We consider the problem of polyelectrolyte molecules adsorbing on oppositely charged interfaces. For sufficiently long chains, the ground-state dominance approximation can be used which results in a (semi-) analytical solution of the self-consistent field equations (aSCF). Whereas existing aSCF theory assumes a low polyelectrolyte density, here the required electrostatic corrections for a high polymer density are implemented. Adsorbed polymer excludes volume for the solvent and small ions, a volume effect that also leads to a reduced dielectric permittivity and a resulting polarization term in the exchange potential. Calculations show the influence of volume exclusion on the polymer density profile.
|Journal||European Physical Journal E. Soft Matter and Biological Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
- weak polyelectrolytes