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  1. Lyophilized Chitosan/xanthan Polyelectrolyte Complex Based Mucoadhesive Inserts for Nasal Delivery of Promethazine Hydrochloride

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    G Dehghan, Mohamed Hassan; Marzuka, Marzuka

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this investigation was the development of chitosan/xanthan polyelectrolyte complex based mucoadhesive nasal insert of promethazine hydrochloride a drug used in the treatment of motion sickness. A 32 factorial design was applied for preparing chitosan/xanthan polyelectrolyte complex and to study the effect of independent variables i.e. concentration of xanthan [X1] and concentration of chitosan [X2] on various responses i.e. viscosity of polyelectrolyte complex solution, water...

  2. Formation of nanostructures in the volume of polyelectrolyte complexes based on sodium salt of carboxymethyl cellulose and poly-4-vinylpyridine chloride

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    Study of the structure and identification of stoichiometric polyelectrolyte complexes on the basis of strong anionic and cationic polyelectrolytes have been carried out. A quasi-crystalline structure of polyelectrolyte complexes based on the amorphous anionic and cationic polyelectrolytes with different molar ratio has been shown

  3. Design of Chitosan and Its Water Soluble Derivatives-Based Drug Carriers with Polyelectrolyte Complexes

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    Qing-Xi Wu

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Chitosan, the cationic polysaccharide derived from the natural polysaccharide chitin, has been studied as a biomaterial for more than two decades. As a polycationic polymer with favorable properties, it has been widely used to form polyelectrolyte complexes with polyanions for various applications in drug delivery fields. In recent years, a growing number of studies have been focused on the preparation of polyelectrolyte complexes based on chitosan and its water soluble derivatives. They have been considered well-suited as biomaterials for a number of vital drug carriers with targeted/controlled release profiles, e.g., films, capsules, microcapsules. In this work, an overview highlights not only the favorable properties of chitosan and its water soluble derivatives but also the good performance of the polyelectrolyte complexes produced based on chitosan. Their various types of applications as drug carriers are reviewed in detail.

  4. Microparticles based on chitosan/carboxymethylcellulose polyelectrolyte complexes for colon delivery of vancomycin.

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    Cerchiara, T; Abruzzo, A; Parolin, C; Vitali, B; Bigucci, F; Gallucci, M C; Nicoletta, F P; Luppi, B

    2016-06-01

    The aim of this work was to prepare polyelectrolyte complexes based on chitosan (CH) and carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) for colon delivery of vancomycin (VM). Various batches of polyelectrolyte complexes, using three different CH/CMC weight ratios (3:1, 1:1 and 1:3), were prepared and collected as microparticles by spray-drying process. Microparticles were characterized in terms of yield, encapsulation efficiency, drug loading, morphology and mucoadhesion properties. Microparticles water-uptake and VM release as well as its protection against gastric pepsin degradation were also investigated. Finally, the antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, a Gram-positive model strain, was evaluated. The best formulation CH/CMC 1:3 was selected based on the encapsulation efficiency, water-uptake and drug release rate. Moreover, microparticles were able to prevent VM degradation and showed a good antibacterial activity against S. aureus. Finally, to improve the release of VM in the colon the selected formulation was coated with lauric acid. PMID:27083351

  5. Ultrasonic compatibilization of polyelectrolyte complex based on polysaccharides for biomedical applications.

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    Belluzo, M Soledad; Medina, Lara F; Cortizo, Ana M; Cortizo, M Susana

    2016-05-01

    In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the design of biomaterials for cartilage tissue engineering. This type of materials must meet several requirements. In this study, we apply ultrasound to prepare a compatibilized blend of polyelectrolyte complexes (PEC) based on carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and chitosan (CHI), in order to improve stability and mechanical properties through the inter-polymer macroradicals coupling produced by sonochemical reaction. We study the kinetic of the sonochemical degradation of each component in order to optimize the experimental conditions for PEC compatibilization. Scaffolds obtained applying this methodology and scaffolds without ultrasound processing were prepared and their morphology (by scanning electron microscopy), polyelectrolyte interactions (by FTIR), stability and mechanical properties were analyzed. The swelling kinetics was studied and interpreted based on the structural differences between the two kinds of scaffolds. In addition we evaluate the possible in vitro cytotoxicity of the scaffolds using macrophage cells in culture. Our results demonstrate that the ultrasound is a very efficient methodology to compatibilize PEC, exhibiting improved properties compared with the simple mixture of the two polysaccharides. The test with murine macrophage RAW 264.7 cells showed no evince of cytotoxicity, suggesting that PEC biomaterials obtained under ultrasound conditions could be useful in the cartilage tissue engineering field. PMID:26703196

  6. Synthesis and characterization of chitosan-based polyelectrolyte complexes, doped by quantum dots

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    Abuzova, N. V.; Gerasimova, M. A.; Slabko, V. V.; Slyusareva, E. A.

    2015-12-01

    Doping of polymer particles by a fluorophores results in the sensitization within the visible spectral region becoming very promising materials for sensor applications. Colloids of biocompatible chitosan-based polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) doped with quantum dots (QD) of CdTe and CdSe/ZnS (with sizes of 2.0-2.4 nm) were synthesized and characterized by scanning electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, ζ-potential measurements, absorption and luminescence (including time-resolved) spectroscopy. The influence of ionic strength (0.02-1.5 M) on absorption and photoluminescence properties of encapsulated into PEC and unencapsulated quantum dots was investigated. The stability of the emission intensity of the encapsulated quantum dots has been shown to be strongly dependent on concentration of quantum dots.

  7. Characterization for Soil Fixation by Polyelectrolyte Complex

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    Choi, Yong Suk; Kwon, Sang Woon; Yang, Heeman; Lee, Kune Woo; Seo, Bumkyoung; Moon, Jei Kwon [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    According to report, the radioactivity bulk (approx. 95%) is localized within topsoil. Therefore soil surface on topsoil should be fixed to prevent the spreading of the contaminated soils with Cs-137 by wind and water erosion. Many methods have been developing for soil fixation to remove radioactive contaminants in soil and prevent to diffuse radioactive materials. Various materials have been also used as fixatives such as clays, molecular sieves, polymer, and petroleum based products. One of the methods is a soil fixation or solidification using polyelectrolyte. Polyelectrolytes have many ionic groups and make into the polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) due to electrostatic interaction of polyanion and polycation in an aqueous solution. It can be avoids using the chemical cross-linking agents, and reducing the possible toxicity and other undesirable effects of the reagents. PEC can fix soil particles by flocculation and formation of crust between soil. The method can also prevent a spread of radioactive material by floating on a soil surface. Recently, PEC used for the solidification of soil near the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. The decontamination efficiency of the surface soils reached 90%, and dust release was effectively suppressed during the removal of surface soils. In this study, it was investigated the fixation of the soil by PEC to avoid the spread of the contamination in addition to the separation of soil and PEC. The physicochemical properties of polyelectrolyte complex solution and the stability of fixed soil by PEC were investigated. The mode of the addition is important to prepare the polyelectrolytes complex without PAA agglomerate. The concentration of salt in the polyelectrolyte complex solution is a very important parameter for the soil fixation.

  8. Ion equilibrium in the solutions of ethynil piperidol polymers and pectin substances, synthesis, inter polyelectrolyte complexes on their bases

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    Present article is devoted to ion equilibrium in the solutions of ethynil piperidol polymers and pectin substances, synthesis, inter polyelectrolyte complexes on their bases. Thus, the ion equilibrium in the solutions of ethynyl vinyl trimethyl piperidine and its derivatives is studied. Acid-base equilibrium in aqueous solutions of pectin substances is considered. Ion equilibrium in aqueous solutions of pectin substances is studied as well.

  9. Polyelectrolyte complex micelles by self-assembly of polypeptide-based triblock copolymer for doxorubicin delivery

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    Jeong Hwan Kim

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Polyelectrolyte complex micelles were prepared by self-assembly of polypeptide-based triblock copolymer as a new drug carrier for cancer chemotherapy. The triblock copolymer, poly(l-aspartic acid-b-poly(ethylene glycol-b-poly(l-aspartic acid (PLD-b-PEG-b-PLD, spontaneously self-assembled with doxorubicin (DOX via electrostatic interactions to form spherical micelles with a particle size of 60–80 nm (triblock ionomer complexes micelles, TBIC micelles. These micelles exhibited a high loading capacity of 70% (w/w at a drug/polymer ratio of 0.5 at pH 7.0. They showed pH-responsive release patterns, with higher release at acidic pH than at physiological pH. Furthermore, DOX-loaded TBIC micelles exerted less cytotoxicity than free DOX in the A-549 human lung cancer cell line. Confocal microscopy in A-549 cells indicated that DOX-loaded TBIC micelles were transported into lysosomes via endocytosis. These micelles possessed favorable pharmacokinetic characteristics and showed sustained DOX release in rats. Overall, these findings indicate that PLD-b-PEG-b-PLD polypeptide micelles are a promising approach for anti-cancer drug delivery.

  10. Field-Theoretic Simulations of Polyelectrolyte Complexation

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    Popov, Yuri O.; Lee, Jonghoon; Fredrickson, Glenn H.

    2007-01-01

    We briefly discuss our recent field-theoretic study of polyelectrolyte complexation, which occurs in solutions of two oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. Charged systems require theoretical methods beyond the mean-field (or self-consistent field) approximation; indeed, mean-field theory is qualitatively incorrect for such polyelectrolyte solutions. Both analytical (one-loop) and numerical (complex Langevin) methods to account for charge correlations are discussed. In particular, the first ap...

  11. Highly sensitive and fast responsive fiber-optic modal interferometric pH sensor based on polyelectrolyte complex and polyelectrolyte self-assembled nanocoating.

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    Yin, Mingjie; Gu, Bobo; Zhao, Qiang; Qian, Jinwen; Zhang, Aping; An, Quanfu; He, Sailing

    2011-04-01

    A new fiber-optic pH sensor is demonstrated by coating negatively charged polyelectrolyte complex (PEC(-)) nanoparticles, made of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose and poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA), and positively charged PDDA on the surface of a thin-core fiber modal interferometer (TCFMI) with a layer-by-layer (LbL) electrostatic self-assembly method. The fabricated TCFMI pH sensor has different transmission dip wavelengths under different pH values and shows high sensitivities of 0.6 nm/pH unit and -0.85 nm/pH unit for acidic and alkaline solutions, respectively, and short response time of 30-50 s. The LbL electrostatic self-assembly process of a PEC(-)/PDDA multilayer is traced by quartz crystal microbalance and shows a fast thickness growth. Atomic force microscopy shows the root mean square (RMS) surface roughness of electrostatic self-assembly nanocoating of polyelectrolyte complex/polyelectrolyte is much higher than that of polyelectrolyte/polyelectrolyte due to the larger size of PEC(-) colloidal nanoparticles. The enhanced RMS surface roughness and thickness of the nanocoating can shorten the response time and raise the sensitivity of the TCFMI pH sensor, respectively. In addition, the TCFMI pH sensor has highly reversible performance and good durability. PMID:21318252

  12. Influence of the Hydrophobicity of Polyelectrolytes on Polyelectrolyte Complex Formation and Complex Particle Structure and Shape

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    Gudrun Petzold; Andreas Janke; Stefan Zschoche; Simona Schwarz; Mandy Mende

    2011-01-01

    Polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) were prepared by structural uniform and strongly charged cationic and anionic modified alternating maleic anhydride copolymers. The hydrophobicity of the polyelectrolytes was changed by the comonomers (ethylene, isobutylene and styrene). Additionally, the n−/n+ ratio of the molar charges of the polyelectrolytes and the procedure of formation were varied. The colloidal stability of the systems and the size, shape, and structure of the PEC particles were investi...

  13. Complexation of two oppositely charged polyelectrolytes

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    Shojaei, Hamidreza; Muthukumar, Murugappan

    Existence of both polycation and polyanion in a solution will lead to complexation. We investigate both dynamics and the steady state solution for complexation of two oppositely charged polyelectrolytes in a salty solution. By use of Smoluchowski equation, both dynamic and steady-state properties of a complexation event occurring were studied.

  14. Nasal inserts containing ondansetron hydrochloride based on Chitosan-gellan gum polyelectrolyte complex: In vitro-in vivo studies.

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    Sonje, Ashish G; Mahajan, Hitendra S

    2016-07-01

    The aim of this study was the production of ondansetron hydrochloride loaded lyophilized insert for nasal delivery. The nasal insert was prepared by the lyophilisation technique using Chitosan-gellan gum polyelectrolyte complex as the polymer matrix. The ondansetron loaded inserts were evaluated with respect to water uptake, bioadhesion, drug release kinetic study, ex vivo permeation study, and in vivo study. Lyophilised nasal inserts were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction study. Scanning electron microscopy confirmed the porous sponge like structure of inserts whereas release kinetic model revealed that drug release followed non-fickian case II diffusion. The nasal delivery showed improved bioavailability as compared to oral delivery. In conclusion, the ondansetron containing nasal inserts based on Chitosan-gellan gum complex with potential muco-adhesive potential is suitable for nasal delivery. PMID:27127060

  15. Cationic drug-based self-assembled polyelectrolyte complex micelles: Physicochemical, pharmacokinetic, and anticancer activity analysis.

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    Ramasamy, Thiruganesh; Poudel, Bijay Kumar; Ruttala, Himabindu; Choi, Ju Yeon; Hieu, Truong Duy; Umadevi, Kandasamy; Youn, Yu Seok; Choi, Han-Gon; Yong, Chul Soon; Kim, Jong Oh

    2016-10-01

    Nanofabrication of polymeric micelles through self-assembly of an ionic block copolymer and oppositely charged small molecules has recently emerged as a promising method of formulating delivery systems. The present study therefore aimed to investigate the interaction of cationic drugs doxorubicin (DOX) and mitoxantrone (MTX) with the anionic block polymer poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(acrylic acid) (PEO-b-PAA) and to study the influence of these interactions on the pharmacokinetic stability and antitumor potential of the formulated micelles in clinically relevant animal models. To this end, individual DOX and MTX-loaded polyelectrolyte complex micelles (PCM) were prepared, and their physicochemical properties and pH-responsive release profiles were studied. MTX-PCM and DOX-PCM exhibited a different release profile under all pH conditions tested. MTX-PCM exhibited a monophasic release profile with no initial burst, while DOX-PCM exhibited a biphasic release. DOX-PCM showed a higher cellular uptake than that shown by MTX-PCM in A-549 cancer cells. Furthermore, DOX-PCM induced higher apoptosis of cancer cells than that induced by MTX-PCM. Importantly, both MTX-PCM and DOX-PCM showed prolonged blood circulation. MTX-PCM improved the AUCall of MTX 4-fold compared to a 3-fold increase by DOX-PCM for DOX. While a definite difference in blood circulation was observed between MTX-PCM and DOX-PCM in the pharmacokinetic study, both MTX-PCM and DOX-PCM suppressed tumor growth to the same level as the respective free drugs, indicating the potential of PEGylated polymeric micelles as effective delivery systems. Taken together, our results show that the nature of interactions of cationic drugs with the polyionic copolymer can have a tremendous influence on the biological performance of a delivery system. PMID:27318960

  16. Polyelectrolyte Complex Based Interfacial Drug Delivery System with Controlled Loading and Improved Release Performance for Bone Therapeutics

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    David Vehlow

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available An improved interfacial drug delivery system (DDS based on polyelectrolyte complex (PEC coatings with controlled drug loading and improved release performance was elaborated. The cationic homopolypeptide poly(l-lysine (PLL was complexed with a mixture of two cellulose sulfates (CS of low and high degree of substitution, so that the CS and PLL solution have around equal molar charged units. As drugs the antibiotic rifampicin (RIF and the bisphosphonate risedronate (RIS were integrated. As an important advantage over previous PEC systems this one can be centrifuged, the supernatant discarded, the dense pellet phase (coacervate separated, and again redispersed in fresh water phase. This behavior has three benefits: (i Access to the loading capacity of the drug, since the concentration of the free drug can be measured by spectroscopy; (ii lower initial burst and higher residual amount of drug due to removal of unbound drug and (iii complete adhesive stability due to the removal of polyelectrolytes (PEL excess component. It was found that the pH value and ionic strength strongly affected drug content and release of RIS and RIF. At the clinically relevant implant material (Ti40Nb similar PEC adhesive and drug release properties compared to the model substrate were found. Unloaded PEC coatings at Ti40Nb showed a similar number and morphology of above cultivated human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC compared to uncoated Ti40Nb and resulted in considerable production of bone mineral. RIS loaded PEC coatings showed similar effects after 24 h but resulted in reduced number and unhealthy appearance of hMSC after 48 h due to cell toxicity of RIS.

  17. Structures of some surfactant–polyelectrolyte complexes

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    Rema Krishnaswamy; V A Raghunathan; A K Sood

    2003-08-01

    Structures of complexes formed in aqueous solutions by some anionic polyelectrolytes (double and single stranded (ds and ss) DNA, poly(vinyl sulfonate) (PVS), and poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS)) with a cationic surfactant system consisting of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and sodium 3-hydroxy-2-naphthoate (SHN) have been determined using small angle X-ray diffraction. All complexes are found to have a two-dimensional (2-D) hexagonal structure at low SHN concentrations. Analysis of the diffraction data shows that the ds DNA–CTAB complex has an intercalated structure, with each DNA strand surrounded by three cylindrical micelles. On increasing SHN concentration, DNA–CTAB–SHN complexes exhibit a hexagonal-to-lamellar transition, whereas PVS complexes show a hexagonal → centered rectangular → lamellar transition. PSS complexes show yet another sequence of structures. These results indicate the significant influence of the chemical nature of the polyelectrolyte on the structure of the complexes.

  18. Investigation of metal-polyelectrolyte complex toxicity.

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    Karahan, Mesut; Mustafaeva, Zeynep; Koç, Rabia Çakır; Bağırova, Melahat; Allahverdiyev, Adil M

    2014-05-01

    Water-soluble binary and ternary copper complexes of polyelectrolytes were synthesized, and the toxicity of these complexes was tested in mouse fibroblast cell line (L929) in vitro. Both the binary and ternary complexes were prepared at the ratio of 0.4 mole copper(II) ions per monomer of acrylic acid and 0.5 mole copper(II) ions per monomer of methyl vinyl ether maleic anhydride, furthermore at the ratio of 1 and 2 mole bovine serum albumin per mole of polyacrylic acid and poly(methyl vinyl ether-co-maleic anhydride), respectively. Compared to binary copper(II)-polyelectrolyte complexes, these ternary complexes have been determined to be of least toxicity. PMID:22914259

  19. A drug-loaded gel based on polyelectrolyte complexes of poly (acrylic acid) with poly (vinylpyrrolidone) and chitosan

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    A drug-loaded gel (CSPP) based on ionic crosslinked chitosan (CS) and polyelectrolyte complexes of poly (acrylic acid) (PAA) with poly (vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) was prepared by dropping CS solution containing suitable amount of PVP into PAA and trisodium citrate co-existing gelling solution. The surface and cross-section morphology of the gel was observed using scanning electron microscopy, and the observation showed that the CSPP gel had more compact structure than CS gel. In vitro release profiles of model drug from the CSPP gel, which was prepared under different conditions, were investigated in simulative gastric fluid (pH 1.8) using an UV/vis spectrophotometer. The results showed that the rapid release of the model was restrained due to the complex of PVP and PAA, and the CSPP gel could serve as a suitable candidate in drug delivery system such as the site-specific controlled release of the drug in stomach. In addition, the release mechanism of drug was analyzed by fitting the amount of drug released into Peppa's potential equation.

  20. Theoretical investigation of ordering and complexation in solutions of polyelectrolytes

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    Oskolkov, Nikolay

    2007-01-01

    The PhD thesis is dedicated to the theoretical investigation of two effects taking place in the ion-containing polymeric systems, namely, nematic ordering in solutions of rodlike polyelectrolytes and complexation in solutions of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes taking into account the effect of charge inversion (overcharging) of macroions. The correlation free energy of electrostatic interactions in solutions of rodlike polyelectrolytes was calculated within the framework of the Debye-H...

  1. Influence of the Hydrophobicity of Polyelectrolytes on Polyelectrolyte Complex Formation and Complex Particle Structure and Shape

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    Gudrun Petzold

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs were prepared by structural uniform and strongly charged cationic and anionic modified alternating maleic anhydride copolymers. The hydrophobicity of the polyelectrolytes was changed by the comonomers (ethylene, isobutylene and styrene. Additionally, the n−/n+ ratio of the molar charges of the polyelectrolytes and the procedure of formation were varied. The colloidal stability of the systems and the size, shape, and structure of the PEC particles were investigated by turbidimetry, dynamic light scattering (DLS and atomic force microscopy (AFM. Dynamic light scattering indicates that beside large PEC particle aggregates distinct smaller particles were formed by the copolymers which have the highest hydrophobicity (styrene. These findings could be proved by AFM. Fractal dimension (D, root mean square (RMS roughness and the surface profiles of the PEC particles adsorbed on mica allow the following conclusions: the higher the hydrophobicity of the polyelectrolytes, the broader is the particle size distribution and the minor is the swelling of the PEC particles. Hence, the most compact particles are formed with the very hydrophobic copolymer.

  2. Modeling competitive substitution in a polyelectrolyte complex

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    Peng, B.; Muthukumar, M.

    2015-12-01

    We have simulated the invasion of a polyelectrolyte complex made of a polycation chain and a polyanion chain, by another longer polyanion chain, using the coarse-grained united atom model for the chains and the Langevin dynamics methodology. Our simulations reveal many intricate details of the substitution reaction in terms of conformational changes of the chains and competition between the invading chain and the chain being displaced for the common complementary chain. We show that the invading chain is required to be sufficiently longer than the chain being displaced for effecting the substitution. Yet, having the invading chain to be longer than a certain threshold value does not reduce the substitution time much further. While most of the simulations were carried out in salt-free conditions, we show that presence of salt facilitates the substitution reaction and reduces the substitution time. Analysis of our data shows that the dominant driving force for the substitution process involving polyelectrolytes lies in the release of counterions during the substitution.

  3. Modeling competitive substitution in a polyelectrolyte complex

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    Peng, B.; Muthukumar, M., E-mail: muthu@polysci.umass.edu [Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003 (United States)

    2015-12-28

    We have simulated the invasion of a polyelectrolyte complex made of a polycation chain and a polyanion chain, by another longer polyanion chain, using the coarse-grained united atom model for the chains and the Langevin dynamics methodology. Our simulations reveal many intricate details of the substitution reaction in terms of conformational changes of the chains and competition between the invading chain and the chain being displaced for the common complementary chain. We show that the invading chain is required to be sufficiently longer than the chain being displaced for effecting the substitution. Yet, having the invading chain to be longer than a certain threshold value does not reduce the substitution time much further. While most of the simulations were carried out in salt-free conditions, we show that presence of salt facilitates the substitution reaction and reduces the substitution time. Analysis of our data shows that the dominant driving force for the substitution process involving polyelectrolytes lies in the release of counterions during the substitution.

  4. Understanding and Controlling Transitions in Polyelectrolyte Complex Materials

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    Perry, Sarah; Chang, Li-Wei; Liu, Yalin; Momani, Brian; Velez, Jon; Winter, H. Henning

    Polyelectrolyte complexation can be used in the self-assembly of a wide range of responsive soft materials ranging from dehydrated thin film and bulk solids to dense, polymer-rich liquid complex coacervates, and more complex hierarchical structures such as micelles and hydrogels. This responsivity can include swelling and dissolution, or liquid-to-solid transitions, typically as a function of ionic strength and/or pH. The patterning or presentation of charges and other chemical functionalities represents a powerful strategy for the design and manipulation of this type of responsiveness and the corresponding material properties. We utilize polypeptides and polypeptide derivatives as a model platform for the study of sequence and patterning effects on materials self-assembly. We also utilize rheology to understand the nature of the solid-to-liquid transition that has been observed in some systems. The goal of this systematic investigation of the effects of charge patterning is to elucidate design rules that facilitate the tailored creation of materials based on polyelectrolyte complexation with defined properties for a wide range of applications.

  5. Employment of Gibbs-Donnan-based concepts for interpretation of the properties of linear polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Marinsky, J.A.; Reddy, M.M.

    1991-01-01

    Earlier research has shown that the acid dissociation and metal ion complexation equilibria of linear, weak-acid polyelectrolytes and their cross-linked gel analogues are similarly sensitive to the counterion concentration levels of their solutions. Gibbs-Donnan-based concepts, applicable to the gel, are equally applicable to the linear polyelectrolyte for the accommodation of this sensitivity to ionic strength. This result is presumed to indicate that the linear polyelectrolyte in solution develops counterion-concentrating regions that closely resemble the gel phase of their analogues. Advantage has been taken of this description of linear polyelectrolytes to estimate the solvent uptake by these regions. ?? 1991 American Chemical Society.

  6. Phase Transitions in Nanostructured Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Complexes

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    Leonard, Michael; Strey, Helmut

    2001-03-01

    When a water-soluble polyelectrolyte is combined with an oppositely-charged surfactant solution at a stoichiometric charge ratio, self-assembly into highly-ordered, water-insoluble structures occurs. We have prepared such complexes with poly(sodium acrylate)-co-acrylamide, alginic acid, and chitosan, combined with cationic and anionic surfactants. The phases exhibited by these complexes in aqueous solution are highly sensitive to such factors as osmotic pressure, salt type, ionic strength, and polyelectrolyte charge density. In this study, we have used small angle X-ray scattering to examine osmotic stress-induced structural phase transitions in these complexes under these various environmental conditions. The morphological consequences of combining polyelectrolytes with swollen, emulsion-bound surfactant micelles were also investigated. Results of this work, as well as the potential to use these complexes as nanoporous, biocompatible materials, will be discussed.

  7. Preparation and evaluation of polyelectrolyte complexes for oral controlled drug delivery

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    Srinivas L; Ramana Murthy K

    2010-01-01

    The electrostatic interaction between oppositely charged polyelectrolytes leads to formation of insoluble polyelectrolyte complexes in aqueous medium. The polyelectrolyte complexes formed between a polyacid and a polybase are little affected by the pH variation of the dissolution medium. In the present study attempts were made to prepare polyelectrolyte complexes of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (polybase) and carbopol (polyacid) into which diclofenac sodium is incorporated and studied for its contro...

  8. Conformation of a Polyelectrolyte Complexed to a Like-Charged Colloid

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    Messina, Rene; Holm, Christian; Kremer, Kurt

    2001-01-01

    We report results from a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation on the conformations of a long flexible polyelectrolyte complexed to a charged sphere, \\textit{both negatively charged}, in the presence of neutralizing counterions in the strong Coulomb coupling regime. The structure of this complex is very sensitive to the charge density of the polyelectrolyte. For a fully charged polyelectrolyte the polymer forms a dense two-dimensional "disk", whereas for a partially charged polyelectrolyte the m...

  9. A molecular simulation study on salt response of polyelectrolyte complexes

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    Antila, Hanne; van Tassel, Paul; Sammalkorpi, Maria

    2015-03-01

    In aqueous solutions, oppositely charged polymers, polyelectrolytes (PEs) form complexes which are known to be sensitive to added salt with responses ranging from shrinking to full destabilization of the complex. As a specific application of PE complexes, the complex formation of DNA with polycations has been demonstrated to be an effective means of transfecting genetic material in gene therapy. We use all-atom molecular dynamics and coarse-grained Monte Carlo simulations to investigate the effect of excess salt on DNA-polycation complex stability. The detailed all-atom simulations demonstrate the mechanism of polycation and ion species specific salt-driven dissociation involving charge reversal. More generally, other possible mechanisms of salt driven dissociation exist as well. The coarse grained approach, which describes the PE complex as oppositely charged, rigid rods and ions as hard spheres, provides a more complete understanding of PE interactions in salt, and suggests possible mechanisms leading to repulsion between the oppositely charged polyelectrolytes.

  10. Water's Role in the Relaxation of Polyelectrolyte Complexes and Multilayers

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    Lutkenhaus, Jodie; Zhang, Yanpu; Reid, Dariya; Antila, Hanne; Yildirim, Erol; Zhang, Ran; Sammalkorpi, Maria

    In the last decade, evidence for an intriguing glass-transition-like phase transition has emerged in hydrated polyelectrolyte complex precipitates and polyelectrolyte multilayers. Although the transition is weak, it stimulates large-scale macroscopic phenomena such as multilayer shrinking, swelling, and rearrangement. To date, there is not a clear consensus on what causes this transition, although a growing body of evidence indicates that salt and water are key parameters. Recent simulations of hydrated polyelectrolyte complexes show that water molecules form a stabilizing hydrogen-bonded network and that this network is disrupted by dehydration of the polyanion at the thermal transition, leading to segmental relaxation of polymer chains. If true, this would explain the transition's dependence on water and extrinsic compensation as well as its glass transition-like character. This talk will focus upon water's role in the transition, in which a strong dependence on hydration is observed. Quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) and modulated differential scanning calorimetry (MDSC) are used to track the transition in polyelectrolytes complexes as a function of hydration.

  11. Mesenchymal stem cell recruitment by stromal derived factor-1-delivery systems based on chitosan/poly(γ-glutamic acid polyelectrolyte complexes

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    RM Gonçalves

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs have an enormous potential for tissue engineering and cell-based therapies. With a potential of differentiation into multiple lineages and immune-suppression, these cells play a key role in tissue remodelling and regeneration.Here a method of hMSC recruitment is described, based on the incorporation of a chemokine in Chitosan (Ch/Poly(γ-glutamic acid (γ-PGA complexes. Ch is a non-toxic, cationic polysaccharide widely investigated. γ-PGA is a hydrophilic, non-toxic, biodegradable and negatively charged poly-amino acid. Ch and γ-PGA, being oppositely charged, can be combined through electrostatic interactions. These biocompatible structures can be used as carriers for active substances and can be easily modulated in order to control the delivery of drugs, proteins, DNA, etc.Using the layer-by-layer method, Ch and γ-PGA were assembled into polyelectrolyte multilayers films (PEMs with thickness of 120 nm. The chemokine stromal-derived factor-1 (SDF-1 was incorporated in these complexes and was continuously released during 120 h. The method of SDF-1 incorporation is of crucial importance for polymers assembly into PEMs and for the release kinetics of this chemokine. The Ch/γ-PGA PEMs with SDF-1 were able to recruit hMSCs, increasing the cell migration up to 6 fold to a maximum of 16.2 ± 4.9 cells/mm2. The controlled release of SDF-1 would be of great therapeutic value in the process of hMSC homing to injured tissues. This is the first study suggesting Ch/γ-PGA PEMs as SDF-1 reservoirs to recruit hMSCs, describing an efficient method of chemokine incorporation that allows a sustained released up to 5 days and that can be easily scaled-up.

  12. Surface modification of polyelectrolyte DNA complexes with degradable polymers

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    Laga, Richard; Braunová, Alena; Koňák, Čestmír; Pechar, Michal; Šubr, Vladimír; Ulbrich, Karel

    Prague : Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry AS CR, 2006. s. 66. ISBN 80-85009-52-8. [Microsymposium on Structure and Dynamics of Self-organized Macromolecular Systems /45./. 09.07.2006-13.07.2006, Prague] EU Projects: European Commission(XE) 512087 - GIANT Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : poly(L- lysine ) * DNA * Polyelectrolyte complex Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  13. Complexation behavior of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes: Effect of charge distribution

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    Zhao, Mingtian; Li, Baohui, E-mail: dliang@pku.edu.cn, E-mail: baohui@nankai.edu.cn [School of Physics and Key Laboratory of Functional Polymer Materials of Ministry of Education, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071 (China); Zhou, Jihan; Su, Cuicui; Niu, Lin; Liang, Dehai, E-mail: dliang@pku.edu.cn, E-mail: baohui@nankai.edu.cn [Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences and the Key Laboratory of Polymer Chemistry and Physics of Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)

    2015-05-28

    Complexation behavior of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes in a solution is investigated using a combination of computer simulations and experiments, focusing on the influence of polyelectrolyte charge distributions along the chains on the structure of the polyelectrolyte complexes. The simulations are performed using Monte Carlo with the replica-exchange algorithm for three model systems where each system is composed of a mixture of two types of oppositely charged model polyelectrolyte chains (EGEG){sub 5}/(KGKG){sub 5}, (EEGG){sub 5}/(KKGG){sub 5}, and (EEGG){sub 5}/(KGKG){sub 5}, in a solution including explicit solvent molecules. Among the three model systems, only the charge distributions along the chains are not identical. Thermodynamic quantities are calculated as a function of temperature (or ionic strength), and the microscopic structures of complexes are examined. It is found that the three systems have different transition temperatures, and form complexes with different sizes, structures, and densities at a given temperature. Complex microscopic structures with an alternating arrangement of one monolayer of E/K monomers and one monolayer of G monomers, with one bilayer of E and K monomers and one bilayer of G monomers, and with a mixture of monolayer and bilayer of E/K monomers in a box shape and a trilayer of G monomers inside the box are obtained for the three mixture systems, respectively. The experiments are carried out for three systems where each is composed of a mixture of two types of oppositely charged peptide chains. Each peptide chain is composed of Lysine (K) and glycine (G) or glutamate (E) and G, in solution, and the chain length and amino acid sequences, and hence the charge distribution, are precisely controlled, and all of them are identical with those for the corresponding model chain. The complexation behavior and complex structures are characterized through laser light scattering and atomic force microscopy measurements. The order

  14. Complexation behavior of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes: Effect of charge distribution

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    Complexation behavior of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes in a solution is investigated using a combination of computer simulations and experiments, focusing on the influence of polyelectrolyte charge distributions along the chains on the structure of the polyelectrolyte complexes. The simulations are performed using Monte Carlo with the replica-exchange algorithm for three model systems where each system is composed of a mixture of two types of oppositely charged model polyelectrolyte chains (EGEG)5/(KGKG)5, (EEGG)5/(KKGG)5, and (EEGG)5/(KGKG)5, in a solution including explicit solvent molecules. Among the three model systems, only the charge distributions along the chains are not identical. Thermodynamic quantities are calculated as a function of temperature (or ionic strength), and the microscopic structures of complexes are examined. It is found that the three systems have different transition temperatures, and form complexes with different sizes, structures, and densities at a given temperature. Complex microscopic structures with an alternating arrangement of one monolayer of E/K monomers and one monolayer of G monomers, with one bilayer of E and K monomers and one bilayer of G monomers, and with a mixture of monolayer and bilayer of E/K monomers in a box shape and a trilayer of G monomers inside the box are obtained for the three mixture systems, respectively. The experiments are carried out for three systems where each is composed of a mixture of two types of oppositely charged peptide chains. Each peptide chain is composed of Lysine (K) and glycine (G) or glutamate (E) and G, in solution, and the chain length and amino acid sequences, and hence the charge distribution, are precisely controlled, and all of them are identical with those for the corresponding model chain. The complexation behavior and complex structures are characterized through laser light scattering and atomic force microscopy measurements. The order of the apparent weight-averaged molar

  15. Complexation behavior of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes: Effect of charge distribution

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    Zhao, Mingtian; Zhou, Jihan; Su, Cuicui; Niu, Lin; Liang, Dehai; Li, Baohui

    2015-05-01

    Complexation behavior of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes in a solution is investigated using a combination of computer simulations and experiments, focusing on the influence of polyelectrolyte charge distributions along the chains on the structure of the polyelectrolyte complexes. The simulations are performed using Monte Carlo with the replica-exchange algorithm for three model systems where each system is composed of a mixture of two types of oppositely charged model polyelectrolyte chains (EGEG)5/(KGKG)5, (EEGG)5/(KKGG)5, and (EEGG)5/(KGKG)5, in a solution including explicit solvent molecules. Among the three model systems, only the charge distributions along the chains are not identical. Thermodynamic quantities are calculated as a function of temperature (or ionic strength), and the microscopic structures of complexes are examined. It is found that the three systems have different transition temperatures, and form complexes with different sizes, structures, and densities at a given temperature. Complex microscopic structures with an alternating arrangement of one monolayer of E/K monomers and one monolayer of G monomers, with one bilayer of E and K monomers and one bilayer of G monomers, and with a mixture of monolayer and bilayer of E/K monomers in a box shape and a trilayer of G monomers inside the box are obtained for the three mixture systems, respectively. The experiments are carried out for three systems where each is composed of a mixture of two types of oppositely charged peptide chains. Each peptide chain is composed of Lysine (K) and glycine (G) or glutamate (E) and G, in solution, and the chain length and amino acid sequences, and hence the charge distribution, are precisely controlled, and all of them are identical with those for the corresponding model chain. The complexation behavior and complex structures are characterized through laser light scattering and atomic force microscopy measurements. The order of the apparent weight-averaged molar

  16. Effect of Polyelectrolyte Stiffness and Solution pH on the Nanostructure of Complexes Formed by Cationic Amphiphiles and Negatively Charged Polyelectrolytes.

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    Ram-On, Maor; Cohen, Yachin; Talmon, Yeshayahu

    2016-07-01

    The interaction between amphiphiles and polyelectrolytes has been widely investigated in recent years due to their potential application in industry and medicine, with special focus on gene therapy. The cationic lipid dioleoyl trimethylammonium propane, DOTAP, and the oppositely charged polyelectrolytes, sodium poly(acrylic acid) and sodium poly(styrenesulfonate), form multilamellar complexes in water. Because of the different molecular stiffness of the two polyelectrolytes, they form different nanostructured complexes. Also, because of the different ionization behavior of the two polyelectrolytes, pH differently affects the complexation of the polyelectrolytes with didodecyldimethylammonium bromide (DDAB), another cationic surfactant. We used cryogenic temperature transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) to compare the nanostructures formed. Our results show that although the basic nanostructures of the complexes are always lamellar (multilamellar or unilamellar) the morphology of the complexes is affected by the polyelectrolyte rigidity and the solution pH. PMID:27049758

  17. Catalytically active cobalt and copper complexes in polyelectrolyte multilayer films

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    In this work an approach to obtain effective and easy reusable heterogeneous catalyst, LbL deposition of polyelectrolytes followed by covalently binding with cobalt (II) and copper (II) ions were described. Immobilization of metal complexes via covalent attachment to insoluble template is an attractive method to facilitate catalyst recovery, recycling. The reaction in the heterogeneous catalysis goes in the interface of catalyst and reaction solution and it is important to create a catalyst with large surface area. We have used polycations as polyethyleneimine (BPEI), quaternized poly(4- vynilpyridine) (QPVP) and polyanions as poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), poly(styrene sulphonate) sodium salt (PSS) and the electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly technique to make uniform thin film coating on SiO2 nanoparticles and glass slides with controllable thickness, roughness and mechanically durability. The stability of metals within multilayers in reaction condition were tested. We compared the amount of metal in PEMs of different polyelectrolytes. The stability constants of complex forming processes of the polymer-metal complexes in water and in alcohol were calculated by modified method of Bjerrum. Catalytic activity of immobilized catalysts was investigated for oxidation of toluene by molecular oxygen. Catalysts were separated from reaction mixture easily and had been used for this reaction five times without significant loss of activity. Key words: catalysis, layer-by-layer (LbL), polymer-metal complexes, oxidation, cobalt and copper immobilization

  18. Folding Behaviors of Protein (Lysozyme) Confined in Polyelectrolyte Complex Micelle.

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    Wu, Fu-Gen; Jiang, Yao-Wen; Chen, Zhan; Yu, Zhi-Wu

    2016-04-19

    The folding/unfolding behavior of proteins (enzymes) in confined space is important for their properties and functions, but such a behavior remains largely unexplored. In this article, we reported our finding that lysozyme and a double hydrophilic block copolymer, methoxypoly(ethylene glycol)5K-block-poly(l-aspartic acid sodium salt)10 (mPEG5K-b-PLD10), can form a polyelectrolyte complex micelle with a particle size of ∼30 nm, as verified by dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy. The unfolding and refolding behaviors of lysozyme molecules in the presence of the copolymer were studied by microcalorimetry and circular dichroism spectroscopy. Upon complex formation with mPEG5K-b-PLD10, lysozyme changed from its initial native state to a new partially unfolded state. Compared with its native state, this copolymer-complexed new folding state of lysozyme has different secondary and tertiary structures, a decreased thermostability, and significantly altered unfolding/refolding behaviors. It was found that the native lysozyme exhibited reversible unfolding and refolding upon heating and subsequent cooling, while lysozyme in the new folding state (complexed with the oppositely charged PLD segments of the polymer) could unfold upon heating but could not refold upon subsequent cooling. By employing the heating-cooling-reheating procedure, the prevention of complex formation between lysozyme and polymer due to the salt screening effect was observed, and the resulting uncomplexed lysozyme regained its proper unfolding and refolding abilities upon heating and subsequent cooling. Besides, we also pointed out the important role the length of the PLD segment played during the formation of micelles and the monodispersity of the formed micelles. Furthermore, the lysozyme-mPEG5K-b-PLD10 mixtures prepared in this work were all transparent, without the formation of large aggregates or precipitates in solution as frequently observed in other protein-polyelectrolyte

  19. Microgels polyelectrolytes

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    2012-01-01

    The formation of complexes from oppositely charged polyelectrolytes are well known. Polyelectrolytes bind to surfaces and can thus be used as flocculants or coating to modify surfaces. Layer-by-layer technique allows tailor made modification of surfaces as well as encapsulation. The modification of inorganic, rigid nanoparticles with polyelectrolytes is an established method while little is known about the modification of porous gel particles with polyelectrolytes. The gel particles are of co...

