Nanoscale pattern formation in polyelectrolyte gels

Prateek K. Jha, Francisco J. Solis, Juan J. De Pablo, M Olvera de la Cruz

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Abstract

Polyelectrolyte (PE) gels exhibit complex phase behavior that includes the existence of nanostructures in poor-solvent conditions. The formation of these inhomogeneous structures is made possible by the competition between the short-range hydrophobic, elastic, and entropic interactions and the long-range electrostatic forces. We develop a theoretical framework that describes the effect of monomer and charge inhomogeneities in PE gels. Numerical calculations performed on a salt-free PE gel with one-dimensional heterogeneities demonstrate the presence of nanophases for a finite range of physical parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResponsive Gels and Biopolymer Assemblies
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
Volume1234
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event2009 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 30 2009Dec 4 2009

Other

Other2009 MRS Fall Meeting
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period11/30/0912/4/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Jha, P. K., Solis, F. J., De Pablo, J. J., & Olvera de la Cruz, M. (2010). Nanoscale pattern formation in polyelectrolyte gels. In Responsive Gels and Biopolymer Assemblies (Vol. 1234, pp. 1-6)