Water Solubility and Sensitivity - Hydration Effects

  • Felix Franks


Chapter 7 outlines currently accepted polymer solution theories in terms of the properties of the macromolecule, polymer-solvent interactions and other variables, e.g. molecular weight, concentration, and temperature, which affect these interactions. In such theories the solvent is treated as a continuum, the contribution of which is expressed in terms of macroscopic properties such as viscosity or dielectric permittivity. This chapter attempts to show that the validity of such treatments is questionable when the solvent is water, because of the unique contributions of hydration effects to the measured quantities, and because of the entropic origin of some of the free energy effects.


Sorption Isotherm Solute Molecule Liquidus Curve Hydrophobic Hydration Hydration Effect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Felix Franks
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  1. 1.University of CambridgeUK

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