Polyelectrolytes at Interfaces: Pattern Recognition

  • M. Muthukumar

Abstract

We present a brief review of the recent theory of adsorption of isolated polyelectrolytes to patterned surfaces and the associated kinetic conseqences. Simple formulas are presented to describe the necessary condition for adsorption under different experimental conditions, which are checked against Monte Carlo simulation results. Polymer chains with several sequences of monomers of same type always lead to poor recognition of imprinted patterns on interfaces and glassy features are borne out in the kinetics of recognition.

Keywords

Special Segment Monte Carlo Simulation Result Polyelectrolyte Chain Imprint Pattern Average Charge Density 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Muthukumar
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  1. 1.Polymer Science and Engineering Department and Materials Research Science and Engineering CenterUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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