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Record number 540775
Title Structure and properties of polydisperse polyelectrolyte brushes studied by self-consistent field theory
Author(s) Okrugin, Boris M.; Richter, Ralf P.; Leermakers, Frans A.M.; Neelov, Igor M.; Borisov, Oleg V.; Zhulina, Ekaterina B.
Source Soft Matter 14 (2018)30. - ISSN 1744-683X - p. 6230 - 6242.
Department(s) Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018

Two complementary self-consistent field theoretical approaches are used to analyze the equilibrium structure of binary and ternary brushes of polyions with different degrees of polymerization. Stratification in binary brushes is predicted: the shorter chains are entirely embedded in the proximal sublayer depleted of end-points of longer chains while the peripheral sublayer contains exclusively terminal segments of longer chains. The boundary between sublayers is enriched with counterions that neutralize the residual charge of the proximal sublayer. These analytical predictions for binary brushes are confirmed and extended to ternary brushes using the numerical Scheutjens-Fleer approach.

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