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Title: Computer simulations of diffusion and dynamics of short-chain polyelectrolytes.
Authors: Zhou, T.
Chen, S.B. 
Issue Date: 21-Jan-2006
Citation: Zhou, T., Chen, S.B. (2006-01-21). Computer simulations of diffusion and dynamics of short-chain polyelectrolytes.. The Journal of chemical physics 124 (3) : 034904-. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Brownian dynamics simulations are conducted to investigate the diffusional and dynamic properties of polyelectrolytes in dilute salt-free solutions. The polyelectrolyte molecule is represented by a bead-spring chain in a primitive model. The long-range hydrodynamic and Coulomb interactions are both taken into consideration through the Ewald summations for the first time. The major finding of our simulations is that the dependence of the long-time chain diffusivity on the Coulomb interaction strength is very different from that of the Kirkwood short-time diffusivity, which simply shows a trend nearly opposite to the chain size. When ignoring the hydrodynamic interaction (HI), the coupling effect between the chain and its counterions gives rise to a noticeable increase in the long-time diffusivity at intermediate electrostatic interaction strengths. However, the incorporation of HI suppresses this effect to a degree that one can no longer discern it. Moreover, the rotational relaxation is found to show a dependence opposite to that of the gyration radius relaxation.
Source Title: The Journal of chemical physics
ISSN: 00219606
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