Journal article

Effect of chain stiffness on polyelectrolyte condensation

MO Khan, DYC Chan

MACROMOLECULES | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2005

Abstract

The effect of adding tetravalent counterions to polyelectrolytes of varying stiffness is investigated by a flat histogram Monte Carlo technique that is capable of giving the free energy of the system by direct simulation. The ensemble average of the polyelectrolyte size decreases with the amount of added salt for all chain stiffness. When examining the size distribution functions, flexible chains have narrow end-to-end distance distribution functions for all amounts of added salt. The distribution functions for semiflexible polyelectrolytes are always broader because such chains fluctuate between stretched and collapsed conformations. For stiff chains, the distribution functions show double ..

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