  20. Preparation and adsorption of refined polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles.

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    Reihs, T; Müller, M; Lunkwitz, K

    2004-03-01

    We report on bulk and surface properties of centrifuged nonstoichiometric polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) dispersions. PECs were prepared by mixing poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) and sodium poly(maleic acid-co-alpha-methylstyrene) (PMA-MS) at the monomolar mixing ratio of 0.6 and polymer concentration >/=1 mmol/l. Centrifugation of initial PEC dispersions revealed three phases: supernatant (SUP), coacervate (COAC), and an insoluble precipitate. Mass, turbidity, particle hydrodynamic radii (R(h)), and the titratable charge amount were determined for those phases. The turbid COAC phase consisted of 200-nm nanoparticles and carried 60% of the polymer mass and 20% of the titratable charge amount of the initial PEC dispersion. The SUP phase showed no turbidity and no such nanoparticles, but carried 80% of the initial titratable charge amount, presumably caused by excess polycations. Furthermore, linear dependences of turbidity and R(h) on COAC concentration was observed. COAC adsorption was studied at polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) modified silicon surfaces in dependence on both adsorption time and concentration using attenuated total-reflection-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy. The adsorption data were fitted by the simple Langmuir model. Comparison of COAC particles and polystyrene latices revealed similar adsorption features. SEM and AFM measurements resulted in hemispherically shaped adsorbed COAC particles with coverages >/=25%, whose calculated volumes correlated well with those in dispersion obtained by PCS. PMID:14757079

  1. Response of polyelectrolyte complexes to subsequent addition of salts with different cations

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    Dautzenberg, H.; Kříž, Jaroslav

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 19, č. 13 (2003), s. 5204-5211. ISSN 0743-7463 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KSK4050111 Keywords : polyelectrolyte s * polyelectrolyte complexes * cooperativity Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 3.098, year: 2003

  2. SANS study on the complex of cationic micelles and anionic polyelectrolytes

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    We investigated the complex of cationic micelles and anionic polyelectrolytes. The cationic micelles have the composition of nonionic surfactant, Octa-ethyleneglycol mono n-tetradecyl ether (C14E8) and cationic surfactant, Tetradecyltrimethylammonium Bromide (TTAB), and the polyelectrolyte is Poly Styrene Sulfonic Acid, Sodium Salt (Mw.= 73900, PSS80k). By the charge interaction, they formed the complexes in the aqueous solution. This complex was studied by Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS). SANS study showed that the size distribution changed by the cationic surfactant-to-polyelectrolyte charge ratio. The structure of this complex was also studied

  3. Polyelectrolyte-complex nanostructured fibrous scaffolds for tissue engineering

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    In the current work, polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) fibrous scaffolds for tissue engineering have been synthesized and a mechanism of their formation has been investigated. The scaffolds are synthesized using polygalacturonic acid and chitosan using the freeze drying methodology. Highly interconnected pores of sizes in the range of 5-20 μm are observed in the scaffolds. The thickness of the fibers was found to be in the range of 1-2 μm. Individual fibers have a nanogranular structure as observed using AFM imaging. In these scaffolds, PEC nanoparticles assemble together at the interface of ice crystals during freeze drying process. Further investigation shows that the freezing temperature and concentration have a remarkable effect on structure of scaffolds. Biocompatibility studies show that scaffold containing chitosan, polygalacturonic acid and hydroxyapatite promotes cell adhesion and proliferation. On the other hand, cells on scaffolds fabricated without hydroxyapatite nanoparticles showed poor adhesion.

  4. Complex formation between polyelectrolytes and oppositely charged oligoelectrolytes

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    Zhou, Jiajia; Barz, Matthias; Schmid, Friederike

    2016-04-01

    We study the complex formation between one long polyanion chain and many short oligocation chains by computer simulations. We employ a coarse-grained bead-spring model for the polyelectrolyte chains and model explicitly the small salt ions. We systematically vary the concentration and the length of the oligocation and examine how the oligocations affects the chain conformation, the static structure factor, the radial and axial distribution of various charged species, and the number of bound ions in the complex. At low oligocation concentration, the polyanion has an extended structure. Upon increasing the oligocation concentration, the polyanion chain collapses and forms a compact globule, but the complex still carries a net negative charge. Once the total charge of the oligocations is equal to that of the polyanion, the collapse stops and is replaced by a slow expansion. In this regime, the net charge on the complexes is positive or neutral, depending on the microion concentration in solution. The expansion can be explained by the reduction of the oligocation bridging. We find that the behavior and the structure of the complex are largely independent of the length of oligocations, and very similar to that observed when replacing the oligocations by multivalent salt cations, and conclude that the main driving force keeping the complex together is the release of monovalent counterions and coions. We speculate on the implications of this finding for the problem of controlled oligolyte release and oligolyte substitution.

  5. Complex formation between polyelectrolytes and oppositely charged oligoelectrolytes.

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    Zhou, Jiajia; Barz, Matthias; Schmid, Friederike

    2016-04-28

    We study the complex formation between one long polyanion chain and many short oligocation chains by computer simulations. We employ a coarse-grained bead-spring model for the polyelectrolyte chains and model explicitly the small salt ions. We systematically vary the concentration and the length of the oligocation and examine how the oligocations affects the chain conformation, the static structure factor, the radial and axial distribution of various charged species, and the number of bound ions in the complex. At low oligocation concentration, the polyanion has an extended structure. Upon increasing the oligocation concentration, the polyanion chain collapses and forms a compact globule, but the complex still carries a net negative charge. Once the total charge of the oligocations is equal to that of the polyanion, the collapse stops and is replaced by a slow expansion. In this regime, the net charge on the complexes is positive or neutral, depending on the microion concentration in solution. The expansion can be explained by the reduction of the oligocation bridging. We find that the behavior and the structure of the complex are largely independent of the length of oligocations, and very similar to that observed when replacing the oligocations by multivalent salt cations, and conclude that the main driving force keeping the complex together is the release of monovalent counterions and coions. We speculate on the implications of this finding for the problem of controlled oligolyte release and oligolyte substitution. PMID:27131564

  6. Counterions release from electrostatic complexes of polyelectrolytes and proteins of opposite charge : a direct measurement

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    2009-01-01

    Though often considered as one of the main driving process of the complexation of species of opposite charges, the release of counterions has never been experimentally directly measured on polyelectrolyte/proteins complexes. We present here the first structural determination of such a release by Small Angle Neutron Scattering in complexes made of lysozyme, a positively charged protein and of PSS, a negatively charged polyelectrolyte. Both components have the same neutron density length, so th...

  7. Confined Flocculation of Ionic Pollutants by Poly(L-dopa)-Based Polyelectrolyte Complexes in Hydrogel Beads for Three-Dimensional, Quantitative, Efficient Water Decontamination.

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    Yu, Li; Liu, Xiaokong; Yuan, Weichang; Brown, Lauren Joan; Wang, Dayang

    2015-06-16

    The development of simple and recyclable adsorbents with high adsorption capacity is a technical imperative for water treatment. In this work, we have successfully developed new adsorbents for the removal of ionic pollutants from water via encapsulation of polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) made from positively charged poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and negatively charged poly(l-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine) (PDopa), obtained via the self-polymerization of l-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (l-Dopa). Given the outstanding mass transport through the hydrogel host matrixes, the PDopa-PAH PEC guests loaded inside can effectively and efficiently remove various ionic pollutants, including heavy metal ions and ionic organic dyes, from water. The adsorption efficiency of the PDopa-PAH PECs can be quantitatively correlated to and tailored by the PDopa-to-PAH molar ratio. Because PDopa embodies one catechol group, one carboxyl group, and one amino group in each repeating unit, the resulting PDopa-PAH PECs exhibit the largest capacity of adsorption of heavy metal ions compared to available adsorbents. Because both PDopa and PAH are pH-sensitive, the PDopa-PAH PEC-loaded agarose hydrogel beads can be easily and completely recovered after the adsorption of ionic pollutants by adjusting the pH of the surrounding media. The present strategy is similar to the conventional process of using PECs to flocculate ionic pollutants from water, while in our system flocculation is confined to the agarose hydrogel beads, thus allowing easy separation of the resulting adsorbents from water. PMID:25981870

  8. Thermal and pH Transitions in Polyelectrolyte Complexes and Multilayers

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    Lutkenhaus, Jodie

    2015-03-01

    When oppositely charged polymers are mixed in water, they form a polyelectrolyte complex. Analogously at a surface, oppositely charged polymers can be assembled to form a polyelectrolyte multilayer. Complexation is entropically driven, as it results in the release of small counter ions and water molecules into the surrounding media. First, the effect of time and temperature on the formation of polyelectrolyte complexes containing model polyelectrolytes poly(diallyldimethyl ammonium chloride) and poly(styrene sulfonate) is presented. We show that complexation is a time-dependent phenomena, which is consistent with complexes existing in a kinetically trapped state, rather than a thermodynamic equilibrium. Upon heating, a glassy-viscous transition that shows features of an LCST is demonstrated. Second, the effect of pH on polyelectrolyte multilayer microtubes is presented. The microtubes are made of poly(allylamine) and poly(acrylic acid), both of which are weak polyelectrolytes. Modulating the pH induces a nanoporous transition that results in nanoporous microtubes. These results, in summary, show that noncovalent interactions are very sensitive to external stimuli such as temperature and pH.

  9. Soft microcapsules with highly plastic shells formed by interfacial polyelectrolyte-nanoparticle complexation.

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    Kaufman, Gilad; Nejati, Siamak; Sarfati, Raphael; Boltyanskiy, Rostislav; Loewenberg, Michael; Dufresne, Eric R; Osuji, Chinedum O

    2015-10-14

    Composite microcapsules have been aggressively pursued as designed chemical entities for biomedical and other applications. Common preparations rely on multi-step, time consuming processes. Here, we present a single-step approach to fabricate such microcapsules with shells composed of nanoparticle-polyelectrolyte and protein-polyelectrolyte complexes, and demonstrate control of the mechanical and release properties of these constructs. Interfacial polyelectrolyte-nanoparticle and polyelectrolyte-protein complexation across a water-oil droplet interface results in the formation of capsules with shell thicknesses of a few μm. Silica shell microcapsules exhibited a significant plastic response at small deformations, whereas lysozyme incorporated shells displayed a more elastic response. We exploit the plasticity of nanoparticle incorporated shells to produce microcapsules with high aspect ratio protrusions by micropipette aspiration. PMID:26169689

  10. Complexation and coacervation of like-charged polyelectrolytes inspired by mussels

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    Kim, Sangsik; Huang, Jun; Lee, Yongjin; Dutta, Sandipan; Yoo, Hee Young; Jung, Young Mee; Jho, YongSeok; Zeng, Hongbo

    2016-01-01

    It is well known that polyelectrolyte complexes and coacervates can form on mixing oppositely charged polyelectrolytes in aqueous solutions, due to mainly electrostatic attraction between the oppositely charged polymers. Here, we report the first (to the best of our knowledge) complexation and coacervation of two positively charged polyelectrolytes, which provides a new paradigm for engineering strong, self-healing interactions between polyelectrolytes underwater and a new marine mussel-inspired underwater adhesion mechanism. Unlike the conventional complex coacervate, the like-charged coacervate is aggregated by strong short-range cation–π interactions by overcoming repulsive electrostatic interactions. The resultant phase of the like-charged coacervate comprises a thin and fragile polyelectrolyte framework and round and regular pores, implying a strong electrostatic correlation among the polyelectrolyte frameworks. The like-charged coacervate possesses a very low interfacial tension, which enables this highly positively charged coacervate to be applied to capture, carry, or encapsulate anionic biomolecules and particles with a broad range of applications. PMID:26831090

  11. Underwater contact adhesion and microarchitecture in polyelectrolyte complexes actuated by solvent exchange

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    Zhao, Qiang; Lee, Dong Woog; Ahn, B. Kollbe; Seo, Sungbaek; Kaufman, Yair; Israelachvili, Jacob N.; Waite, J. Herbert

    2016-04-01

    Polyelectrolyte complexation is critical to the formation and properties of many biological and polymeric materials, and is typically initiated by aqueous mixing followed by fluid-fluid phase separation, such as coacervation. Yet little to nothing is known about how coacervates evolve into intricate solid microarchitectures. Inspired by the chemical features of the cement proteins of the sandcastle worm, here we report a versatile and strong wet-contact microporous adhesive resulting from polyelectrolyte complexation triggered by solvent exchange. After premixing a catechol-functionalized weak polyanion with a polycation in dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO), the solution was applied underwater to various substrates whereupon electrostatic complexation, phase inversion, and rapid setting were simultaneously actuated by water-DMSO solvent exchange. Spatial and temporal coordination of complexation, inversion and setting fostered rapid (~25 s) and robust underwater contact adhesion (Wad >= 2 J m-2) of complexed catecholic polyelectrolytes to all tested surfaces including plastics, glasses, metals and biological materials.

  12. The Effect of Salt on the Complex Coacervation of Vinyl Polyelectrolytes

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Complex coacervation is an electrostatically-driven phase separation phenomenon that is utilized in a wide range of everyday applications and is of great interest for the creation of self-assembled materials. Here, we utilized turbidity to characterize the effect of salt type on coacervate formation using two vinyl polyelectrolytes, poly(acrylic acid sodium salt (pAA and poly(allylamine hydrochloride (pAH, as simple models for industrial and biological coacervates. We confirmed the dominant role of salt valence on the extent of coacervate formation, while demonstrating the presence of significant secondary effects, which can be described by Hofmeister-like behavior. These results revealed the importance of ion-specific interactions, which are crucial for the informed design of coacervate-based materials for use in complex ionic environments, and can enable more detailed theoretical investigations on the role of subtle electrostatic and thermodynamic effects in complex coacervation.

  13. Polymer Physics Prize Lecture: Polyelectrolyte complexes: New routes to useful soft materials

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    Tirrell, Matthew

    2012-02-01

    Mixtures of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes may form precipitates (phase-separated solids) or coacervates (phase-separated fluids). Coacervates have been known for a long time to have interesting properties such as very low interfacial tension with water and a resultant ability to coat surfaces, engulf particles and invade porous media. Most prior work on coacervate complexes has been done with structurally complex (e.g., gum Arabic), biologically derived macromolecules (e.g., gelation). Our work is focusing on phase behavior and self-assembly in classes of structurally simpler polymers. Polypeptides are one such class, where we can produce anionic, cationic and neutral, water-soluble polymers all with the some backbone and varying in small side-group structures. We are able to demonstrate very general patterns in phase behavior over different members of this class of polymers. Coacervate formation is the rule rather than the exception in these materials, with such formation quite strongly peaked at balanced stoichiometry of the polyelectrolyte components. One molar salt is usually sufficient to dissolve the coacervate phases that form. Block copolymer mixtures containing oppositely charged blocks can form self-assembled structures: micelles with diblocks and hydrogels with triblocks. The structure and properties of these assemblies can be tuned based on knowledge of the bulk phase behavior response to molecular weight, stoichiometry and salt concentration. Examples of phase behavior and structure-property relationship will be discussed.

  14. Polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles from cationised gelatin and sodium alginate for curcumin delivery.

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    Sarika, P R; James, Nirmala Rachel

    2016-09-01

    Self assembled hybrid polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) nanoparticles are prepared from cationically modified gelatin and sodium alginate (Alg) by electrostatic complexation between the polymers. Cationised gelatin (CG) is prepared by the reaction of gelatin with ethylenediamine. Structural changes in gelatin, after modification with ethylenediamine are investigated by XRD and (1)H NMR spectroscopy. Hybrid polyelectrolyte nanoparticles, labeled CG/Alg, are prepared by simple mixing of CG and Alg. CG/Alg complex shows spherical morphology as confirmed by scanning electron microscopy. These polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles can be used for the encapsulation and delivery of natural antioxidant curcumin to carcinoma cells. CG/Alg nanoparticles show curcumin encapsulation efficiency of 69% and exhibit sustained release of curcumin in vitro. Anticancer activity of curcumin loaded CG/Alg nanoparticles towards MCF-7 cells is disclosed by MTT assay. Intracellular uptake of the drug encapsulated nanoparticles is confirmed by fluorescent imaging. PMID:27185149

  15. Charged pullulan derivatives for the development of nanocarriers by polyelectrolyte complexation.

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    Dionísio, M; Braz, L; Corvo, M; Lourenço, J P; Grenha, A; Rosa da Costa, A M

    2016-05-01

    Pullulan, a neutral polysaccharide, was chemically modified in order to obtain two charged derivatives: reaction with SO3(.)DMF complex afforded a sulfate derivative (SP), while reaction with glycidyltrimethylammonium chloride gave a quaternary ammonium salt (AP). The presence of the charged groups was confirmed by FTIR. Assessment of the positions where the reaction took place was based on (1)H- and (13)C NMR (COSY, HSQC-TOCSY, HSQC-DEPT, and HMBC) experiments. Estimation of the degree of substitution (DS) was made from elemental analysis data, and further confirmed by NMR peak areas in the case of AP. These new derivatives showed the capability to condense with each other, forming nanoparticles with the ability to associate a model protein (BSA) and displaying adequate size for drug delivery applications, therefore making them good candidates for the production of pullulan-based nanocarriers by polyelectrolyte complexation. PMID:26800902

  16. Supramolecular polyelectrolyte complex (SPEC): pH dependent phase transition and exploitation of its carrier properties.

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    Biswas, Subharanjan; Mani, Ethayaraja; Mondal, Arobendo; Tiwari, Ashwani; Roy, Soumyajit

    2016-02-21

    A supramolecular poly-electrolyte complex (SPEC) comprising poly-electrolyte acrylic acid with supramolecularly complexed guanidium is reported. This complex shows pH responsive phase transitions, which are described and characterized using microscopy, spectroscopy, density functional theory studies and Monte Carlo simulations. The phase behaviour of the SPEC is exploited by loading a dye like perylene and a drug, viz., doxorubicin, and their pH dependent controlled release is demonstrated, owing to the pH dependent phase change of the SPEC. PMID:26661046

  17. Effect of monovalent salt on the conformation of polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes

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    Diehl, A.; Kuhn, P. S.

    2009-01-01

    We study the conformation of polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes in the presence of monovalent salt. A simple model for the formation of these structures is presented in the framework of the Debye-Hückel-Bjerrum-Manning and Flory theories, with the hydrophobic interactions between the hydrocarbon tails of surfactant molecules treated in the spirit of van der Waals theory as an effective attraction. The extension of the polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes is analyzed as a function of the salt concentration and a discrete conformational transition between a compact globule and an elongated coil is found, in agreement with experimental results for the unfolding transition of a DNA-cationic surfactant complex.

  18. Polyelectrolyte complexes: A review of their applicability in drug delivery technology

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    Lankalapalli S

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Over the past several years, great advances have been made towards novel drug delivery systems. The phenomena of interpolymer interactions and formation of polyelectrolyte complexes have been the focus of intensive fundamental and applied research. Interpolyelectrolyte complexes combine unique physicochemical properties with high biocompatibility. Studies have been carried out on many different polymer blends and types. Such combinations may possess unique properties that are different from those of individual component. The present review emphasizes on the applicability of polyelectrolyte complexes in drug delivery technology.

  19. Sulfadiazine—Chitosan Conjugates and Their Polyelectrolyte Complexes with Hyaluronate Destined to the Management of Burn Wounds

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    Raluca Petronela Dumitriu; Lenuta Profire; Loredana Elena Nita; Oana Maria Dragostin; Nicolae Ghetu; Dragoș Pieptu; Cornelia Vasile

    2015-01-01

    In the present study polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) based on new sulfadiazine-chitosan conjugates with sodium hyaluronate have been developed with potential use in treatment of burn wounds. The PECs were chemically characterized using Fourier Transform—Infrared Spectroscopy, Scanning Electon Microscopy and Near Infrared Chemical Imaging Technique. The swelling behavior and in vitro sulfadiazine release were also investigated. The antimicrobial activity was evaluated towards three bacterial ...

  20. Complexation between oppositely charged polyelectrolytes: beyond the Random Phase Approximation

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    Castelnovo, Martin; Joanny, Jean-Francois

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    We consider the phase behavior of polymeric systems by calculating the structure factors beyond the Random Phase Approximation. The effect of this correction to the mean-field RPA structure factor is shown to be important in the case of coulombic systems. Two examples are given: simple electrolytes and mixtures of incompatible oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. In this last case, all former studies predicted an enhancement of compatibility for increasing charge densities; we also describe t...

  1. Cationic and anionic polyelectrolyte complexes of xylan and chitosan. Interaction with lignocellulosic surfaces.

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    Mocchiutti, Paulina; Schnell, Carla N; Rossi, Gerardo D; Peresin, María S; Zanuttini, Miguel A; Galván, María V

    2016-10-01

    Cationic (CatPECs) and anionic (AnPECs) polyelectrolyte complexes from xylan and chitosan were formed, characterized and adsorbed onto unbleached fibers for improving the papermaking properties. They were prepared at a level of 30% of neutralization charge ratio by modifying the order of addition of polyelectrolytes and the ionic strength (0.01N and 0.1N NaCl). The charge density, colloidal stability and particle size of polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) was measured using polyelectrolyte titration method, Turbiscan and Zetasizer Nano equipments, respectively. All the complexes were stable even after seven days from PEC formation. DRIFT spectra of complexes were also analyzed. The adsorption behavior of them onto cellulose nanofibrils model surfaces was studied using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring, and surface plasmon resonance. It was found that the PEC layers were viscoelastic and highly hydrated. Finally, it is shown that the adsorbed PECs onto cellulosic fibers markedly improved the tensile and crushing strengths of paper. PMID:27312617

  2. Release of polyanions from polyelectrolyte complexes by selective degradation of the polycation

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    Etrych, Tomáš; Boustta, M.; Leclercq, L.; Vert, M.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 21, č. 2 (2006), s. 89-105. ISSN 0883-9115 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : polyelectrolyte complex * enzymatic degradation * hydrolytic degradation Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 0.925, year: 2006

  3. Conjugates of polyelectrolyte complexes with surfactants and phospholipids as new carriers for drug delivery

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    Zintchenko, A.; Koňák, Čestmír

    Praha : Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, AS CR, 2004 - (Kahovec, J.). s. PC71 ISBN 80-85009-49-8. [Microsymposium on Polymer Biomaterials: Biomimetic and Bioanalogous systems /43./. 11.07.2004-15.07.2004, Prague] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KSK4050111 Keywords : drug carriers * polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles * poly(L- lysine ) Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  4. Interaction between immobilized polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles and human mesenchymal stromal cells

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    Woltmann B

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Beatrice Woltmann,1 Bernhard Torger,2,3 Martin Müller,2,3,* Ute Hempel1,*1Dresden University of Technology, Faculty of Medicine Carl Gustav Carus, Institute of Physiological Chemistry, Dresden, Germany; 2Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, Department of Polyelectrolytes and Dispersions, Dresden, Germany; 3Dresden University of Technology, Department of Chemistry and Food Chemistry, Dresden, Germany*These authors contributed equally to this workBackground: Implant loosening or deficient osseointegration is a major problem in patients with systemic bone diseases (eg, osteoporosis. For this reason, the stimulation of the regional cell population by local and sustained drug delivery at the bone/implant interface to induce the formation of a mechanical stable bone is promising. The purpose of this study was to investigate the interaction of polymer-based nanoparticles with human bone marrow-derived cells, considering nanoparticles’ composition and surface net charge.Materials and methods: Polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles (PECNPs composed of the polycations poly(ethyleneimine (PEI, poly(L-lysine (PLL, or (N,N-diethylaminoethyldextran (DEAE in combination with the polyanions dextran sulfate (DS or cellulose sulfate (CS were prepared. PECNPs’ physicochemical properties (size, net charge were characterized by dynamic light scattering and particle charge detector measurements. Biocompatibility was investigated using human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs cultured on immobilized PECNP films (5–50 nmol·cm-2 by analysis for metabolic activity of hMSCs in dependence of PECNP surface concentration by MTS (3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-5-[3-carboxymethoxyphenyl]-2-[4-sulfophenyl]-2H-tetrazolium, inner salt assay, as well as cell morphology (phase contrast microscopy.Results: PECNPs ranging between ~50 nm and 150 nm were prepared. By varying the ratio of polycations and polyanions, PECNPs with a slightly positive (PEC+NP or negative (PEC

  5. New nanocomposites based on layered aluminosilicate and guanidine containing polyelectrolytes

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    The new functional nanomaterials based on layered aluminosilicate and guanidine containing polyelectrolytes combining high bactericidal activity with an increased ability to bind to heavy metals and organic pollutants were received. To prove the chemical structure of the model compounds (zwitterionic delocalized resonance structures AG/MAG and PAG/PMAG), as well as the presence of such structures in nanocomposites received on their basis and the MMT, IR, 1H NMR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction studies and nanoindentation/sclerometry followed by scanning the surface in the area of the indentation were used

  6. New nanocomposites based on layered aluminosilicate and guanidine containing polyelectrolytes

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    Khashirov, Azamat A.; Zhansitov, Azamat A.; Khashirova, Svetlana Yu. [Kabardino-Balkarian State University a. Kh.M. Berbekov, 173 Chernyshevskogo st., 360004, Nalchik (Russian Federation); Zaikov, Genadiy E. [N. M. Emanuel Institute of Biochemical Physics of Russian Academy of Sciences, 4, Kosygin St., 119991, Moscow (Russian Federation)

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    The new functional nanomaterials based on layered aluminosilicate and guanidine containing polyelectrolytes combining high bactericidal activity with an increased ability to bind to heavy metals and organic pollutants were received. To prove the chemical structure of the model compounds (zwitterionic delocalized resonance structures AG/MAG and PAG/PMAG), as well as the presence of such structures in nanocomposites received on their basis and the MMT, IR, {sup 1}H NMR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction studies and nanoindentation/sclerometry followed by scanning the surface in the area of the indentation were used.

  7. Confined polyelectrolytes: The complexity of a simple system.

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    Nunes, Sandra C C; Skepö, Marie; Pais, Alberto A C C

    2015-08-01

    The interaction between polyelectrolytes and counterions in confined situations and the mutual relationship between chain conformation and ion condensation is an important issue in several areas. In the biological field, it assumes particular relevance in the understanding of the packaging of nucleic acids, which is crucial in the design of gene delivery systems. In this work, a simple coarse-grained model is used to assess the cooperativity between conformational change and ion condensation in spherically confined backbones, with capsides permeable to the counterions. It is seen that the variation on the degree of condensation depends on counterion valence. For monovalent counterions, the degree of condensation passes through a minimum before increasing as the confining space diminishes. In contrast, for trivalent ions, the overall tendency is to decrease the degree of condensation as the confinement space also decreases. Most of the particles reside close to the spherical wall, even for systems in which the density is higher closer to the cavity center. This effect is more pronounced, when monovalent counterions are present. Additionally, there are clear variations in the charge along the concentric layers that cannot be totally ascribed to polyelectrolyte behavior, as shown by decoupling the chain into monomers. If both chain and counterions are confined, the formation of a counterion rich region immediately before the wall is observed. Spool and doughnut-like structures are formed for stiff chains, within a nontrivial evolution with increasing confinement. PMID:26096545

  8. Alcohol--Induced Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Complex Coacervate Systems: Characterization and Applications in Enzyme and Protein Extraction

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    Nejati Moshtaghin, Mahboubeh

    The focus of this thesis is to achieve a better understanding of the newly discovered surfactant-polyelectrolyte complex coacervate (SPCC) systems induced by fluoroalcohol/acid as well as short chain aliphatic alcohol; and to elucidate their applications in extraction and enrichment of proteins and enzyme. We have discovered that fluoroalcohols and --acids induce complex coacervation and phase separation in the aqueous mixtures of oppositely charged anionic polyelectrolytes; specifically, sodium salts of polyacrylic acid and polymethacrylic acid and cationic surfactant (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, CTAB) over a broad range of concentrations of mole fractions of the oppositely charged amphiphiles. Accordingly, these new classes of coacervators will significantly broaden the scope and facilitate engineering of new coacervate phases. Toward these goals, we have inspected the formation of surfactant-polyelectrolyte complex coacervates in the presence of fluoroalcohols namely hexafluoroisopropanol (HFIP) and Trifluoroethanol (TFE). Furthermore, the extent of coacervation as a function of concentrations the system components, and charge ratios of the oppositely charged amphiphiles has been investigated. Polyelectrolytes are considered to be milder reagents, as compared to surfactants, regarding proteins denaturation. This highlights the importance of a detailed investigation of the efficiency of our coacervate systems for extraction and preconcentration of proteins and enzymes, especially, when the biological activity of the extracted proteins needs to be maintained based on the objectives mentioned above, the results of the investigations have been organized in four chapters. In Chapter II, the phase behavior of the FA-SPCC will be investigated. The objective is to examine the phase behavior and phase properties with respect to the extent of coacervation in different solution conditions. In particular, the effects of different solution variables such as concentration

  9. Counterions release from electrostatic complexes of polyelectrolytes and proteins of opposite charge : a direct measurement

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    Gummel, Jérémie; Boué, François

    2009-01-01

    Though often considered as one of the main driving process of the complexation of species of opposite charges, the release of counterions has never been experimentally directly measured on polyelectrolyte/proteins complexes. We present here the first structural determination of such a release by Small Angle Neutron Scattering in complexes made of lysozyme, a positively charged protein and of PSS, a negatively charged polyelectrolyte. Both components have the same neutron density length, so their scattering can be switched off simultaneously in an appropriate "matching" solvent; this enables determination of the spatial distribution of the single counterions within the complexes. The counterions (including the one subjected to Manning condensation) are expelled from the cores where the species are at electrostatic stoichiometry.

  10. Finite size and inner structure controlled by electrostatic screening in globular complexes of proteins and polyelectrolytes

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    Gummel, Jérémie; Boué, François; Clemens, Daniel; Cousin, Fabrice

    2010-01-01

    International audience We present an extended structural study of globular complexes made by mixing a positively charge protein (lysozyme) and a negatively charged polyelectrolyte (PSS). We study the influence of all the parameters that may act on the structure of the complexes (charge densities and concentration of the species, partial hydrophobicity of the polyion chain, ionic strength). The structures on a 15 scale range lying from 10Å to 1000Å are measured by SANS. Whatever the conditi...

  11. Potential of mean force and transient states in polyelectrolyte pair complexation

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    Xu, Xiao; Kanduč, Matej; Wu, Jianzhong; Dzubiella, Joachim

    2016-07-01

    The pair association between two polyelectrolytes (PEs) of the same size but opposite charge is systematically studied in terms of the potential of mean force (PMF) along their center-of-mass reaction coordinate via coarse-grained, implicit-solvent, explicit-salt computer simulations. The focus is set on the onset and the intermediate transient stages of complexation. At conditions above the counterion-condensation threshold, the PE association process exhibits a distinct sliding-rod-like behavior where the polymer chains approach each other by first stretching out at a critical distance close to their contour length, then "shaking hand" and sliding along each other in a parallel fashion, before eventually folding into a neutral complex. The essential part of the PMF for highly charged PEs can be very well described by a simple theory based on sliding charged "Debye-Hückel" rods with renormalized charges in addition to an explicit entropy contribution owing to the release of condensed counterions. Interestingly, at the onset of complex formation, the mean force between the PE chains is found to be discontinuous, reflecting a bimodal structural behavior that arises from the coexistence of interconnected-rod and isolated-coil states. These two microstates of the PE complex are balanced by subtle counterion release effects and separated by a free-energy barrier due to unfavorable stretching entropy.

  12. Fracturing fluid cleanup by controlled release of enzymes from polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles

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    Barati Ghahfarokhi, Reza

    Guar-based polymer gels are used in the oil and gas industry to viscosify fluids used in hydraulic fracturing of production wells, in order to reduce leak-off of fluids and pressure, and improve the transport of proppants. After fracturing, the gel and associated filter cake must be degraded to very low viscosities using breakers to recover the hydraulic conductivity of the well. Enzymes are widely used to achieve this but injecting high concentrations of enzyme may result in premature degradation, or failure to gel; denaturation of enzymes at alkaline pH and high temperature conditions can also limit their applicability. In this study, application of polyelectrolyte nanoparticles for entrapping, carrying, releasing and protecting enzymes for fracturing fluids was examined. The objective of this research is to develop nano-sized carriers capable of carrying the enzymes to the filter cake, delaying the release of enzyme and protecting the enzyme against pH and temperature conditions inhospitable to native enzyme. Polyethylenimine-dextran sulfate (PEI-DS) polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) were used to entrap two enzymes commonly used in the oil industry in order to obtain delayed release and to protect the enzyme from conditions inhospitable to native enzyme. Stability and reproducibility of PEC nanoparticles was assured over time. An activity measurement method was used to measure the entrapment efficiency of enzyme using PEC nanoparticles. This method was confirmed using a concentration measurement method (SDS-PAGE). Entrapment efficiencies of pectinase and a commercial high-temperature enzyme mixture in polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles were maximized. Degradation, as revealed by reduction in viscoelastic moduli of borate-crosslinked hydroxypropyl guar (HPG) gel by commercial enzyme loaded in polyelectrolyte nanoparticles, was delayed, compared to equivalent systems where the enzyme mixture was not entrapped. This indicates that PEC nanoparticles delay the

  13. Polyelectrolyte Complex Hydrogels: Self-assembly and the Influence of Charged and Neutral Blocks

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    Srivastava, Samanvaya; Goldfeld, David; Levi, Adam; Mao, Jun; Chen, Wei; Tirrell, Matthew

    Polyelectrolyte complexes (PEC) form when oppositely charged polyelectrolyte chains spontaneously associate and phase separate in aqueous mediums. Bulk phase separation of the PECs can be evaded by combining one or both of the polyelectrolytes with a neutral polymer, thus engineering pathways for self-assembled PEC micelles and hydrogels. The PEC domains in these assemblies can encapsulate therapeutics as well as genetic materials and thus have tremendous potential in drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. We will present insights on the equilibrium structure and self-assembly kinetics of PEC hydrogels with large-scale ordering of the nanoscale PEC domains through detailed structure characterization and rheology studies of self-assembled materials comprising of functionalized polyallyl glycidyl ethers (PAGE) connected to either single poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) chain to form diblock copolymers or as functionalized end-groups on a triblock copolymer with a PEG midblock. The effect of key parameters such as polymer concentration, polymer block lengths, salt, ionic strength, and degree of charge mismatch on the equilibrium materials properties will be discussed, with a special emphasis on the structure-defining role of the charged blocks and the structure-directing role of neutral blocks. Additionally, interesting similarities, and differences between structures and dynamics of hydrogels comprising diblock and corresponding triblock polyelectrolytes, respectively, will be discussed.

  14. Born energy, acid-base equilibrium, structure and interactions of end-grafted weak polyelectrolyte layers

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    Nap, R. J.; Tagliazucchi, M.; Szleifer, I., E-mail: igalsz@northwestern.edu [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Chemistry, and Chemistry of Life Processes Institute, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois 60208-3100 (United States)

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    This work addresses the effect of the Born self-energy contribution in the modeling of the structural and thermodynamical properties of weak polyelectrolytes confined to planar and curved surfaces. The theoretical framework is based on a theory that explicitly includes the conformations, size, shape, and charge distribution of all molecular species and considers the acid-base equilibrium of the weak polyelectrolyte. Namely, the degree of charge in the polymers is not imposed but it is a local varying property that results from the minimization of the total free energy. Inclusion of the dielectric properties of the polyelectrolyte is important as the environment of a polymer layer is very different from that in the adjacent aqueous solution. The main effect of the Born energy contribution on the molecular organization of an end-grafted weak polyacid layer is uncharging the weak acid (or basic) groups and consequently decreasing the concentration of mobile ions within the layer. The magnitude of the effect increases with polymer density and, in the case of the average degree of charge, it is qualitatively equivalent to a small shift in the equilibrium constant for the acid-base equilibrium of the weak polyelectrolyte monomers. The degree of charge is established by the competition between electrostatic interactions, the polymer conformational entropy, the excluded volume interactions, the translational entropy of the counterions and the acid-base chemical equilibrium. Consideration of the Born energy introduces an additional energetic penalty to the presence of charged groups in the polyelectrolyte layer, whose effect is mitigated by down-regulating the amount of charge, i.e., by shifting the local-acid base equilibrium towards its uncharged state. Shifting of the local acid-base equilibrium and its effect on the properties of the polyelectrolyte layer, without considering the Born energy, have been theoretically predicted previously. Account of the Born energy leads

  15. Born energy, acid-base equilibrium, structure and interactions of end-grafted weak polyelectrolyte layers

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    Nap, R. J.; Tagliazucchi, M.; Szleifer, I.

    2014-01-01

    This work addresses the effect of the Born self-energy contribution in the modeling of the structural and thermodynamical properties of weak polyelectrolytes confined to planar and curved surfaces. The theoretical framework is based on a theory that explicitly includes the conformations, size, shape, and charge distribution of all molecular species and considers the acid-base equilibrium of the weak polyelectrolyte. Namely, the degree of charge in the polymers is not imposed but it is a local varying property that results from the minimization of the total free energy. Inclusion of the dielectric properties of the polyelectrolyte is important as the environment of a polymer layer is very different from that in the adjacent aqueous solution. The main effect of the Born energy contribution on the molecular organization of an end-grafted weak polyacid layer is uncharging the weak acid (or basic) groups and consequently decreasing the concentration of mobile ions within the layer. The magnitude of the effect increases with polymer density and, in the case of the average degree of charge, it is qualitatively equivalent to a small shift in the equilibrium constant for the acid-base equilibrium of the weak polyelectrolyte monomers. The degree of charge is established by the competition between electrostatic interactions, the polymer conformational entropy, the excluded volume interactions, the translational entropy of the counterions and the acid-base chemical equilibrium. Consideration of the Born energy introduces an additional energetic penalty to the presence of charged groups in the polyelectrolyte layer, whose effect is mitigated by down-regulating the amount of charge, i.e., by shifting the local-acid base equilibrium towards its uncharged state. Shifting of the local acid-base equilibrium and its effect on the properties of the polyelectrolyte layer, without considering the Born energy, have been theoretically predicted previously. Account of the Born energy leads

  16. Low Molecular Weight Chitosan–Insulin Polyelectrolyte Complex: Characterization and Stability Studies

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    Zakieh I. Al-Kurdi

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the work reported herein was to investigate the effect of various low molecular weight chitosans (LMWCs on the stability of insulin using USP HPLC methods. Insulin was found to be stable in a polyelectrolyte complex (PEC consisting of insulin and LMWC in the presence of a Tris-buffer at pH 6.5. In the presence of LMWC, the stability of insulin increased with decreasing molecular weight of LMWC; 13 kDa LMWC was the most efficient molecular weight for enhancing the physical and chemical stability of insulin. Solubilization of insulin-LMWC polyelectrolyte complex (I-LMWC PEC in a reverse micelle (RM system, administered to diabetic rats, results in an oral delivery system for insulin with acceptable bioactivity.

  17. Sulfadiazine—Chitosan Conjugates and Their Polyelectrolyte Complexes with Hyaluronate Destined to the Management of Burn Wounds

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    Raluca Petronela Dumitriu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present study polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs based on new sulfadiazine-chitosan conjugates with sodium hyaluronate have been developed with potential use in treatment of burn wounds. The PECs were chemically characterized using Fourier Transform—Infrared Spectroscopy, Scanning Electon Microscopy and Near Infrared Chemical Imaging Technique. The swelling behavior and in vitro sulfadiazine release were also investigated. The antimicrobial activity was evaluated towards three bacterial strains: Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella thyphymurium. The developed PECs demonstrated their antimicrobial efficiency against tested bacterial strains, the PECs containing sulfadiazine-modified chitosan being more active than PECs containing unmodified chitosan.

  18. Physicochemical characterization of protein-loaded pectin-chitosan nanoparticles prepared by polyelectrolyte complexation

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    Ahlin Grabnar, Pegi; Kristl, Julijana

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    Recent advances in nanotechnology applied to proteins are directed towards safer and simpler methods of preparation, using naturally occurring polymers such as alginate, pectin and chitosan. In this study, pectin-chitosan nanoparticles (NPs) were designed by the mild process of polyelectrolyte complexation, which occurs at room temperature without using sonication or organic solvents. NPs with a mean diameter between 300 and 400 nm and 45 to 86% protein association efficiency were obtained by...

  19. Development of a robust pH-sensitive polyelectrolyte ionomer complex for anticancer nanocarriers

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    Lim CM; Youn YS; Lee KS; Hoang NH; Sim TH; Lee ES; Oh KT

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    Chaemin Lim,1,* Yu Seok Youn,2,* Kyung Soo Lee,1 Ngoc Ha Hoang,1 Taehoon Sim,1 Eun Seong Lee,3 Kyung Taek Oh1 1Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, 2Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, 3Division of Biotechnology, The Catholic University of Korea, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: A polyelectrolyte ionomer complex (PIC) composed of ...

  20. Development of a robust pH-sensitive polyelectrolyte ionomer complex for anticancer nanocarriers

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    Oh, Kyung Taek

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    Chaemin Lim,1,* Yu Seok Youn,2,* Kyung Soo Lee,1 Ngoc Ha Hoang,1 Taehoon Sim,1 Eun Seong Lee,3 Kyung Taek Oh1 1Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, 2Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, 3Division of Biotechnology, The Catholic University of Korea, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: A polyelectrolyte ionomer complex (PIC) composed...

