We study the distribution of ions and water within a pore in a polarizable membrane, in the presence of a stiff polyelectrolyte threaded through the pore. In this system, which represents a typical situation during the translocation of DNA, the distribution of both the ions and the water molecules is affected by the induced charges on the surface of the polarizable nanopore. Specifically, the concentration of counterions is enhanced near the surface of the pore, due to the attractive interaction with the induced charges. Conversely, the water within the pore is depleted, as a result of the disruption of hydrogen bonds by the induced charges.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Computer Science Applications
- Computational Theory and Mathematics