Learn More
Recently, we reported new coarse grain (CG) force fields for lipids and phenyl/fullerene based molecules. Here, we developed the cross parameters necessary to unite those force fields and then applied the model to investigate the nature of benzene and C(60) interactions with lipid bilayers. The interaction parameters between the phenyl and lipid CG sites(More)
We have investigated micellization properties of surfactants using a recently developed implicit-solvent model and grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations. The original model had been parametrized for ionic surfactants at a single temperature; it is extended here to aqueous solutions of nonionic surfactants and given an explicit temperature dependence.(More)
The distance-resolved effective interaction between two star polymers in a good solvent is calculated by Molecular Dynamics computer simulations. The results are compared with a pair potential proposed recently by Likos et al. which is exponentially decaying for large distances and crosses over, at the corona diameter of the star, to an ultrasoft(More)
A hydrophobic theory is combined with a Debye-Hückel approximation to calculate surfactant micellization properties such as the critical micelle concentration (cmc) and concentration effects. The predictive power of the theory is validated by comparison with experimental data of various ionic surfactant types in presence of salt. The theory is also used to(More)
We consider the interaction of colloidal spheres in the presence of mono-, di-, and trivalent ions. The colloids are stabilized by electrostatic repulsion due to surface charges. The repulsive part of the interaction potential Ψ(d) is deduced from precise measurements of the rate of slow coagulation. These "microsurface potential measurements" allow us to(More)
We propose a method for parametrization of implicit solvent models for the simulation of the self-assembly of ionic surfactants into micelles. The parametrization is carried out in two steps. The first step involves atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of headgroups and counterions with explicit solvent to determine structural properties. An implicit(More)
We propose a new way to determine weak repulsive forces operative between colloidal particles by measuring the rate of slow coagulation. The rate of slow coagulation is directly related to the competition of the repulsion with thermal motion. Since the thermal forces are weak, measurements of the coagulation rate can lead to precise information on repulsive(More)
We review recent structural investigations done by anomalous small-angle X-ray scattering (ASAXS). ASAXS uses the dependence of the scattering length of a given element if the energy of the incident X-ray beam is near the absorption edge of this element. The analysis of the ASAXS data leads to three partial intensities. We show that the comparison of these(More)
Implicit water potentials are developed for the study of thermodynamic and structural properties of solutions of NaCl, LiCl, and KCl. The interaction potential between cations and anions is parametrized from the ionic crystal potential. Two short-range corrections were added to the system to account for the water solvent. The first is due to dielectric(More)
We consider the interaction of multivalent counterions with spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (SPB). The SPB result if linear polyelectrolyte (PE) chains (contour length: 60 nm) are densely grafted to colloidal spheres of 116 nm in diameter. Dispersed in water, the surface layer consisting of chains of the strong PE poly(styrene sulfonic acid) (PSS) will(More)