  1. Development of a robust pH-sensitive polyelectrolyte ionomer complex for anticancer nanocarriers

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    Full Text Available Chaemin Lim,1,* Yu Seok Youn,2,* Kyung Soo Lee,1 Ngoc Ha Hoang,1 Taehoon Sim,1 Eun Seong Lee,3 Kyung Taek Oh1 1Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, 2Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, 3Division of Biotechnology, The Catholic University of Korea, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: A polyelectrolyte ionomer complex (PIC composed of cationic and anionic polymers was developed for nanomedical applications. Here, a poly(ethylene glycol–poly(lactic acid–poly(ethylene imine triblock copolymer (PEG–PLA–PEI and a poly(aspartic acid (P[Asp] homopolymer were synthesized. These polyelectrolytes formed stable aggregates through electrostatic interactions between the cationic PEI and the anionic P(Asp blocks. In particular, the addition of a hydrophobic PLA and a hydrophilic PEG to triblock copolyelectrolytes provided colloidal aggregation stability by forming a tight hydrophobic core and steric hindrance on the surface of PIC, respectively. The PIC showed different particle sizes and zeta potentials depending on the ratio of cationic PEI and anionic P(Asp blocks (C/A ratio. The doxorubicin (dox-loaded PIC, prepared with a C/A ratio of 8, demonstrated pH-dependent behavior by the deprotonation/protonation of polyelectrolyte blocks. The drug release and the cytotoxicity of the dox-loaded PIC (C/A ratio: 8 increased under acidic conditions compared with physiological pH, due to the destabilization of the formation of the electrostatic core. In vivo animal imaging revealed that the prepared PIC accumulated at the targeted tumor site for 24 hours. Therefore, the prepared pH-sensitive PIC could have considerable potential as a nanomedicinal platform for anticancer therapy. Keywords: polyelectrolyte ionomer complex, PEG–PLA–PEI, nanomedicine, pH-sensitive, animal imaging

  2. Fluorescence array-based sensing of nitroaromatics using conjugated polyelectrolytes.

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    Wu, Jiatao; Tan, Chunyan; Chen, Zhifang; Chen, Yu Zong; Tan, Ying; Jiang, Yuyang

    2016-05-23

    A sensor array consisting of six cationic fluorescent conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPEs) is reported, which could readily differentiate between nine closely related hydrophilic nitroaromatics (NACs) in separate aqueous solutions by fluorescence pattern recognition and linear discrimination analysis (LDA). PMID:27169808

  3. Development of a robust pH-sensitive polyelectrolyte ionomer complex for anticancer nanocarriers.

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    Lim, Chaemin; Youn, Yu Seok; Lee, Kyung Soo; Hoang, Ngoc Ha; Sim, Taehoon; Lee, Eun Seong; Oh, Kyung Taek

    2016-01-01

    A polyelectrolyte ionomer complex (PIC) composed of cationic and anionic polymers was developed for nanomedical applications. Here, a poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(lactic acid)-poly(ethylene imine) triblock copolymer (PEG-PLA-PEI) and a poly(aspartic acid) (P[Asp]) homopolymer were synthesized. These polyelectrolytes formed stable aggregates through electrostatic interactions between the cationic PEI and the anionic P(Asp) blocks. In particular, the addition of a hydrophobic PLA and a hydrophilic PEG to triblock copolyelectrolytes provided colloidal aggregation stability by forming a tight hydrophobic core and steric hindrance on the surface of PIC, respectively. The PIC showed different particle sizes and zeta potentials depending on the ratio of cationic PEI and anionic P(Asp) blocks (C/A ratio). The doxorubicin (dox)-loaded PIC, prepared with a C/A ratio of 8, demonstrated pH-dependent behavior by the deprotonation/protonation of polyelectrolyte blocks. The drug release and the cytotoxicity of the dox-loaded PIC (C/A ratio: 8) increased under acidic conditions compared with physiological pH, due to the destabilization of the formation of the electrostatic core. In vivo animal imaging revealed that the prepared PIC accumulated at the targeted tumor site for 24 hours. Therefore, the prepared pH-sensitive PIC could have considerable potential as a nanomedicinal platform for anticancer therapy. PMID:26955270

  4. Development of a robust pH-sensitive polyelectrolyte ionomer complex for anticancer nanocarriers

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    Lim, Chaemin; Youn, Yu Seok; Lee, Kyung Soo; Hoang, Ngoc Ha; Sim, Taehoon; Lee, Eun Seong; Oh, Kyung Taek

    2016-01-01

    A polyelectrolyte ionomer complex (PIC) composed of cationic and anionic polymers was developed for nanomedical applications. Here, a poly(ethylene glycol)–poly(lactic acid)–poly(ethylene imine) triblock copolymer (PEG–PLA–PEI) and a poly(aspartic acid) (P[Asp]) homopolymer were synthesized. These polyelectrolytes formed stable aggregates through electrostatic interactions between the cationic PEI and the anionic P(Asp) blocks. In particular, the addition of a hydrophobic PLA and a hydrophilic PEG to triblock copolyelectrolytes provided colloidal aggregation stability by forming a tight hydrophobic core and steric hindrance on the surface of PIC, respectively. The PIC showed different particle sizes and zeta potentials depending on the ratio of cationic PEI and anionic P(Asp) blocks (C/A ratio). The doxorubicin (dox)-loaded PIC, prepared with a C/A ratio of 8, demonstrated pH-dependent behavior by the deprotonation/protonation of polyelectrolyte blocks. The drug release and the cytotoxicity of the dox-loaded PIC (C/A ratio: 8) increased under acidic conditions compared with physiological pH, due to the destabilization of the formation of the electrostatic core. In vivo animal imaging revealed that the prepared PIC accumulated at the targeted tumor site for 24 hours. Therefore, the prepared pH-sensitive PIC could have considerable potential as a nanomedicinal platform for anticancer therapy. PMID:26955270

  5. Electrostatically driven complexation of liposomes with a star-shaped polyelectrolyte to low-toxicity multi-liposomal assemblies.

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    Yaroslavov, Alexander A; Sybachin, Andrey V; Zaborova, Olga V; Pergushov, Dmitry V; Zezin, Alexander B; Melik-Nubarov, Nikolay S; Plamper, Felix A; Müller, Axel H E; Menger, Frederic M

    2014-04-01

    Anionic liposomes are electrostatically complexed to a star-shaped cationic polyelectrolyte. Upon complexation, the liposomes retain their integrity and the resulting liposome-star complexes do not dissociate in a physiological solution with 0.15 M NaCl. This provides a multi-liposomal container for possible use as a high-capacity carrier. PMID:24243764

  6. Effects of conformational ordering on protein/polyelectrolyte electrostatic complexation: ionic binding and chain stiffening

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    Cao, Yiping; Fang, Yapeng; Nishinari, Katsuyoshi; Phillips, Glyn O.

    2016-01-01

    Coupling of electrostatic complexation with conformational transition is rather general in protein/polyelectrolyte interaction and has important implications in many biological processes and practical applications. This work studied the electrostatic complexation between κ-carrageenan (κ-car) and type B gelatin, and analyzed the effects of the conformational ordering of κ-car induced upon cooling in the presence of potassium chloride (KCl) or tetramethylammonium iodide (Me4NI). Experimental results showed that the effects of conformational ordering on protein/polyelectrolyte electrostatic complexation can be decomposed into ionic binding and chain stiffening. At the initial stage of conformational ordering, electrostatic complexation can be either suppressed or enhanced due to the ionic bindings of K+ and I− ions, which significantly alter the charge density of κ-car or occupy the binding sites of gelatin. Beyond a certain stage of conformational ordering, i.e., helix content θ > 0.30, the effect of chain stiffening, accompanied with a rapid increase in helix length ζ, becomes dominant and tends to dissociate the electrostatic complexation. The effect of chain stiffening can be theoretically interpreted in terms of double helix association. PMID:27030165

  7. Effects of conformational ordering on protein/polyelectrolyte electrostatic complexation: ionic binding and chain stiffening

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    Cao, Yiping; Fang, Yapeng; Nishinari, Katsuyoshi; Phillips, Glyn O.

    2016-03-01

    Coupling of electrostatic complexation with conformational transition is rather general in protein/polyelectrolyte interaction and has important implications in many biological processes and practical applications. This work studied the electrostatic complexation between κ-carrageenan (κ-car) and type B gelatin, and analyzed the effects of the conformational ordering of κ-car induced upon cooling in the presence of potassium chloride (KCl) or tetramethylammonium iodide (Me4NI). Experimental results showed that the effects of conformational ordering on protein/polyelectrolyte electrostatic complexation can be decomposed into ionic binding and chain stiffening. At the initial stage of conformational ordering, electrostatic complexation can be either suppressed or enhanced due to the ionic bindings of K+ and I‑ ions, which significantly alter the charge density of κ-car or occupy the binding sites of gelatin. Beyond a certain stage of conformational ordering, i.e., helix content θ > 0.30, the effect of chain stiffening, accompanied with a rapid increase in helix length ζ, becomes dominant and tends to dissociate the electrostatic complexation. The effect of chain stiffening can be theoretically interpreted in terms of double helix association.

  8. Effect of polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexation on Marangoni transport at a liquid-liquid interface.

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    Dunér, Gunnar; Kim, Michelle; Tilton, Robert D; Garoff, Stephen; Przybycien, Todd M

    2016-04-01

    Complexation of surfactants and oppositely charged polyelectrolytes is expected to alter Marangoni transport at a fluid interface compared to either single component system due to altered interfacial tension isotherms and mass transfer rates as well as adsorption irreversibility effects. We investigate Marangoni transport at the oil/water interface by passing mixtures of the anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and cationic polyelectrolyte poly(3-(2-methylpropionamide)propyl) trimethylammonium chloride-acrylamide (poly[AM-MAPTAC]), or rinsing solutions, over an oil/water interface in a radial, stagnation point flow. The displacements of adsorbed tracer particles are recorded through optical microscopy. The net displacement, defined as the sum of the displacements occurring during the adsorption and desorption stages of one application and rinsing cycle, is up to 10 times greater for complexing surfactant/polymer mixtures compared to either single component system. The enhanced net displacement is largely determined by the enhanced transport upon adsorption, while the reverse displacement that would normally occur upon rinsing is partially suppressed by partially irreversible polymer adsorption at the oil/water interface. In addition to effects of complexation on interfacial tension gradient induced flow, complexation effects on the bulk, and possibly interfacial, viscosity also influence the interfacial transport. PMID:26775240

  9. Induced Crystallization of Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Complexes at the Gas-Water Interface

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    Vaknin, D; Dahlke, S.; Travesset, A.; Nizri, G.; Magdassi, S.

    2004-01-01

    Synchrotron-X-ray and surface tension studies of a strong polyelectrolyte (PE) in the semi-dilute regime (~ 0.1M monomer-charges) with varying surfactant concentrations show that minute surfactant concentrations induce the formation of a PE-surfactant complex at the gas/solution interface. X-ray reflectivity and grazing angle X-ray diffraction (GIXD) provide detailed information of the top most layer, where it is found that the surfactant forms a two-dimensional liquid-like monolayer, with a ...

  10. Temperature induced complex formation-deformation behavior of collagen model peptides and polyelectrolytes in aqueous solution

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    Terao, Ken; Kanenaga, Ryoko; Yoshida, Tasuku; Mizuno, Kazunori; Bächinger, Hans Peter

    2015-01-01

    Since the triple-helical collagen model peptides with a free N-terminus have three cationic groups at one end, it may have strong interactions with polyelectrolytes. In this study, complex formation behavior was investigated for sodium carboxymethyl amylose (NaCMA) + H-(Pro-Pro-Gly)10-OH (PPG10), a collagen model peptide, in aqueous NaCl with ionic strength of 10 mM and 100 mM by means of small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and circular dichroism at different temperatures. The previously repo...

  11. Low Molecular Weight Chitosan–Insulin Polyelectrolyte Complex: Characterization and Stability Studies

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    Al-Kurdi, Zakieh I; Chowdhry, Babur Z.; Leharne, Stephen A.; Mahmoud M. H. Al Omari; Badwan, Adnan A.

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the work reported herein was to investigate the effect of various low molecular weight chitosans (LMWCs) on the stability of insulin using USP HPLC methods. Insulin was found to be stable in a polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) consisting of insulin and LMWC in the presence of a Tris-buffer at pH 6.5. In the presence of LMWC, the stability of insulin increased with decreasing molecular weight of LMWC; 13 kDa LMWC was the most efficient molecular weight for enhancing the physical and che...

  12. Immobilization of a catalytically active rhodium complex by electrostatic interactions of multiply charged phosphine ligands with a soluble polyelectrolyte and recovery by ultrafiltration

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    Schwab, Ernst; Mecking, Stefan

    2001-01-01

    Binding via noncovalent electrostatic interactions of multiply sulfonated phosphine ligands with a soluble polyelectrolyte represents a convenient approach for immobilization of a catalytically active rhodium complex. As a polyelectrolyte, PDADMA-BArF 4 (poly-(diallyldimethylammonium tetrakis(3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl)phenyl)borate)) can be utilized. The polyelectrolyte-bound catalyst is active for hexene hydroformylation, and it can be recovered and recycled by ultrafiltration.

  13. Coarse-grained simulations of polyelectrolyte complexes: MARTINI models for poly(styrene sulfonate) and poly(diallyldimethylammonium)

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    Vögele, Martin [Institute for Computational Physics, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart (Germany); Department of Theoretical Biophysics, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt a. M. (Germany); Holm, Christian; Smiatek, Jens, E-mail: smiatek@icp.uni-stuttgart.de [Institute for Computational Physics, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart (Germany)

    2015-12-28

    We present simulations of aqueous polyelectrolyte complexes with new MARTINI models for the charged polymers poly(styrene sulfonate) and poly(diallyldimethylammonium). Our coarse-grained polyelectrolyte models allow us to study large length and long time scales with regard to chemical details and thermodynamic properties. The results are compared to the outcomes of previous atomistic molecular dynamics simulations and verify that electrostatic properties are reproduced by our MARTINI coarse-grained approach with reasonable accuracy. Structural similarity between the atomistic and the coarse-grained results is indicated by a comparison between the pair radial distribution functions and the cumulative number of surrounding particles. Our coarse-grained models are able to quantitatively reproduce previous findings like the correct charge compensation mechanism and a reduced dielectric constant of water. These results can be interpreted as the underlying reason for the stability of polyelectrolyte multilayers and complexes and validate the robustness of the proposed models.

  14. Coarse-grained simulations of polyelectrolyte complexes: MARTINI models for poly(styrene sulfonate) and poly(diallyldimethylammonium)

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    Vögele, Martin; Holm, Christian; Smiatek, Jens

    2015-12-01

    We present simulations of aqueous polyelectrolyte complexes with new MARTINI models for the charged polymers poly(styrene sulfonate) and poly(diallyldimethylammonium). Our coarse-grained polyelectrolyte models allow us to study large length and long time scales with regard to chemical details and thermodynamic properties. The results are compared to the outcomes of previous atomistic molecular dynamics simulations and verify that electrostatic properties are reproduced by our MARTINI coarse-grained approach with reasonable accuracy. Structural similarity between the atomistic and the coarse-grained results is indicated by a comparison between the pair radial distribution functions and the cumulative number of surrounding particles. Our coarse-grained models are able to quantitatively reproduce previous findings like the correct charge compensation mechanism and a reduced dielectric constant of water. These results can be interpreted as the underlying reason for the stability of polyelectrolyte multilayers and complexes and validate the robustness of the proposed models.

  15. Tuning nanoscale viscoelasticity of polyelectrolyte complexes with multiple types of cross-links

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    Ma, Tianzhu; Han, Biao; Lee, Daeyeon; Han, Lin

    Mechanical properties of hydrogels are manifestation of cross-link type and density, fixed charges and water-polymer interactions. In this study, we revealed how different types of cross-links regulate the nanoscale viscoelasticity of polyelectrolyte networks. Ionically cross-linked PAH/PAA layer-by-layer complexes were modified to include covalent cross-links using EDC. AFM-nanoindentation and force relaxation were performed at various ionic strength (0.01-1M) and pH (1.5-5.5). As-assembled networks, held only by ionic cross-links, underwent >95% relaxation, dominated by cross-link breaking and re-formation. Addition of covalent cross-links increased the instantaneous modulus by 1.6-fold and attenuated relaxation to ~80% of net neutral states (pH >=3.5), as covalent cross-links provide additional elastic components. The network remained stabilized when all ionic cross-links were dissociated at pH poroelasticity. Taken together, this study demonstrates the potential of using multiple cross-linking types to tune the viscoelastic mechanisms in polyelectrolyte complexes.

  16. Needlelike and spherical polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles of poly(l-lysine) and copolymers of maleic acid.

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    Müller, M; Reihs, T; Ouyang, W

    2005-01-01

    We report on the bulk and surface properties of dispersions consisting of nonstoichiometric polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) nanoparticles. PEC nanoparticles were prepared by mixing poly(l-lysine) (PLL) or poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) with poly(maleic acid-co-alpha-methylstyrene) (PMA-MS) or poly(maleic acid-co-propylene) (PMA-P). The monomolar mixing ratio was n-/n+ = 0.6, and the concentration ranged from 1 to 6 mmol/L. Subsequent centrifugation enabled the separation of the excess polycation, resulting in a stable coacervate phase further used in the experiments. The bulk phase parameters turbidity and hydrodynamic radius (R(h)) of the PEC nanoparticles showed a linear dependence on the total polymer content independently of the mixed polyelectrolytes. This can be interpreted by the increased collision probability of the polyelectrolyte chains when the overlap concentration is approached or exceeded. Different morphologies of the cationic PEC nanoparticles, which were solution-cast onto Si supports, were obtained by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The combinations of PLL/PMA-MS and PDADMAC/PMA-MS revealed more or less hemispherical particle shapes, whereas that of PLL/PMA-P revealed an elongated needlelike particle shape. Circular dichroism and attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) measurements proved the alpha-helical conformation for the PEC PLL/PMA-P and the random coil conformation for the PEC PLL/PMA-MS. We conclude that stiff alpha-helical PLL induces anisotropic elongated PEC nanoparticles, whereas randomly coiled PLL forms isotropic spherical PEC nanoparticles. PMID:15620340

  17. New polyelectrolyte complex from pectin/chitosan and montmorillonite clay.

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    da Costa, Marcia Parente Melo; de Mello Ferreira, Ivana Lourenço; de Macedo Cruz, Mauricio Tavares

    2016-08-01

    A new nanocomposite hydrogel was prepared by forming a crosslinked hybrid polymer network based on chitosan and pectin in the presence of montmorillonite clay. The influence of clay concentration (0.5 and 2% wt) as well as polymer ratios (1:1, 1:2 and 2:1) was investigated carefully. The samples were characterized by different techniques: transmission and scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, infrared spectroscopy, swelling degree and compression test. Most samples presented swelling degree above 1000%, which permits characterizing them as superabsorbent material. Images obtained by transmission electron microscopy showed the presence of clay nanoparticles into hydrogel. The hydrogels' morphological properties were evaluated by scanning electron microscope in high and low-vacuum. The micrographs showed that the samples presented porous. The incorporation of clay produced hydrogels with differentiated morphology. Thermogravimetric analysis results revealed that the incorporation of clay in the samples provided greater thermal stability to the hydrogels. The compression resistance also increased with addition of clay. PMID:27112858

  18. Ionizing radiation in the polyelectrolytes technology

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    Gamma ray and accelerated electron beam application in the chemistry of polyelectrolytes is presented. The polyelectrolytes preparation is based on radiation induced polymerization of aqueous solutions containing an appropriate mixture of monomers such as acrylamide, acrylic acid, vinyl acetate, diallyldimethylammonium chloride and certain initiators, complexing agents and chain transfer agents. The effects of absorbed dose, rate of absorbed dose and chemical composition of aqueous solution on the polymerization process are discussed. The results obtained by testing these polyelectrolytes with waste water from food industry are also given. (author)

  19. Polyelectrolyte complexes via desalting mixtures of hyaluronic acid and chitosan-Physicochemical study and structural analysis.

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    Lalevée, G; Sudre, G; Montembault, A; Meadows, J; Malaise, S; Crépet, A; David, L; Delair, T

    2016-12-10

    Polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) were prepared from Chitosan (CS) and Hyaluronic Acid (HYA) homogeneous mixtures of aqueous solutions. The method consisted of preparing a homogeneous mixture of the two polysaccharides via charge screening at high salt concentrations. Then, the mixture was dialyzed, leading to the controlled self-assembly of the two polyelectrolytes. Critical parameters like the chitosan degree of acetylation (DA) and molar mass (Mw), the residual salt concentration and the molar charge ratio r=nNH3(+) (CS)/nCOO(-) (HYA) accounted for the transition from homogeneous aqueous solutions to colloidal suspensions (r=0.1) or gel coacervates (r=0.5). The influence of the DA and Mw of CS was evaluated by visual observations, light scattering and rheological measurements. For low values of r, Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) experiments revealed that the HYA nanostructure was weakly affected by the presence of PECs. On the contrary, the structure was impacted when increasing r, revealing a heterogeneous aggregate morphology with ladder-like chain interactions. PMID:27577900

  20. Chitosan-Based Zwitterionic Polyelectrolytes and Their N-Phosphobetainates: Facile Synthesis and Aqueous Solution Behaviors

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    Hongmei Kang; Yuanli Cai; Haijia Zhang; Junjie Deng; Pengsheng Liu

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1Introduction Chitosan has remarkable potential applications in pharmaceutical and cosmetic formulations[1], e.g. for drug delivery systems, tissue engineering, transplant and cell regeneration due to its excellent biocompatibility, biodegradability, mucoadhesion, etc. Its major drawback as considered for pharmaceutical and cosmetic formulations is its poor solubility due to strong hydrogen bonding and compact structures. Considerable efforts were focused on improving its solubility and enforcing its functionality[1]. As well-known that phosphorylcholine (PC), the structural component of cell membrane, is an amphiphile containing the zwitterionic quaternary ammonium and phosphonic acid moieties (phosphobetaine groups). There has been an intensive effort over the past decades to prepare and explore potential applications of the synthetic PC-polymers[2].In this paper, we describe a facile synthesis of chitosan derivatives containing zwitterionic secondary/tertiary amine and phosphonic acid groups and their further N-phosphobetainates. The polyelectrolyte effect and anti-polyelectrolyte effect of the chitosan-based zwitterionic polyelectrolytes were studied.

  1. Early Stage Kinetics in Polyelectrolyte Complexation Studied in a Stopped-Flow Configuration

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    Liu, Xiaoqing; Haddou, Marie; Giermanska, Joanna; Schatz, Christophe; Chapel, Jean-Paul

    Polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) are the association complexes formed between oppositely charged macromolecules. A large body of work has been devoted to the preparation and morphology characterizations of PECs. Much less attention was paid on formation kinetics of PECs, which often occurs under non-equilibrium conditions. Stopped-flow technique combined with light scattering was used to investigate the early stage complexation kinetics in the poly(acrylic acid) and poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) system. It was found that initial complexes form within a few ms. Depending on the PEs molar charge ratio z, initial complexes followed different evolution pathways. For z >0.7, a large complex aggregation ascribed to the onset of coacervation was identified by an increase of the scattered intensity while an unexpected decay was observed for z <0.7 where small PECs are formed. The appearance of characteristic bell-shaped curves in the presence of different ionic strengths (I) highlighted the strong influence of the interaction intensity on the complexation/reorganization kinetics. The results revealed distinct assembly and ageing mechanisms as a function of z, I and molecular weights.

  2. Water-soluble polyelectrolyte complexes of Astramol poly(propyleneimine) dendrimers with poly(methacrylate) anion.

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    Zhiryakova, Marina V; Izumrudov, Vladimir A

    2014-11-26

    Water-soluble complexes formed by pyrenyl-tagged poly(methacrylate) anion with cationic DAB-dendr-(NH2)x of five generations, x = 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64 were prepared and studied. The ability of the dendrimers to quench the pyrenyl fluorescence was used to monitor formation/dissociation of the complexes by fluorescence quenching technique. In salt-free solutions, dissociation of the complexes occurred in highly acidic and highly alkaline media independently on the dendrimer generation, whereas stability of the complexes against destruction by added salt (NaCl) enhanced markedly with x increase. Phase separations were dependent on pH and charged ratio of the components, but independent of a dendrimer generation. By contrast, in water-salt solutions the generation had a profound impact on phase diagram manifested by a considerable extension of a heterogeneity region as x increased. These findings strongly suggest that the complexes obey the main regularities ascertained for polyelectrolyte complexes of oppositely charged polyions. The revealed possibility of preparing negatively charged and positively charged complexes with controllable stability and solubility demonstrates potentialities of Astramol dendrimers for design self-assembled and self-adjusted systems attractive for biotechnological and biomedical applications. PMID:25369241

  3. Polyelectrolyte complex formation mediated immobilization of chitosan-invertase neoglycoconjugate on pectin-coated chitin.

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    Gómez, Leissy; Ramírez, Hector L; Neira-Carrillo, Andrónico; Villalonga, Reynaldo

    2006-05-01

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae invertase, chemically modified with chitosan, was immobilized on pectin-coated chitin support via polyelectrolyte complex formation. The yield of immobilized enzyme protein was determined as 85% and the immobilized biocatalyst retained 97% of the initial chitosan-invertase activity. The optimum temperature for invertase was increased by 10 degrees C and its thermostability was enhanced by about 10 degrees C after immobilization. The immobilized enzyme was stable against incubation in high ionic strength solutions and was 4-fold more resistant to thermal treatment at 65 degrees C than the native counterpart. The biocatalyst prepared retained 96 and 95% of the original catalytic activity after ten cycles of reuse and 74 h of continuous operational regime in a packed bed reactor, respectively. PMID:16775742

  4. Synergistic strengthening of polyelectrolyte complex membranes by functionalized carbon nanotubes and metal ions.

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    Liu, Tao; An, Quan-Fu; Zhao, Qiang; Wu, Jia-Kai; Song, Yi-Hu; Zhu, Bao-Ku; Gao, Cong-Jie

    2015-01-01

    Hydrophilic polymers have garnered much attention due to their critical roles in various applications such as molecular separation membranes, bio-interfaces, and surface engineering. However, a long-standing problem is that their mechanical properties usually deteriorate at high relative humidity (RH). Through the simultaneous incorporation of functionalized carbon nanotubes and copper ions (Cu(2+)), this study introduces a facile method to fabricate high strength polyelectrolyte complex nanohybrid membranes resistant to high RH (90%). For example, the tensile strength of the nanohybrid membranes is 55 MPa at 90% RH (80% of the original value at 30% RH). These results are explained by copper ions depressing the swelling degree of the membrane, and functionalized carbon nanotubes promoting stress transfer between the polymer matrix and them. The nanohybrid membranes are efficient in separating water/alcohol mixtures containing relatively high water content (up to 30 wt%), whereas common hydrophilic polymer membranes usually suffer from excessive swelling under this condition. PMID:25586650

  5. Electrostatics of Rigid Polyelectrolytes

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    Wong, G.C.L.

    2009-06-04

    The organization of rigid biological polyelectrolytes by multivalent ions and macroions are important for many fundamental problems in biology and biomedicine, such as cytoskeletal regulation and antimicrobial sequestration in cystic fibrosis. These polyelectrolytes have been used as model systems for understanding electrostatics in complex fluids. Here, we review some recent results in theory, simulations, and experiments.

  6. NMR imaging of chitosan and carboxymethyl starch tablets: swelling and hydration of the polyelectrolyte complex.

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    Wang, Y J; Assaad, E; Ispas-Szabo, P; Mateescu, M A; Zhu, X X

    2011-10-31

    The hydration and swelling properties of the tablets made of chitosan, carboxymethyl starch, and a polyelectrolyte complex of these two polysaccharides have been studied by NMR imaging. We studied the effect of pH and ionic strength on the swelling of the tablets and on the diffusion of fluid into the tablets in water and simulated physiological fluids. The pH value of the fluids exerts a more significant effect than their ionic strengths on the swelling of the tablets. The tablets are compared also with those made of cross-linked high amylose starch. The formation of complex helps to keep the integrity of the tablets in various media and render a slow and restricted swelling similar to that of the tablets of the cross-linked high amylase starch, which is significantly lower than the swelling of chitosan and of carboxymethyl starch. The capacities to modulate the release rate of drugs in different media are discussed by comparing the matrices and evaluating the preparation process of the complex. A sustained release of less soluble drugs such as aspirin in gastrointestinal fluids can be provided by the complex, due to the ionic interaction and hydrogen bonding between the drug and the biopolymer complex. PMID:21864660

  7. Like-charged protein-polyelectrolyte complexation driven by charge patches.

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    Yigit, Cemil; Heyda, Jan; Ballauff, Matthias; Dzubiella, Joachim

    2015-08-14

    We study the pair complexation of a single, highly charged polyelectrolyte (PE) chain (of 25 or 50 monomers) with like-charged patchy protein models (CPPMs) by means of implicit-solvent, explicit-salt Langevin dynamics computer simulations. Our previously introduced set of CPPMs embraces well-defined zero-, one-, and two-patched spherical globules each of the same net charge and (nanometer) size with mono- and multipole moments comparable to those of globular proteins with similar size. We observe large binding affinities between the CPPM and the like-charged PE in the tens of the thermal energy, kBT, that are favored by decreasing salt concentration and increasing charge of the patch(es). Our systematic analysis shows a clear correlation between the distance-resolved potentials of mean force, the number of ions released from the PE, and CPPM orientation effects. In particular, we find a novel two-site binding behavior for PEs in the case of two-patched CPPMs, where intermediate metastable complex structures are formed. In order to describe the salt-dependence of the binding affinity for mainly dipolar (one-patched) CPPMs, we introduce a combined counterion-release/Debye-Hückel model that quantitatively captures the essential physics of electrostatic complexation in our systems. PMID:26277164

  8. Influence of structural features of carrageenan on the formation of polyelectrolyte complexes with chitosan.

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    Volod'ko, A V; Davydova, V N; Glazunov, V P; Likhatskaya, G N; Yermak, I M

    2016-03-01

    The polyelectrolyte complexes (PEC) of carrageenans (CG)-κ-, κ/β-, λ-and x-CG with chitosan were obtained. The formation of PEC was detected by Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and by centrifugation in a Percoll gradient. The influence of the structural peculiarities of CG on its interaction with chitosan was studied. The results of centrifugation showed that x-CG with a high degree of sulphation (SD) was completely bound to chitosan, unlike low SD κ-CG and κ/β-CG. Binding constant values showed there was a high affinity of CG for chitosan. CG with flexible macromolecule conformation and high SD exhibited the greatest binding affinity for chitosan. The full-atomic 3D-structures of the PEC κ-CG: chitosan in solution have been obtained by the experiments in silico for the first time. The amino groups of chitosan make the largest contribution to the energy of the complex formation by means of hydrogen and ionic bonds. The most probable complexes have stoichiometries of 1:1 and 1:1.5. PMID:26712704

  9. Biooxidation of 2-phenylethanol to phenylacetic acid by whole-cell Gluconobacter oxydans biocatalyst immobilized in polyelectrolyte complex capsules

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    Bertóková, A.; Vikartovská, A.; Bučko, M.; Gemeiner, P.; Tkáč, J.; Chorvát, D.; Štefuca, V.; Neděla, Vilém

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 33, č. 2 (2015), s. 111-120. ISSN 1024-2422 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-22777S Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : Gluconobacter oxydans * natural flavors * phenylacetic acid * immobilized whole-cell biocatalyst * polyelectrolyte complex capsules * environmental scanning electron microscopy Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 0.691, year: 2014

  10. Hybrid inorganic-organic nano- and microcomposites based on silica sols and synthetic polyelectrolytes

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    Full Text Available Interaction between anionic (and cationic colloidal particles of silica having the particles diameters 12 and 22 nm with synthetic cationic (and anionic polyelectrolytes of various nature and structure was studied by potentiometric, conductimetric spectroturbidimetric and viscometric methods in aqueous solution. It was shown that the complexation of silica nanoparticles with linear polyelectrolytes leads to formation of mostly stoichiometric interpolyelectrolyte complexes (IPEC which precipitate from aqueous solution. Casting of water-soluble IPEC followed by thermal treatment gives thin composite films insoluble in water while ‘layer by layer’ (LbL deposition of polyelectrolyte components onto silica sols leads to formation of multilayered nano- and microcomposites. The possible mechanism of formation of LbL multilayers consisting of silica sol (SiO2 ‘cores’ and polyethyeleneimine-polyacrylic acid (PEI-PAA ‘shells’ was suggested. It was found that in diluted aqueous solution the radius of gyration, Rg and hydrodynamic radius, Rhmean of LbL particles are independent on LbL concentration and smaller than 100 nm. The zeta potential values of LbL particles are arranged between –10 and –30 mV. The average size of LbL particles estimated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM is in the range of 200–500 nm. Thermal treatment of LbL multilayers followed by etching of (SiO2 ‘core’ by HF leads to formation of a series of spherical nanocavities and blob-like microcavities.

  11. Nanomechanics of layer-by-layer polyelectrolyte complexes: a manifestation of ionic cross-links and fixed charges.

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    Han, Biao; Chery, Daphney R; Yin, Jie; Lu, X Lucas; Lee, Daeyeon; Han, Lin

    2016-01-28

    This study investigates the roles of two distinct features of ionically cross-linked polyelectrolyte networks - ionic cross-links and fixed charges - in determining their nanomechanical properties. The layer-by-layer assembled poly(allylamine hydrochloride)/poly(acrylic acid) (PAH/PAA) network is used as the model material. The densities of ionic cross-links and fixed charges are modulated through solution pH and ionic strength (IS), and the swelling ratio, elastic and viscoelastic properties are quantified via an array of atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based nanomechanical tools. The roles of ionic cross-links are underscored by the distinctive elastic and viscoelastic nanomechanical characters observed here. First, as ionic cross-links are highly sensitive to solution conditions, the instantaneous modulus, E0, exhibits orders-of-magnitude changes upon pH- and IS-governed swelling, distinctive from the rubber elasticity prediction based on permanent covalent cross-links. Second, ionic cross-links can break and self-re-form, and this mechanism dominates force relaxation of PAH/PAA under a constant indentation depth. In most states, the degree of relaxation is >90%, independent of ionic cross-link density. The importance of fixed charges is highlighted by the unexpectedly more elastic nature of the network despite low ionic cross-link density at pH 2.0, IS 0.01 M. Here, the complex is a net charged, loosely cross-linked, where the degree of relaxation is attenuated to ≈50% due to increased elastic contribution arising from fixed charge-induced Donnan osmotic pressure. In addition, this study develops a new method for quantifying the thickness of highly swollen polymer hydrogel films. It also underscores important technical considerations when performing nanomechanical tests on highly rate-dependent polymer hydrogel networks. These results provide new insights into the nanomechanical characters of ionic polyelectrolyte complexes, and lay the ground for further

  12. On the effect of temperature on the reentrant condensation in polyelectrolyte-liposome complexation

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    Sennato, S.; Truzzolillo, D.; Bordi, F.; Cametti, C.

    2008-01-01

    In systems of highly charged linear polyelectrolytes and oppositely charged colloidal particles, long-lived clusters of polyelectrolyte-decorated particles form in an interval of concentrations around the isoelectric point, where reentrant condensation connected to charge inversion of cluster is observed. The mechanisms that drive the aggregation and stabilize, at the different polymer/particle ratios, a well defined size of the aggregates are not completely understood. Moreover, a central qu...

  13. Bathroom greywater recycling using polyelectrolyte-complex bilayer membrane: Advanced study of membrane structure and treatment efficiency.

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    Oh, K S; Poh, P E; Chong, M N; Chan, E S; Lau, E V; Saint, C P

    2016-09-01

    Polyelectrolyte-complex bilayer membrane (PCBM) was fabricated using biodegradable chitosan and alginate polymers for subsequent application in the treatment of bathroom greywater. In this study, the properties of PCBMs were studied and it was found that the formation of polyelectrolyte network reduced the molecular weight cut-off (MWCO) from 242kDa in chitosan membrane to 2.71kDa in PCBM. The decrease in MWCO of PCBM results in better greywater treatment efficiency, subsequently demonstrated in a greywater filtration study where treated greywater effluent met the household reclaimed water standard of <2 NTU turbidity and <30ppm total suspended solids (TSS). In addition, a further 20% improvement in chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal was achieved as compared to a single layer chitosan membrane. Results from this study show that the biodegradable PCBM is a potential membrane material in producing clean treated greywater for non-potable applications. PMID:27185127

  14. Polyelectrolyte complex of vancomycin as a nanoantibiotic: Preparation, in vitro and in silico studies.

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    Sikwal, Dhiraj R; Kalhapure, Rahul S; Rambharose, Sanjeev; Vepuri, Suresh; Soliman, Mahmoud; Mocktar, Chunderika; Govender, Thirumala

    2016-06-01

    Delivery of antibiotics by various nanosized carriers is proving to be a promising strategy to combat limitations associated with conventional dosage forms and the ever-increasing drug resistance problem. This method entails improving the pharmacokinetic parameters for accumulation at the target infection site and reducing their adverse effects. It has been proposed that antibiotic nanoparticles themselves are more effective delivery system than encapsulating the antibiotic in a nanosystem. In this study, we report on nanoparticles of vancomycin (VCM) by self-assembled amphiphilic-polyelectrolyte complexation between VCM hydrochloride and polyacrylic acid sodium (PAA). The size, polydispersity index and zeta potential of the developed nanoplexes were 229.7±47.76nm, 0.442±0.075, -30.4±5.3mV respectively, whereas complexation efficiency, drug loading and percentage yield were 75.22±1.02%, 58.40±1.03% and 60.60±2.62% respectively. An in vitro cytotoxicity study on three mammalian cell lines using MTT assays confirmed the biosafety of the newly formulated nanoplexes. Morphological investigations using scanning electron microscope showed cube shaped hexagonal-like particles. In vitro drug release studies revealed that the drug was completely released from the nanoplexes within 12h. In silico studies revealed that the nano-aggregation was facilitated by means of self-association of VCM in the presence of the polymer. The supramolecular pattern of the drug self-association was found to be similar to that of the VCM dimer observed in the crystal structure of the VCM available in Protein Data Bank. In vitro antibacterial activity against susceptible and resistant Staphylococcus aureus proved that the potency of VCM was retained after being formulated as the nanoplex. In conclusion, VCM nanoplexes could be a promising nanodrug delivery system to treat infections of S. aureus origin. PMID:27040243

  15. Ductile polyelectrolyte macromolecule-complexed zinc phosphate conversion crystal pre-coatings and topcoatings embodying a laminate

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    Sugama, Toshifumi; Kukacka, Lawrence E.; Carciello, Neal R.

    1987-01-01

    This invention relates to a precoat, laminate, and method for ductile coatings on steel and non-ferrous metals which comprises applying a zinc phosphating coating solution modified by a solid polyelectrolyte selected from polyacrylic acid (PAA), polymethacrylic acid (PMA), polyitaconic acid (PIA), and poly-L-glutamic acid. The contacting of the resin with the phosphating solution is made for a period of up to 20 hours at about 80.degree. C. The polyelectrolyte or the precoat is present in about 0.5-5.0% by weight of the total precoat composition and after application, the precoat base is dried for up to 5 hours at about 150.degree. C. to desiccate. Also, a laminate may be formed where polyurethane (PU) is applied as an elastomeric topcoating or polyfuran resin is applied as a glassy topcoating. It has been found that the use of PAA at a molecular weight of about 2.times.10.sup.5 gave improved ductility modulus effect.

  16. Formation of nano-hydroxyapatite crystal in situ in chitosan-pectin polyelectrolyte complex network

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    Hydroxyapatite (HA)/polysaccharide composites have been widely used in bone tissue engineering due to their chemical similarity to natural bone. Polymer matrix-mediated synthesis of nano-hydroxyapatite is one of the simplest models for biomimetic. In this article, the nano-hydroxyapatite/chitosan-pectin (nHCP) composites were prepared through in situ mineralization of hydroxyapatite in chitosan-pectin polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) network. The formation processes of nHCP were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The interactions between nHA crystal and chitosan-pectin PEC networks were studied using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). The morphology and structure of nHA crystal were characterized by XRD and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). Results suggested that the interfacial interactions between nano-hydroxyapatite crystal and chitosan-pectin PEC network assist the site specific nucleation and growth of nHA nanoparticles. The nHA crystals grow along the c-axis. In this process, pH value is the main factor to control the nucleation and growth of nHA crystal in chitosan-pectin PEC networks, because both the interactions' strength between nHA crystal and chitosan-pectin and diffusion rate of inorganic ions depend on the pH value of the reaction system. Apart from the pH value, the chitosan/pectin ratio and [Ca2+] also take important effects on the formation of nHA crystal. An effective way to control the size of nHA crystal is to adjust the content of pectin and [Ca2+]. It is interesting that the Zeta potential of nHCP composites is about - 30 mV when the chitosan/pectin ratio ≤ 1:1, and the dispersion solution of nHCP composites has higher stability, which provides the possibility to prepare 3D porous scaffolds with nHCP for bone tissue engineering.

  17. The preparation of polyelectrolyte complexes carboxymethyl chitosan(CMC)-pectin by reflux method as a Pb (II) metal ion adsorbent

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    Hastuti, Budi; Mudasir, Siswanta, Dwi; Triyono

    2016-02-01

    Aim of this research is to synthesized a chemically stable polyelectrolyte complexs carboxymetyl chitosan CMC-pectin as Pb(II) ion adsorbent by reflux method. During synthesis process, the optimum mass ratio of CMC and pectin was pre-determined and the active groups of the CMC-pectin complex was characterized by using IR spectrofotometer. Finally, adsorption capacity of the adsorbent material for Pb (II) ions was studied under optimum condition, i.e. adsorbent mass, contact time, and pH. Result shows that CMC could be succesfully combined with pectin to produce CMC-pectin complex. The optimum mass ratio CMC: pectin to form the polyelectrolyte complexs CMC-pectin was 70% : 30%. The active groups identified in the CMC-pectin complex was a hydroxyl (OH) and carboxylate (-COOH) groups. The optimum conditions for Pb (II) ion absoprtion was 10 mg of the adsorbent mass, 75 min of contact time, and pH 5. This material can be effectively used as adsorbents for Pb (II) ions, where up to 91% Pb (II) metal ions was adsorbed from aqueous solution and the adsorption capacity of the adsorbent was 41.63 mg/g.

  18. Polyelectrolyte Complexes of Low Molecular Weight PEI and Citric Acid as Efficient and Nontoxic Vectors for in Vitro and in Vivo Gene Delivery.

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    Giron-Gonzalez, M Dolores; Salto-Gonzalez, Rafael; Lopez-Jaramillo, F Javier; Salinas-Castillo, Alfonso; Jodar-Reyes, Ana Belen; Ortega-Muñoz, Mariano; Hernandez-Mateo, Fernando; Santoyo-Gonzalez, Francisco

    2016-03-16

    Gene transfection mediated by the cationic polymer polyethylenimine (PEI) is considered a standard methodology. However, while highly branched PEIs form smaller polyplexes with DNA that exhibit high transfection efficiencies, they have significant cell toxicity. Conversely, low molecular weight PEIs (LMW-PEIs) with favorable cytotoxicity profiles display minimum transfection activities as a result of inadequate DNA complexation and protection. To solve this paradox, a novel polyelectrolyte complex was prepared by the ionic cross-linking of branched 1.8 kDa PEI with citric acid (CA). This system synergistically exploits the good cytotoxicity profile exhibited by LMW-PEI with the high transfection efficiencies shown by highly branched and high molecular weight PEIs. The polyectrolyte complex (1.8 kDa-PEI@CA) was obtained by a simple synthetic protocol based on the microwave irradiation of a solution of 1.8 kDa PEI and CA. Upon complexation with DNA, intrinsic properties of the resulting particles (size and surface charge) were measured and their ability to form stable polyplexes was determined. Compared with unmodified PEIs the new complexes behave as efficient gene vectors and showed enhanced DNA binding capability associated with facilitated intracellular DNA release and enhanced DNA protection from endonuclease degradation. In addition, while transfection values for LMW-PEIs are almost null, transfection efficiencies of the new reagent range from 2.5- to 3.8-fold to those of Lipofectamine 2000 and 25 kDa PEI in several cell lines in culture such as CHO-k1, FTO2B hepatomas, L6 myoblasts, or NRK cells, simultaneously showing a negligible toxicity. Furthermore, the 1.8 kDa-PEI@CA polyelectrolyte complexes retained the capability to transfect eukaryotic cells in the presence of serum and exhibited the capability to promote in vivo transfection in mouse (as an animal model) with an enhanced efficiency compared to 25 kDa PEI. Results support the polyelectrolyte complex

  19. A fiber-optic pH sensor based on polyelectrolyte multilayers embedded with gold nanoparticles

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    We report the fabrication and characterization of an optical fiber pH sensor based on localized surface plasmon resonance. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are embedded in a polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) consisting of chitosan and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate). The absorbance and scattering properties of the AuNPs are affected by the pH-dependent swell state of the PEM. Both transmission- and reflection-based sensors are investigated and the measured transmittance/reflectance pH response can be closely fitted with the extended Henderson–Hasselbach equation. The reflection-based sensor can potentially be used for in vivo applications. (paper)

  20. Formation of κ-carrageenan-gelatin polyelectrolyte complexes studied by (1)H NMR, UV spectroscopy and kinematic viscosity measurements.

