Molecular multivalent electrolytes: Microstructure and screening lengths

P. González-Mozuelos*, M. S. Yeom, M. Olvera De La Cruz

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We study small rod-like molecular electrolytes solutions with their corresponding atomic counterions. The asymptotic length scales (decay length and wavelength) of the structural correlations are analyzed using the formalism of the dressed interaction site theory (DIST). The correlation functions are determined using the reference interaction site model equation complemented with a mixed approach in which the hypernetted-chain closure is used for the repulsive interactions, and the mean spherical approximation is used for the attractive interactions. The results from this scheme are in good agreement with the Monte Carlo computer simulations reported here. The asymptotic properties of the correlation functions of this molecular system are compared against those corresponding to two related simple (atomic) electrolyte models. The main conclusion is that the molecular structure of the ions lowers by two orders of magnitude the concentration at which the transition from monotonic to oscillatory decay occurs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-178
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Physical Journal E
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Surfaces and Interfaces


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