Absorption of weak polyelectrolytes impacts on properties such as ionization, conformations, and counterion (CI) condensation that are important in several areas of applied and fundamental science. We used a weak polyelectrolyte model and Monte Carlo simulations to investigate how the mentioned properties depend on pH or the size of a spherical cavity (SC) permeable to CIs but not to polyelectrolytes; the latter have either linear or starlike topologies and may be allowed to form charged hydrogen bonds (c Symbol of the Klingon Empire H-bonds) between ionized and neutral monomers. Average ionization decreases upon increasing the number of arms at a constant number of monomers; it instead increases with the arm length in large SC due to CI screening. The way SC size, c Symbol of the Klingon Empire H-bonds, and pH values interrelate to define ionization is instead more complicate due to arm pairing or clustering when c Symbol of the Klingon Empire H-bonds are possible. These induce oscillations in the arm local ionization and impact on both monomer and CI distributions in the complete simulation cell in a way that also depends on polymer topology. The impact of ionization on the confinement free energy is also estimated; this highlighted that c Symbol of the Klingon Empire H-bonding may enhance absorption compared with neutral chains. (c) 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part B: Polym. Phys. 2019, 57, 491-510

Absorbed weak polyelectrolytes: Impact of confinement, topology, and chemically specific interactions on ionization, conformation free energy, counterion condensation, and absorption equilibrium

Tagliabue A.;Izzo L.;Mella M.
2019

Abstract

Absorption of weak polyelectrolytes impacts on properties such as ionization, conformations, and counterion (CI) condensation that are important in several areas of applied and fundamental science. We used a weak polyelectrolyte model and Monte Carlo simulations to investigate how the mentioned properties depend on pH or the size of a spherical cavity (SC) permeable to CIs but not to polyelectrolytes; the latter have either linear or starlike topologies and may be allowed to form charged hydrogen bonds (c Symbol of the Klingon Empire H-bonds) between ionized and neutral monomers. Average ionization decreases upon increasing the number of arms at a constant number of monomers; it instead increases with the arm length in large SC due to CI screening. The way SC size, c Symbol of the Klingon Empire H-bonds, and pH values interrelate to define ionization is instead more complicate due to arm pairing or clustering when c Symbol of the Klingon Empire H-bonds are possible. These induce oscillations in the arm local ionization and impact on both monomer and CI distributions in the complete simulation cell in a way that also depends on polymer topology. The impact of ionization on the confinement free energy is also estimated; this highlighted that c Symbol of the Klingon Empire H-bonding may enhance absorption compared with neutral chains. (c) 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part B: Polym. Phys. 2019, 57, 491-510
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1099-0518
intramolecular interactions; reduced dimensionality confinement; semi-grand canonical Monte Carlo (MC); solution properties; titration; weak polyelectrolyte;
Tagliabue, A.; Izzo, L.; Mella, M.
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