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    Voron'ko, Nicolay G; Derkach, Svetlana R; Vovk, Mikhail A; Tolstoy, Peter M

    2016-10-20

    The intermolecular interactions between an anionic polysaccharide from the red algae κ-carrageenan and a gelatin polypeptide, forming stoichiometric polysaccharide-polypeptide (bio)polyelectrolyte complexes in the aqueous phase, were examined. The major method of investigation was high-resolution (1)H NMR spectroscopy. Additional data were obtained by UV absorption spectroscopy, light scattering dispersion and capillary viscometry. Experimental data were interpreted in terms of the changing roles of electrostatic interactions, hydrophobic interactions and hydrogen bonds when κ-carrageenan-gelatin complexes are formed. At high temperatures, when biopolymer macromolecules in solution are in the state of random coil, hydrophobic interactions make a major contribution to complex stabilization. At the temperature of gelatin's coil→helix conformational transition and at lower temperatures, electrostatic interactions and hydrogen bonds play a defining role in complex formation. A proposed model of the κ-carrageenan-gelatin complex is discussed. PMID:27474666

  1. Inkjet ink spreading on polyelectrolyte multilayers deposited on pigment coated paper.

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    Mielonen, Katriina; Geydt, Pavel; Österberg, Monika; Johansson, Leena-Sisko; Backfolk, Kaj

    2015-01-15

    Mechanisms of inkjet ink spreading and absorption on a coated paper have been studied using a polyelectrolyte multilayering technique. By applying alternating sequences of cationic and anionic polyelectrolyte layers on a mineral coated paper, the role of the interfacial chemistry was evaluated. The polyelectrolyte multilayer was created to imitate a thin resin-like liquid-absorptive layer and to clarify the role of the charge of the protruding polyelectrolyte layer on ink spreading and colorant fixation. The formation of a thin polyelectrolyte layer and coating coverage was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). A submolecular mechanical imaging of the polyelectrolyte complexes with an atomic force microscope (AFM) revealed differences in modulus and different nanosize agglomerates were identified which were ascribed to polyion complexes. The polyelectrolyte coatings significantly affect the solid-liquid interaction and particularly the ink spreading revealed as intercolor bleeding and wicking. The interfacial interaction between the ink and the applied polyelectrolyte layers showed differences between dye- and pigment-based colorants, which could be emphasized by the polyelectrolyte chemistry. PMID:25454440

  2. Absorption spectra and spectral-kinetic characteristics of the fluorescence of Sanguinarine in complexes with polyelectrolytes and DNA

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    The absorption spectra and stationary and time resolved fluorescence spectra of the isoquinoline alkaloid sanguinarine are studied in aqueous media and during interactions with synthetic polyelectrolytes (polystyrene sulfonate and polyallylamine) and a natural polyelectrolyte (DNA). (authors)

  3. Absorption spectra and spectral-kinetic characteristics of the fluorescence of Sanguinarine in complexes with polyelectrolytes and DNA

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    Motevich, I. G.; Strekal, N. D.; Nowicky, J. W.; Maskevich, S. A.

    2010-07-01

    The absorption spectra and stationary and time resolved fluorescence spectra of the isoquinoline alkaloid sanguinarine are studied in aqueous media and during interactions with synthetic polyelectrolytes (polystyrene sulfonate and polyallylamine) and a natural polyelectrolyte (DNA).

  4. Complexation of radionuclides with natural polyelectrolytes - proteins, polysaccharides and humic substances

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    Various approaches to the modeling of metal and radionuclide interactions with macromolecular ligands, proteins, polysaccharides and humic substances in particular, their chemical and sorption equilibria, and the techniques used for their investigation are concisely compared. To predict radionuclide mobility in the natural and semi-natural aqueous environment, the estimation of the effective interaction constants, related to specific species of polyelectrolytes which are linked with the absorbancy or absorbancy ratio in their electronic absorption spectra, should probably be preferred and developed as standard. For characterization of the binding sites of specific molecular forms of polyelectrolyte ligands, the Scatchard plot analysis at macroconcentrations of the metal and also, though not so effectively, the two-phase distribution at trace concentrations of radionuclide or metal can be applied. (author)

  5. Dermatan sulfate/chitosan polyelectrolyte complex with potential application in the treatment and diagnosis of vascular disease.

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    Rasente, Rita Y; Imperiale, Julieta C; Lázaro-Martínez, Juan M; Gualco, Luciana; Oberkersch, Roxana; Sosnik, Alejandro; Calabrese, Graciela C

    2016-06-25

    Cardiovascular disease is the largest single cause of morbid-mortality in the world. However, there is still no pharmaceutical treatment that directly targets the blood vessel wall instead of just controlling the risk factors. Here, we produced polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) by a simple and reproducible polyelectrolyte complexation method between low molecular mass dermatan sulfate (polyanionic polysaccharide) and chitosan (polycationic polysaccharide), and evaluated the cellular uptake by vascular endothelial cells. The composition and the composition homogeneity of PECs were confirmed by (13)C-CP-MAS spectroscopy and by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, respectively. The hydrodynamic radius, determined by dynamic light scattering, was 729±11nm. PECs were not cytotoxic for a murine heart endothelium-derived cell line. Fluorescent confocal microscopy showed the specific uptake of fluorescently-labeled PECs by endothelial cells when they were cultured alone or in the presence of macrophages. Overall, these findings confirmed the potential of these PECs for targeting different agents to the vessel wall in the prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of vascular disease. PMID:27083828

  6. Complexation Between Weakly Basic Dendrimers and Linear Polyelectrolytes: Effects of Chain Stiffness, Grafts, and pOH

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    Lewis, Thomas; Pandav, Gunja; Omar, Ahmad; Ganesan, Venkat

    2013-03-01

    The unique architecture and high charge density of dendrimer molecules have attracted interest for their utilization in gene delivery applications. The strong binding affinity of cationic dendrimers to genetic materials make them effective gene delivery vectors not only by shielding the nucleic acid (NA) material from degradative enzymes in the blood stream, but also by reducing the overall negative charge of the dendrimer-NA material complex, which in turn creates more favorable interaction with the anionic cell membrane. However, the high cytotoxicities of cationic dendrimers have motivated the development of polyethylene glycol (PEG) conjugated dendrimer molecules, which have been shown to reduce dendrimer cytotoxicity while still retaining transfection ability. In order to gain insight into how the addition of neutral grafts affects the binding affinity and conformations of dendrimer-NA material complexes, we have developed and numerically solved a Self-Consistent Field Theory approach for both grafted and non-grafted annealed charged dendrimer molecules in the presence of linear polyelectrolyte molecules. Specifically, this work examines the effect of linear polyelectrolyte stiffness, grafting chain length, and solution pOH.

  7. Cell Permeating Nano-Complexes of Amphiphilic Polyelectrolytes Enhance Solubility, Stability, and Anti-Cancer Efficacy of Curcumin.

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    Fatima, Munazza T; Chanchal, Abhishek; Yavvari, Prabhu S; Bhagat, Somnath D; Gujrati, Mansi; Mishra, Ram K; Srivastava, Aasheesh

    2016-07-11

    Many hydrophobic drugs encounter severe bioavailability issues owing to their low aqueous solubility and limited cellular uptake. We have designed a series of amphiphilic polyaspartamide polyelectrolytes (PEs) that solubilize such hydrophobic drugs in aqueous medium and enhance their cellular uptake. These PEs were synthesized through controlled (∼20 mol %) derivatization of polysuccinimide (PSI) precursor polymer with hydrophobic amines (of varying alkyl chain lengths, viz. hexyl, octyl, dodecyl, and oleyl), while the remaining succinimide residues of PSI were opened using a protonable and hydrophilic amine, 2-(2-amino-ethyl amino) ethanol (AE). Curcumin (Cur) was employed as a representative hydrophobic drug to explore the drug-delivery potential of the resulting PEs. Unprecedented enhancement in the aqueous solubility of Cur was achieved by employing these PEs through a rather simple protocol. In the case of PEs containing oleyl/dodecyl residues, up to >65000× increment in the solubility of Cur in aqueous medium could be achieved without requiring any organic solvent at all. The resulting suspensions were physically and chemically stable for at least 2 weeks. Stable nanosized polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) with average hydrodynamic diameters (DH) of 150-170 nm (without Cur) and 220-270 nm (after Cur loading) were obtained by using submolar sodium polyaspartate (SPA) counter polyelectrolyte. The zeta potential of these PECs ranged from +36 to +43 mV. The PEC-formation significantly improved the cytocompatibility of the PEs while affording reconstitutable nanoformulations having up to 40 wt % drug-loading. The Cur-loaded PECs were readily internalized by mammalian cells (HEK-293T, MDA-MB-231, and U2OS), majorly through clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME). Cellular uptake of Cur was directly correlated with the length of the alkyl chain present in the PECs. Further, the PECs significantly improved nuclear transport of Cur in cancer cells, resulting in their

  8. On the Structure and Dynamics of Polyelectrolyte Gel Systems and Gel-surfactant Complexes

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    Råsmark, Per Johan

    2004-01-01

    This thesis describes the results of experimental work on polyelectrolyte gels and their interaction with oppositely charged surfactants, and presents two new algorithms applicable to the simulation of colloid and polymer systems. The model systems investigated were crosslinked poly(acrylate) (PA) and poly(styrene sulphonate) (PSS), and the surfactant was dodecyl trimethylammonium bromide (DoTAB). Pure gel materials were studied using dynamic light scattering. It was shown that the diffusion ...

  9. A small-angle X-ray scattering study of complexes formed in mixtures of a cationic polyelectrolyte and an anionic surfactant

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    Bergström, M.; Kjellin, U.R.M.; Claesson, P.M.; Pedersen, J.S.; Nielsen, Martin Meedom

    2002-01-01

    The internal structure of the solid phase formed in mixtures of the anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and a range of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes with different side chains and charge density has been investigated using small-angle X-ray scattering. Polyelectrolytes with short...... side chains ([3-(2-methylpropionamido)propyl]trimethylammonium chloride, MAPTAC, and poly{[(2-propionyloxy)ethyl]-trimethylammonium chloride}, PCMA) form a 2-dimensional hexagonal structure with SDS, whereas a polyelectrolyte without side chains (poly(vinlyamine), PVAm) forms a lamellar structure. The...... from a=47.7 Angstrom (MAPTAC, 100% charge density) to 58.5 Angstrom (AM-MAPTAC, 30% charge density). The unit cell length in the lamellar SDS/PVAm complex (a=36.1 Angstrom) is significantly smaller than for the different hexagonal structures. It is conjectured that the cylinders in the hexagonal...

  10. Multifunctional biosensors based on peptide-polyelectrolyte conjugates.

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    Kogikoski, S; Sousa, C P; Liberato, M S; Andrade-Filho, T; Prieto, T; Ferreira, F F; Rocha, A R; Guha, S; Alves, W A

    2016-01-28

    A novel enzymatic platform for the sensing of H2O2 and glucose that uses L,L-diphenylalanine micro/nanostructures (FF-MNSs) as an enzyme support is shown. This platform is obtained by the self-assembly of poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH), FF-MNSs, and microperoxidase-11 (MP11) anchored onto the peptide matrix, in two different crystal structures of FF-MNSs: hexagonal (P61) and orthorhombic (P22121). The electroactive area of the electrodes increases in the presence of FF-MNSs. We also demonstrate via theoretical calculations that the valence band energy of the orthorhombic structure allows it to be doped, similarly to p-type semiconductors, where PAH acts as a doping agent for the orthorhombic peptide structure, decreasing the band-gap by around 1 eV, which results in a smaller charge transfer resistance. These results are consistent with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements, which further elucidate the role of the band structure of the orthorhombic FF-MNSs in the conductivity and electron transfer rates of the hybrid material. An effective communication between the electrode and the active site of a glucose oxidase enzyme through MP11-protein complexes occurs, paving the way for FF-MNSs in the orthorhombic phase for the future development of bioelectronics sensing devices. PMID:26744288

  11. Polyelectrolyte complex formation and stability when mixing polyanions and polycations in salted media: A model study related to the case of body fluids

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    Etrych, Tomáš; Leclercq, L.; Boustta, M.; Vert, M.

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 25, 1-2 (2005), s. 281-288. ISSN 0928-0987 EU Projects: European Commission(XE) 512087 - GIANT Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : polyelectrolyte complex * selectivity * light scattering Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 2.347, year: 2005

  12. Diblock Polyelectrolytic Copolymers Containing Cationic Iron and Cobalt Sandwich Complexes: Living ROMP Synthesis and Redox Properties.

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    Gu, Haibin; Ciganda, Roberto; Hernandez, Ricardo; Castel, Patricia; Zhao, Pengxiang; Ruiz, Jaime; Astruc, Didier

    2016-04-01

    Diblock metallopolymer polyelectrolytes containing the two redox-robust cationic sandwich units [CoCp'Cp](+) and [FeCp'(η(6) -C6 Me6 )](+) (Cp = η(5) -C5 H5 ; Cp' = η(5) -C5 H4 -) as hexafluorophosphate ([PF6 ](-) ) salts are synthesized by ring-opening metathesis polymerization using Grubbs' third generation catalyst. Their electrochemical properties show full chemical and electrochemical reversibilities allowing fine determination of the copolymer molecular weight using Bard-Anson's electrochemical method by cyclic voltammetry. PMID:26841204

  13. Polysaccharides-based polyelectrolyte nanoparticles as protein drugs delivery system

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    Shu Shujun; Sun Lei; Zhang Xinge, E-mail: zhangxinge@nankai.edu.cn [Nankai University, Key Laboratory of Functional Polymer Materials Ministry of Education, Institute of Polymer Chemistry (China); Wu Zhongming [Tianjin Medical University, Metabolic Diseases Hospital (China); Wang Zhen; Li Chaoxing, E-mail: lcx@nankai.edu.cn [Nankai University, Key Laboratory of Functional Polymer Materials Ministry of Education, Institute of Polymer Chemistry (China)

    2011-09-15

    Polysaccharides-based nanoparticles were prepared by synthesized quaternized chitosan and dextran sulfate through simple ionic-gelation self-assembled method. Introduction of quaternized groups was intended to increase water solubility of chitosan and make the nanoparticles have broader pH sensitive range which can remain more stable in physiological pH and decrease the loss of protein drugs caused by the gastric cavity. The load of BSA was affected by molecular parameter, i.e., degree of substitution, and average molecular weight of quaternized chitosan, as well as concentration of BSA. Fast release occurred in phosphate buffer solution (pH 7.4) while the release was slow in hydrochloric acid (pH 1.4). The drug release mechanism is Fickian diffusion through release kinetics analysis. Cell uptake demonstrated nanoparicles can internalize into Caco-2 cells, which suggested that nanoparticles had good biocompatibility. No significant conformation change was noted for the released BSA in comparison with native BSA using circular dichroism spectroscopy. This kind of novel composite nanoparticles may be a promising delivery system for oral protein and peptide drugs.

  14. Polysaccharides-based polyelectrolyte nanoparticles as protein drugs delivery system

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    Polysaccharides-based nanoparticles were prepared by synthesized quaternized chitosan and dextran sulfate through simple ionic-gelation self-assembled method. Introduction of quaternized groups was intended to increase water solubility of chitosan and make the nanoparticles have broader pH sensitive range which can remain more stable in physiological pH and decrease the loss of protein drugs caused by the gastric cavity. The load of BSA was affected by molecular parameter, i.e., degree of substitution, and average molecular weight of quaternized chitosan, as well as concentration of BSA. Fast release occurred in phosphate buffer solution (pH 7.4) while the release was slow in hydrochloric acid (pH 1.4). The drug release mechanism is Fickian diffusion through release kinetics analysis. Cell uptake demonstrated nanoparicles can internalize into Caco-2 cells, which suggested that nanoparticles had good biocompatibility. No significant conformation change was noted for the released BSA in comparison with native BSA using circular dichroism spectroscopy. This kind of novel composite nanoparticles may be a promising delivery system for oral protein and peptide drugs.

  15. Ductile polyelectrolyte macromolecule-complexed zinc phosphate conversion crystal pre-coatings and topcoatings embodying a laminate

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    Sugama, Toshifumi; Kukacka, L.E.; Carciello, N.R.

    1985-11-05

    This invention relates to a precoat, laminate, and method for ductile coatings on steel and non-ferrous metals which comprises applying a zinc phosphating coating solution modified by a solid polyelectrolyte selected from polyacrylic acid (PAA), polymethacrylic acid (PMA), polyitaconic acid (PIA), and poly-L-glutamic acid. The contacting of the resin with the phosphating solution is made for a period of up to 20 hours at about 80/sup 0/C. The polyelectrolyte or the precoat is present in about 0.5 to 5.0% by weight of the total precoat composition and after application, the precoat base is dried for up to 5 hours at about 150/sup 0/C to desiccate. Also, a laminate may be formed where polyurethane (PU) is applied as an elastomeric topcoating or polyfuran resin is applied as a glassy topcoating. It has been found that the use of PAA at a molecular weight of about 2 x 10/sup 5/ gave improved ductility modulus effect.

  16. Effect of temperature on the reentrant condensation in polyelectrolyte-liposome complexation.

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    Sennato, S; Truzzolillo, D; Bordi, F; Cametti, C

    2008-11-01

    Interactions of oppositely charged macroions in aqueous solution give rise to intriguing aggregation phenomena, resulting in finite-size, long-lived clusters, characterized by a quite narrow size distribution. Particularly, the adsorption of highly charged linear polyelectrolytes on oppositely charged colloidal particles is strongly correlated and some short-range order arises from competing electrostatic interactions between like-charged polymer chains (repulsion) and between polymer chains and particle surface (attraction). In these systems, in an interval of concentrations around the isoelectric point, relatively large clusters of polyelectrolyte-decorated particles form. However, the mechanisms that drive the aggregation and stabilize, at the different polymer/particle ratios, a well-defined size of the aggregates are not completely understood. Nor is clear the role that the correlated polyion adsorption plays in the aggregation, although the importance of "patchy interactions" has been stressed as the possible source of attractive interaction term between colloidal particles. Different models have been proposed to explain the formation of the observed cluster phase. However, a central question still remains unanswered, i.e., whether the clusters are true equilibrium or metastable aggregates. To elucidate this point, in this work, we have investigated the effect of the temperature on the cluster formation. We employed liposomes built up by DOTAP lipids interacting with a simple anionic polyion, polyacrylate sodium salt, over an extended concentration range below and above the isoelectric condition. Our results show that the aggregation process can be described by a thermally activated mechanism. PMID:18831566

  17. Novel polyelectrolytes

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    Rembaum, Alan (Inventor); Yen, Shiao-Ping Siao (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    Cationic polyelectrolytes are formed by the polymerization in absence of oxygen of a monomer of the general formula: ##STR1## where x is 3 or more than 6 and Z is I, Br or Cl to form high charge density linear polymers. Segments of the linear polymer may be attached to or formed in the presence of polyfunctional reactive tertiary amines or halogen polymeric substrates or polyfunctional lower molecular reactive polyfunctional substrates to form branched or star polyelectrolytes by a quaternization polymerization reaction.

  18. Fiber Optic Humidity Sensor Based on Self-Assembled Polyelectrolyte Multilayers

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    2001-01-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayers were self-assembled onto planar glass substrates and multimode optic fibers. The multilayer thin films deposited on glass substrates were characterized by using UV-vis spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The multilayer thin films containing hydrophilic side-groups possessed are affinity for water molecules. The adsorption and desorption of free water vapor gave rise to the changes in the refractive index and in the reflectance of the thin films. A multilayer thin film based fiber optic humidity sensor with an LED light source of 0.85 μm was designed. Under certain conditions, the reflected light intensity of the thin film sensor was a function of the humidity of air. About 30 bilayers was optimal for the multilayer thin film sensor working at wavelength of 0.85 μm. This sensor can work over almost the whole relative humidity range with very good sensitivity.

  19. The influence of ionic strength and mixing ratio on the colloidal stability of PDAC/PSS polyelectrolyte complexes.

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    Zhang, Yanpu; Yildirim, Erol; Antila, Hanne S; Valenzuela, Luis D; Sammalkorpi, Maria; Lutkenhaus, Jodie L

    2015-10-01

    Polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) form by mixing polycation and polyanion solutions together, and have been explored for a variety of applications. One challenge for PEC processing and application is that under certain conditions the as-formed PECs aggregate and precipitate out of suspension over the course of minutes to days. This aggregation is governed by several factors such as electrostatic repulsion, van der Waals attractions, and hydrophobic interactions. In this work, we explore the boundary between colloidally stable and unstable complexes as it is influenced by polycation/polyanion mixing ratio and ionic strength. The polymers examined are poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDAC) and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS). Physical properties such as turbidity, hydrodynamic size, and zeta potential are investigated upon complex formation. We also perform detailed molecular dynamics simulations to examine the structure and effective charge distribution of the PECs at varying mixing ratios and salt concentrations to support the experimental findings. The results suggest that the colloidally stable/unstable boundary possibly marks the screening effects from added salt, resulting in weakly charged complexes that aggregate. At higher salt concentrations, the complexes initially form and then gradually dissolve into solution. PMID:26268471

  20. Polyelectrolyte complexes of N,N,N-trimethyl chitosan/heparin obtained at different p H: I. Preparation, characterization and controlled release of heparin

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    N,N,N-trimethyl chitosan (TMC) was synthesized through the N-methylation of chitosan (CHT) and characterized by FTIR spectroscopy. Polyelectrolytes complexes (PECs) based on TMC and Heparin (HP) were prepared at different pHs (5, 8, 10 and 12) and characterized through FTIR spectroscopy, DSC and TGA curves and WAXS profiles. It was verified that the thermal stability of PECs is higher as higher is the pH of feed solution used for PEC formation. At basic conditions the complexation between TMC and HP is more effective and alterations on WAXS profiles of PECs in relation to the precursor (TMC) were clearly observed. Also, WAXS profiles show that the PEC crystallinity depends on the pH used for the complexation. These results match to the FTIR, DSC and TGA data. Due to the more intense electrostatic interactions, at higher pHs the unlike polymers chains (TMC and HP) are closer enough to produce more stable PECs. Through of the delivery curves was showed that PEC8 is a promising material for uses in oral site-specific HP release systems. This fact is directly related to the thermal properties of PEC8. (author)

  1. Polyelectrolyte complexes of N,N,N-trimethyl chitosan/heparin obtained at different p H: I. Preparation, characterization and controlled release of heparin

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    N,N,N-trimethyl chitosan (TMC) was synthesized through the N-methylation of chitosan (CHT) and characterized by FTIR spectroscopy. Polyelectrolytes complexes (PECs) based on TMC and Heparin (HP) were prepared at different pHs (5, 8, 10 and 12) and characterized through FTIR spectroscopy, DSC and TGA curves and WAXS profiles. It was verified that the thermal stability of PECs is higher as higher is the pH of feed solution used for PEC formation. At basic conditions the complexation between TMC and HP is more effective and alterations on WAXS profiles of PECs in relation to the precursor (TMC) were clearly observed. Also, WAXS profiles show that the PEC crystallinity depends on the pH used for the complexation. These results match to the FTIR, DSC and TGA data. Due to the more intense electrostatic interactions, at higher pHs the unlike polymers chains (TMC and HP) are closer enough to produce more stable PECs. Through of the delivery curves was showed that PEC8 is a promising material for uses in oral site-specific HP release systems. This fact is directly related to the thermal properties of PEC8. (author)

  2. STUDY OF THE DIGESTED SLUDGE DEWATERING EFFECTIVENESS USING POLYELECTROLYTE GEL BASED ON ORGANIC POLYMERS

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    Full Text Available The paper addresses the problems connected with sewage sludge dewatering. The premise of the study was the analysis of whether there are opportunities to increase the efficiency of dewatering sludge, a relatively low-cost involving the use of innovative polymers. The authors analyzed the impact of the new type of polyelectrolyte gel on the effectiveness of dewatering sludge. Laboratory studies were carried out at polyelectrolyte dose selection and laboratory testing on the press chamber designed to simulate the actual operation of sludge dewatering system. Two different doses of polyelectrolyte were tested for dose I – 4 ml/m3 and dose II – 8 ml/m3. The conducted analysis on laboratory press showed an increase of sludge dewatering efficiency by about 2% for dose no. I and by about 13% for dose no. II, in comparison to the test without polyelectrolyte.

  3. Polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes formed by poly[3,5-bis(trimethylammoniummethyl)4-hydroxystyrene iodide]-block-poly(ethylene oxide) and sodium dodecyl sulfate in aqueous solutions

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    Štěpánek, M.; Matějíček, P.; Procházka, K.; Filippov, Sergey K.; Angelov, Borislav; Šlouf, Miroslav; Mountrichas, G.; Pispas, S.

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 27, č. 9 (2011), s. 5275-5281. ISSN 0743-7463 R&D Projects: GA MŠk ME09059; GA ČR GCP205/11/J043; GA ČR GAP208/10/0353 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes * sodium dodecyl sulfate * small-angle X-ray scattering Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 4.186, year: 2011

  4. Physical and Bioengineering Properties of Polyvinyl Alcohol Lens-Shaped Particles Versus Spherical Polyelectrolyte Complex Microcapsules as Immobilisation Matrices for a Whole-Cell Baeyer–Villiger Monooxygenase

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    Schenkmayerová, A.; Bučko, M.; Gemeiner, P.; Treľová, D.; Lacík, I.; Chorvát Jr., D.; Ačai, P.; Polakovič, M.; Lipták, L.; Rebroš, M.; Rosenberg, M.; Štefuca, V.; Neděla, Vilém; Tihlaříková, Eva

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    Roč. 174, č. 5 (2014), s. 1834-1849. ISSN 0273-2289 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-22777S Institutional support: RVO:68081731 Keywords : polyelectrolyte complex microcapsules * LentiKats * confocal laser scanning microscopy * inverse size exclusion chromatography * environmental scanning electron microscopy * Baeyer–Villiger biooxidation Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 1.735, year: 2014

  5. Functional finishing of aminated polyester using biopolymer-based polyelectrolyte microgels.

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    Glampedaki, Pelagia; Dutschk, Victoria; Jocic, Dragan; Warmoeskerken, Marijn M C G

    2011-10-01

    This study focuses on a microgel-based functionalization method applicable to polyester textiles for improving their hydrophilicity and/or moisture-management properties, eventually enhancing wear comfort. The method proposed aims at achieving pH-/temperature-controlled wettability of polyester within a physiological pH/temperature range. First, primary amine groups are created on polyester surfaces using ethylenediamine; second, biopolymer-based polyelectrolyte microgels are incorporated using the natural cross-linker genipin. The microgels consist of the pH-responsive natural polysaccharide chitosan and pH/thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylic acid) microparticles. Scanning electron microscopy confirmed the microgel presence on polyester surfaces. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed nitrogen concentration, supporting increased microscopy results. Electrokinetic analysis showed that functionalized polyester surfaces have a zero-charge point at pH 6.5, close to the microgel isoelectric point. Dynamic wetting measurements revealed that functionalized polyester has shorter total water absorption time than the reference. This absorption time is also pH dependent, based on dynamic contact angle and micro-roughness measurements, which indicated microgel swelling at different pH values. Furthermore, at 40 °C functionalized polyester has higher vapor transmission rates than the reference, even at high relative humidity. This was attributed to the microgel thermoresponsiveness, which was confirmed through the almost 50% decrease in microparticle size between 20 and 40 °C, as determined by dynamic light scattering measurements. PMID:21751392

  6. Distinctive viscoelastic and viscoplastic nanomechanics of ionically cross-linked polyelectrolyte complexes under intermittent relaxation and creep

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    Han, Biao; Ma, Tianzhu; Lee, Daeyeon; Shenoy, Vivek; Han, Lin

    This study aims to reveal unique nanoscale viscoelastic and viscoplastic properties of ionically linked polyelectrolyte networks. Layer-by-layer PAH/PAA complexes were tested by four continuous loading cycles in aqueous solutions. In each cycle, AFM-nanoindentation via a microspherical tip (R =5 μm) was applied up to 1 μN force, followed by a 30-60 sec hold at either a constant indentation depth to measure relaxation, or a constant force to measure creep. At a highly cross-linked, net neutral state (0.01M, pH 5.5), instantaneous modulus increased by 2.7-fold from first to last cycle, while the degree of relaxation (>95%) remain consistent. These results indicate repeated loading increases local cross-link density, while relaxation is consistently dominated by cross-link breaking and re-formation. In contrast, under creep, modulus increased by a similar 3.5-fold, and degree of creep is significantly attenuated from ~50% to 45% from first to last cycle. Results from creep suggest constant viscous flow of polymer chains in the absence of permanent anchorage. As a result, an irreversible deformation (~370nm) was observed after multiple creep cycles, suggesting the presence of viscoplasticity.

  7. Insight into fractal self-assembly of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)/sodium carboxymethyl cellulose polyelectrolyte complex nanoparticles.

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    Zhao, Qiang; An, Quanfu; Qian, Jinwen; Wang, Xuesan; Zhou, Yang

    2011-12-22

    Poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)-sodium carboxymethyl cellulose polyelectrolyte complexes (PDDA-CMCNa PECs) solids were prepared and dispersed in NaOH aqueous solution. Self-assembly of PECs nanoparticles during the solvent evaporation was examined by field emission electron microscopy (FESEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and fractal dimension analysis. It was found that tree-shaped fractal patterns formed after the solvent (water) was dried at ambient temperatures, and the fractal pattern is composed of needle-shaped PEC aggregate (PECA) nanoparticles. Time-dependent FESEM observation revealed that the fractal pattern started with the formation of initial nucleon and it is growing, during which the diffusion limited aggregation (DLA) mechanism revealed and made the pattern branched. Physical insight into the DLA mechanism was discussed in detail. Effects of PEC concentrations, PEC compositions, solvent evaporation temperatures, pH of PEC dispersion, and chemical structures of PECs on the formation of self-assembled fractal pattern were studied. Generally, it was found that the morphologies, charge characters of PEC particles, and the solvent evaporation conditions play important roles during the fractal self-assembly process. PMID:22098094

  8. Surface Property and Stability of Transparent Superhydrophobic Coating Based on SiO2-Polyelectrolyte Multilayer

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    Sunisa JINDASUWAN

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Artificial superhydrophobic films were deposited onto a glass slide by performing layer-by-layer deposition of 3.5 bilayers of poly(allylamine hydrochloride/ poly(acrylic acid polyelectrolyte, followed by a layer of SiO2 nanoparticles of various amounts to enhance the surface roughness and a fluorosilane to reduce the surface free energy. Higher SiO2 content incorporated into the films resulted in rougher surface and higher water contact angle. The total surface free energy determined by using the Owens-Wendt equation dramatically decreased from 31.46 mJ·m-2 for the film having the relatively flat surface to only 1.16 mJ·m-2 for the film having the highest surface roughness of 60.2 ± 1.1 nm. All the films were optically transparent and had excellent adhesion based on the peel test. Indoor and accelerated weathering tests revealed good weathering stability.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.22.2.12952

  9. Optical biosensing transducer based on silicon waveguide structure coated with polyelectrolyte nano layers

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    Haron, Saharudin; Nabok, Alexey V.; Ray, Asim K.

    2003-04-01

    An optical biosensor based on attenuation of the light intensity during multiple reflections in a planar waveguide has been developed for water pollution monitoring. The planar waveguide consists of a 190 nanometer thick silicon nitride (Si3N4) core layer sandwiched between 1.5 micrometer thick silicon dioxide (SiO2) cladding layers. Composite polyelectrolyte self-assembled membranes containing Cyclotetrachromotropylene (CTCT) as an indicator and enzymes, such as Urease or Acetylcholine Esterase (AChE) were deposited on top of silicon nitride core layer within a 4 × 6 mm sensing window. Experimental studies on the light propagation through the planar waveguide show the advantages of this method over conventional UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. It was found that the planar waveguide sensitivity is higher by several orders of magnitude than that for UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. The respective enzyme reactions as well as their inhibition by heavy metal ions were studied by monitoring the light intensity in the planar waveguide. Cadmium (Cd2+) and lead (Pb2+) ions were registered in very low concentrations down to 1 ppb with the planar waveguide transducer. The enzymes used were inhibited differently by the above pollutants, which is promising for the development of enzyme sensor arrays.

  10. Healable, Transparent, Room-Temperature Electronic Sensors Based on Carbon Nanotube Network-Coated Polyelectrolyte Multilayers.

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    Bai, Shouli; Sun, Chaozheng; Yan, Hong; Sun, Xiaoming; Zhang, Han; Luo, Liang; Lei, Xiaodong; Wan, Pengbo; Chen, Xiaodong

    2015-11-18

    Transparent and conductive film based electronics have attracted substantial research interest in various wearable and integrated display devices in recent years. The breakdown of transparent electronics prompts the development of transparent electronics integrated with healability. A healable transparent chemical gas sensor device is assembled from layer-by-layer-assembled transparent healable polyelectrolyte multilayer films by developing effective methods to cast transparent carbon nanotube (CNT) networks on healable substrates. The healable CNT network-containing film with transparency and superior network structures on self-healing substrate is obtained by the lateral movement of the underlying self-healing layer to bring the separated areas of the CNT layer back into contact. The as-prepared healable transparent film is assembled into healable transparent chemical gas sensor device for flexible, healable gas sensing at room temperature, due to the 1D confined network structure, relatively high carrier mobility, and large surface-to-volume ratio. The healable transparent chemical gas sensor demonstrates excellent sensing performance, robust healability, reliable flexibility, and good transparency, providing promising opportunities for developing flexible, healable transparent optoelectronic devices with the reduced raw material consumption, decreased maintenance costs, improved lifetime, and robust functional reliability. PMID:26395971

  11. Synthesis and characterisation of polyelectrolytes based on polymers of diallyldimethyl ammonium chloride and poly(styrene-co-butadiene)

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    Svensson, David

    2012-01-01

    In printed electronics there are many polyelectrolytes to choose from. While polyelectrolytes such as polystyrene sulfonic acid can fulfill many ofthe desired functionalities of a semiconductor, there is a need for other polyelectrolytes with other functionalities, such as functionality at low airhumidity and better cross-linking possibilities, while still functioning as a good semiconductor.Within this thesis, there is a description of general polyelectrolytes, as well as various usages.The ...

  12. Chitosan-gum arabic polyelectrolyte complex films: physicochemical, mechanical and mucoadhesive properties.

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    Sakloetsakun, Duangkamon; Preechagoon, Detpon; Bernkop-Schnürch, Andreas; Pongjanyakul, Thaned

    2016-08-01

    By blending chitosan (CS) and gum arabic (GA), a powerful biomaterial complex might be obtained due to the unique properties of CS and the low viscosity and good emulsifying properties of GA. The objectives of this study were to prepare and examine the properties of dispersions and films of CS and GA as a function of the mixing weight ratio, pH value and molecular weight of CS. The dispersions were characterized by turbidity, zeta potential and cytotoxicity and then the dispersions were cast into films. Physicochemical properties of the film were performed. CS-GA dispersions exhibited higher turbidity and a lower zeta potential with an increase in the GA ratio. Continuous films of the CS-GA could be formed at all ratios. CS and GA could molecularly interact via electrostatic forces and intermolecular hydrogen bonding. The CS-GA (1:0.5) films exhibited relatively low water uptake, erosion, water vapor permeability and puncture strength compared to the CS films. Furthermore, the CS-GA films demonstrated good mucoadhesive properties, allowing for adhesion to the mucosal membrane. Based on these results, it could be advantageous to use CS-GA films as film formers for the formulation of coatings and drug delivery systems. PMID:25886079

  13. On the phase diagram of reentrant condensation in polyelectrolyte-liposome complexation

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    Sennato, S.; Bordi, F.; Cametti, C.

    2004-09-01

    Complexation of polyions with oppositely charged spherical liposomes has been investigated by means of dynamic light scattering measurements and a well-defined reentrant condensation has been observed. The phase diagram of charge inversion, recently derived [T. T. Nguyen and B. I. Shklovskii, J. Chem. Phys. 115, 7298 (2001)] for the complexation of DNA with charged spherical macroions, has been employed in order to define the boundaries of the region where polyion-liposome complexes begin to condense, forming larger aggregates, and where aggregates dissolve again, towards isolated polyion-coated-liposome complexes. A reasonable good agreement is observed in the case of complexes formed by negatively charged polyacrylate sodium salt polyions and liposomes built up by cationic lipids (dioleoyltrimethylammoniumpropane), in an extended liposome concentration range.

  14. Interaction of proteins with linear polyelectrolytes and spherical polyelectrolyte brushes in aqueous solution

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    Wittemann, Alexander; Ballauff, Matthias

    2006-01-01

    We review recent experiments on the interaction of proteins with anionic polyelectrolytes in aqueous solution. Data from the literature demonstrate that proteins can form soluble complexes with linear polyelectrolytes even on the “wrong side” of the isoelectric point, that is, for pH values above the isoelectric point of the proteins under which the polyelectrolytes and the proteins are like-charged. All data published so far demonstrate that this type of adsorption becomes weaker with increa...

  15. Polythiophene-based conjugated polyelectrolyte: Optical properties and association behavior in solution

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    Urbánek, P.; di Martino, A.; Gladyš, S.; Kuřitka, I.; Minařík, A.; Pavlova, Ewa; Bondarev, D.

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    Roč. 202, April (2015), s. 16-24. ISSN 0379-6779 R&D Projects: GA TA ČR(CZ) TE01020118; GA ČR GAP108/12/1143 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : polyelectrolyte * conjugated polymer * UV–vis spectroscopy Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 2.252, year: 2014

  16. Many facets of the polyelectrolyte and oppositely charged colloidal particle complexation: counterion release and electrical conductivity behavior.

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    Cametti, C; Truzzolillo, D

    2011-06-01

    The lateral correlated adsorption of polyions onto oppositely charged vesicles, leading to the formation of stable equilibrium clusters of mesoscopic size, is associated to the release of a fraction of counterions, initially condensed on the polyion chains. This ulterior release of counterions provokes an increase of the number of free ions, besides the ones due to the partial ionization of both charged particles and polyions, that can be appropriately monitored by means of electrical conductivity measurements of the whole system. We have investigated this behavior in a suspension of cationic vesicles made up by dioleoyl trimethyl ammonium propane (DOTAP) liposomial vesicles interacting with an anionic polyelectrolyte composed by polyacrylate sodium salt. This system has been in the past extensively studied by us by means of different experimental techniques, and its behavior has been sufficiently characterized, as far as hydrodynamic and electrical properties are concerned. In this note, we report on the dc electrical conductivity behavior during the whole aggregation process, from the single polyion-coated liposomal particles, to polyion-induced liposome clusters, to finally polyion-fully covered liposomes, in polyion excess conditions. We have evaluated the excess of released counterions on the basis of the standard theory of the electrical properties of aqueous charged solutions and compared this quantity with the one predicted by the lateral correlation adsorption model. The agreement is quite good, offering strong experimental evidence of the role played by the release of counterions in the aggregation process. Finally, we have considered a similar liposomial system, where the lateral correlation adsorption was inhibited by structural reasons, having replaced the polyion by a simple electrolyte, whose dissociated ions will adsorb randomly at the particle surface, rather than in a correlated manner. In this case, no counterion release upon complexation occurs

  17. Universal properties of complexes formed by two oppositely charged flexible polyelectrolytes

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    Results of molecular dynamics simulations for systems with two flexible, oppositely charged polymer chains are presented. It is shown that the chains aggregate into densely packed structures. The universal properties of the formed complexes are investigated as a function of chain length and interaction strength. For weakly interacting systems, a chain length-dependent effective interaction strength is obtained which governs the initiation of the aggregation process. At intermediate interaction strengths, the formed complexes exhibit a scaling behaviour with respect to molecular weight typically for chain molecules in a bad solvent. An unusual weak dependence of the radius of gyration on the interaction strength is found in this regime. Finally, for strong interactions, tightly packed globules are obtained. The radii of gyration and the densities of the complexes are discussed

  18. New liner and reticular polyelectrolytes based an acetoacetic ehter and acrylic acid: synthesis, structure and stimulating sensitivity characteristics

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    Novel linear and crosslinked poly-carbolytes based on acetoacetic ester and acrylic acid were synthesized for the first time via Michael addition reaction followed by the radical poly-mineralization. The structure and properties of polyelectrolytes were characterized by FTIR, Raman and NMR spectroscopy, TGA, DSC, GPC, viscosimetry, and potentiometric titration. Considerable influence of water content on the swelling rate of hydrogel was established. The swelling-deswelling properties of hydrogels were studied in water-organic solvent mixtures, electric and magnetic fields. (author)

  19. In situ-ATR-FTIR analysis on the uptake and release of streptomycin from polyelectrolyte complex layers

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    Torger, B.; Müller, M.

    2013-03-01

    In-situ ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and line shape analysis of the diagnostic spectral region was used to quantify the bound amount and release of the antibiotic streptomycin (STRP) at polyelectrolyte (PEL) multilayers (PEM) of poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) or PEI and sodium alginate (ALG). Unlike common concepts based on the drug enrichment of the release medium, this analytical concept allowed to measure quantitatively the drug depletion in the delivery matrix. The measured kinetic in situ ATR-FTIR data were analysed by a modified Korsmeyer-Peppas equation based on two characteristic release parameters k and n. As main experimental parameters the number of PEL layers (adsorption steps) z and the STRP/PEL ratio were varied. For z = 8 the STRP/PEL ratio showed the most significant influence on release kinetics, whereby for STRP/PEL = 1:25 slowest (n = 0.77) and lowest (k = 21.4%) and for STRP/PEL = 1:5 most rapid (n = 0.30) and highest (k = 58.6%) drug releases were found. PEM-PEI/ALG-8 (STRP/PEL = 1:5) revealed slower release rates (n = 0.58) and lower released STRP amounts (k = 17.1%) compared to PEI/PAA. UV-VIS data on time dependent STRP enrichment of the release medium showed a similar trend compared to respective ATR-FTIR data on STRP depletion in PEM. Released amounts of around 1-2 mg from the herein introduced PEM films could be determined. The introduced analytical concept will be used as screening tool for other drugs, drug eluting films and bone substituting materials.

