diaminobenzidine Schiff-base coordination polyelectrolytes of yttrium(III), lanthanum(III), gadolinium(III), and ytterbium(III)

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    Chen, H.; Archer, R.D.

    1995-02-27

    A series of linear coordination polyelectrolytes formed by lanthanide(III) ions (Ln{sup 3+} = La{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+}, Y{sup 3+}, or Yb{sup 3+}) with the anion of the Schiff-base N,N{prime},N{double_prime}{prime}-tetrasalicylidene-3,3{prime}-diaminobenzidine (H{sub 4}tsdb) have been synthesized. This new series has the formula [MLn(tsdb)]{sub n} (M{sup +} = an alkali metal ion). Some can dissolve in polar organic solvents with high dielectric constants, such as DMSO, NMP, and DMF, and they exhibit the typical properties of polyelectrolytes, i.e., an apparent increase in inherent viscosity for dilutes solutions; the formation of colloidal precipitates when water is added to the solutions; smaller solution conductivity relative to simple electrolytes; high thermal stability (>773 K); and high glass transition temperature. Molecular weights of [NaY(tsdb)]{sub n} have been estimated by NMR end-group analysis to be as high as 18,500. The Mark-Houwink constants for [NaY(tsdb)]{sub n} are a = 0.510 and K = 8.12 {times} 10{sup {minus}2} cm{sup 3}/g. The molecular weights of the other polyelectrolytes have been estimated from their intrinsic viscosities. The solubilities of the polyelectrolytes are strongly affected by the counterions. Only the sodium salts of the polyelectrolytes are soluble in polar organic solvents, except for La(III), for which the lithium salt also has some solubility. The La(III) compounds give a behavior somewhat different from that of the other polyelectrolytes.

  20. Second-order p-iterative solution of the Lambert/Gauss problem. [algorithm for efficient orbit determination

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    Boltz, F. W.

    1984-01-01

    An algorithm is presented for efficient p-iterative solution of the Lambert/Gauss orbit-determination problem using second-order Newton iteration. The algorithm is based on a universal transformation of Kepler's time-of-flight equation and approximate inverse solutions of this equation for short-way and long-way flight paths. The approximate solutions provide both good starting values for iteration and simplified computation of the second-order term in the iteration formula. Numerical results are presented which indicate that in many cases of practical significance (except those having collinear position vectors) the algorithm produces at least eight significant digits of accuracy with just two or three steps of iteration.