Annealing polyelectrolytes at charged interfaces.

  title={Annealing polyelectrolytes at charged interfaces.},
  author={Oleg V Borisov and A B Boulakh and Ekaterina B. Zhulina},
  journal={The European physical journal. E, Soft matter},
  volume={12 4},
The conformation of a weakly dissociating (annealing) polyelectrolyte chain end-tethered to a similarly or oppositely charged planar surface is analyzed in the framework of scaling arguments. For a similarly charged interface an analytical model is also utilized. We demonstrate that at low salt concentration in bulk solution there is a strong coupling between the polyelectrolyte conformation and its degree of ionization. In the case of an oppositely charged (adsorbing) surface, adsorption… CONTINUE READING