  20. Rodlike Complexes of a Polyelectrolyte (Hyaluronan) and a Protein (Lysozyme) observed by SANS

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    Boué, François; Cousin, Fabrice; Grillo, Isabelle; Morfin, Isabelle; 10.1021/bm100861g

    2012-01-01

    We study by Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) the structure of Hyaluronan -Lysozyme complexes. Hyaluronan (HA) is a polysaccharide of 9 nm intrinsic persistence length that bears one negative charge per disaccharide monomer (Mmol = 401.3 g/mol); two molecular weights, Mw = 6000 and 500 000 Da were used. The pH was adjusted at 4.7 and 7.4 so that lysozyme has a global charge of +10 and + 8 respectively. The lysozyme concentration was varied from 3 to 40 g/L, at constant HA concentration (10 g/L). At low protein concentration, samples are monophasic and SANS experiments reveal only fluctuations of concentration although, at high protein concentration, clusters are observed by SANS in the dense phase of the diphasic samples. In between, close to the onset of the phase separation, a distinct original scattering is observed. It is characteristic of a rod-like shape, which could characterize "single" complexes involving one or a few polymer chains. For the large molecular weight (500 000) the rodlike rigid doma...

  1. Control on polyelectrolyte complex nanostructure by the conformation of charged polypeptides

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    Müller, M.; Ouyang, W.; Bohatá, Karolína; Kessler, B.

    Dresden : Network of Excellence, 2005, s. 1-6. [International Symposium on Nanostructured and Functional Polymer-based Materials and Nanocomposites: Nanofun-Poly /1./. Dresden (DE), 24.04.2005-27.04.2005] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA106/04/1118 Grant ostatní: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft(DE) SFB 287 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : polypeptides * polymer films * nanotechnology Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  2. Polyelectrolyte Complexes of a Cationic All Conjugated Fluorene Thiophene Diblock Copolymer with Aqueous DNA

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    Knaapila, Matti; Costa, Telma; Garamus, Vasil M.; Kraft, Mario; Drechsler, Markus; Scherf, Ulrich; Burrows, Hugh D.

    2015-01-01

    We report on the structural and colorimetric effects of interaction of aqueous ∼0.06–1% poly[9,9-bis(2-ethylhexyl)fluorene]-b-poly[3-6-trimethylammoniumhexyl)thiophene] bromide (PF2/6-P3TMAHT) with double-stranded DNA to form PF2/6-P3TMAHT(DNA)x where x is the molar ratio of DNA base pairs to P3T...

  3. Self-Assembled Redox Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Complexes: Nanostructure and Electron Transfer Characteristics of Supramolecular Films with Built-In Electroactive Chemical Functions

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    The mesostructural and electrochemical characterization of a redox-active polyelectrolyte-surfactant complex formed by polyallylamine tagged with an osmium complex and dodecylsulfate is presented. X-ray reflectivity (XRR), grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), contact angle goniometry (CA) and cyclic voltammetry (CV), including the numerical simulation of the voltammetric response, were employed to analyze the structure, stability and the electrochemical response of these supramolecular films. In contrast to redox-active polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs), the self-assembled system presented here shows a mesoscopic order yielding a film of layered structure very stable to an aqueous environment where the hydrophilic moieties (amino and sulfate groups) are not exposed to the solution since a contact angle of 95° is observed upon exposure to water. However, the film shows a self-exchange electron transfer mechanism with an apparent diffusion coefficient of 2 × 10−9 cm2 s−1 for a film of 300 nm of thickness. This behavior shows that the film exposed to an aqueous solution undergoes a fast electron transfer process to/from the electrode surface and ions to/from the electrolyte solution

  4. Brownian dynamics simulations of complexes of hyperbranched polymers with linear polyelectrolytes: Effects of the strength of electrostatic interactions on static properties

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    Static/structural characteristics of non-covalent complexes, formed by terminally charged hyperbranched polymers and oppositely charged neutralizing linear polyelectrolytes, are examined by means of Brownian dynamics computer simulations. Excluded-volume, electrostatic and hydrodynamic interactions are taken into account in implicit solvent. Three pairs of complexes consisting of linear chains and hyperbranched molecules each bearing different molecular weight and distinctly diverse topologies are examined under conditions of varying electrostatic interactions. The findings from the present work demonstrate that through an appropriate modification of internal structure and external stimuli, key attributes of such complexes like size, shape and local density distribution, can be tuned at desired levels, rendering them promising candidates for a wide range of pertinent nanoscale applications

  5. Changes in the Activity and Structure of Urease in the Interaction with Polyelectrolytes

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    Saburova, E. A.; Tikhonenko, S. A.; Dybovskaya, Yu. N.; Sukhorukov, B. I.

    2008-03-01

    The influence of polyelectrolytes on the structural and catalytic characteristics of urease ( Canavalia ensiformis) was studied by the methods of steady-state kinetics, fluorescence spectroscopy, and circular dichroism. It was shown that, of the four polyelectrolytes studied, two of which were negatively charged (polystyrene sulfonate and dextran sulfate) and two were positively charged (polyallylamine (PAA) and polydiallyl dimethylammonium chloride), only PAA was a potent urease inhibitor: 0.5 μg/ml of PAA provided a 50% degree of inhibition for enzyme at neutral pH. It was found that polyelectrolyte did not inhibit urease in the presence of micromolar concentrations of ammonium chloride. Based on the experimental data and the calculated structure of urease from Canavalia ensiformis and on the identity with the amino acid sequence of urease from Bacillus pasteurii, the mechanism of urease inactivation by the PAA polyelectrolyte is discussed. This mechanism does not resemble the inhibiting action of polyelectrolytes on the previously studied oligomeric proteins—lactate dehydrogenase, glutamate dehydrogenase, and hemoglobin. It is proposed that the specific cation-binding sites determining the structural dynamics of the enzyme-polyelectrolyte complex play the regulating role in the urease molecule.

  6. A novel biosensing interfacial design based on the assembled multilayers of the oppositely charged polyelectrolytes

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    A novel biosensing interfacial design strategy has been produced by the alternate adsorption of the oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. A quartz-crystal microbalance (QCM) as a model transducer was modified by use of mercaptoacetic acid (MAA) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) and the adsorption multilayers of the oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. MAA-SAM was first applied to the gold electrode surface of the crystal, and the positively charged chitosan was used as a double-sided linker to attach the negatively charged alginate-HSA antibodies to the negatively charged MAA-SAM layer. The assembly process and conditions were studied using the real-time output device and the surface topologies of the resulting crystals were characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging. It is discovered that the optimal pH of immobilizing antibodies was 7.2 and the suited dilution ratio of antibodies was 10:30. The proposed immunosensor in optimal conditions has a linear detection range of 12.3-184.5 μg/mL for HSA detection. Comparing with the direct immobilization method of antibodies, the immunosensor with the proposed immobilization procedure shows some advantages, such as improved sensitivity due to the well-retained antibody activity and the significantly extended detection range. In particular, the regeneration of the developed immunosensor was simple and fast. Analytical results indicate that the developed immobilization procedure is a promising alternative for the immobilization of biorecognition element on the electrode surface

  7. Efficient inverted polymer solar cells based on conjugated polyelectrolyte and zinc oxide modified ITO electrode

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    Efficient inverted polymer solar cells (PSCs) were constructed by utilizing a conjugated polyelectrolyte PFEOSO3Na and zinc oxide to modify the indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode. The ITO electrode modified by PFEOSO3Na and zinc oxide possesses high transparency, increased electron mobility, smoothened surface, and lower work function. PTB7:PC71BM inverted PSCs containing the modified ITO electrode achieved a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 8.49%, exceeding that of the control device containing a ZnO modified ITO electrode (7.48%). Especially, PCE-10:PC71BM inverted polymer solar cells achieved a high PCE up to 9.4%. These results demonstrate a useful approach to improve the performance of inverted polymer solar cells

  8. Bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic based on polythiophene-polyelectrolyte carbon nanotube composites

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    Reyes-Reyes, M. [Instituto de Investigacion en Comunicacion Optica, Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Alvaro Obregon 64, San Luis Potosi (Mexico); Lopez-Sandoval, R. [Advanced Materials Department, IPICYT, Camino a la Presa San Jose 2055, Col. Lomas 4a. Seccion, San Luis Potosi 78216 (Mexico); Liu, J.; Carroll, D.L. [Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC (United States)

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    It is shown that carbon nanotubes can be used to enhance carrier mobility for efficient removal of the charges in thin film polymer-conjugated/fullerene photovoltaic devices. The fabricated photovoltaic devices consist of poly(3-octylthiophene) (P3OT) polymer blended with undoped multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) and carbon nanotubes doped with nitrogen (CNx-MWNTs). Nanophase formation and dispersion problems associated with the use of carbon nanotubes in polymer devices were addressed through the generation of functional groups and electrostatic attaching of the polyelectrolyte poly(dimethyldiallylamine) chloride (PDDA) in both MWNTs and CNx-MWNT systems. The resultant nanophase was highly dispersed allowing for excellent bulk heterojunction formation. Our results indicate that CNx-MWNTs enhance the efficiency of P3OT solar cells in comparison with MWNTs. (author)

  9. Efficient inverted polymer solar cells based on conjugated polyelectrolyte and zinc oxide modified ITO electrode

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    Yuan, Tao; Zhu, Xiaoguang; Tu, Guoli, E-mail: tgl@hust.edu.cn [Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Zhou, Lingyu [State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian National Laboratory of Clean Energy, Dalian 116023 (China); Zhang, Jian, E-mail: jianzhang@guet.edu.cn [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Guangxi Key Laboratory of Information Materials, Guilin University of Electronic Technology, Guilin 541004 (China)

    2015-02-23

    Efficient inverted polymer solar cells (PSCs) were constructed by utilizing a conjugated polyelectrolyte PF{sub EO}SO{sub 3}Na and zinc oxide to modify the indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode. The ITO electrode modified by PF{sub EO}SO{sub 3}Na and zinc oxide possesses high transparency, increased electron mobility, smoothened surface, and lower work function. PTB7:PC{sub 71}BM inverted PSCs containing the modified ITO electrode achieved a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 8.49%, exceeding that of the control device containing a ZnO modified ITO electrode (7.48%). Especially, PCE-10:PC{sub 71}BM inverted polymer solar cells achieved a high PCE up to 9.4%. These results demonstrate a useful approach to improve the performance of inverted polymer solar cells.

  10. Overcharging of a macroion by an oppositely charged polyelectrolyte

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    The complexation of a polyelectrolyte with an oppositely charged spherical macroion is studied for both salt free and salty solutions. When a polyelectrolyte winds around the macroion, its turns repel each other and form an almost equidistant coil. It is shown that this repulsive correlations of turns lead to the charge inversion: more polyelectrolyte winds around the macroion than it is necessary to neutralize it. The charge inversion becomes stronger with increasing concentration of salt an...

  11. A united physicochemical description of the protonation and metal ion complexation equilibria of natural organic acids (humic and fulvic acids). 2. Influence of polyelectrolyte properties and functional group heterogeneity on the protonation equilibria of fulvic acid

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    Ephraim, J.; Alegret, S.; Mathuthu, A.; Bicking, M.; Malcolm, R.L.; Marinsky, J.A.

    1986-01-01

    Potentiometric studies of the neutralization of several fulvic acid sources with standard base in aqueous and nonaqueous media have been conducted. Analysis of the results with a recently developed unified physicochemical model has shown that the protonation behavior of these fulvic acid sources is a reflection of (1) their polyelectrolyte nature and (2) their heterogeneity. It has been possible to ascribe the polyelectrolyte properties observed to a rather inflexible fulvic acid molecule whose variably charged surface is impermeable to simple electrolyte. ?? 1986 American Chemical Society.

  12. STUDY ON PHOTODYNAMIC AND PHOTORESPONSIVE AZO POLYELECTROLYTES

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    Xiao-gong Wang; Li-feng Wu; Qi-xiang Zhou; Lian Li; Srinivasan Balasubraminian; Jayant Kumar; Sukant K. Tripathy

    2000-01-01

    Several kinds of novel azobenzene-containing polyelectrolytes with special molecular design have been developed from acryloyl chloride or epoxy based precursor polymers. The acryloyl chloride based precursor polymer, poly(acryloyl chloride), was prepared by free radical polymerization of acryloyl chloride. The azo polyelectrolytes were prepared by an esterification reaction between the precursor polymer and corresponding azo chromophores containing a reactive hydroxyl group, followed by hydrolysis of the unreacted acyl chloride groups. The epoxy based precursor polymer was prepared by the reaction between 1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol diglycidyl ether and aniline, and postfunctionalized by azo coupling reaction to form azo polymers containing chromophores with ionizable groups. The polyelectrolytes were characterized by elemental analysis, 1H-NMR, IR and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The photodynamic and photoresponsive properties, as well as self-assembly ofthese azo polyelectrolytes are reported in this paper[1].

  13. Charged colloids, polyelectrolytes and biomolecules viewed as strongly coupled Coulomb systems

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    Löwen, H; Likos, C N; Blaak, R; Dzubiella, J; Jusufi, A; Hoffmann, N; Harreis, H M

    2003-01-01

    A brief review is given on recent studies of charged soft matter solutions, as modelled by the 'primitive' approach of strongly coupled Coulomb systems, where the solvent just enters as a dielectric background. These include charged colloids, biological macromolecules such as proteins and DNA, polyelectrolytes and polyelectrolyte stars. Also some original results are presented on colloid-polyelectrolyte complex formation near walls and on the anomalous fluid structure of polyelectrolyte stars as a function of increasing concentration.

  14. Charged colloids, polyelectrolytes and biomolecules viewed as strongly coupled Coulomb systems

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    A brief review is given on recent studies of charged soft matter solutions, as modelled by the 'primitive' approach of strongly coupled Coulomb systems, where the solvent just enters as a dielectric background. These include charged colloids, biological macromolecules such as proteins and DNA, polyelectrolytes and polyelectrolyte stars. Also some original results are presented on colloid-polyelectrolyte complex formation near walls and on the anomalous fluid structure of polyelectrolyte stars as a function of increasing concentration

  15. Surface interactions in polyelectrolyte-cellulose systems and their implications for flocculation mechanisms

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    Salmi, Jani

    2009-01-01

    The overall purpose of this work was to gain a better understanding on how the different polyelectrolyte systems affect on the interactions between cellulose surfaces, and thus how the different flocculation systems worked on a molecular level. The focus was on studying the effect of cationic polyelectrolytes, polyelectrolyte complexes and architectures formed by polyelectrolyte and nanoparticles on interactions. The main part of the results was obtained using atomic force microscope (AFM). ...

  16. Microstructure of polyelectrolyte nanoaggregates studied by fluorescence probe method.

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    Vasilescu, Marilena; Angelescu, Daniel G; Bandula, Rodica; Staikos, Georgios

    2011-11-01

    The microstructure of water soluble nanoaggregates based on polyelectrolyte complex formed by the cationic comb-type copolymer poly(acrylamide -co-[3- (methacryloyl-amino)propyl] trimethylammonium chloride)-graft- polyacrylamide [P(AM-co-MAPTAC)-g-PAM] and the anionic linear polyelectrolyte sodium polyacrylate (NaPA) was investigated using the fluorescence probe technique. The fluorescence probe were 1-anilinonaphthalene-8-sulfonic acid (ANS), pyrene (Py) and 1,10-bis(1-pyrene) decane (PD). The fluorescence properties in polyelectrolyte complex solutions, which are sensitive to either micropolarity (ANS, Py) or microviscosity (PD), were related to the quantities obtained in different pure or mixed solvents. Micropolarities were quantified utilizing the polarity common index (Reichardt) E(T)(30). ANS and Py showed a variation of the micropolarity with the charge ratio of the two polymers, with the lowest polarity reached at the complex neutralization. The PD probe, by its excimer-to-monomer fluorescence intensities ratio, enabled us to evidence the effect of the composition and the comb-type copolymer grafting density on the microviscosity of the interpolyelectrolytes aggregates. It has been found that the microviscosity increased with the density of the grafting PAM chains. PMID:21688051

  17. Nanohybrid conjugated polyelectrolytes: highly photostable and ultrabright nanoparticles

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    Darwish, Ghinwa H.; Karam, Pierre

    2015-09-01

    We present a general and straightforward one-step approach to enhance the photophysical properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes. Upon complexation with an amphiphilic polymer (polyvinylpyrrolidone), an anionic conjugated polyelectrolyte (poly[5-methoxy-2-(3-sulfopropoxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene]) was prepared into small nanoparticles with exceptional photostability and brightness. The polymer fluorescence intensity was enhanced by 23 -fold and could be easily tuned by changing the order of addition. Single molecule experiments revealed a complete suppression of blinking. In addition, after only losing 18% of the original intensity, a remarkable amount of photons were emitted per particle (~109, on average). This number is many folds greater than popular organic fluorescent dyes. We believe that an intimate contact between the two polymers is shielding the conjugated polyelectrolyte from the destructive photooxidation. The prepared nanohybrid particles will prove instrumental in single particle based fluorescent assays and can serve as a probe for the current state-of-the-art bioimaging fluorescence techniques.We present a general and straightforward one-step approach to enhance the photophysical properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes. Upon complexation with an amphiphilic polymer (polyvinylpyrrolidone), an anionic conjugated polyelectrolyte (poly[5-methoxy-2-(3-sulfopropoxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene]) was prepared into small nanoparticles with exceptional photostability and brightness. The polymer fluorescence intensity was enhanced by 23 -fold and could be easily tuned by changing the order of addition. Single molecule experiments revealed a complete suppression of blinking. In addition, after only losing 18% of the original intensity, a remarkable amount of photons were emitted per particle (~109, on average). This number is many folds greater than popular organic fluorescent dyes. We believe that an intimate contact between the two polymers is shielding the

  18. Surface-active properties of composite systems based on synthetic polyelectrolytes and non-ionic surfactants in saline medium

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available For intensification of the imbibition process of porous systems and for displacing liquids by other liquids, particularly in secondary oil production, the polycomplexes based on synthetic polyelectrolytes and non-ionic surfactants are of interest. The surface activity of solutions of composite systems based on polyethyleneimine (PEI and ethoxylated isooctylphenol (OP-10, PEI and ethylene and propylene oxide block copolymer in pure and mineralized water at the water/air, water/oil interfaces have been studied. In comparison with pure water, a medium salinity causes the increase of solutions surface tension of the surfactants and their mixtures with PEI by 2-4 mJ/m2. The surface tension value increases weakly (by 1-4 mJ/m2 under the mineralization of water. At increased relative concentration of OP-10, ethylene and propylene oxide block copolymer, patterns of surface tension change are similar to those ones in pure water. The wetting action of salt solutions of PEI and block copolymer on the oil substrate formed on the glass plate surface was established.

  19. Solution rheology of polyelectrolytes and polyelectrolyte-surfactant systems

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    Plucktaveesak, Nopparat

    (styrene-alt-sodium maleate) and poly(diisobutylene- alt-sodium maleate) show the polyelectrolyte behavior as predicted. However, the viscosity as a function of concentration of sodium maleate based copolymers with 1-alkenes; 1-octene (C8), 1-decene (C10), 1-dodecene (C12) and 1-hexene (C14) exhibit an abnormal scaling power, which might be caused by aggregation of the alkene tails to form micelles. In the last chapter, we report the rheological properties of aqueous solutions of poly(acrylic acid) and oppositely charged surfactant, dodecyl trimethylammonium bromide (C12TAB). The solution viscosity decreases as surfactant is added, partly because the polyelectrolyte wraps around the surface of the spherical surfactant micelles, shortening the effective chain length. The effects of polymer molecular weight, polymer concentration, and polymer charge have been studied with no added salt. The results are compared with the predictions of a simple model based on the scaling theory for the viscosity of dilute and unentangled semidilute polyelectrolyte solutions in good solvent. This model takes into account two effects of added surfactant. The effective chain length of the polyelectrolyte is shortened when a significant fraction of the chain wraps around micelles. Another effect is the change of solution ionic strength resulting from surfactant addition that further lowers the viscosity. The parameters used in this model are independently determined, allowing the model to make a quantitative prediction of solution viscosity with no adjustable parameters. The model is also applied to predict the decrease in viscosity of various polyelectrolyte/oppositely charged surfactant systems reported in literature. The results are in good agreement with experimental data, proving that our model applies to all polyelectrolytes mixed with oppositely charged surfactants that form spherical micelles.

  20. A ratiometric nanosensor based on conjugated polyelectrolyte-stabilized AgNPs for ultrasensitive fluorescent and colorimetric sensing of melamine.

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    Zhu, Xixi; Xiao, Yi; Jiang, Xiaoying; Li, Jiahui; Qin, Hongling; Huang, Hongmei; Zhang, Youyu; He, Xiaoxiao; Wang, Kemin

    2016-05-01

    A new ratiometric nanosensor is developed for selective and ultrasensitive detection of melamine based on conjugated polyelectrolyte (CPE)-stabilized silver nanoparticles (P1-AgNPs) by perfectly combining the advantages of CPE and AgNPs. P1 featuring a π-delocalized backbone bearing pyridinyl groups can act as an excellent dual-emission fluorescent probe as well as a polymer localizer for AgNPs. In the presence of melamine, the fluorescence intensity at 386nm increases owing to the turn-on of the fluorescence of P1, whereas FL intensity at 488nm decreases due to the melamine-induced aggregation and subsequent aggregation-enhanced emission quenching of P1-AgNPs, therefore leading to the ratiometric fluorescent sensing of analyte. Moreover, analyte-induced aggregation of P1-AgNPs also allows the ratiometric colorimetric measurement of melamine. Under the optimum conditions, this facile ratiometric nanosensor favors the fluorescent and colorimetric determination of melamine in liquid milk products with the detection limit as low as 0.1 and 0.45nM, respectively. PMID:26946011

  1. 3D solid supported inter-polyelectrolyte complexes obtained by the alternate deposition of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate)

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    Maestro, Armando; Llamas, Sara; Álvarez-Rodríguez, Jesús; Ortega, Francisco; Maroto-Valiente, Ángel

    2016-01-01

    Summary This work addresses the formation and the internal morphology of polyelectrolyte layers obtained by the layer-by-layer method. A multimodal characterization showed the absence of stratification of the films formed by the alternate deposition of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate). Indeed the final organization might be regarded as three-dimensional solid-supported inter-polyelectrolyte films. The growth mechanism of the multilayers, followed using a quartz crystal microbalance, evidences two different growth trends, which show a dependency on the ionic strength due to its influence onto the polymer conformation. The hydration state does not modify the multilayer growth, but it contributes to the total adsorbed mass of the film. The water associated with the polyelectrolyte films leads to their swelling and plastification. The use of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy has allowed for deeper insights on the internal structure and composition of the polyelectrolyte multilayers. PMID:26977377

  2. 3D solid supported inter-polyelectrolyte complexes obtained by the alternate deposition of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate).

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    Guzmán, Eduardo; Maestro, Armando; Llamas, Sara; Álvarez-Rodríguez, Jesús; Ortega, Francisco; Maroto-Valiente, Ángel; Rubio, Ramón G

    2016-01-01

    This work addresses the formation and the internal morphology of polyelectrolyte layers obtained by the layer-by-layer method. A multimodal characterization showed the absence of stratification of the films formed by the alternate deposition of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate). Indeed the final organization might be regarded as three-dimensional solid-supported inter-polyelectrolyte films. The growth mechanism of the multilayers, followed using a quartz crystal microbalance, evidences two different growth trends, which show a dependency on the ionic strength due to its influence onto the polymer conformation. The hydration state does not modify the multilayer growth, but it contributes to the total adsorbed mass of the film. The water associated with the polyelectrolyte films leads to their swelling and plastification. The use of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy has allowed for deeper insights on the internal structure and composition of the polyelectrolyte multilayers. PMID:26977377

  3. Selective transport of ions and molecules across layer-by-layer assembled membranes of polyelectrolytes, p-sulfonato-calix[n]arenes and Prussian Blue-type complex salts.

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    Tieke, Bernd; Toutianoush, Ali; Jin, Wanqin

    2005-11-30

    Our recent studies in the field of ultrathin membranes prepared upon layer-by-layer assembly of various polyionic compounds such as polyelectrolytes, calixarenes and polyelectrolytes, and metal hexacyanoferrate salts such as Prussian Blue are reviewed. It is demonstrated that polyelectrolyte multilayers can be used (a) as nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes suitable for water softening and seawater desalination and (b) as molecular sieves and ion sieves for size-selective separation of neutral and charged aromatic compounds. Furthermore, hybrid membranes of p-sulfonato-calixarenes and cationic polyelectrolytes showing specific host-guest interactions with permeating ions are described. The membranes exhibit high selectivities for distinct metal ions. Finally, it is demonstrated that purely inorganic membranes of Prussian Blue (PB) and analogues can be prepared upon multiple sequential adsorption of transition metal cations and hexacyanoferrate anions. Due to the porous lattice of PB, the membranes are useful as ion filters able to separate cesium from sodium ions, for example. PMID:16091277

  4. Macroion Interaction at Polyelectrolyte Brush Interfaces

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    Qu, Chen

    2015-03-01

    The effect of macroions, including synthetic polyelectrolytes, DNA and proteins, on the structure and surface properties of charged polymer thin films remains inadequately understood partially due to the complexity involving the hydrophobic effect and the conformational change of polymeric macroions. In this work, we explore a group of inorganic nanocluster based macroions, hydrophilic polyoxometalates (POMs) of robust nanocluster structure and carrying high surface charges (~ 2-42 negative charges) to investigate their interaction with surface tethered poly-2-vinylpyridine (P2VP) brush-like thin films immersed in aqueous solution. We observe the collapse of swollen P2VP chains by adding POM macroions of increased concentration by AFM, QCM and contact goniometer measurements, in sharp contrast to the increased chain stretching by adding monovalent salts. A careful comparison is made between distinct POMs based on their charge, size and chemical nature. These findings serve as a good reference for theoretical model modification and design of new mesoporous composite membranes.

  5. Reorganization of the 3D matrix of polyelectrolytes complexes of chitosan/chondroitin sulfate swollen in different conditions of pH and immersion time

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    The chitosan (CT), a polysaccharide that has excellent properties for use as biomaterials, shows cationic nature and properties of high charge density in acidic solutions, thus CT can form complex polyelectrolyte (PEC) with polyanionic moieties such as the chondroitin sulfate (CS), a key component of cartilage matrix. We studied the reorganization of chains on 3D matrix of CT/CS PEC at swollen state in different conditions of pH and immersion time. It was verified that this PEC (QT/CS) has the capacity to reorganize its 3D matrix but it depends of the pH of the medium in which it is swelled and the time that remains immersed. The reorganization of the 3D matrix is caused by the reordering of the chains forming the PEC after the release of the CS, that occurs mainly at pH values higher than or close to the pKa of CT (pKa CT) . Such reorganization was detected by X-ray diffraction profiles and allows an increase in crystallinity, thermal stability and pore size of the PEC. This shows that the PEC produced can be processed to suit its use as bio material, applied i.e. as drugs release devices. (author)

  6. Electrostatic self-assembly in polyelectrolyte-neutral block copolymers and oppositely charged surfactant solutions

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    We report on small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) of colloidal complexes resulting from the electrostatic self-assembly of polyelectrolyte-neutral copolymers and oppositely charged surfactants. The polymers are double hydrophilic block copolymers of low molecular weight (between 5000 and 50 000 g/mol). One block is a polyelectrolyte chain, which can be either positively or negatively charged, whereas the second block is neutral and in good solvent conditions. In aqueous solutions, surfactants with an opposite charge to that of the polyelectrolyte interact strongly with these copolymers. The two species associate into stable 100 nm-colloidal complexes which exhibit a core-shell microstructure. For different polymer/surfactant couples, we have shown that the core is constituted from densely packed surfactant micelles connected by the polyelectrolyte chains. The outer part of the complex is a corona formed by the neutral soluble chains. Using a model of aggregation based on a Monte-Carlo algorithm, we have simulated the internal structure of the aggregates. The model assumes spherical cages containing one to several hundreds of micelles in a closely packed state. The agreement between the model and the data is remarkable

  7. Molecular Dynamics Simulation for the Effect of Chain Length of Spacer and Tail of Cationic Gemini Surfactant on the Complex with Anionic Polyelectrolyte%连接基团与尾链长度对阳离子Gemini表面活性剂与阴离子聚电解质复合物影响的分子动力学模拟

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    徐毅; 冯剑; 尚亚卓; 刘洪来

    2007-01-01

    Interaction of anionic polyelectrolyte with cationic gemini surfactant has been investigated by coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation. Polyelectrolyte facilitates the oppositely charged ionic surfactants to aggregate by suppressing the electrostatic repulsion between ionic head groups leading to the formation of micellar complex. With addition of surfactant, the conformation of polyion chain changes from stretched to random coiled to spherical, and at the same time more free micelles are formed by surfactants in mixtures. Increasing the length of spacer or tail chain in gemini surfactant will weaken its interaction with polyelectrolyte and simultaneously strengthen its tendency to self-assemble. The simulation results are consistent with experimental observations and reveal that the electrostatic interaction plays an important role in the interaction of polyelectrolyte with gemini surfactant.

  8. Interaction of actinide cations with synthetic polyelectrolytes

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    The binding of Am+3, Th+4 and UO2+2 to polymaleic acid, polyethylenemaleic acid and polymethylvinylethermaleic acid has been measured by a solvent extraction technique at 250C and either 0.02 or 0.10 M ionic strength. The solutions were buffered over a pH range such that the percent of carboxylate groups ionized ranged from 25 to 74%. The binding was described by two constants, β1 and β2, which were evaluated after correction for complexation of the actinide cations by acetate and hydrolysis. For comparable degrees of ionization, all three polyelectrolytes showed similar binding strengths. In general, these results indicated that the binding of actinides to these synthetic polyelectrolytes is basically similar to that of natural polyelectrolytes such as humic and fulvic acids. (orig.)

  9. Diffusion of polyelectrolytes in polyelectrolyte gels

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    Rahalkar, Anand; Muthukumar, Murugappan

    2015-03-01

    Using dynamic light scattering, we have investigated the diffusion coefficient of sodium poly(styrene sulfonate) in a matrix of poly(acrylamide-co-acrylate) gels. The diffusion coefficient of the probe polyelectrolyte exhibits a crossover behavior from a particle-diffusion to entropic-barrier dominated diffusion, as the molecular weight is increased. The effect of electrostatics, by varying the charge density of the matrix, on probe diffusion constant will be presented.

  10. Interactions of cellulose-based comb polyelectrolyte with oppositely charged surfactant dodecyl-trimethylammonium bromide.

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    Pan, Hong; Chen, Pei-Yao; Liu, Hai-Xue; Chen, Yu; Wei, Yu-Ping; Zhang, Ming-Jie; Cheng, Fa

    2012-07-01

    A comb ethyl cellulose-g-sodium polyacrylate (EC-g-SPA) was synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization. The amphiphilic properties of the EC-g-SPA were determined by surface tension measurements. The interactions between EC-g-SPA and the cationic surfactant dodecyl-trimethylammonium bromide (C12TAB) were investigated by surface tension, turbidity, dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results revealed that the critical aggregate concentration (CAC) of the complexes was 0.8mM. When the C12TAB concentration was lower than the CAC, the hydrodynamic diameter (Dh) of the complexes decreased as the surfactant concentration was increased. As the C12TAB concentration was increased above the CAC, the Dh initially increased slightly, followed by a sharp decrease. The changes in the sizes and shapes of the aggregates were studied by TEM. The interactions between two species and the structure of the EC-g-SPA/C12TAB complexes were also discussed. PMID:24750878

  11. Phase transition in interpenetrating polyelectrolyte networks based on poly(1-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) and polyacrylamide in water/acetone mixtures

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    Ilavský, Michal; Sedláková, Zdeňka; Dušková, Miroslava; Dušek, Karel

    Autrans: Polymer Network Group, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Ministere de la Recherche University Joseph Fourier de Grenoble, Commissariat a lEnergie Atomique, 2002. s. L10. [Polymer Networks Group Meeting Polymer Networks: Functional Networks and Gels /16./. 02.09.2002-06.09.2002, Autrans] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KSK4050111 Keywords : interpenetrating polyelectrolyte networks Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  12. Intracellular interactions of electrostatically mediated layer-by-layer assembled polyelectrolytes based sorafenib nanoparticles in oral cancer cells.

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    Poojari, Radhika; Kini, Sudarshan; Srivastava, Rohit; Panda, Dulal

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, we report the preparation of LbL-nanoSraf (100-300nm) comprising of layer-by-layer (LbL) assembled polyelectrolytes dextran-sulfate/poly-l-arginine, with a multikinase inhibitor sorafenib (Sraf) encapsulated calcium carbonate (CaCO3) nanoparticles for oral cancer therapy in vitro. The zeta potential of LbL-nanoSraf exhibited a negative charge of the polyanionic dextran sulfate, which alternated with a positive charge of polycationic poly-l-arginine indicating a successful LbL assembly of the two polyelectrolyte bilayers on the CaCO3 nanoparticles. The LbL-nanoSraf exhibited an encapsulation efficiency of 61±4%. The LbL-nanoSraf was characterized using field-emission gun scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, atomic force microscopy and confocal laser scanning microscopy. Confocal laser scanning microscopy, flow cytometry and transmission electron microscopic investigations showed the internalization of LbL-nanoSraf in human oral cancer (KB) cells. The LbL-nanoSraf exhibited more potent antiproliferative, apoptotic and antimigratory activities in KB cells than the free drug Sraf. The findings could promote the application of nano-sized LbL assembled polyelectrolytes for the delivery of Raf-kinase inhibitors and provide mechanistic insights for oral cancer therapy. PMID:26998875

  13. Dynamics of polyelectrolyte solutions under a constant gradient of base concentration

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    Okuzono, Tohru; Seki, Tomotaka; Toyotama, Akiko; Yamanaka, Junpei

    2015-08-01

    Phase-separation dynamics of weakly charged polyacid solutions under a constant gradient of base concentration is studied both theoretically and numerically. The time-evolution equation of polymer volume fraction is derived by assuming that the chemical equilibrium of the dissociation reaction is locally established. Numerical simulations of the system in contact with two reservoirs in which the base concentrations differ are performed. The numerical results show that the polymer volume fraction can be transported by the concentration gradient of the base, which leads to the dynamic behavior of mesophase domain structures.

  14. A highly performing electrochemiluminescent biosensor for glucose based on a polyelectrolyte-chitosan modified electrode

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    Dai Hong [Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Analysis and Detection for Food Safety (Fuzhou University) and Department of Chemistry, Fuzhou University, 523 Gongye Road, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); Wu Xiaoping [Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Analysis and Detection for Food Safety (Fuzhou University) and Department of Chemistry, Fuzhou University, 523 Gongye Road, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China)], E-mail: wapple@fzu.edu.cn; Xu Huifeng; Wang Youmei; Chi Yuwu [Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Analysis and Detection for Food Safety (Fuzhou University) and Department of Chemistry, Fuzhou University, 523 Gongye Road, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); Chen Guonan [Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Analysis and Detection for Food Safety (Fuzhou University) and Department of Chemistry, Fuzhou University, 523 Gongye Road, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China)], E-mail: gnchen@fzu.edu.cn

    2009-07-30

    A highly performing ECL glucose biosensor was developed by immobilizing glucose oxidase (GOD) onto a membrane modified glassy carbon electrode, which was prepared by using poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) doped with chitosan. In order to obtain the optimal performance of the ECL biosensor, the composition of modified membranes and a series of measurement conditions were investigated. Under the optimal conditions, this ECL biosensor was able to detect glucose in the range of 0.5-4.0 x 10{sup 4} nM with a detection limit of 0.1 nM (defined as the concentration that could be detected at the signal-to-noise ratio of 3). The relative standard deviation was 0.99% for 5 x 10{sup -8} mol/L glucose in repetitive measurements in the primary 12 potential cycles. This ECL biosensor offered the effectively improved stability of the electron transfer mediator and exhibited excellent properties for the ultrasensitive and selective determination of glucose with good reproducibility and stability. The present biosensor has also been used to determine the glucose concentrations in real serum samples. The recovery value for the assay of glucose ranged from 96.2 to 107% in the serum samples. The present biosensor displayed both specificity for glucose and retention of signal response even in a complex environment. Therefore, it provided an approach to the sensitive determination of glucose.

  15. A highly performing electrochemiluminescent biosensor for glucose based on a polyelectrolyte-chitosan modified electrode

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    A highly performing ECL glucose biosensor was developed by immobilizing glucose oxidase (GOD) onto a membrane modified glassy carbon electrode, which was prepared by using poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) doped with chitosan. In order to obtain the optimal performance of the ECL biosensor, the composition of modified membranes and a series of measurement conditions were investigated. Under the optimal conditions, this ECL biosensor was able to detect glucose in the range of 0.5-4.0 x 104 nM with a detection limit of 0.1 nM (defined as the concentration that could be detected at the signal-to-noise ratio of 3). The relative standard deviation was 0.99% for 5 x 10-8 mol/L glucose in repetitive measurements in the primary 12 potential cycles. This ECL biosensor offered the effectively improved stability of the electron transfer mediator and exhibited excellent properties for the ultrasensitive and selective determination of glucose with good reproducibility and stability. The present biosensor has also been used to determine the glucose concentrations in real serum samples. The recovery value for the assay of glucose ranged from 96.2 to 107% in the serum samples. The present biosensor displayed both specificity for glucose and retention of signal response even in a complex environment. Therefore, it provided an approach to the sensitive determination of glucose.

  16. Structure and "surfactochromic" properties of conjugated polyelectrolyte (CPE): surfactant complexes between a cationic polythiophene and SDS in water

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    Knaapila, Matti; Evans, Rachel C.; Garamus, Vasil M.; Almásy, László; Székely, Noémi K.; Gutacker, Andrea; Scherf, Ullrich; Burrows, Hugh D.

    2011-01-01

    We report on the phase transitions, solution structure, and consequent effect on the photophysical properties of poly[3-(6-trimethylammoniumhexyl)thiophene] bromide (P3TMAHT) in aqueous sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS). Polythiophene was mixed with SDS or deuterated SDS to form P3TMAHT(SDS)x complex (x = the molar ratio of surfactant over monomer units) in D₂O and studied by small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering (SANS/SAXS) and optical spectroscopy. At room temperature, P3TMAHT forms charged ag...

  17. A self-healable and highly stretchable supercapacitor based on a dual crosslinked polyelectrolyte

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    Huang, Yan; Zhong, Ming; Huang, Yang; Zhu, Minshen; Pei, Zengxia; Wang, Zifeng; Xue, Qi; Xie, Xuming; Zhi, Chunyi

    2015-12-01

    Superior self-healability and stretchability are critical elements for the practical wide-scale adoption of personalized electronics such as portable and wearable energy storage devices. However, the low healing efficiency of self-healable supercapacitors and the small strain of stretchable supercapacitors are fundamentally limited by conventional polyvinyl alcohol-based acidic electrolytes, which are intrinsically neither self-healable nor highly stretchable. Here we report an electrolyte comprising polyacrylic acid dual crosslinked by hydrogen bonding and vinyl hybrid silica nanoparticles, which displays all superior functions and provides a solution to the intrinsic self-healability and high stretchability problems of a supercapacitor. Supercapacitors with this electrolyte are non-autonomic self-healable, retaining the capacitance completely even after 20 cycles of breaking/healing. These supercapacitors are stretched up to 600% strain with enhanced performance using a designed facile electrode fabrication procedure.

  18. A Composite Polyelectrolytic Matrix for Controlled Oral Drug Delivery

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    Bawa, Priya; Pillay, Viness; Choonara, Yahya Essop; du Toit, Lisa Claire; Ndesendo, Valence Methaius Kessy; Kumar, Pradeep

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to formulate drug-loaded polyelectrolyte matrices constituting blends of pectin, chitosan (CHT) and hydrolyzed polyacrylamide (HPAAm) for controlling the premature solvation of the polymers and modulating drug release. The model drug employed was the highly water-soluble antihistamine, diphenhydramine HCl (DPH). Polyelectrolyte complex formation was validated by infrared spectroscopy. Matrices were characterized by textural profiling, porositometry and SEM. Drug ...

  19. Thermo-responsive hydrogels from cellulose-based polyelectrolytes and catanionic vesicles for biomedical application.

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    Milcovich, Gesmi; Antunes, Filipe; Golob, Samuel; Farra, Rossella; Grassi, Mario; Voinovich, Dario; Grassi, Gabriele; Asaro, Fioretta

    2016-07-01

    In this study, negatively charged catanionic vesicles/hydrophobically modified hydroxyethylcellulose polymers thermo-responsive hydrogels have been fabricated. Vesicular aggregates were found to act as multifunctional junctions for networking of modified-cellulose water solutions. The contributions of the electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions were evaluated by changing either vesicles composition or the polymer hydrophobic substitution. Thermal-induced size and lamellarity of hydrogel-enclosed vesicles were detected, with further polygonal shape changes induced by cellulose-based polymer addition. The thermal transition was also found to tune hydrogel mechanical behaviour. The network formation was further assessed through molecular insights, which allow to determine the arrangement of the polymer chains on the vesicles' surface. The examined systems exhibited interesting thermo-responsive characteristics. Thus, vesicularly cross-linked hydrogels herein presented can offer a wide variety of applications, i.e. in biomedical field, as multi-drug delivery systems, thanks to their ability to provide for different environments to guest molecules, comprising bulk water, vesicles' interior and bilayers, sites on polymeric chains. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A: 104A: 1668-1679, 2016. PMID:26939864

  20. Metallosupramolecular coordination polyelectrolytes investigated by Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Metallosupramolecular coordination polyelectrolytes (MEPEs) based on rigid and flexible ditopic bis-terpyridine ligands and Fe(II) ions are investigated by Moessbauer spectroscopy. We demonstrate the influence of mechanical stress induced by grinding on the structure of MEPE as well as the ability of MEPE to self-repair through recrystallisation.

  1. INTERACTIONS BETWEEN CATIONIC POLYELECTROLYTE AND PULP FINES

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    Elina Orblin

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Papermaking pulps are a mixture of fibres, fibre fragments, and small cells (parenchyma or ray cells, usually called pulp fines. The interactions between pulp fines and a cationic copolymer of acrylamide and acryloxyethyltrimethyl ammonium chloride were investigated based on solid-liquid isotherms prepared under different turbulence, and subsequent advanced surface characterization using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS. The surface charge and surface area of pulp fine substrates were measured by methylene blue sorption-XPS analysis and nitrogen adsorption combined with mercury porosimetry, respectively. The driving force behind polyelectrolyte adsorption was the amount of the surface anionic charge, whereas surface area appeared to be of less importance. Based on a comparison of solid-liquid and XPS sorption isotherms, different polyelectrolyte conformations were suggested, depending on the types of fines: A flatter conformation and partial cell-wall penetration of polyelectrolytes on kraft fines from freshly prepared pulp, and a more free conformation with extended loops and tails on lignocellulosic fines from recycled pulp. Additionally, ToF-SIMS imaging proved that recycled pulp fines contained residual de-inking chemicals (primarily palmitic acid salts that possibly hinder the electrostatic interactions with polyelectrolytes.

  2. Static and ultrafast optical properties of nanolayered composites. Gold nanoparticles embedded in polyelectrolytes

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    Kiel, Mareike

    2012-08-16

    In the course of this thesis gold nanoparticle/polyelectrolyte multilayer structures were prepared, characterized, and investigated according to their static and ultrafast optical properties. Using the dip-coating or spin-coating layer-by-layer deposition method, gold-nanoparticle layers were embedded in a polyelectrolyte environment with high structural perfection. Typical structures exhibit four repetition units, each consisting of one gold-particle layer and ten double layers of polyelectrolyte (cationic+anionic polyelectrolyte). The structures were characterized by X-ray reflectivity measurements, which reveal Bragg peaks up to the seventh order, evidencing the high stratification of the particle layers. In the same measurements pronounced Kiessig fringes were observed, which indicate a low global roughness of the samples. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) images verified this low roughness, which results from the high smoothing capabilities of polyelectrolyte layers. This smoothing effect facilitates the fabrication of stratified nanoparticle/polyelectrolyte multilayer structures, which were nicely illustrated in a transmission electron microscopy image. The samples' optical properties were investigated by static spectroscopic measurements in the visible and UV range. The measurements revealed a frequency shift of the reflectance and of the plasmon absorption band, depending on the thickness of the polyelectrolyte layers that cover a nanoparticle layer. When the covering layer becomes thicker than the particle interaction range, the absorption spectrum becomes independent of the polymer thickness. However, the reflectance spectrum continues shifting to lower frequencies (even for large thicknesses). The range of plasmon interaction was determined to be in the order of the particle diameter for 10 nm, 20 nm, and 150 nm particles. The transient broadband complex dielectric function of a multilayer structure was determined experimentally by ultrafast pump

  3. Development of Highly-Conductive Polyelectrolytes for Lithium Batteries

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    Shriver, D. F.; Ratner, M. A.; Vaynman, S.; Annan, K. O.; Snyder, J. F.

    2003-01-01

    Future NASA and Air Force missions require reliable and safe sources of energy with high specific energy and energy density that can provide thousands of charge-discharge cycles at more than 40% depth- of-discharge and that can operate at low temperatures. All solid-state batteries have substantial advantages with respect to stability, energy density, storage fife and cyclability. Among all solid-state batteries, those with flexible polymer electrolytes offer substantial advantages in cell dimensionality and commensurability, low temperature operation and thin film design. The above considerations suggest that lithium-polymer electrolyte systems are promising for high energy density batteries and should be the systems of choice for NASA and US Air Force applications. Polyelectrolytes (single ion conductors) are among most promising avenues for achieving a major breakthrough 'in the applicability of polymer- based electrolyte systems. Their major advantages include unit transference number for the cation, reduced cell polarization, minimal salt precipitation, and favorable electrolyte stability at interfaces. Our research is focused on synthesis, modeling and cell testing of single ion carriers, polyelectrolytes. During the first year of this project we attempted the synthesis of two polyelectrolytes. The synthesis of the first one, the poly(ethyleneoxide methoxy acrylateco-lithium 1,1,2-trifluorobutanesulfonate acrylate, was attempted few times and it was unsuccessful. We followed the synthetic route described by Cowie and Spence. The yield was extremely low and the final product could not be separated from the impurities. The synthesis of this polyelectrolyte is not described in this report. The second polyelectrolyte, comb polysiloxane polyelectrolyte containing oligoether and perfluoroether sidechains, was synthesized in sufficient quantity to study the range of properties such as thermal stability, Li- ion- conductivity and stability toward lithium metal. Also

  4. Conjugated polyelectrolytes fundamentals and applications

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    Liu, Bin

    2013-01-01

    This is the first monograph to specifically focus on fundamentals and applications of polyelectrolytes, a class of molecules that gained substantial interest due to their unique combination of properties. Combining both features of organic semiconductors and polyelectrolytes, they offer a broad field for fundamental research as well as applications to analytical chemistry, optical imaging, and opto-electronic devices. The initial chapters introduce readers to the synthesis, optical and electrical properties of various conjugated polyelectrolytes. This is followed by chapters on the applica

  5. Polyelectrolyte-based electrochemiluminescence enhancement for Ru(bpy)₃²⁺ loaded by SiO₂ nanoparticle carrier and its high sensitive immunoassay.

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    Ge, Zhi-Li; Song, Tian-Mei; Chen, Zhe; Guo, Wu-Run; Xie, Hong-Ping; Xie, Lian

    2015-03-01

    In this paper the strong electrochemiluminescence (ECL) nanoparticles have been prepared based on the anionic polyelectrolyte sodium polyacrylate (PAA)-ECL enhancement for Ru(bpy)3(2+), which were loaded by the carrier of SiO2 nanoparticle. There were two kinds of Ru(bpy)3(2+) for the as-prepared nanoparticles, the doped one and the exchanged one. The former was loaded inside the ECL nanoparticles by doping, in a form of ion-pair macromolecules PAA-Ru(bpy)3(2+). The corresponding ECL was enhanced about 2 times owing to the doping increase of Ru(bpy)3(2+). The latter was loaded on the PAA-doped Nafion membrane by ion exchange. The corresponding ECL was enhanced about 3 times owing to the ion-exchanging increase of Ru(bpy)3(2+). At the same time, ECL intensity of the doped-inside Ru(bpy)3(2+) was further enhanced 13 times because polyelectrolyte PAA in the doped membrane could obviously enhance electron transfer between the doped Ru(bpy)3(2+) and the working electrode. Furthermore, based on hydrophobic regions of the doped membrane antibody labeling could be easily realized by the as-prepared nanoparticles and then a high sensitive ECL immunoassay for HBsAg was developed. The linear range was between 1.0 and 100 pg mL(-1) (R(2)=0.9912). The detection limit could be as low as 0.11 pg mL(-1) (signal-to-noise ratio=3). PMID:25682425

  6. Curvature elasticity of a grafted polyelectrolyte brush

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    Lei, Zhen; Miao, Bing; Yang, Shuang; Chen, Er-Qiang

    2015-06-01

    The curvature elasticity of a polyelectrolyte brush monolayer attached to curved surface is investigated theoretically. An analytical method based on the strong-stretching theory for a Gaussian chain is developed to calculate the elastic modulus induced by a polyelectrolyte brush. In particular, the scaling relations for the bending or Gaussian modulus with respect to system parameters related to the electrostatic interaction (degree of ionization and salt concentration) are derived. Using the numerical self-consistent-field theory, the inner structural, free-energy, and elastic moduli are computed for the polyelectrolyte brush with excluded-volume interactions. Compared to the analytical result, the curvature elasticity has a weaker dependence on the system parameters, which is attributed to the linearization for the Poisson-Boltzmann equation in the analytical treatment. Furthermore, our results are compared to the curvature elasticity of a bare charged surface, wherefrom the unique polyelectrolyte brush effect on the surface elasticity is clarified clearly. The scaling relations derived in our paper can serve as a guide to experimental studies on the related systems.

  7. Supramolecular Langmuir monolayers and multilayered vesicles of self-assembling DNA–lipid surface structures and their further implications in polyelectrolyte-based cell transfections

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    Demirsoy, Fatma Funda Kaya [Ankara University, The Central Laboratory of The Institute of Biotechnology (Turkey); Eruygur, Nuraniye [Gazi University, Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy (Turkey); Süleymanoğlu, Erhan, E-mail: erhans@mail.ru [Gazi University, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy (Turkey)

    2015-01-15

    The basic interfacial characteristics of DNA–lipid recognitions have been studied. The complex structures of individual unbound DNA molecules and their binary and ternary complexes with zwitterionic lipids and divalent cations were followed by employing lipid monolayers at the air–liquid interfaces, as well as by performing various microscopic, spectroscopic, and thermodynamic measurements with multilayered vesicles. The pressure-area isotherms depicted that Mg{sup 2+}-ions increase the surface pressure of lipid films and thus give rise to electrostatic and hydrophobic lipid–DNA interactions in terms of DNA adsorption, adhesion, and compaction. These features were further approached by using multilamellar vesicles with a mean diameter of 850 nm, where a metal ion-directed nucleic acid compaction and condensation effects were shown. The data obtained show the effectiveness of Langmuir monolayers and lipid multilayers in studying nucleic acid–lipid recognitions. The data provide with further details and support previous reports on mainly structural features of these recognitions. Biomolecular surface recognition events were presented in direct link with spectral and thermodynamic features of lipid vesicle–polynucleotide complex formations. The results serve to build a theoretical model considering the use of neutral lipids in lipoplex designs as a polyelectrolyte alternatives to the currently employed cytotoxic cationic liposomes. The supramolecular structures formed and their possible roles in interfacial electrostatic and hydrophobic mechanisms of endosomal escape in relevant cell transfection assays are particularly emphasized.

  8. Proton binding by linear, branched, and hyperbranched polyelectrolytes

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    Koper, G.J.M.; Borkovec, M.

    2010-01-01

    This article reviews our understanding of ionization processes of weak polyelectrolytes. The emphasis is put on a general introduction to site binding models, which are able to account for many experimental features of linear and branched polyelectrolytes, including dendrimers. These models are fully compatible with the classical description of acid-base equilibria. The review further discusses the nature of the site-site interaction and role of conformational equilibria. Experimental chargin...

  9. A self-healing hydrogel formation strategy via exploiting endothermic interactions between polyelectrolytes.

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    Ren, Ying; Lou, Ruyun; Liu, Xiaocen; Gao, Meng; Zheng, Huizhen; Yang, Ting; Xie, Hongguo; Yu, Weiting; Ma, Xiaojun

    2016-05-01

    We report a strategy to synthesize self-healing hydrogels via exploiting endothermic interactions between polyelectrolytes. Natural polysaccharides and their derivatives were used to form reversible polyelectrolyte complexes by selecting appropriately charged chemical groups and counterions. This simple and effective method to fabricate self-healing hydrogels will find applications in diverse fields such as surface coating and 3D printing. PMID:27078585

  10. Scaling Laws of Polyelectrolyte Adsorption

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    Borukhov, I.; Andelman, D.; Orland, H.

    1997-01-01

    Adsorption of charged polymers (polyelectrolytes) from a semi-dilute solution to a charged surface is investigated theoretically. We obtain simple scaling laws for (i) the amount of polymer adsorbed to the surface, Gamma, and (ii) the width of the adsorbed layer D, as function of the fractional charge per monomer p and the salt concentration c_b. For strongly charged polyelectrolytes (p

  11. Synthesis of fluorene-based polyelectrolytes tethering different counterions for single-component white light-emitting electrochemical cells

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    Yang, Sheng-Hsiung; Tsai, Chia-Sheng; Liu, Bo-Cun; Su, Hai-Ching

    2013-09-01

    A series of polyfluorene (PF) electrolytes bearing Br-, BF4 -, or PF6 - counterions were synthesized and characterized. 2,1,3-benzoselenadiazole moieties were incorporated into polymer main chains to produce single-component white lightemitting polymers. The thermal stability of Br-containing ionic PF was decreased because of the Hofmann elimination occurred at higher temperature. By replacing Br- with BF4 - or PF6 - counterions, the thermal stability of polymers was significantly improved. The emission intensity around 550 nm was decreased for ionic polyelectrolytes. The optimized spin-coated light-emitting electrochemical cell (LEC) with the configuration of ITO/PEDOT/polymer/Ag showed a maximum luminescence efficiency of 1.56 lm/W at a low operation bias of 3 V. The single-component LEC device exhibited pure white light emission with CIE'1931 coordinates approaching (0.33, 0.33) and high color rendering index (CRI < 85), referring to its potential use in solid-state-lighting application.

  12. Donor Schiff Base Polymeric Complexes

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    Shubhangi N. Kotkar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A series of new polymeric complexes of Mn(II, Co(II, Ni(II, Cu(II, and Zn(II were prepared with a Schiff base ligand derived from condensation of 2,4-dihydroxy acetophenone and p-phenylene diamine and characterized by elemental analysis and IR and NMR spectral data. The antimicrobial activity of the Schiff base and its polymeric complexes have been studied.

  13. Study of polyelectrolytes for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Final report

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    To assess the safety of a potential radioactive waste repository, analysis of the fluid solution containing low levels of activity need to be performed. In some cases, the radioactivity would be so weak (3--30 pCi/L) that the solution must be concentrated for measurement. For this purpose, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists are synthesizing some water soluble polyelectrolytes, which, because they are strong complexing agents for inorganic cations, can concentrate the radioelements in solution. To assist in characterization of these polyelectrolytes, the author has performed experiments to determine physico-chemical constants, such as pKa values and stability constants. The complexation constants between both polyelectrolytes and europium were determined by two methods: solvent extraction and ion exchange. Results are presented

  14. Polyelectrolyte-based electrochemiluminescence enhancement for Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+} loaded by SiO{sub 2} nanoparticle carrier and its high sensitive immunoassay

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    Ge, Zhi-Li; Song, Tian-Mei; Chen, Zhe [College of Pharmaceutical Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Guo, Wu-Run [College of Pharmaceutical Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, China West Normal University, Nanchong 637002 (China); Xie, Hong-Ping, E-mail: hpxie@suda.edu.cn [College of Pharmaceutical Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Xie, Lian, E-mail: xielian@suda.edu.cn [College of Pharmaceutical Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China)

    2015-03-03

    Highlights: • Preparation of strong ECL nanoparticles PAA–Ru@SiO{sub 2}/[PAA⋯Ru&Nafion⋯Ru]. • Ion-pair macromolecule PAA–Ru formed to greatly increase the doping amount. • PAA&Nafion membrane increased the amount of ion-exchanged Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+}. • PAA&Nafion membrane enhanced the ability of electron transfer. • Realized antibody labeling and established a high-sensitive immunoassay. - Abstract: In this paper the strong electrochemiluminescence (ECL) nanoparticles have been prepared based on the anionic polyelectrolyte sodium polyacrylate (PAA)-ECL enhancement for Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+}, which were loaded by the carrier of SiO{sub 2} nanoparticle. There were two kinds of Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+} for the as-prepared nanoparticles, the doped one and the exchanged one. The former was loaded inside the ECL nanoparticles by doping, in a form of ion-pair macromolecules PAA–Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+}. The corresponding ECL was enhanced about 2 times owing to the doping increase of Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+}. The latter was loaded on the PAA-doped Nafion membrane by ion exchange. The corresponding ECL was enhanced about 3 times owing to the ion-exchanging increase of Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+}. At the same time, ECL intensity of the doped-inside Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+} was further enhanced 13 times because polyelectrolyte PAA in the doped membrane could obviously enhance electron transfer between the doped Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+} and the working electrode. Furthermore, based on hydrophobic regions of the doped membrane antibody labeling could be easily realized by the as-prepared nanoparticles and then a high sensitive ECL immunoassay for HBsAg was developed. The linear range was between 1.0 and 100 pg mL{sup −1} (R{sup 2} = 0.9912). The detection limit could be as low as 0.11 pg mL{sup −1} (signal-to-noise ratio = 3)

  15. Dielectric discontinuity effects on the adsorption of a linear polyelectrolyte at the surface of a neutral nanoparticle

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    Seijo, Marianne; Pohl, Martin; Ulrich, Serge; Stoll, Serge

    2009-01-01

    The formation of complexes between nanoparticles and polyelectrolytes is a key process for the control of the reactivity of manufactured nanoparticles and rational design of core shell nanostructures. In this work, we investigate the influence of the nanoparticle dielectric constant on the adsorption of a linear charged polymer polyelectrolytes at the surface of a neutral nanoparticle. The polyelectrolyte linear charge density, as well as the image charges in the nanoparticle due to the diele...

  16. Bioresorbable polyelectrolytes for smuggling drugs into cells.

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    Jaganathan, Sripriya

    2016-06-01

    There is ample evidence that biodegradable polyelectrolyte nanocapsules are multifunctional vehicles which can smuggle drugs into cells, and release them upon endogenous activation. A large number of endogenous stimuli have already been tested in vitro, and in vivo research is escalating. Thus, the interest in the design of intelligent polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) drug delivery systems is clear. The need of the hour is a systematic translation of PEM-based drug delivery systems from the lab to clinical studies. Reviews on multifarious stimuli that can trigger the release of drugs from such systems already exist. This review summarizes the available literature, with emphasis on the recent progress in PEM-based drug delivery systems that are receptive in the presence of endogenous stimuli, including enzymes, glucose, glutathione, pH, and temperature, and addresses different active and passive drug targeting strategies. Insights into the current knowledge on the diversified endogenous approaches and methodological challenges may bring inspiration to resolve issues that currently bottleneck the successful implementation of polyelectrolytes into the catalog of third-generation drug delivery systems. PMID:25961363

  17. Improving Photocatalytic Activity through Electrostatic Self-Assembly: Polyelectrolytes as Tool for Solar Energy Conversion?

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    Groehn, Franziska

    2015-03-01

    With regard to the world's decreasing energy resources, developing strategies to exploit solar energy become more and more important. One approach is to take advantage of photocatalysis. Inspired by natural systems such as assemblies performing photosynthesis, it is highly promising to self-assemble synthetic functional species to form more effective or tailored supramolecular units. In this contribution, a new type of photocatalytically active self-assembled nanostructures in aqueous solution will be presented: supramolecular nano-objects obtained through self-assembly of macroions and multivalent organic or inorganic counterions. Polyelectrolyte-porphyrin nanoscale assemblies exhibit up to 10-fold higher photocatalytic activity than the corresponding porphyrins without polymeric template. Other self-assembled catalysts based on polyelectrolytes can exhibit expressed selectivity in a photocatalytic model reaction or even allow catalytic reactions in solution that are not possible with the building blocks only. Further, current results on combining different functional units at the polyelectrolyte template represent a next step towards more complex supramolecular structures for solar energy conversion.

  18. Specific counterion repercussions on the thermal, pH-response, and electrochemical properties of side-chain leucine based chiral polyelectrolytes.

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    Narayanan, Amal; Bauri, Kamal; Ruidas, Bhuban; Pradhan, Goutam; Banerjee, Sanjib; De, Priyadarsi

    2014-11-11

    Effects of counterions of side chain amino acid based polyelectrolytes (PEs) on the solubility in aqueous medium, pH responsiveness, thermal properties, and ionic conductivities have been appraised. Deprotection of the tert-butyl carbamate (Boc) group from poly(Boc-l-leucine methacryloyloxyethyl ester) [P(Boc-l-Leu-HEMA)] was carried out to produce PE with trifluoroacetate as an associative counteranion (1a). PEs with bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide and hexafluorophosphate counteranion were prepared through anion exchange reactions of 1a. Protonation of the neutralized polymer (2) obtained from 1a, followed by anion exchange, leads to the production of miscellaneous PEs bearing different counteranions, such as tetrafluoroborate, trifluoromethanesulfonate, chloride, and nitrate. Differential scanning calorimetry traces of the PEs reveal that the comparatively larger and weakly coordinated counteranions require less thermal energy to dissociate, and thus, the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the PEs fall off with an increase in the size of the counteranion. A remarkable conductivity of 2.1 mS/cm was obtained in deionized water when Cl(-) acted as the counteranion. Steric and electronic factors of the counteranion induce a change of transition pH in different PEs, although the chiroptical nature was retained, as confirmed by circular dichroism spectroscopy. PMID:25333268

  19. Polyelectrolyte Multilayers in Tissue Engineering

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    Detzel, Christopher J.; Larkin, Adam L.; Rajagopalan, Padmavathy

    2011-01-01

    The layer-by-layer assembly of sequentially adsorbed, alternating polyelectrolytes has become increasingly important over the past two decades. The ease and versatility in assembling polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) has resulted in numerous wide ranging applications of these materials. More recently, PEMs are being used in biological applications ranging from biomaterials, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and drug delivery. The ability to manipulate the chemical, physical, surface...

  20. Ion binding by humic and fulvic acids: A computational procedure based on functional site heterogeneity and the physical chemistry of polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Ion binding equilibria for humic and fulvic acids are examined from the point of view of functional site heterogeneity and the physical chemistry of polyelectrolyte solutions. A detailed explanation of the potentiometric properties of synthetic polyelectrolytes and ion-exchange gels is presented first to provide the basis for a parallel consideration of the potentiometric properties exhibited by humic and fulvic acids. The treatment is then extended to account for functional site heterogeneity. Sample results are presented for analysis of the ion-binding reactions of a standard soil fulvic acid (Armadale Horizons Bh) with this approach to test its capability for anticipation of metal ion removal from solution. The ultimate refined model is shown to be adaptable, after appropriate consideration of the heterogeneity and polyelectrolyte factors, to programming already available for the consideration of ion binding by inorganics in natural waters. (orig.)

  1. Ion transport through electrolyte/polyelectrolyte multi-layers

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    Femmer, Robert; Mani, Ali; Wessling, Matthias

    2015-06-01

    Ion transport of multi-ionic solutions through layered electrolyte and polyelectrolyte structures are relevant in a large variety of technical systems such as micro and nanofluidic devices, sensors, batteries and large desalination process systems. We report a new direct numerical simulation model coined EnPEn: it allows to solve a set of first principle equations to predict for multiple ions their concentration and electrical potential profiles in electro-chemically complex architectures of n layered electrolytes E and n polyelectrolytes PE. EnPEn can robustly capture ion transport in sub-millimeter architectures with submicron polyelectrolyte layers. We proof the strength of EnPEn for three yet unsolved architectures: (a) selective Na over Ca transport in surface modified ion selective membranes, (b) ion transport and water splitting in bipolar membranes and (c) transport of weak electrolytes.

  2. Aggregation dynamics of rigid polyelectrolytes

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    Tom, Anvy Moly; Rajesh, R.; Vemparala, Satyavani

    2016-01-01

    Similarly charged polyelectrolytes are known to attract each other and aggregate into bundles when the charge density of the polymers exceeds a critical value that depends on the valency of the counterions. The dynamics of aggregation of such rigid polyelectrolytes are studied using large scale molecular dynamics simulations. We find that the morphology of the aggregates depends on the value of the charge density of the polymers. For values close to the critical value, the shape of the aggregates is cylindrical with height equal to the length of a single polyelectrolyte chain. However, for larger values of charge, the linear extent of the aggregates increases as more and more polymers aggregate. In both the cases, we show that the number of aggregates decrease with time as power laws with exponents that are not numerically distinguishable from each other and are independent of charge density of the polymers, valency of the counterions, density, and length of the polyelectrolyte chain. We model the aggregation dynamics using the Smoluchowski coagulation equation with kernels determined from the molecular dynamics simulations and justify the numerically obtained value of the exponent. Our results suggest that once counterions condense, effective interactions between polyelectrolyte chains short-ranged and the aggregation of polyelectrolytes are diffusion-limited.

  3. Dynamic Ordering Transitions of Liquid Crystals Driven by Interfacial Complexes Formed Between Polyanions and Amphiphilic Polyamines

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    Kinsinger, Michael I.; Buck, Maren E.; de Campos, Fernando; Lynn, David M.; Abbott, Nicholas L.

    2008-01-01

    We report the design of an amphiphilic polyamine based on poly(2-alkenyl azlactone) (polymer 1) that strongly couples the formation of polyelectrolyte complexes at aqueous/liquid crystal (LC) interfaces to ordering transitions in the LC. We demonstrate that the addition of a strong anionic polyelectrolyte to aqueous solutions in contact with polymer 1-laden LC interfaces (prepared by Langmuir-Schaefer transfer of monolayers of polymer 1 onto micrometer-thick films of nematic LC) triggers orde...

  4. Fabrication of polyelectrolyte multilayered nano-capsules using a continuous layer-by-layer approach.

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    Elizarova, Iuliia S; Luckham, Paul F

    2016-05-15

    The layer-by-layer approach is a highly versatile method for the fabrication of multilayered polymeric films and capsules. It has been widely investigated in research for various polyelectrolyte pairs and core template particles. However, the fabrication of nano-sized capsules at the larger scale is difficult and time consuming, due to the necessity of washing and centrifugation steps before the deposition of each polyelectrolyte layer. This results not only in a very long fabrication time, but also in the partial loss of particles during those intermediate steps. In this study, we introduced a continuous approach for the fabrication of multilayer polyelectrolyte based nano-capsules using calcium phosphate core nanoparticles and a tubular flow type reactor with the potential for synthesizing tens of milligrams of capsules per hour. Adsorption of the polyelectrolyte layer occurred in the tubing where particles and polyelectrolyte solution of choice were mixed, creating a layer of polyelectrolyte on the particles. After this, these newly surfaced-modified particles passed into the next segment of tubing, where they were mixed with a second polyelectrolyte of opposite charge. This process can be continuously repeated until the desired number of layers is achieved. One potential problem with this method concerned the presence of any excess polyelectrolyte in the tubing, so careful control of the amount of polymer added was crucial. It was found that slightly under dosing the amount of added polyelectrolyte ensured that negligible unadsorbed polyelectrolyte remained in solution. The particles created at each deposition step were stable, as they all had a zeta potential of greater than ±25mV. Furthermore the zeta potential measurements showed that charge reversal occurred at each stage. Having achieved the necessary number of polyelectrolyte layers, the calcium phosphate cores were easily removed via dissolution in either hydrochloric or acetic acid. PMID:26939072

  5. Poor-solvent polyelectrolytes

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    Using extensive molecular dynamics simulations we study the behaviour of polyelectrolytes (PEs) in poor solvents, explicitly taking the counterions into account. The resulting pearl-necklace structures are subject to strong conformational fluctuations. These lead to small signatures in the form factor and the force-extension relation, which is a severe obstacle to experimental observations. In addition, we study how the necklace collapses as a function of the Bjerrum length. Finally, we demonstrate that the position of the first peak in the inter-chain structure factor varies with the monomer density as ∼ ρm0.35 for all densities, which shows a pertinent different behaviour as compared to that of PE solutions in good solvent

  6. Estudo das interações entre o complexo polieletrolítico trimetilquitosana/carboximetilcelulose e Cu+2, ácido húmico e atrazina em solução aquosa Study of the interactions between the polyelectrolyte complex trimethylchitosan/carboxymethylcellulose and Cu+2, humic acid and atrazine in aqueous solution

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    Sergio P. Campana-Filho; Douglas de Britto

    2009-01-01

    The polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) resulting from the reaction of sodium carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and N,N,N-trimethylchitosan hydrochloride (TMQ) was prepared and then characterized by infrared spectroscopy and energy dispersive X rays analysis. The interactions involving the PEC and Cu2+ ions, humic acid and atrazine in aqueous medium were studied. From the adsorption isotherms the maximum amount adsorbed (Xmax) was determined as 61 mg Cu2+/g PEC, 171 mg humic acid/g PEC and 5 mg atrazine...

  7. CONJUGATED POLYMERS AND POLYELECTROLYTES IN SOLAR PHOTOCONVERSION, Final Technical Report

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    Schanze, Kirk S [University of Florida

    2014-08-05

    This DOE-supported program investigated the fundamental properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes, with emphasis placed on studies of excited state energy transport, self-assembly into conjugated polyelectroyte (CPE) based films and colloids, and exciton transport and charge injection in CPE films constructed atop wide bandgap semiconductors. In the most recent grant period we have also extended efforts to examine the properties of low-bandgap donor-acceptor conjugated polyelectrolytes that feature strong visible light absorption and the ability to adsorb to metal-oxide interfaces.

  8. Self-Assembly of Polyoxometalate and Polyelectrolyte Macroions into Mechanically Strong Supramolecular Hydrogels

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    Jing, Benxin; Zhu, Y. Elaine

    Polyoxometalate (POM) macroions are the nanoclusters of transition metal oxide with size 1-10 nm and well-defined structure at the atom level. Because of their stoichiometric surface groups and high solubility in polar solvents to form thermodynamically stable solution, POMs are studied as excellent model macroions at nanoscale. In this work, we explore the electrostatic controlled self-assembly of anionic POMs and cationic or zwitterionic polyelectrolytes (PEs) in aqueous solution. Specifically we examine the complex formation of zwitterionic poly (3-(methacryloylamino)propyl]dimethyl(3-sulfopropyl)ammonium hydroxide) (PSBMA) and cationic poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) with tungstate based POMs of varied valence. The phase diagram of POM/polyelectrolyte complexes is determined with varied POM/PE charge ratios. It is interesting to observe the coacervation of POMs with PSBMA. With cationic PDADMAC, hybrid POM-PDADMAC hydrogels can be formed. Nevertheless, POM-PDADMAC complexes exhibit much enhanced mechanical properties in comparison to polymer hydrogel. The viscoelastic properties of hybrid macroion complexes strongly depend on PDADMAC concentration, POM-to-PDADMAC molar ratio, the size and valence of POMs. At the intermediate range of POM-to-PDADMAC concentration ratio, shear thickening and strain hardening are observed with soft supramolecular hydrogels, which is resulted from the non-Gaussian stretching of polymer chains.

  9. Biological and Biomimetic Comb Polyelectrolytes

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    Aristeidis Papagiannopoulos

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Some new phenomena involved in the physical properties of comb polyelectrolyte solutions are reviewed. Special emphasis is given to synthetic biomimetic materials, and the structures formed by these molecules are compared with those of naturally occurring glycoprotein and proteoglycan solutions. Developments in the determination of the structure and dynamics (viscoelasticity of comb polymers in solution are also covered. Specifically the appearance of multi-globular structures, helical instabilities, liquid crystalline phases, and the self-assembly of the materials to produce hierarchical comb morphologies is examined. Comb polyelectrolytes are surface active and a short review is made of some recent experiments in this area that relate to their morphology when suspended in solution. We hope to emphasize the wide variety of phenomena demonstrated by the vast range of naturally occurring comb polyelectrolytes and the challenges presented to synthetic chemists designing biomimetic materials.

  10. Organic and Inorganic Dyes in Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films

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    Vincent Ball

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Polyelectrolyte multilayer films are a versatile functionalization method of surfaces and rely on the alternated adsorption of oppositely charged species. Among such species, charged dyes can also be alternated with oppositely charged polymers, which is challenging from a fundamental point of view, because polyelectrolytes require a minimal number of charges, whereas even monovalent dyes can be incorporated during the alternated adsorption process. We will not only focus on organic dyes but also on their inorganic counterparts and on metal complexes. Such films offer plenty of possible applications in dye sensitized solar cells. In addition, dyes are massively used in the textile industry and in histology to stain textile fibers or tissues. However, the excess of non bound dyes poses serious environmental problems. It is hence of the highest interest to design materials able to adsorb such dyes in an almost irreversible manner. Polyelectrolyte multilayer films, owing to their ion exchange behavior can be useful for such a task allowing for impressive overconcentration of dyes with respect to the dye in solution. The actual state of knowledge of the interactions between charged dyes and adsorbed polyelectrolytes is the focus of this review article.

  11. Charge on a weak polyelectrolyte

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    Wang, Shengqin; Granick, Steve; Zhao, Jiang

    2008-12-01

    Fluorescence measurements with single-molecule sensitivity are used to measure the hydrodynamic size and local pH of a weak polyelectrolyte, poly-2-vinyl pyridine end labeled with pH-sensitive dye, the polyelectrolyte having concentration so low (nanomolars) that molecular properties are resolvable only from fluorescence experiments and cannot be accessed by light scattering. We find that the local pH near the dye, inferred from its brightness, is consistently three orders of magnitude higher than the bulk pH. Upon varying the bulk pH, we measure the collapse point at which hydrophobic attraction overwhelms electrostatic repulsion between charged elements along the chain, and conclude that adding monovalent salt shifts this coil-to-globule collapse to higher pH than in the absence of salt. The influence of salt appears to shift the ionization equilibrium of this weak polyelectrolyte in the direction of the chain possessing enhanced electric charge at a given pH. Phenomenologically, this is opposite to the case for strong polyelectrolytes, although the mechanism differs.

  12. Building Highly Flexible Polyelectrolyte Nanotubes

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    2004-01-01

    @@ Flexibility of polyelectrolyte nanotubes is necessary if they are to be exploited in applications such as developing photoelectric devices with strong mechanical properties. In a recent attempt, high flexibility has been observed from such nanotubes prepared by a research team headed by Prof. Li Junbai of the CAS Institute of Chemistry (ICCAS).

  13. Macrojunctions ordering in polyelectrolyte hydrogels

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    Török, Gy; Lebedev, V. T.; Cser, L.; Buyanov, A. L.; Revelskaya, L. G.

    2000-03-01

    We studied the structure of polyelectrolyte hydrogels of sodium polyacrylate cross-linked by macromolecular allyldextran (supergels). Using high-resolution SANS we have found the specific ordering of macrojunctions (structure's period ∼130 nm) that may be reliable for the network's anomaly swelling.

  14. Collapse of grafted polyelectrolyte layer

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    Borisov, O.; Birshtein, T.; Zhulina, E.

    1991-01-01

    The theory describing chain conformation in a planar layer of grafted polyelectrolyte (polyampholyte) molecules and the conformational transition related to the collapse of this layer caused by the decrease in solvent strenght is developed. Depending on the values of the layer parameters (grafting and charge densities) this transition may occur as a continuous (cooperative) or as a first order phase transition.

  15. Plasma-based surface modifications of polyester fabrics and their interaction with cationic polyelectrolytes and anionic dyes

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    Salem, Tarek Sayed Mohamed

    2012-01-01

    Plasma-based surface modifications offer many interesting possibilities for the production of high value-added polymeric materials. In this work, different plasma-based synthetic concepts were employed to endow poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) fabrics with accessible amine functionalities. These concepts were compared to find out the appropriate engineering methods, which can be further accepted by textile industries to overcome the limited reactivity of PET fabric surfaces, while the bulk ...

  16. Investigation of complexing ability of ionites with various groups to some heavy and transition metal ions

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    Yedil Yergozhin; B. Taussarova; R. Ashkeyeva; L. Tugelbayeva

    2013-01-01

    The physico-chemical and complexing properties of the sorbent based on chloromethylated styrene and divinylbenzene copolymer with nicotinamide groups and copolymers based on metacryloilaminobenzene acids with 2-methyl-5-vinylpyridineisomers are studied. By potentiometric titration method the constant of polyelectrolytes functional groups ionization, the composition and strength of the resulting complexes with ions of some heavy and transition metals are determined.

  17. Lipid layers on polyelectrolyte multilayer supports

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    Fischlechner, Martin; Zaulig, Markus; Meyer, Stefan; Estrela-Lopis, Irina; Cuéllar, Luis; Irigoyen, Joseba; Pescador, Paula; Brumen, Milan; Messner, Paul; Moya, Sergio; Donath, Edwin

    2008-01-01

    The mechanism of formation of supported lipid layers from phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylserine vesicles in solution on polyelectrolyte multilayers was studied by a variety of experimental techniques. The interaction of zwitterionic and acidic lipid vesicles, as well as their mixtures, with polyelectrolyte supports was followed in real time by micro-gravimetry. The fabricated lipid–polyelectrolyte composite structures on top of multilayer coated colloidal particles were characterized by ...

  18. Charge regularization in phase separating polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Muthukumar, M.; Hua, Jing; Kundagrami, Arindam

    2010-01-01

    Theoretical investigations of phase separation in polyelectrolyte solutions have so far assumed that the effective charge of the polyelectrolyte chains is fixed. The ability of the polyelectrolyte chains to self-regulate their effective charge due to the self-consistent coupling between ionization equilibrium and polymer conformations, depending on the dielectric constant, temperature, and polymer concentration, affects the critical phenomena and phase transitions drastically. By considering ...

  19. Formation of redox-active self-assembled polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes integrating glucose oxidase on electrodes: Influence of the self-assembly solvent on the signal generation.

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    Cortez, M Lorena; Ceolín, Marcelo; Azzaroni, Omar; Battaglini, Fernando

    2015-10-01

    In this work the effects of the self-assembly solvent on the structure and electrochemical behavior of redox-active polyelectrolyte–surfactant complexes cast on electrode supports from aqueous and DMF solutions are presented. The complex studied is formed by complexation of osmium complex-modified polyallylamine (OsPA) with dodecyl sulfate (DS) surfactants. The structure of the films was characterized by GISAXS, showing that films present a lamellar mesostructure. However, when they are exposed to humid environments, films cast from aqueous solutions (OsPA–DSaq) undergo a structural transition that ultimately leads to the disappearance of the mesostructural order. On the other hand, OsPA–DS films cast from DMF solutions (OsPA–DSorg) revealed no significant changes upon exposure to humid environments. Both types of films were exposed to glucose oxidase (GOx), showing similar adsorption characteristics. Notwithstanding these similarities in GOx and content, OsPA–DSaq films revealed a more sensitive bioelectrocatalytical response to glucose as compared to OsPA–DSorg films. PMID:26094060

  20. Conductivity study of solid polyelectrolytes based on hydroiodide salt of poly(4-vinyl pyridine-co-butylmethacrylate), poly(4-vinyl pyridine-co-butylacrylate)

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    Samadrita Goswami; Aradhana Dutta

    2013-08-01

    The chain flexibility of poly(4-vinylpyridine) was tried to increase by lowering its glass transition temperature (g) and by increasing its amorphous region by copolymerizing with butyl methacrylate and butylacrylate which act as internal plasticizer. The copolymers were prepared in five different feed molar ratios to optimize the required properties such as higher room temperature conductivity and better film-forming capacity. The conductivity and conduction behaviour of the copolymers, as well as their hydroiodide salts have been reported. There was about 103–104-fold increase in room temperature conductivity of these plasticized polyelectrolytes.

  1. On the difference in ionization properties between planar interfaces and linear polyelectrolytes

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    Borkovec, Michal; Daicic, John; Koper, Ger J. M.

    1997-01-01

    Ionizable planar interfaces and linear polyelectrolytes show markedly different proton-binding behavior. Planar interfaces protonate in a single broad step, whereas polyelectrolytes mostly undergo a two-step protonation. Such contrasting behavior is explained using a discrete-charge Ising model. This model is based on an approximation of the ionizable groups by point charges that are treated within a linearized Poisson–Boltzmann approximation. The underlying reason as ...

  2. Shell formation in short like-charged polyelectrolytes in a harmonic trap

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    Dutta, Sandipan; Jho, Y. S.

    2015-01-01

    Inspired by recent experiments and simulations on pattern formation in biomolecules by optical tweezers, a theoretical description based on reference interaction site model (RISM) integral equation method is developed to calculate the equilibrium density profiles of small polyelectrolytes in an external potential. The formalism is applied to the specific case of a finite number of polyelectrolytes trapped in a harmonic potential. The density profiles of flexible Gaussian and rigid rod-like po...

  3. Appropriate conditions for polyelectrolyte titration to determine the charge of cellulosic fibers

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    Horvath, Elisabet

    2003-01-01

    The polyelectrolyte titration method has been developed overthe years in order to determine the surface charge ofcellulosic fibers. The conditions have been varied depending onthe author. This work has been aimed at resolving theappropriate conditions for measuring the charge, such aselectrolyte concentration and molecular mass of thepolyelectrolyte. The charge ratio of variously treated pulpswas also investigated. The polyelectrolyte titration technique is based on a 1:1adsorption stoichiome...

  4. Amphiphile Adsorption on Rigid Polyelectrolytes

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    Kuhn, Paulo S.; Levin, Yan; Barbosa, Marcia C.; Ravazzolo, Ana Paula

    2007-01-01

    A theory is presented which quantitatively accounts for the cooperative adsorption of cationic surfactants to anionic polyelectrolytes. For high salt concentration we find that the critical adsorption concentration (CAC) is a bilinear function of the polyion monomer and salt concentrations, with the coefficients dependent only on the type of surfactant used. The results presented in the paper might be useful for designing more efficient gene delivery systems.

  5. Polyelectrolyte stars in planar confinement

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    Konieczny, Martin; Likos, Christos N.

    2006-01-01

    We employ monomer-resolved Molecular Dynamics simulations and theoretical considerations to analyze the conformations of multiarm polyelectrolyte stars close to planar, uncharged walls. We identify three mechanisms that contribute to the emergence of a repulsive star-wall force, namely: the confinement of the counterions that are trapped in the star interior, the increase in electrostatic energy due to confinement as well as a novel mechanism arising from the compression of the stiff polyelec...

  6. Shell formation in short like-charged polyelectrolytes in a harmonic trap

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    Dutta, Sandipan; Jho, Y. S.

    2016-01-01

    Inspired by recent experiments and simulations on pattern formation in biomolecules by optical tweezers, a theoretical description based on the reference interaction site model (RISM) is developed to calculate the equilibrium density profiles of small polyelectrolytes in an external potential. The formalism is applied to the specific case of a finite number of Gaussian and rodlike polyelectrolytes trapped in a harmonic potential. The density profiles of the polyelectrolytes are studied over a range of lengths and numbers of polyelectrolytes in the trap, and the strength of the trap potential. For smaller polymers we recover the results for point charges. In the mean field limit the longer polymers, unlike point charges, form a shell at the boundary layer. When the interpolymer correlations are included, the density profiles of the polymers show sharp shells even at weaker trap strengths. The implications of these results are discussed.

  7. Cathodic electrodeposition of cobalt oxide films using polyelectrolytes

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    Composite films consisting of cobalt hydroxide and polyelectrolytes, such as poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) and polyethylenimine (PEI), were obtained by electrodeposition. In the proposed method, electrophoretic deposition of PDDA macromolecules or PEI-Co2+ complexes has been combined with cathodic electrosynthesis of cobalt hydroxide. By varying the concentration of the polyelectrolytes in solutions, the deposition time and the current density, the amount of deposited material and its composition can be varied. The composite deposits have been studied by scanning, transmission and atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetric analysis. The obtained results have been compared with the results of investigation of pure cobalt hydroxide films. Heat treatment of the deposits resulted in decomposition of the hydroxide precursor and burning out of polymer to form cobalt oxide films. This method enables the formation of thick nanostructured oxide films

  8. Guided wave sensing of polyelectrolyte multilayers

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    Horvath, R.; Pedersen, H.C.; Cuisinier, F.J.G.

    2006-01-01

    A planar optical waveguide configuration is proposed to monitor the buildup of thick polyelectrolyte multilayers on the surface of the waveguide in aqueous solutions. Instead of detecting the layer by the electromagnetic evanescent field the polyelectrolyte layer acts as an additional waveguiding...

  9. Interfacial properties of bottle-brush polyelectrolytes

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    Claesson, P. M.; Naderi, A.; Iruthayaraj, J.; Pettersson, T.; Vareikis, A.; Makuska, R.; Iruthayaraj, Joseph

    This article is focused on interfacial properties of bottle brush polyelectrolytes, where side-chains are attached along a polymer backbone. This class of polymer has been much less studied than block copolymers, which is particularly true for bottle brush polyelectrolytes with a high graft density...

  10. Flexible polyelectrolyte conformation in the presence of cationic and anionic surfactants

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    Passos, C. B.; Kuhn, P. S.; Diehl, A.

    2015-11-01

    In this work we have studied the conformation of flexible polyelectrolyte chains in the presence of cationic and anionic surfactant molecules. We developed a simple theoretical model for the formation of the polyelectrolyte-cationic surfactant complexes and mixed micelles formed by cationic and anionic surfactant molecules, in the framework of the Debye-Hückel-Bjerrum-Manning and Flory theories, with the hydrophobic interaction included explicitly as an effective short-ranged attraction between the surfactant hydrocarbon tails. This simple model allows us to calculate the extension of the polyelectrolyte-cationic surfactant complexes as a function of the anionic surfactant concentration, for different types of cationic and anionic surfactant molecules. A discrete conformational transition from a collapsed state to an elongated coil was found, for all surfactant chain lengths we have considered, in agreement with the experimental observations for the unfolding of ​DNA-cationic surfactant complexes.

  11. Complex Wavelet Based Modulation Analysis

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    Luneau, Jean-Marc; Lebrun, Jérôme; Jensen, Søren Holdt

    2008-01-01

     polynomial trends. Moreover an analytic Hilbert-like transform is possible with complex wavelets implemented as an orthogonal filter bank. By working in an alternative transform domain coined as “Modulation Subbands”, this transform shows very promising denoising capabilities and suggests new approaches for joint...... spectro-temporal analytic processing of slow frequency and phase varying signals....

  12. Preparation and Evaluation of Diclofenac Sodium Tablet Coated with Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Film Using Hypromellose Acetate Succinate and Polymethacrylates for pH-Dependent, Modified Release Drug Delivery.

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    Jeganathan, Balamurugan; Prakya, Vijayalakshmi; Deshmukh, Abhijit

    2016-06-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) film formed due to the electrostatic interaction between oppositely charged polyelectrolytes is of considerable interest because of their potential applications as both drug carriers and surface-modifying agents. In this study, in vitro studies were carried out on polyelectrolyte complexes formulated with Eudragit E (EE) and hypromellose acetate succinate (HPMCAS). The complexes of EE and HPMCAS were formulated by non-stoichiometric method. The prepared IPCs were investigated using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Diclofenac sodium (DS) tablets were prepared and were coated with polymer solution of HPMCAS and EE to achieve pH-dependent and sustained-release tablets. Tablets were evaluated for their physical characteristics and in vitro drug release. The results of pharmacokinetic studies in rabbits showed that the selected formulation (F6) exhibited a delayed peak plasma concentration and marked sustained-release effect of drug in the in vivo drug release in comparison with marketed tablet. The suitable combination of PEM film based on EE and HPMCAS demonstrated potential candidate for targeted release of DS in the lower part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. PMID:26283195

  13. Mechanical properties of polyelectrolyte multilayer microcapsules

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    Polyelectrolyte multilayer microcapsules were recently suggested as a new type of nanoengineered microstructures and are potentially important in many areas of science and technology. The present review focuses on the mechanics of these microstructures, emphasizing novel experimental approaches and the main experimental observations. Methods based on confocal and atomic force microscopy-osmotic buckling, osmotic swelling, and compression experiments-are detailed. Also covered is the preparation of multilayer microcapsules and various encapsulation techniques. A discussion of the theoretical models suggested is given. Special emphasis is given to the analysis of experimental data. This covers regimes of deformations, the roles of elasticity and permeability in determining the capsule stiffness, the effects of ageing, molecular weight, pH, salt concentration, and organic solvent on the multilayer shell properties, a contribution from encapsulated (charged and neutral) polymers, and more. (topical review)

  14. The Adsorption of Polyelectrolytes on Hydroxyapatite Crystals.

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    Tsortos; Nancollas

    1999-01-01

    The adsorption of two polyelectrolytes, poly-L-Glutamate and poly-L-Aspartate, on hydroxyapatite (HAP) crystals was studied both experimentally and theoretically. Langmuir adsorption isotherms were obtained for both these molecules, with binding constants K = 6 x 10(6) and 3 x 10(6) M-1, respectively, at 37.0 degreesC, pH 7.4, and 0.15 M ionic strength. A theoretical analysis of the data, based on a model proposed by Hesselink, suggested a "train-loop" type of adsorption with non-electrostatic energy terms 3.51 and 4.76 (kT) for poly-L-Glu and poly-L-Asp, respectively. Copyright 1999 Academic Press. PMID:9878142

  15. A comparison of f-element dissociation kinetics from synthetic polyelectrolytes and humic acid

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    Due to their large complexing capacities, natural humic substances have been proposed as scavengers of toxic metals in aquatic systems. We studied f-element dissociation rates from naturally occurring and well characterized synthetic polyelectrolytes as a function of ph, aging time of the metal complex, and polyacid molecular weight

  16. Hydrogels by irradiation of a synthetic heparinoid polyelectrolyte

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    Sederel, L.C.; Does, van der, Leen; Euverman, B.J.; Bantjes, A.; Kluft, C.; Kempen, H.J.M.

    1983-01-01

    Gamma irradiation of aqueous solutions of a synthetic heparinoid polyelectrolyte results in the formation of hydrogels, varying in water content and mechanical strength. The equilibrium water content and the mechanical strength of the hydrogels are dependent on the initial polyelectrolyte concentration, the molecular weight of the polyelectrolyte, the percentage of double bonds in the polyelectrolyte and the radiation dose. The polyelectrolyte hydrogels do not deplete Antithrombin III from bl...

  17. Macroporous hydrogels based on 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate. Part 2. Copolymers with positive and negative charges, polyelectrolyte complexes

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    Přádný, Martin; Lesný, P.; Smetana Jr., K.; Vacík, Jiří; Šlouf, Miroslav; Michálek, Jiří; Syková, E.

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 16, č. 8 (2005), s. 767-773. ISSN 0957-4530 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/01/0737; GA MŠk LN00A065; GA AV ČR IBS4050005 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : macroporous hydrogels * 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 1.248, year: 2005

  18. Dynamic Ordering Transitions of Liquid Crystals Driven by Interfacial Complexes Formed Between Polyanions and Amphiphilic Polyamines

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    Kinsinger, Michael I.; Buck, Maren E.; Campos, Fernando

    2011-01-01

    We report the design of an amphiphilic polyamine based on poly(2-alkenyl azlactone) (polymer 1) that strongly couples the formation of polyelectrolyte complexes at aqueous/liquid crystal (LC) interfaces to ordering transitions in the LC. We demonstrate that the addition of a strong anionic polyelectrolyte to aqueous solutions in contact with polymer 1-laden LC interfaces (prepared by Langmuir-Schaefer transfer of monolayers of polymer 1 onto micrometer-thick films of nematic LC) triggers ordering transitions in the LCs. We further demonstrate that changes in the ordering of the LCs (i) are driven by electrostatic interactions between the polyelectrolytes, (ii) involve multivalent interactions between the polyelectrolytes, and (iii) are triggered by reorganization of the hydrophobic side chains of amphiphilic polymer 1 upon formation of the interfacial complexes. The results presented in this paper lead us to conclude that ordering transitions in LCs can be used to provide insights into the structure and dynamics of interfacial complexes formed between polyelectrolytes. PMID:18991416

  19. Liquid crystals of polyelectrolyte networks

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    The Onsager theory of nematic liquid crystals is extended to rigid polyelectrolytes cross-linked by polyvalent ions. Recent synchrotron x-ray diffraction experiments showed that dilute, birefringent networks are formed under these conditions. The application of Onsager theory to this system leads to the prediction of the existence of a range of exotic mesophases such as the 'cubatic,' the 'tetratic,' and the 'trigatic.' The exotic network phases appear on the border of regions of phase coexistence of network phase with isotropic material (at low polyvalent ion concentration) and with dense bundles (at high polyvalent ion concentration)

  20. Polyelectrolytes Ability in Reducing Atrazine Concentration in Water: Surface Effects

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    This paper reports on the direct ability of two positively charged organic polyelectrolytes (natural-based and synthetic) to reduce the atrazine concentration in water. The adsorption study was set up using multiple glass vessels with different polymer dosing levels followed by ultrafiltration with a 1 kDa membrane. The addition of polymers exhibited a capability in reducing the atrazine concentration up to a maximum of 60% in surface-to-volume ratio experiments. In the beginning, the theoret...

  1. Screening of hydrodynamic interactions for polyelectrolytes in salt solution

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    Smiatek, Jens; Schmid, Friederike

    2008-01-01

    We provide numerical evidence that hydrodynamic interactions are screened for charged polymers in salt solution on time scales below the Zimm time. At very short times, a crossover to hydrodynamic behavior is observed. Our conclusions are drawn from extensive coarse-grained computer simulations of polyelectrolytes in explicit solvent and explicit salt, and discussed in terms of analytical arguments based on the Debye-Hueckel approximation.

  2. The Design of Polyelectrolyte Multilayers Using Galactosylated Chitosan

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    Arca, Hale Cigdem

    2012-01-01

    A major challenge in hepatic tissue engineering is that liver cells rapidly lose their phenotype in in vitro cell culture systems. For this reason, it is necessary to design biomaterials that can support and enhance hepatic functions. Hepatocytes have a surface protein, called the asialoglycoprotein receptor (ASGP-R), which interacts with galactose via a specific receptor-ligand interaction. Polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) were prepared by the layer by layer method, which is based on elect...

  3. Adaptive Beamforming Based on Complex Quaternion Processes

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Motivated by the benefits of array signal processing in quaternion domain, we investigate the problem of adaptive beamforming based on complex quaternion processes in this paper. First, a complex quaternion least-mean squares (CQLMS algorithm is proposed and its performance is analyzed. The CQLMS algorithm is suitable for adaptive beamforming of vector-sensor array. The weight vector update of CQLMS algorithm is derived based on the complex gradient, leading to lower computational complexity. Because the complex quaternion can exhibit the orthogonal structure of an electromagnetic vector-sensor in a natural way, a complex quaternion model in time domain is provided for a 3-component vector-sensor array. And the normalized adaptive beamformer using CQLMS is presented. Finally, simulation results are given to validate the performance of the proposed adaptive beamformer.

  4. Proton and metal ion binding to natural organic polyelectrolytes-I. Studies with synthetic model compounds

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    Marinsky, J.A.; Reddy, M.M.

    1984-01-01

    A unified physico-chemical model, based on a modified Henderson-Hasselbalch equation, for the analysis of ion complexation reactions involving charged polymeric systems is presented and verified. In this model pH = pKa+p(??Ka) + log(??/1 - ??) where Ka is the intrinsic acid dissociation constant of the ionizable functional groups on the polymer, ??Ka is the deviation of the intrinsic constant due to electrostatic interaction between the hydrogen ion and the polyanion, and alpha (??) is the polyacid degree of ionization. Using this approach pKa values for repeating acidic units of polyacrylic (PAA) and polymethacrylic (PMA) acids were found to be 4.25 ?? 0.03 and 4.8 ?? 0.1, respectively. The polyion electrostatic deviation term derived from the potentiometric titration data (i.e. p(??Ka)) is used to calculate metal ion concentration at the complexation site on the surface of the polyanion. Intrinsic cobalt-polycarboxylate binding constants (7.5 for PAA and 5.6 for PMA), obtained using this procedure, are consistent with the range of published binding constants for cobalt-monomer carboxylate complexes. In two phase systems incorporation of a Donnan membrane potential term allows determination of the intrinsic pKa of a cross-linked PMA gel, pKa = 4.83, in excellent agreement with the value obtained for the linear polyelectrolyte and the monomer. Similarly, the intrinsic stability constant for cobalt ion binding to a PMA-gel (??CoPMA+ = 11) was found to be in agreement with the linear polyelectrolyte analogue and the published data for cobalt-carboxylate monodentate complexes. ?? 1984.

  5. Adsorption of dispersing polyelectrolytes: stabilization of drilling fluids; Adsorption de polyelectrolytes dispersants: stabilisation des fluides de forage

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    Balastre, M.

    1999-11-10

    Instabilities of concentrated colloidal suspensions are a source of many industrial problems, as in drilling fluid formulations where aggregation and severe settling phenomena can occur. Low molecular weight polyelectrolyte dispersants are used to solve these problems, but their optimal use requires a better understanding of the phenomena that are involved. After materials characterization, adsorption mechanisms of two anionic polyelectrolytes (PANa, PSSNa) on a soluble substrate model, barium sulfate powder are studied. Barium sulfate is the principal additive used to adapt the density of drilling fluids. A simple model allows us to propose a distribution of the microscopic species at the interface. Presence of divalent ions induces the formation of a strong complex with the polyelectrolyte. Adsorption and electro-kinetic data are presented and exchange equilibrium are examined in relation with the surface uptake. The binding mechanism and the surface speciation of the polymer groups are deduced from the ion exchange analysis. The macroscopic behavior of suspensions on different conditions (volume fraction, ionic strength, dispersant concentration) is studied by settling and rheological measurements. The macroscopic properties are connected to structural aspects, and we show that dispersing effects are mostly related to electro-steric repulsion. The dispersion state depends on two principal factors adsorbed amounts and adsorbed layer properties, especially the excess charge, and the molecules conformation. (author)

  6. Nanostructured complexes of polyelectrolytes and charged polypeptides

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    Müller, M.; Ouyang, W.; Bohatá, Karolína; Kessler, B.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 12, Sp. Iss. 9 (2010), B519-B528. ISSN 1438-1656. [Sino-German Symposium on Advanced Biomedical Nanostructures /1./. Jena, 26.10.2009-30.10.2009] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : situ ATR-FTIR * alpha-helical polypeptides * multilayer films Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 1.746, year: 2010

  7. Polyelectrolytes to produce nanosized polydopamine.

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    Mateescu, Mihaela; Metz-Boutigue, Marie-Hélène; Bertani, Philippe; Ball, Vincent

    2016-05-01

    "Polydopamine" (PDA) is the oxidation product of dopamine and can be obtained as thin films covering the surface of all kinds of known materials and simultaneously as insoluble and useless precipitates from dopamine solutions in the presence of appropriate oxidants. The valorization of such precipitates to obtain stable suspensions of functional nanomaterials is highly desirable owing to the chemical and optical properties of PDA. We show that a vast repertoire of polyelectrolytes polycations as well as polyanions, allow to control the size of PDA particles in the 10-100nm size range. Simultaneously to the production of smaller nanoparticles, a progressive inhibition of PDA deposition on the surface of quartz plates (as well as on the surface of the reaction vessel) is found as the concentration of the polyelectrolytes is increased in the dopamine solution. The mechanism of size control-inhibition of film deposition is investigated in the particular case of poly(allylamine) but remains not understood in the case of polyanions. PMID:26890383

  8. Estudo das interações entre o complexo polieletrolítico trimetilquitosana/carboximetilcelulose e Cu+2, ácido húmico e atrazina em solução aquosa Study of the interactions between the polyelectrolyte complex trimethylchitosan/carboxymethylcellulose and Cu+2, humic acid and atrazine in aqueous solution

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    Sergio P. Campana-Filho

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The polyelectrolyte complex (PEC resulting from the reaction of sodium carboxymethylcellulose (CMC and N,N,N-trimethylchitosan hydrochloride (TMQ was prepared and then characterized by infrared spectroscopy and energy dispersive X rays analysis. The interactions involving the PEC and Cu2+ ions, humic acid and atrazine in aqueous medium were studied. From the adsorption isotherms the maximum amount adsorbed (Xmax was determined as 61 mg Cu2+/g PEC, 171 mg humic acid/g PEC and 5 mg atrazine/g PEC. The results show that the CMC/TMQ complex has a high affinity for the studied species, indicating its potential application to remove them from aqueous media.

  9. Influence of Higher Valence Ions on Flexible Polyelectrolytes Stiffness and Counter-ion Distribution

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    Chremos, Alexandros; Douglas, Jack F.

    We investigate the influence of counter-ion valency on the flexibility of highly charged flexible polymer chains by molecular dynamics simulations that include both salt and an explicit solvent. A theoretical understanding of solutions of these molecules (e.g., DNA, RNA, and sulfonate polyestyrene) has been slow to develop due to the complex coupling between the polyelectrolyte conformation and the ionic species in solution due to their long range Coulomb interactions. As observed experimentally, we find that divalent counter-ions greatly reduce the chain persistence length, in comparison to monovalent counter-ions, an effect correlated with the tendency of the polyelectrolyte chain to become distorted by divalent counter-ions. We rationalize these results by with the substantial increase of counter-ion population at the interface with the polyelectrolyte, which not only leads to a more effective screening of the bare charge, but also leads to charge inversion in the trivalent counter-ion case. These conformational changes with counter-ion valency are also associated with a drastic increase of the number of contacts the counter-ions have at the interface with polyelectrolyte, an effect associated with polyelectrolyte chain ``coiling'' around the counter-ions. NIST Postdoctoral Fellowship.

  10. Pegylated polyelectrolyte nanoparticles containing paclitaxel as a promising candidate for drug carriers for passive targeting.

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    Szczepanowicz, Krzysztof; Bzowska, Monika; Kruk, Tomasz; Karabasz, Alicja; Bereta, Joanna; Warszynski, Piotr

    2016-07-01

    Targeted drug delivery systems are of special importance in cancer therapies, since serious side effects resulting from unspecific accumulation of highly toxic chemotherapeutics in healthy tissues can restrict effectiveness of the therapy. In this work we present the method of preparing biocompatible, polyelectrolyte nanoparticles containing the anticancer drug that may serve as a vehicle for passive tumor targeting. The nanoparticles were prepared via direct encapsulation of emulsion droplets in a polyelectrolyte multilayer shell. The oil cores that contained paclitaxel were stabilized by docusate sodium salt/poly-l-lysine surface complex (AOT/PLL) and were encapsulated in shells formed by the LbL adsorption of biocompatible polyelectrolytes, poly-L-glutamic acid (PGA) and PLL up to 5 or 6 layers. The surface of the nanoparticles was pegylated through the adsorption of the pegylated polyelectrolyte (PGA-g-PEG) as the outer layer to prolong the persistence of the nanocarriers in the circulation. The synthesized nanoparticles were stable in cell culture medium containing serum and their average size was 100nm, which makes them promising candidates for passive targeted drug delivery. This notion was further confirmed by the results of studying the biological effects of nanoformulations on two tumor cell lines: mouse colon carcinoma cell line CT26-CEA and the mouse mammary carcinoma cell line 4T1. The empty polyelectrolyte nanoparticles did not affect the viability of the tested cells, whereas encapsulated paclitaxel retained its strong cytotoxic/cytostatic activity. PMID:27037784

  11. Polyelectrolyte coatings prevent interferences from charged nanoparticles in SPME speciation analysis

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    Zielińska, Katarzyna, E-mail: kzielinska@gmail.com; Leeuwen, Herman P. van

    2014-09-24

    Highlights: • For the first time SPME fiber is coated with polyelectrolyte layer. • Sorption of nanoparticles on the solid phase surface is prevented. • Polyelectrolyte-modified fiber enables extraction of free analyte in presence of sorbing nanoparticles. - Abstract: In this work we present a new approach for protection of the fiber in solid phase microextraction (SPME) from interfering charged particles present in the sample medium. It involves coating of commercial poly(dimethylsiloxane) extraction phase with polyelectrolyte layer composed of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride), and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate). The modified fiber provides reproducible, convenient and fast extraction capabilities toward the model analyte, triclosan (TCS). A negatively charged polyelectrolyte coating prevents sorbing oxidic nanoparticles from both partitioning into the PDMS phase and aggregation at its surface. The results for the TCS/nanoparticle sample show that the polyelectrolyte layer-modified solid phase extracts just the free form of the organic compound and enables dynamic speciation analysis of the nanoparticulate target analyte complex.

  12. Polyelectrolyte coatings prevent interferences from charged nanoparticles in SPME speciation analysis

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    Highlights: • For the first time SPME fiber is coated with polyelectrolyte layer. • Sorption of nanoparticles on the solid phase surface is prevented. • Polyelectrolyte-modified fiber enables extraction of free analyte in presence of sorbing nanoparticles. - Abstract: In this work we present a new approach for protection of the fiber in solid phase microextraction (SPME) from interfering charged particles present in the sample medium. It involves coating of commercial poly(dimethylsiloxane) extraction phase with polyelectrolyte layer composed of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride), and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate). The modified fiber provides reproducible, convenient and fast extraction capabilities toward the model analyte, triclosan (TCS). A negatively charged polyelectrolyte coating prevents sorbing oxidic nanoparticles from both partitioning into the PDMS phase and aggregation at its surface. The results for the TCS/nanoparticle sample show that the polyelectrolyte layer-modified solid phase extracts just the free form of the organic compound and enables dynamic speciation analysis of the nanoparticulate target analyte complex

  13. Responsive polyelectrolyte hydrogels and soft matter micromanipulation

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    Glazer, P.J.

    2013-01-01

    This dissertation describes experimental studies on the mechanisms underlying the dynamic response of polyelectrolyte hydrogels when submitted to an external electric potential. In addition, we explore the possibilities of miniaturization and manipulation of responsive gels and other soft matter sys

  14. Antibacterial polyelectrolyte-coated Mg alloys for biomedical applications

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    Seraz, Md. S.; Asmatulu, R.; Chen, Z.; Ceylan, M.; Mahapatro, A.; Yang, S. Y.

    2014-04-01

    This study deals with two biomedical subjects: corrosion rates of polyelectrolyte-coated magnesium (Mg) alloys, mainly used for biomedical purposes, and antibacterial properties of these alloys. Thin sheets of Mg alloys were coated with cationic polyelectrolyte chitosan (CHI) and anionic polyelectrolyte carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) using a layer-by-layer coating method and then embedded with antibacterial agents under vacuum. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was employed to analyze these samples in order to detect their corrosion properties at different conditions. In the electrochemical analysis section, a corrosion rate of 72 mille inches per year was found in a salt solution for the sample coated with a 12 phosphonic acid self-assembled monolayer and 9 CHI/CMC multilayers. In the antibacterial tests, gentamicin was used to investigate the effects of the drug embedded with the coated surfaces against the Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria. Antibacterial studies were tested using the disk diffusion method. Based on the standard diameter of the zone of inhibition chart, the antibacterial diffusion from the surface strongly inhibited bacterial growth in the regions. The largest recorded diameter of the zone of inhibition was 50 mm for the pre-UV treated and gentamicin-loaded sample, which is more than three times the standard diameter.

  15. Charge correlation effects on ionization of weak polyelectrolytes

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    Ionization curves of weak polyelectrolytes were obtained as a function of the charge coupling strength from Monte Carlo simulations. In contrast to many earlier studies, the present work treats counterions explicitly, thus allowing the investigation of charge correlation effects at strong couplings. For conditions representing typical weak polyelectrolytes in water near room temperature, ionization is suppressed because of interactions between nearby dissociated groups, as also seen in prior work. A novel finding here is that, for stronger couplings, relevant for non-aqueous environments in the absence of added salt, the opposite behavior is observed-ionization is enhanced relative to the behavior of the isolated groups due to ion-counterion correlation effects. The fraction of dissociated groups as a function of position along the chain also behaves non-monotonically. Dissociation is highest near the ends of the chains for aqueous polyelectrolytes and highest at the chain middle segments for non-aqueous environments. At intermediate coupling strengths, dissociable groups appear to behave in a nearly ideal fashion, even though chain dimensions still show strong expansion effects due to ionization. These findings provide physical insights on the impact of competition between acid/base chemical equilibrium and electrostatic attractions in ionizable systems.

  16. Changes of Resistance During Polyelectrolyte-enhanced Stirred Batch Ultrafiltration

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    ZHU Xin-Sheng; Kwang-Ho CHOO

    2007-01-01

    The permeation flux or the resistance in the ultrafiltration process is mainly limited by osmotic pressure,and it may originate from various kinds of polymer interactions. However, the real origin of permeation resistance hasn't been clarified yet in the light of polymer solution nature. The removal of nitrate contamination by polyelectrolytes was carried out with stirred batch ultrafiltration. The polyelectrolyte concentrations both in permeate and retentate were analyzed with total organic carbon analyzer and permeate mass was acquired by electronic balance connected with computer. The total resistance was calculated and interpreted based on the osmotic pressures in three concentration regimes. In the dilute region, the resistance was proportional to polymer concentration; in the semidilute region, the resistance depended on polymer concentration in the parabolic relationship; in the highly concentrated solution regime, the osmotic pressure factor (OPF) would dominate the total resistance; and the deviation from OPF control could come from the electrostatic repulsion between the tightly compacted and charged polyelectrolyte particles at extremely concentrated solution regime. It was first found that dilute and semidilute concentration regions can be easily detected by plotting the log-log curves of the polymer concentration versus the ratio of the total resistance to polymer concentration. The new concept OPF was defined and did work well at highly concentrated regime.

  17. Charge correlation effects on ionization of weak polyelectrolytes

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    Panagiotopoulos, A Z, E-mail: azp@princeton.ed [Department of Chemical Engineering and Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 (United States)

    2009-10-21

    Ionization curves of weak polyelectrolytes were obtained as a function of the charge coupling strength from Monte Carlo simulations. In contrast to many earlier studies, the present work treats counterions explicitly, thus allowing the investigation of charge correlation effects at strong couplings. For conditions representing typical weak polyelectrolytes in water near room temperature, ionization is suppressed because of interactions between nearby dissociated groups, as also seen in prior work. A novel finding here is that, for stronger couplings, relevant for non-aqueous environments in the absence of added salt, the opposite behavior is observed-ionization is enhanced relative to the behavior of the isolated groups due to ion-counterion correlation effects. The fraction of dissociated groups as a function of position along the chain also behaves non-monotonically. Dissociation is highest near the ends of the chains for aqueous polyelectrolytes and highest at the chain middle segments for non-aqueous environments. At intermediate coupling strengths, dissociable groups appear to behave in a nearly ideal fashion, even though chain dimensions still show strong expansion effects due to ionization. These findings provide physical insights on the impact of competition between acid/base chemical equilibrium and electrostatic attractions in ionizable systems.

  18. Waste-moulding dusts modified with polyelectrolytes

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    A. Baliński

    2010-01-01

    In the article described problems of the influence of advanced oxidizing process, the supersonic tooling of waste - moulding dusts and their modification with polyelectrolytes, on the technological proprieties of the moulding sands prepared with their participation.Physicochemical characterization of the used polyelectrolytes PSS (poli 4-styreno sodium sulfonate) and PEI (poli etyleno imine), in theaspect of their modificatory influences on the waste - moulding dust, was described. Defined th...

  19. Functionalized conjugated polyelectrolytes design and biomedical applications

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    Wang, Shu

    2013-01-01

    Functionalized Conjugated Polyelectrolytes presents a comprehensive review of these polyelectrolytes and their biomedical applications. Basic aspects like molecular design and optoelectronic properties are covered in the first chapter. Emphasis is placed on the various applications including sensing (chemical and biological), disease diagnosis, cell imaging, drug/gene delivery and disease treatment. This book explores a multi-disciplinary topic of interest to researchers working in the fields of chemistry, materials, biology and medicine. It also offers an integrated perspective on both basic

  20. Nonlinear Elasticity of Single Collapsed Polyelectrolytes

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    Wada, Hirofumi; Murayama, Yoshihiro; Sano, Masaki

    2004-01-01

    Nonlinear elastic responses of short and stiff polyelectrolytes are investigated by dynamic simulations on a single molecule level. When a polyelectrolyte condensate undergoes a mechanical unfolding, two types of force-extension curves, i.e., a force plateau and a stick-release pattern, are observed depending on the strength of the electrostatic interaction. We provide a physical interpretation of such force-extension behavior in terms of intramolecular structures of the condensates. We also ...

  1. Polyelectrolyte Condensation Induced by Linear Cations

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    Guáqueta, Camilo; Luijten, Erik

    2007-01-01

    We examine the role of the condensing agent in the formation of polyelectrolyte bundles, via grand-canonical Monte Carlo simulations. Following recent experiments we use linear, rigid divalent cations of various lengths to induce condensation. Our results clarify and explain the experimental results for short cations. For longer cations we observe novel condensation behavior owing to alignment of the cations. We also study the role of the polyelectrolyte surface charge density, and find a non...

  2. Salt-induced contraction of polyelectrolyte brushes

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    We present an experimental study dedicated to understanding the behaviour of polyelectrolyte chains when salt goes into a polyelectrolyte brush. We use the ability of asymmetric neutral-charged diblock copolymers to anchor to a selective interface or to self-assemble in water, to examine polyelectrolyte brushes both in planar and in spherical geometries. Using neutron reflectivity, the monomer profile of planar brushes has been found to switch from a Gaussian profile to a parabolic profile, showing that at large spatial scale a salted planar brush behaves like a neutral one in good solvent. Using small angle neutron scattering, it is found that spherical brushes exhibit the same behaviour at a large spatial scale although polyelectrolyte chains remain rod-like at a small spatial scale whatever the salinity is. The charged chains inside a polyelectrolyte brush could be viewed as 'surveyor's chains', which fold their rod-like segments of persistence length lp. In the last part, spherical polyelectrolyte brushes in contact have been examined. Their behaviour is discussed in terms of interdigitation or contraction of the brushes

  3. Effect of Protein Supercharging on Interaction with Polyelectrolytes

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    Olsen, Bradley; Obermeyer, Allie; Mills, Carolyn; Dong, Xuehui

    Complexation of proteins with polyelectrolytes can lead to a liquid-liquid phase separation to generate a viscous complex coacervate phase rich in protein and polyelectrolyte. However, many proteins do not readily coacervate at conditions near neutral pH and physiological ionic strength. Here, protein supercharging is used to systematically explore the effect of protein charge on the complex coacervation with polycations. Four model proteins were chemically modified to generate a panel of proteins with varying surface charge, with both the average charge and charge distribution quantified by mass spectrometry. Proteins phase separated with the qP4VP and qPDMAEMA polycations when the ratio of negatively charged residues to positively charged residues was greater than 1.1-1.2. Efficient partitioning of the protein into the coacervate phase required larger charge ratio (1.5-2.0). The model proteins were also encapsulated in complex coacervate core micelles. Dynamic light scattering was used to assess the formation of micelles with POEGMA- b-qP4VP and revealed micellar hydrodynamic radii of approximately 25-30 nm. Small angle neutron scattering and transmission electron microscopy were used to confirm the formation of spherical micelles.

  4. An Introduction to Polyelectrolytes via the Physical Chemistry Laboratory.

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    Ander, Paul

    1979-01-01

    Polyelectrolytes are discussed with regard to their importance to the undergraduate science major enrolled in a physical chemistry course. Suggests the importance of the solution behavior of polyelectrolytes to scientific disciplines and many industries. (Author/SA)

  5. EFFECTS OF SYNTHETIC POLYELECTROLYTES ON SELECTED AQUATIC ORGANISMS

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    The acute toxicity of several polyelectrolytes to daphnids (Daphnia magna), fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas), gammarids (Gammarus pseudolimnaeus) and midges (Paratanytarsus parthenogeneticus) was tested. Most nonionic and anionic polyelectrolytes were not toxic at 100 mg/l w...

  6. Study of Physical and Colloid-Chemical Properties of Acrylic Polyelectrolytes of “M-PAA” Series and Their Modification

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    N.O Dzhakipbekova; A. B. Isa; M. F Fatkullina; E. O Dzhakipbekov

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study is to search for the best basic technology to replace the base in the metallization of dielectrics. We studied conducting polymers – acrylic polyelectrolytes. Polyelectrolytes include high molecular weight compounds containing macromolecules and ionogenic groups. Experimental studies have shown that the rational use of HSP for the regulation of colloid-chemical processes in the production should take into account the functional structure of the polymer, its conformatio...

  7. Young's modulus of polyelectrolyte multilayers from microcapsule swelling

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    Vinogradova, O. I.; Andrienko, D.; Lulevich, V. V.; Nordschild, S.; Sukhorukov, G. B.

    2003-01-01

    We measure Young's modulus of a free polyelectrolyte multilayer film by studying osmotically induced swelling of polyelectrolyte multilayer microcapsules filled with the polyelectrolyte solution. Different filling techniques and core templates were used for the capsule preparation. Varying the concentration of the polyelectrolyte inside the capsule, its radius and the shell thickness yielded an estimate of an upper limit for Young's modulus of the order of 100 MPa. This corresponds to an elas...

  8. Layer-by-layer self-assembly of polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheets.

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    Shen, Jianfeng; Pei, Yu; Dong, Pei; Ji, Jin; Cui, Zheng; Yuan, Junhua; Baines, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Ye, Mingxin

    2016-05-01

    Few-layered polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheets were obtained for the first time through in situ polymerization of MoS2 nanosheets with poly(acrylic acid) and poly(acrylamide), both of which demonstrated excellent dispersibility and stability in water. After designing and optimizing the components of this series of polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheets, by exploiting the electrostatic interactions present in the modified MoS2 nanosheets, we further created a series of layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembling MoS2-based films. To this end, uniform MoS2 nanosheet-based LBL films were precisely deposited on substrates such as quartz, silicon, and ITO. The polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheet assembled LBL film-modified electrodes demonstrated enhanced electrocatalytic activity for H2O2. As such, they are conducive to efficient sensors and advanced biosensing systems. PMID:27102889

  9. Reorganization of hydrogen bond network makes strong polyelectrolyte brushes pH-responsive

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    Wu, Bo; Wang, Xiaowen; Yang, Jun; Hua, Zan; Tian, Kangzhen; Kou, Ran; Zhang, Jian; Ye, Shuji; Luo, Yi; Craig, Vincent S. J.; Zhang, Guangzhao; Liu, Guangming

    2016-01-01

    Weak polyelectrolytes have found extensive practical applications owing to their rich pH-responsive properties. In contrast, strong polyelectrolytes have long been regarded as pH-insensitive based on the well-established fact that the average degree of charging of strong polyelectrolyte chains is independent of pH. The possible applications of strong polyelectrolytes in smart materials have, thus, been severely limited. However, we demonstrate that almost all important properties of strong polyelectrolyte brushes (SPBs), such as chain conformation, hydration, stiffness, surface wettability, lubricity, adhesion, and protein adsorption are sensitive to pH. The pH response originates from the reorganization of the interchain hydrogen bond network between the grafted chains, triggered by the pH-mediated adsorption-desorption equilibrium of hydronium or hydroxide with the brushes. The reorganization process is firmly identified by advanced sum-frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy. Our findings not only provide a new understanding of the fundamental properties of SPBs but also uncover an extensive family of building blocks for constructing pH-responsive materials.

  10. Monte Carlo simulations of hydrophobic polyelectrolytes. Evidence for a structural transition in response to increasing chain ionization

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    Monte Carlo simulation has been used to study the configurational properties of a lattice-model isolated polyelectrolyte with attractive segment--segment interaction potentials. This model provides a simple representation of a hydrophobic polyelectrolyte. Configurational properties were investigated as a function of chain ionization, Debye screening length, and segment--segment potential. For chains with highly attractive segment--segment potentials (i.e., hydrophobic chains), large, global changes in polymer dimensions were observed with increasing ionization. The transformation from a collapsed chain at low ionization to an expanded chain at high ionization becomes increasingly sharp (i.e., occurs over a smaller range of ionization) with increasing chain hydrophobicity. The ionization-induced structural transitions for this model hydrophobic polyelectrolyte are analogous to pH-induced transitions seen in real polyelectrolytes and gels. These studies suggest a simple explanation for such transitions based on competing hydrophilic and hydrophobic interactions

  11. Scaling Theory of Polyelectrolyte Adsorption on Repulsive Charged Surface

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    Cheng, Chi-Ho; Lai, Pik-Yin

    2004-01-01

    We studied polyelectrolyte adsorption on a repulsive charged surface by scaling analysis. At low ionic strength and low surface charge density in which a single polyelectrolyte is able to be adsorbed onto the surface, different regimes in the phase diagram are identified. The possibility of multi-layer structure formed by polyelectrolytes of like charge is also investigated.

  12. Antibacterial polyelectrolyte micelles for coating stainless steel.

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    Falentin-Daudré, Céline; Faure, Emilie; Svaldo-Lanero, Tiziana; Farina, Fabrice; Jérôme, Christine; Van De Weerdt, Cécile; Martial, Joseph; Duwez, Anne-Sophie; Detrembleur, Christophe

    2012-05-01

    In this study, we report on the original synthesis and characterization of novel antimicrobial coatings for stainless steel by alternating the deposition of aqueous solutions of positively charged polyelectrolyte micelles doped with silver-based nanoparticles with a polyanion. The micelles are formed by electrostatic interaction between two oppositely charged polymers: a polycation bearing 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine units (DOPA, a major component of natural adhesives) and a polyanion (poly(styrene sulfonate), PSS) without using any block copolymer. DOPA units are exploited for their well-known ability to anchor to stainless steel and to form and stabilize biocidal silver nanoparticles (Ag(0)). The chlorine counteranion of the polycation forms and stabilizes biocidal silver chloride nanoparticles (AgCl). We demonstrate that two layers of micelles (alternated by PSS) doped with silver particles are enough to impart to the surface strong antibacterial activity against gram-negative E. coli. Moreover, micelles that are reservoirs of biocidal Ag(+) can be easily reactivated after depletion. This novel water-based approach is convenient, simple, and attractive for industrial applications. PMID:22506542

  13. Self-organized nanoparticles based on drug-interpolyelectrolyte complexes as drug carriers

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    Palena, M. C.; Manzo, R. H.; Jimenez-Kairuz, A. F., E-mail: alvaro@fcq.unc.edu.ar [Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, UNITEFA-CONICET, Departamento de Farmacia, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas (Argentina)

    2012-06-15

    Potential applications in drug delivery from nanostructures composed of two oppositely charged polymethacrylates, eudragit{sup Registered-Sign} L100 (EL) and eudragit{sup Registered-Sign} EPO (EE), loaded with three model basic drugs (D), atenolol, propranolol, and metroclopramide were evaluated. The self-organized nanoparticles based on drug-interpolyelectrolyte complexes (DIPEC), (EL-D{sub 50})-EE{sub X}, were obtained by mixing the aqueous dispersions of both polyelectrolytes at room temperature in an ultrasound bath. Dispersions of (EL-D{sub 50}) neutralized with increasing proportions of EE exhibited a rise of turbidity, particle sizes in the range of 150-400 nm, and high negative zeta potential. The sign of zeta potential was shifted from negative to positive by changes in composition of DIPEC. Freeze dried DIPEC were easily redispersed in water yielding nearly the same parameters of fresh dispersions. In vitro release experiments using Franz cells showed that DIPEC systems behave as a drug reservoir that slowly releases the drug as water is placed in the receptor compartment. The release rate was raised by ionic exchange with counterions present in simulated physiological fluids placed in the receptor media. Delivery of D from DIPEC exhibited a remarkable robustness toward simulated physiological media of different pH. The DIPEC systems exhibit interesting properties to design nanoparticulate drug delivery systems for oral and/or topical routes.

  14. Self-organized nanoparticles based on drug-interpolyelectrolyte complexes as drug carriers

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    Potential applications in drug delivery from nanostructures composed of two oppositely charged polymethacrylates, eudragit® L100 (EL) and eudragit® EPO (EE), loaded with three model basic drugs (D), atenolol, propranolol, and metroclopramide were evaluated. The self-organized nanoparticles based on drug-interpolyelectrolyte complexes (DIPEC), (EL-D50)–EEX, were obtained by mixing the aqueous dispersions of both polyelectrolytes at room temperature in an ultrasound bath. Dispersions of (EL-D50) neutralized with increasing proportions of EE exhibited a rise of turbidity, particle sizes in the range of 150–400 nm, and high negative zeta potential. The sign of zeta potential was shifted from negative to positive by changes in composition of DIPEC. Freeze dried DIPEC were easily redispersed in water yielding nearly the same parameters of fresh dispersions. In vitro release experiments using Franz cells showed that DIPEC systems behave as a drug reservoir that slowly releases the drug as water is placed in the receptor compartment. The release rate was raised by ionic exchange with counterions present in simulated physiological fluids placed in the receptor media. Delivery of D from DIPEC exhibited a remarkable robustness toward simulated physiological media of different pH. The DIPEC systems exhibit interesting properties to design nanoparticulate drug delivery systems for oral and/or topical routes.

  15. Swelling of biological and semiflexible polyelectrolytes

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    We have developed a theoretical model of swelling of semiflexible (biological) polyelectrolytes in salt solutions. Our approach is based on separation of length scales which allowed us to split a chain's electrostatic energy into two parts that describe local and remote electrostatic interactions along the polymer backbone. The local part takes into account interactions between charged monomers that are separated by distances along the polymer backbone shorter than the chain's persistence length. These electrostatic interactions renormalize chain persistence length. The second part includes electrostatic interactions between remote charged pairs along the polymer backbone located at distances larger than the chain persistence length. These interactions are responsible for chain swelling. In the framework of this approach we calculated effective chain persistence length and chain size as a function of the Debye screening length, chain degree of ionization, bare persistence length and chain degree of polymerization. Our crossover expression for the effective chain's persistence length is in good quantitative agreement with the experimental data on DNA. We have been able to fit experimental datasets by using two adjustable parameters: DNA ionization degree (α = 0.15-0.17) and a bare persistence length (lp = 40-44 nm).

  16. Energy conversion in polyelectrolyte hydrogels

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    Olvera de La Cruz, Monica; Erbas, Aykut; Olvera de la Cruz Team

    Energy conversion and storage have been an active field of research in nanotechnology parallel to recent interests towards renewable energy. Polyelectrolyte (PE) hydrogels have attracted considerable attention in this field due to their mechanical flexibility and stimuli-responsive properties. Ideally, when a hydrogel is deformed, applied mechanical work can be converted into electrostatic, elastic and steric-interaction energies. In this talk, we discuss the results of our extensive molecular dynamics simulations of PE hydrogels. We demonstrate that, on deformation, hydrogels adjust their deformed state predominantly by altering electrostatic interactions between their charged groups rather than excluded-volume and bond energies. This is due to the hydrogel's inherent tendency to preserve electro-neutrality in its interior, in combination with correlations imposed by backbone charges. Our findings are valid for a wide range of compression ratios and ionic strengths. The electrostatic-energy alterations that we observe in our MD simulations may induce pH or redox-potential changes inside the hydrogels. The resulting energetic difference can be harvested, for instance, analogously to a Carnot engine, or facilitated for sensor applications. Center for Bio-inspired Energy Science (CBES).

  17. Waste-moulding dusts modified with polyelectrolytes

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    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available In the article described problems of the influence of advanced oxidizing process, the supersonic tooling of waste - moulding dusts and their modification with polyelectrolytes, on the technological proprieties of the moulding sands prepared with their participation.Physicochemical characterization of the used polyelectrolytes PSS (poli 4-styreno sodium sulfonate and PEI (poli etyleno imine, in theaspect of their modificatory influences on the waste - moulding dust, was described. Defined the influence of adsorption proprieties ofthe polyelectrolyte PEI on the surface of small parts of the waste - dust, on technological proprieties of the sandmix. Ascertained theprofitable influence of this electrolyte on mechanical proprieties of the moulding sands, that is to say the increase in value of thecompression strength (about 10% and tensile strenght (about 13%, comparatively to analogous proprieties of the moulding sandsprepared with the participation of the not modified waste- dust.

  18. Simulation of annealed polyelectrolytes in poor solvents

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    We present (semi-)grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations on annealed polyelectrolytes in poor solvent. Increasing the chemical potential of the charges, which is equal to the pH of the solution except for a trivial additive constant, in rather poor solvents, we find the first-order phase transition between a weakly charged globule and a highly charged extended chain predicted by theory. In the close-to-Q -point regime, we investigate under which conditions pearl-necklace structures are stable. Most of the pearl-necklace parameters are found to obey the scaling relations predicted for quenched polyelectrolytes. However, similarly to the behavior known for this class of polyelectrolytes we obtain large fluctuations in pearl number and size. In agreement with theoretical predictions we find a non-uniform charge distribution between pearls and strings

  19. Water distribution in multilayers of weak polyelectrolytes.

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    Tanchak, Oleh M; Yager, Kevin G; Fritzsche, Helmut; Harroun, Thad; Katsaras, John; Barrett, Christopher J

    2006-05-23

    The water localization in thin polyelectrolyte multilayers assembled from poly(acrylic acid) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) was investigated with neutron reflectivity in an atmosphere of controlled humidity and with bulk water. Water was found to be distributed asymmetrically within the multilayer and to localize preferentially at the polymer surface. The diffusion of water into the multilayer did not completely penetrate to the substrate, but instead there appeared to be an exclusion zone near the Si substrate. These results help to explain previous observations of anomalous water transport kinetics in weak polyelectrolyte systems. PMID:16700605

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of Photoresponsive Azo Polyelectrolytes

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    WU Lifeng; PENG Huagen; WANG Xiaogong; LIU Deshan; ZHOU Qixiang

    2001-01-01

    Optical active azo polymers are very important functional materials because of their photoresponsive properties.This paper investigates three kinds of aromatic azo polyelectrolytes synthesized by chemical modification of poly(acryloyl chloride)which was prepared by free radical polymerization.Poly was esterified with three different kinds of aromatic azo compounds containing hydroxyl groups to give polymeric intermediates,which were used to prepare the azo polyelectrolytes by hydrolysis.The products were characterized by elementary analysis,IR,1H-NMR,and UV-Vis spectrography.

  1. A Blocking Technique for Emulating Very Large Polyelectrolytes

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    Peterson, C; Söderberg, B

    1995-01-01

    A new Monte Carlo method for computing thermodynamical properties of very large polyelectrolytes is presented. It is based on a renormalization group relating the original polymer to a smaller system, where in addition to the naively rescaled forces, a corrective nearest-neighbor interaction originating from the short distance Coulomb cutoff is introduced. The method is derived for low T but is in the unscreened case valid for all T. Large polymers with N monomers are emulated by Monte Carlo calculations on smaller systems, K=N/Q. The computational gain of the method is Q^3. It is explored with emphasis on room temperature. Results for N=10000 are presented.

  2. Separation and Characterization of Synthetic Polyelectrolytes and Polysaccharides with Capillary Electrophoresis

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    Thevarajah, Joel J.; Marianne Gaborieau; Patrice Castignolles

    2014-01-01

    The development of macromolecular engineering and the need for renewable and sustainable polymer sources make polymeric materials progressively more sophisticated but also increasingly complex to characterize. Size-exclusion chromatography (SEC or GPC) has a monopoly in the separation and characterization of polymers, but it faces a number of proven, though regularly ignored, limitations for the characterization of a number of complex samples such as polyelectrolytes and polysaccharides. Free...

  3. Structure-property relationships in the design, assembly and applications of polyelectrolyte multilayer thin films

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    Rmaile, Hassan H.

    Ultrathin films consisting of an alternating sequence of positively and negatively charged polyelectrolytes have been prepared by means of the electrostatic layer-by-layer sequential assembly technique. To augment their typical applications in the water treatment, personal care as well as the pulp and paper industry, the structure and the design of these polyelectrolytes were tailored synthetically to satisfy the requirements of different types of applications. Some were used for surface modifications, hydrophobic and hydrophilic coatings, corrosion protection, conducting and biocompatible surfaces. Others were found to be very efficient for membrane and chromatographic applications. The ease with which these multilayer coatings can be constructed, their robustness and stability make them very good candidates for industrial applications. The dissertation focuses mainly on the structure-property relationships of these polyelectrolytes and their corresponding thin films. Various polyelectrolytes were synthesized or modified in a strategic approach and gave novel and promising properties. Some of them exhibited permeabilities that were higher than any membranes reported in the literature. Also, some are potentially very useful for designing drug delivery systems such as tablets or encapsulations since they were shown to control the permeability of sample drugs and vitamins very efficiently based on their sensitivity to pH changes. Other synthesized polyelectrolytes proved to be very effective in preventing protein adsorption or promoting cell growth and differentiation. Some systems were very useful as robust stationary phases for simple chiral separations in capillary electrochromatography. Along with modifications and improvements, the approach might one day be applied commercially for chiral separations using high performance liquid chromatography and replace currently used stationary phases. Last but not least, the potential for these polyelectrolytes and their

  4. Investigation of complexing ability of ionites with various groups to some heavy and transition metal ions

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    Yedil Yergozhin

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The physico-chemical and complexing properties of the sorbent based on chloromethylated styrene and divinylbenzene copolymer with nicotinamide groups and copolymers based on metacryloilaminobenzene acids with 2-methyl-5-vinylpyridineisomers are studied. By potentiometric titration method the constant of polyelectrolytes functional groups ionization, the composition and strength of the resulting complexes with ions of some heavy and transition metals are determined.

  5. The build-up of polyelectrolyte multilayers of microfibrillated cellulose and cationic polyelectrolytes.

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    Wågberg, Lars; Decher, Gero; Norgren, Magnus; Lindström, Tom; Ankerfors, Mikael; Axnäs, Karl

    2008-02-01

    A new type of nanocellulosic material has been prepared by high-pressure homogenization of carboxymethylated cellulose fibers followed by ultrasonication and centrifugation. This material had a cylindrical cross-section as shown by transmission electron microscopy with a diameter of 5-15 nm and a length of up to 1 microm. Calculations, using the Poisson-Boltzmann equation, showed that the surface potential was between 200 and 250 mV, depending on the pH, the salt concentration, and the size of the fibrils. They also showed that the carboxyl groups on the surface of the nanofibrils are not fully dissociated until the pH has reached pH = approximately 10 in deionized water. Calculations of the interaction between the fibrils using the Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek theory and assuming a cylindrical geometry indicated that there is a large electrostatic repulsion between these fibrils, provided the carboxyl groups are dissociated. If the pH is too low and/or the salt concentration is too high, there will be a large attraction between the fibrils, leading to a rapid aggregation of the fibrils. It is also possible to form polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) by combining different types of polyelectrolytes and microfibrillated cellulose (MFC). In this study, silicon oxide surfaces were first treated with cationic polyelectrolytes before the surfaces were exposed to MFC. The build-up of the layers was monitored with ellipsometry, and they show that it is possible to form very well-defined layers by combinations of MFC and different types of polyelectrolytes and different ionic strengths of the solutions during the adsorption of the polyelectrolyte. A polyelectrolyte with a three-dimensional structure leads to the build-up of thick layers of MFC, whereas the use of a highly charged linear polyelectrolyte leads to the formation of thinner layers of MFC. An increase in the salt concentration during the adsorption of the polyelectrolyte results in the formation of thicker

  6. Network Percolation Based on Complex Network

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    Yong Zhang

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Network percolation model is an abstraction of many practical problems, while the spread of the disease model can be described by percolation model. The problem of the spread of the disease has been the focus of academia and the medical. Recently years, the complex network is a true reflection of the some important characteristics of the system, which is the effective means to study realistic network. In this paper, we will introduce the complex networks and network percolation. We will research the disease propagation model while research the network percolation based on complex network. We will summary and analysis the two traditional disease propagation model—SIR and SIS. And it can provide some important reference for controlling the spread of the virus.  In this paper we will analyze the propagation of SIR model when consider the propagation media and the reflection SIS model. At last we will use some experiments to verify the results of those two models. And we can know that the complex network can accurate analyze the network percolation model such as disease propagation model.

  7. The effect of ionic correlations on ion distribution across polyelectrolyte blend interfaces

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    Kwon, Ha-Kyung; Olvera de La Cruz, Monica

    Recent developments in high-density energy storage and generation devices have identified as polyelectrolyte blends and copolymers as suitable candidate materials for use in these applications, as they combine the low volatility and high flexibility of polymers with ion-selective conductivity of the charge-carrying backbone. It has been shown that in polyelectrolyte melts, where the dielectric constant is relatively low, ionic correlations can significantly reduce miscibility, inducing phase separation even at negative values of χN. At selected values of ionic coupling strengths, the polyelectrolyte blend exhibits a triple point, where coexistence is observed between phases with different concentrations and ordering of ions. When salt is added, the system undergoes re-entrant behavior as electrostatic effects are screened out. Using a hybrid of self-consistent field and liquid state theories (SCFT-LS), we investigate the distribution of ions across the interface in polyelectrolyte blends. We demonstrate that the inclusion of ionic correlations induces complex charge-dependent adsorption behavior at the interface, leading to changes in the interfacial width and miscibility of the blend. This work was performed under the following financial assistance Award 70NANB14H012 from U.S. Department of Commerce, National Insti- tute of Standards and Technology as part of the Center for Hierarchical Materials Design (CHiMaD).

  8. Bicontinuous Fluid Structure with Low Cohesive Energy: Molecular Basis for Exceptionally Low Interfacial Tension of Complex Coacervate Fluids.

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    Huang, Kuo-Ying; Yoo, Hee Young; Jho, YongSeok; Han, Songi; Hwang, Dong Soo

    2016-05-24

    An exceptionally low interfacial tension of a dense fluid of concentrated polyelectrolyte complexes, phase-separated from a biphasic fluid known as complex coacervates, represents a unique and highly sought-after materials property that inspires novel applications from superior coating to wet adhesion. Despite extensive studies and broad interest, the molecular and structural bases for the unique properties of complex coacervates are unclear. Here, a microphase-separated complex coacervate fluid generated by mixing a recombinant mussel foot protein-1 (mfp-1) as the polycation and hyaluronic acid (HA) as the polyanion at stoichiometric ratios was macroscopically phase-separated into a dense complex coacervate and a dilute supernatant phase to enable separate characterization of the two fluid phases. Surprisingly, despite up to 4 orders of magnitude differing density of the polyelectrolytes, the diffusivity of water in these two phases was found to be indistinguishable. The presence of unbound, bulk-like, water in the dense fluid can be reconciled with a water population that is only weakly perturbed by the polyelectrolyte interface and network. This hypothesis was experimentally validated by cryo-TEM of the macroscopically phase-separated dense complex coacervate phase that was found to be a bicontinuous and biphasic nanostructured network, in which one of the phases was confirmed by staining techniques to be water and the other polyelectrolyte complexes. We conclude that a weak cohesive energy between water-water and water-polyelectrolytes manifests itself in a bicontinuous network, and is responsible for the exceptionally low interfacial energy of this complex fluid phase with respect to virtually any surface within an aqueous medium. PMID:27152954

  9. Surface-induced layer formation in polyelectrolytes

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    Solis, F. J.; de la Cruz, M. Olvera

    1998-01-01

    We analyze, by means of an RPA calculation, the conditions under which a mixture of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes can micro-segregate in the neighborhood of a charged surface creating a layered structure. A number of stable layers can be formed if the surface is sufficiently strongly charged even at temperatures at which the bulk of the mixture is homogeneous.

  10. Polyelectrolytes in Solution - Recent Computer Simulations

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    Holm, Christian; Kremer, Kurt

    1998-01-01

    We present a short overview over recent MD simulations of systems of fully flexible polyelectrolyte chains with explicitly treated counter ions using the full Coulomb potential. The main emphasis is given on the conformational properties of the polymers, with a short discussion on counter ion condensation.

  11. Polyelectrolyte hydrogels and methods of their preparation

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    This invention relates to polyelectrolyte polymers which are water insoluble but water swellable, and methods for producing them. More particularly, it relates to cross-linked, random copolymers comprised of an acrylate salt and acrylamide and methods of producing them by means of a controlled dose and controlled intensity of ionizing radiation. (author)

  12. Spherical Polyelectrolyte Brushes and Their Films

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    2011-01-01

    Nano-sized spherical polyelectrolyte brushes (SPB), which consist of a solid polystyrene core and linear poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) chains covalently attached on the core surface by one end with different lengths and grafting densities, were prepared by photo-emulsion polymerization and thermo- controlled emulsion polymerization.

  13. Influence of anionic and cationic polyelectrolytes on the conductivity and morphology of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) films

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    Conductivity of the poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) strongly depends on the film morphology, which can be altered by the presence of polyelectrolytes. Aqueous dispersion of PEDOT:PSS was studied with anionic sodium polyacrylate (PA) and cationic poly(dimethyldiallylammonium chloride) (pDADMAC) polyelectrolytes that are typically used in papermaking as retention aids and dispersing agents in the paper pigment coating formulations. Spin-coated PEDOT:PSS films on a PA coated glass formed non-uniform layers with lowered conductivity compared to the reference PEDOT:PSS films on a clean glass substrate. On contrary, spin-coated PEDOT:PSS on a pDADMAC coated glass formed uniform layers with good conductivity. These results point out the importance of surface chemistry when using renewable and recyclable paper-based substrates with the PEDOT:PSS films. - Highlights: • PEDOT:PSS polymer was studied in the presence of polyelectrolytes. • Uniform layers of PEDOT:PSS and polyelectrolytes were spin-coated on glass. • Cationic polyelectrolyte was found to be more susceptible to humidity. • Cationic polyelectrolyte improves the conductivity of PEDOT:PSS. • PEDOT:PSS forms non-uniform layers on anionic polyelectrolyte coated glass

  14. Influence of anionic and cationic polyelectrolytes on the conductivity and morphology of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) films

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    Valtakari, Dimitar, E-mail: dimitar.valtakari@abo.fi [Abo Akademi University, Laboratory of Paper Coating and Converting, Center for Functional Materials at Biological Interfaces (FUNMAT), Porthansgatan 3, FI-20500 Åbo/Turku (Finland); Bollström, Roger [Omya International AG, CH 4665 Oftringen (Switzerland); Toivakka, Martti; Saarinen, Jarkko J. [Abo Akademi University, Laboratory of Paper Coating and Converting, Center for Functional Materials at Biological Interfaces (FUNMAT), Porthansgatan 3, FI-20500 Åbo/Turku (Finland)

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    Conductivity of the poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) strongly depends on the film morphology, which can be altered by the presence of polyelectrolytes. Aqueous dispersion of PEDOT:PSS was studied with anionic sodium polyacrylate (PA) and cationic poly(dimethyldiallylammonium chloride) (pDADMAC) polyelectrolytes that are typically used in papermaking as retention aids and dispersing agents in the paper pigment coating formulations. Spin-coated PEDOT:PSS films on a PA coated glass formed non-uniform layers with lowered conductivity compared to the reference PEDOT:PSS films on a clean glass substrate. On contrary, spin-coated PEDOT:PSS on a pDADMAC coated glass formed uniform layers with good conductivity. These results point out the importance of surface chemistry when using renewable and recyclable paper-based substrates with the PEDOT:PSS films. - Highlights: • PEDOT:PSS polymer was studied in the presence of polyelectrolytes. • Uniform layers of PEDOT:PSS and polyelectrolytes were spin-coated on glass. • Cationic polyelectrolyte was found to be more susceptible to humidity. • Cationic polyelectrolyte improves the conductivity of PEDOT:PSS. • PEDOT:PSS forms non-uniform layers on anionic polyelectrolyte coated glass.

  15. Novel application of polyelectrolyte multilayers as nanoscopic closures with hermetic sealing.

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    Marcott, Stephanie A; Ada, Sena; Gibson, Phillip; Camesano, Terri A; Nagarajan, R

    2012-03-01

    Closure systems for personnel protection applications, such as protective clothing or respirator face seals, should provide effective permeation barrier to toxic gases. Currently available mechanical closure systems based on the hook and loop types (example, Velcro) do not provide adequate barrier to gas permeation. To achieve hermetic sealing, we propose a nonmechanical, nanoscopic molecular closure system based on complementary polyelectrolyte multilayers, one with a polycation outermost layer and the other with a polyanion outermost layer. The closure surfaces were prepared by depositing polyelectrolyte multilayers under a variety of deposition conditions, on conformable polymer substrates (thin films of polyethylene teraphthalate, PET or polyimide, PI). The hermetic sealing property of the closures was evaluated by measuring the air flow resistance using the dynamic moisture permeation cell (DMPC) at different humidity conditions. The DMPC measurements show that the polyelectrolyte multilayer closures provide significantly large resistance to air flow, approximately 20-800 times larger than that possible with conventional hook and loop type closure systems, at all humidity levels (from 5 to 95% relative humidity). Hence, from the point of view of providing a hermetic seal against toxic gas permeation, the polyelectrolyte multilayer closures are viable candidates for further engineering development. However, the adhesive strength of the multilayer closures measured by atomic force microscopy suggests that the magnitude of adhesion is much smaller than what is possible with mechanical closures. Therefore, we envisage the development of a composite closure system combining the mechanical closure to provide strong adhesion and the multilayer closure to provide hermetic sealing. PMID:22391415

  16. Polyelectrolyte surfactant aggregates and their deposition on macroscopic surfaces

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    Voisin, D

    2002-01-01

    Oppositely charged surfactant and polyelectrolyte are present in hair shampoos and conditioners, together with particles (e.g. anti-dandruff agents for scalp) and droplets (e.g. silicone oil for the hair). These are normally formulated at high surfactant concentrations, beyond the flocculation region for the polyelectrolyte concentration used. However, on dilution with water, during application, flocs are formed which carry the particles and droplets to the scalp and hair. The addition of an anionic surfactant to an aqueous solution of cationic polyelectrolyte, at a given concentration, can lead to the formation of polyelectrolyte-surfactant 'particles', in which the surfactant 'binds' to the polyelectrolyte. This occurs from the critical association concentration (CAC), up to the surfactant concentration corresponding to maximum binding. Within this range of surfactant concentrations, the surfactant bound to the polyelectrolyte is thought to associate to form what might be termed 'internal micelles'. Each po...

  17. Asymmetric collapse in biomimetic complex coacervates revealed by local polymer and water dynamics

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    Ortony, Julia H.; Hwang, Dong Soo; Franck, John M.; Waite, J. Herbert; Han, Songi

    2013-01-01

    Complex coacervation is a phenomenon characterized by the association of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes into micron-scale liquid condensates. This process is the purported first step in the formation of underwater adhesives by sessile marine organisms, as well as the process harnessed for the formation of new synthetic and protein-based contemporary materials. Efforts to understand the physical nature of complex coacervates are important for developing robust adhesives, injectable materi...

  18. The adsorption of weak polyelectrolytes and polyampholytes. An experimental study.

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    Blaakmeer, J.

    1990-01-01

    The objective of this study was to collect systematic data on the adsorption behaviour of weak polyelectrolytes and polyampholytes. The measurements were performed on well-defined systems in order to be able to compare the results with the recently developed theories of Evers et al. and Böhmer et al. for the adsorption of weak polyelectrolytes. The adsorption of polyampholytes was studied in order to help bridge the gap between the theoretically well understood behaviour of polyelectrolytes a...

  19. Generation of Functionalized and Robust Semiconducting Polymer Dots with Polyelectrolytes

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    Jin, Yuhui; Ye, Fangmao; Wu, Changfeng; Chan, Yang-Hsiang; Chiu, Daniel T.

    2012-01-01

    We describe a facile method to functionalize semiconducting polymer dots (Pdots) with polyelectrolytes. The polyelectrolyte coating dramatically improves the colloidal stability of the Pdots in solutions which are either of high ionic strength or contain bivalent metal ions: This feature allows Pdots to be used under physiologically relevant environments without losing their functionality. We conjugated the polyelectrolyte-coated Pdots with streptavidin to demonstrate their application in spe...

  20. Hydrophobically modified polyelectrolytes synthesis, properties and interactions with surfactants.

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    Nieuwkerk, A.C.

    1998-01-01

    Hydrophobically modified polyelectrolytes can form micelle-like aggregates, so-called microdomains, in aqueous solution. The hydrophobic side chains constitute the apolar inner part of these microdomains and the hydrophilic groups on the polyelectrolyte backbone are at the surface of the microdomains. The microdomain formation is mainly determined by the polyelectrolyte charge density, which can be varied by changing the pH of the solution, and the length of the hydrophobic side chains. The f...

  1. Molecular dynamics simulation study of polyelectrolyte adsorption on cellulose surfaces

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    Biermann, Oliver

    2002-01-01

    The adsorption of two polyelectrolyte ((carboxy methyl) cellulose and poly(acrylate) in water on crystalline cellulose is studied in this work. The multi-component problem has been splitted up into simulations of solutions of the polyelectrolyte (polyanions including sodium counterions) in water, into simulations of the interface of crystalline cellulose towards water. Finally polyelectrolyte-cellulose systems were studied. Molecular dynamics simulations of diluted (_ 2:5 weight percent) aque...

  2. Volume Phase Transition of Polyelectrolyte Gels: Effects of Ionic Size

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    Qu, Li-Jian; Zhang, Xinghua; Tang, Jiuzhou; Yan, Dadong

    2013-01-01

    Although the volume transition of the polyelectrolyte gel has been studied for decades, little research on the effects of size of the mobile ions has been conducted. In the present paper, Tanaka classical theory of polyelectrolyte gel is extended to the cases of mobile ions of finite volume. In the salt free limit, the theoretical results show that the discontinuous volume transition of the polyelectrolyte gel will become a continuous one with an increase of the counter-ionic size. An increas...

  3. Polyelectrolyte Electrophoresis in Nanochannels: A Dissipative Particle Dynamics Simulation

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    Smiatek, Jens; Schmid, Friederike

    2010-01-01

    We present mesoscopic DPD-simulations of polyelectrolyte electrophoresis in confined nanogeometries, for varying salt concentration and surface slip conditions. Special attention is given to the influence of electroosmotic flow (EOF) on the migration of the polyelectrolyte. The effective polyelectrolyte mobility is found to depend strongly on the boundary properties, i.e., the slip length and the width of the electric double layer. Analytic expressions for the electroosmotic mobility and the ...

  4. Responsive block copolymer photonics triggered by protein-polyelectrolyte coacervation.

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    Fan, Yin; Tang, Shengchang; Thomas, Edwin L; Olsen, Bradley D

    2014-11-25

    Ionic interactions between proteins and polyelectrolytes are demonstrated as a method to trigger responsive transitions in block copolymer (BCP) photonic gels containing one neutral hydrophobic block and one cationic hydrophilic block. Poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP) blocks in lamellar poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine) block copolymer thin films are quaternized with primary bromides to yield swollen gels that show strong reflectivity peaks in the visible range; exposure to aqueous solutions of various proteins alters the swelling ratios of the quaternized P2VP (QP2VP) gel layers in the PS-QP2VP materials due to the ionic interactions between proteins and the polyelectrolyte. Parameters such as charge density, hydrophobicity, and cross-link density of the QP2VP gel layers as well as the charge and size of the proteins play significant roles on the photonic responses of the BCP gels. Differences in the size and pH-dependent charge of proteins provide a basis for fingerprinting proteins based on their temporal and equilibrium photonic response. The results demonstrate that the BCP gels and their photonic effect provide a robust and visually interpretable method to differentiate different proteins. PMID:25393374

  5. Hybrid particle-field molecular dynamics simulation for polyelectrolyte systems.

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    Zhu, You-Liang; Lu, Zhong-Yuan; Milano, Giuseppe; Shi, An-Chang; Sun, Zhao-Yan

    2016-04-14

    To achieve simulations on large spatial and temporal scales with high molecular chemical specificity, a hybrid particle-field method was proposed recently. This method is developed by combining molecular dynamics and self-consistent field theory (MD-SCF). The MD-SCF method has been validated by successfully predicting the experimentally observable properties of several systems. Here we propose an efficient scheme for the inclusion of electrostatic interactions in the MD-SCF framework. In this scheme, charged molecules are interacting with the external fields that are self-consistently determined from the charge densities. This method is validated by comparing the structural properties of polyelectrolytes in solution obtained from the MD-SCF and particle-based simulations. Moreover, taking PMMA-b-PEO and LiCF3SO3 as examples, the enhancement of immiscibility between the ion-dissolving block and the inert block by doping lithium salts into the copolymer is examined by using the MD-SCF method. By employing GPU-acceleration, the high performance of the MD-SCF method with explicit treatment of electrostatics facilitates the simulation study of many problems involving polyelectrolytes. PMID:27001709

  6. DNA based computing for understanding complex shapes.

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    Ullah, A M M Sharif; D'Addona, Doriana; Arai, Nobuyuki

    2014-03-01

    This study deals with a computing method called DNA based computing (DBC) that takes inspiration from the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology. The proposed DBC uses a set of user-defined rules to create a DNA-like sequence from a given piece of problem-relevant information (e.g., image data) in a dry-media (i.e., in an ordinary computer). It then uses another set of user-defined rules to create an mRNA-like sequence from the DNA. Finally, it uses the genetic code to translate the mRNA (or directly the DNA) to a protein-like sequence (a sequence of amino acids). The informational characteristics of the protein (entropy, absence, presence, abundance of some selected amino acids, and relationships among their likelihoods) can be used to solve problems (e.g., to understand complex shapes from their image data). Two case studies ((1) fractal geometry generated shape of a fern-leaf and (2) machining experiment generated shape of the worn-zones of a cutting tool) are presented elucidating the shape understanding ability of the proposed DBC in the presence of a great deal of variability in the image data of the respective shapes. The implication of the proposed DBC from the context of Internet-aided manufacturing system is also described. Further study can be carried out in solving other complex computational problems by using the proposed DBC and its derivatives. PMID:24447435

  7. Pseudoxanthomonas bacteria that drive deposit formation of wood extractives can be flocculated by cationic polyelectrolytes.

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    Leino, Taina; Raulio, Mari; Stenius, Per; Laine, Janne; Salkinoja-Salonen, Mirja

    2012-01-01

    Runnability problems caused by suspended bacteria in water using industries, have, in contrast to biofilms, received little attention. We describe here that Pseudoxanthomonas taiwanensis, a wide-spread and abundant bacterium in paper machine water circuits, aggregated dispersions of wood extractives ("pitch") and resin acid, under conditions prevailing in machine water circuits (10(9) cfu ml(-1), pH 8, 45°C). The aggregates were large enough (up to 50 μm) so that they could be expected to clog wires and felts and to reduce dewatering of the fiber web. The Pseudoxanthomonas bacteria were negatively charged over a pH range of 3.2-10. Cationic polyelectrolytes of the types used as retention aids or fixatives to flocculate "anionic trash" in paper machines were effective in flocculating the Pseudoxanthomonas bacteria. The polyelectrolyte most effective for this purpose was of high molecular weight (7-8 × 10(6) g mol(-1)) and low charge density (1 meq g(-1)), whereas polyelectrolytes that effectively zeroed the electrophoretic mobility (i.e., neutralized the negative charge) of the bacterium were less effective in flocculating the bacteria. Based on the results, we concluded that the polyelectrolytes functioning by bridging mechanism, rather than by neutralization of the negative charge, may be useful as tools for reducing harmful deposits resulting from interaction of bacteria with wood extractives in warm water industry. PMID:21720776

  8. PREPARATION OF POLYELECTROLYTE MULTILAYER COATED MICROBUBBLES FOR USE AS ULTRASOUND CONTRAST AGENT

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    Zhan-wen Xing; Heng-te Ke; Shao-qin Liu; Zhi-fei Dai; Jin-rui Wang; Ji-bin Liu

    2008-01-01

    Objective To prepare and characterize polyelectrolyte multilayer film coated microbubbles for use as ultrasound contrast agent (UCA) and evaluate its effects in ultrasonic imaging on normal rabbit's fiver parenchyma.Methoda Pcrfluorocarbon (PFC)-containing microbubbles (ST68-PFC) were prepared by sonication based on surfactant ( Span 60 and Tween 80). Subsequently, the resulting ST68-PFC microbnbbles were coated using oppositely charged polyclectrolytes by microbubble-templated layer-by-layer self-assembly technique via electrostatic interaction.The enhancement effects in ultrasonic imaging on normal rabbit's liver parenchyma were assessed.Results The obtained microbubbles exhibited a narrow size distribution. The polyelectrolytes were successfully assembled onto the surface of ST68-PFC microbubbles. In vivo experiment showed that polyelectrolyte multilayer film coated UCA effectively enhanced the imaging of rabbit's liver parenchyma.Conclnsions The novel microbubbles UCA coated with polyelectrolyte multilayer, when enabled more function,has no obvious difference in enhancement effects compared with the pre-modified microbnbbles. The polymers with chemically active groups ( such as amino group and carboxyl group) can be used as the outermost layer for attachment of targeting ligands onto microbubbles, allowing selective targeting of the microbubbles to combine with desired sites.

  9. Treatment of wastewater from a paint industry using polyelectrolytes

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    Kori, M.M.; Gupta, S.K. [Indian Inst. of Tech., Bombay (India). Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering

    1994-12-31

    Eleven polyelectrolytes were tried separately to treat the wastewater from a paint manufacturing industry. Among these, Zetag 66, a cationic polyelectrolyte was found to be most effective. A dosage of 5 mg/L of this polyelectrolyte was found to be adequate to achieve 65% COD removal, 97% suspended solids removal, and 90% heavy metals removal. The use of this polyelectrolyte assumes significant importance as it eliminates the use of alum completely. This elimination of alum consumption results in considerable reduction of effluent treatment plant (ETP) sludge, which is a hazardous waste. The savings that results in the primary treatment is an added advantage.

  10. Reversible multi polyelectrolyte layers on gold nanoparticles

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    Djoumessi Lekeufack, Diane; Brioude, Arnaud, E-mail: arnaud.brioude@univ-lyon1.fr [UMR CNRS 5615, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Laboratoire des Multimateriaux et Interfaces (LMI) (France); Lalatonne, Yoann; Motte, Laurence [UMR 7244 CNRS, Universite Paris 13, Laboratoire CSPBAT (France); Coleman, Anthony W.; Miele, Philippe [UMR CNRS 5615, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Laboratoire des Multimateriaux et Interfaces (LMI) (France)

    2012-06-15

    Gold nanoparticles surface can be easily modified by different molecules such as polyelectrolytes. In a typical multilayer system made of polyethyleneimine and poly(styrene sulfonate)sodium alternated layers around gold nanoparticles, we have evaluated the interactions between the different layers and the relative strength of interfacial properties. By means of UV-Visible and FTIR spectroscopies, we have shown that due to its amine functionalities, the bonding of polyethyleneimine to gold particles is stronger than the one implied with the sulfonate anion in the PSS inducing a clean removal of this latter after the last polyethyleneimine deposition. Considering that polyethyleneimine is cytotoxic and that only weak covalent bonds are concerned in polyelectrolyte multilayer, this last point is of main importance since external degradation thus exposing polyethyleneimine sub-layer of multilayer films to in vivo tissue cells can occur by many ways.

  11. Salt-induced aggregation of stiff polyelectrolytes

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    Molecular dynamics simulation techniques are used to study the process of aggregation of highly charged stiff polyelectrolytes due to the presence of multivalent salt. The dominant kinetic mode of aggregation is found to be the case of one end of one polyelectrolyte meeting others at right angles, and the kinetic pathway to bundle formation is found to be similar to that of flocculation dynamics of colloids as described by Smoluchowski. The aggregation process is found to favor the formation of finite bundles of 10-11 filaments at long times. Comparing the distribution of the cluster sizes with the Smoluchowski formula suggests that the energy barrier for the aggregation process is negligible. Also, the formation of long-lived metastable structures with similarities to the raft-like structures of actin filaments is observed within a range of salt concentration.

  12. Scaling and Scale Breaking in Polyelectrolyte

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    Peterson, C; Söderberg, B; Peterson, Carsten; Sommelius, Ola

    1996-01-01

    We consider the thermodynamics of a uniformly charged polyelectrolyte with harmonic bonds. For such a system there is at high temperatures an approximate scaling of global properties like the end-to-end distance and the interaction energy with the chain-length divided by the temperature. This scaling is broken at low temperatures by the ultraviolet divergence of the Coulomb potential. By introducing a renormalization of the strength of the nearest- neighbour interaction the scaling is restored, making possible an efficient blocking method for emulating very large polyelectrolytes using small systems. The high temperature behaviour is well reproduced by the analytical high-$T$ expansions even for fairly low temperatures and system sizes. In addition, results from low-$T$ expansions, where the coefficients have been computed numerically, are presented. These results approximate well the corresponding Monte Carlo results at realistic temperatures. A corresponding analysis of screened chains is performed. The sit...

  13. Origin of translocation barriers for polyelectrolyte chains.

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    Kumar, Rajeev; Muthukumar, M

    2009-11-21

    For single-file translocations of a charged macromolecule through a narrow pore, the crucial step of arrival of an end at the pore suffers from free energy barriers, arising from changes in intrachain electrostatic interaction, distribution of ionic clouds and solvent molecules, and conformational entropy of the chain. All contributing factors to the barrier in the initial stage of translocation are evaluated by using the self-consistent field theory for the polyelectrolyte and the coupled Poisson-Boltzmann description for ions without radial symmetry. The barrier is found to be essentially entropic due to conformational changes. For moderate and high salt concentrations, the barriers for the polyelectrolyte chain are quantitatively equivalent to that of uncharged self-avoiding walks. Electrostatic effects are shown to increase the free energy barriers, but only slightly. The degree of ionization, electrostatic interaction strength, decreasing salt concentration, and the solvent quality all result in increases in the barrier. PMID:19929072

  14. On the effective charge of hydrophobic polyelectrolytes

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    Chepelianskii, Alexei; Mohammad-Rafiee, Farshid; Raphael, Elie

    2008-01-01

    In this paper we analyze the behavior of hydrophobic polyelectrolytes. It has been proposed that this system adopts a pearl-necklace structure reminiscent of the Rayleigh instability of a charged droplet. Using a Poisson-Boltzmann approach, we calculate the counterion distribution around a given pearl assuming the latter to be penetrable for the counterions. This allows us to calculate the effective electric charge of the pearl as a function of the chemical charge. Our predictions are in very...

  15. Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Capsules for Medical Applications

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    Nazarenus, Moritz

    2015-01-01

    This thesis deals with the application of polymer capsules for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in mammalian cells. The capsules comprise a multilayer shell of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes surrounding a cavity and have a size of two to five microns. Concerning diagnostics, capsules were produced to monitor the dynamics of the lysosomal pH in cancer cells. The cavities of the capsules were filled with a fluoresce...

  16. Structure of flexible and semiflexible polyelectrolyte chains in confined spaces of slit micro/nanochannels

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    Jeon, Jonggu; Chun, Myung-Suk

    2007-04-01

    Understanding the behavior of a polyelectrolyte in confined spaces has direct relevance in design and manipulation of microfluidic devices, as well as transport in living organisms. In this paper, a coarse-grained model of anionic semiflexible polyelectrolyte is applied, and its structure and dynamics are fully examined with Brownian dynamics (BD) simulations both in bulk solution and under confinement between two negatively charged parallel plates. The modeling is based on the nonlinear bead-spring discretization of a continuous chain with additional long-range electrostatic, Lennard-Jones, and hydrodynamic interactions between pairs of beads. The authors also consider the steric and electrostatic interactions between the bead and the confining wall. Relevant model parameters are determined from experimental rheology data on the anionic polysaccharide xanthan reported previously. For comparison, both flexible and semiflexible models are developed accompanying zero and finite intrinsic persistence lengths, respectively. The conformational changes of the polyelectrolyte chain induced by confinements and their dependence on the screening effect of the electrolyte solution are faithfully characterized with BD simulations. Depending on the intrinsic rigidity and the medium ionic strength, the polyelectrolyte can be classified as flexible, semiflexible, or rigid. Confined flexible and semiflexible chains exhibit a nonmonotonic variation in size, as measured by the radius of gyration and end-to-end distance, with changing slit width. For the semiflexible chain, this is coupled to the variations in long-range bond vector correlation. The rigid chain, realized at low ionic strength, does not have minima in size but exhibits a sigmoidal transition. The size of confined semiflexible and rigid polyelectrolytes can be well described by the wormlike chain model once the electrostatic effects are taken into account by the persistence length measured at long length scale.

  17. Cell Adhesion and Proliferation on the "Living" Surface of a Polyelectrolyte Multilayer.

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    Arias, Carlos J; Surmaitis, Richard L; Schlenoff, Joseph B

    2016-05-31

    The adhesion of living eukaryotic cells to a substrate, one of the most complex problems in surface science, requires adsorption of extracellular proteins such as fibronectin. Thin films of polyelectrolyte complex made layer-by-layer (polyelectrolyte multilayers or PEMUs) offer a high degree of control of surface charge and composition-interconnected and essential variables for protein adhesion. Fibroblasts grown on multilayers of poly(styrenesulfonate), PSS, and poly(diallyldimethylammonium), PDADMA, with increasing thickness exhibit good adhesion until the 12th layer of polyelectrolyte has been added, whereupon there is a sudden transition to nonadhesive behavior. This sharp change is due to the migration of excess positive charge to the surface-a previously unrecognized property of PEMUs. Precise radiotracer assays of adsorbed (125)I-albumin show how protein adsorption is related to multilayer surface charge. With more negative surface charge density from the sulfonates of PSS, more albumin adsorbs to the surface. However, a loosely held or "soft corona" exchanges with serum protein under the Vroman effect, which is correlated with poor cell adhesion. A comprehensive view of cell adhesion highlights the central role of robust protein adhesion, which is required before any secondary effects of matrix stiffness on cell fate can come into play. PMID:27191244

  18. Dynamics of ion exchange between self-assembled redox polyelectrolyte multilayer modified electrode and liquid electrolyte.

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    Grumelli, Doris E; Garay, Fernando; Barbero, Cesar A; Calvo, Ernesto J

    2006-08-10

    A probe beam deflection (PBD) study of ion exchange between an electroactive polymer poly(allylamine)-bipyridyl-pyridine osmium complex film and liquid electrolyte is reported. The PBD measurements were made simultaneously to chronoamperometric oxidation-reduction cycles, to be able to detect kinetic effects in the ion exchange. Layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembled redox polyelectrolyte films with osmium bipyridyl complex covalently attached to poly(allylamine) (PAH-Os) and poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS) have been built by alternate electrostatic adsorption from soluble polyelectrolytes. The ionic exchange during initial conditioning of the film ("break-in") undergoing oxidation-reduction cycles and recovery after equilibration in the reduced state have shown an exchange of anions and cations with time lag between them. The effect of the nature of cation on the ionic exchange has been investigated with dilute HCl, LiCl, NaCl, and CsCl electrolytes. The ratio of anion to cation exchanged at the film-electrolyte interface has a strong dependence on the nature of charge in the topmost layer, that is, when negatively charged PSS is the capping layer, a larger proportion of cation exchange is observed. This demonstrates that the electrical potential distribution at the redox polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM)/electrolyte interface determines the ionic flux in response to charge injection in the film. PMID:16884254

  19. COMPARATIVE TOXICITY OF POLYELECTROLYTES TO SELECTED AQUATIC ANIMALS

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    Although polyelectrolytes are widely used to control solids in potable water and municipal wastewater, very few studies have been made to assess their toxicity to aquatic animals. Consequently, the authors tested the acute toxicity of several polyelectrolytes to rainbow trout, la...

  20. ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES FOR POLYELECTROLYTES IN WASTEWATER: A REVIEW

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    Interest has been increasing regarding development of methods for the analysis of water soluble polyelectrolytes at trace levels in wastewater effluents and ambient waters. To that end a literature search was undertaken. The effort resulted in a total of 22 polyelectrolyte analyt...

  1. Advances in polyelectrolyte multilayer nanofilms as tunable drug delivery systems

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    Bingbing Jiang

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Bingbing Jiang1, John B Barnett2,3, Bingyun Li1,4,5#1Biomaterials, Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Department of Orthopaedics, School of Medicine, 2Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cell Biology, 3Center for Immunopathology and Microbial Pathogenesis, School of Medicine, 5Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA; 4WVNano Initiative, Morgantown, WV, USA; #Aided by a grant from Osteosynthesis and Trauma Care (OTC FoundationAbstract: There has been considerable interest in polyelectrolyte multilayer nanofilms, which have a variety of applications ranging from optical and electrochemical materials to biomedical devices. Polyelectrolyte multilayer nanofilms are constructed from aqueous solutions using electrostatic layer-by-layer self-assembly of oppositely-charged polyelectrolytes on a solid substrate. Multifunctional polyelectrolyte multilayer nanofilms have been studied using charged dyes, metal and inorganic nanoparticles, DNA, proteins, and viruses. In the past few years, there has been increasing attention to developing polyelectrolyte multilayer nanofilms as drug delivery vehicles. In this mini-review, we present recent developments in polyelectrolyte multilayer nanofilms with tunable drug delivery properties, with particular emphasis on the strategies in tuning the loading and release of drugs in polyelectrolyte multilayer nanofilms as well as their applications.Keywords: nanofilm, polyelectrolyte multilayer, drug delivery, electrostatic layer-by-layer self-assembly, biomedical device, surface modification

  2. Bilayer-structured nanocomposite of Ag and crosslinked polyelectrolyte for the detection of humidity

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    Li, Yang, E-mail: liyang@zju.edu.cn; Wu, Taotao; Yang, Mujie

    2015-03-01

    Nanocomposites of quaternized and crosslinked poly(4-vinylpyridine) (QC-P4VP) and silver nanoparticles were prepared by a two-step procedure, and characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, Ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Bilayer-structured humidity sensors based on the nanocomposites were fabricated, and the effects of the concentration of silver salt precursor and poly(4-vinylpyridine), the method for the reduction of silver salt, the deposition order of the sensitive layers and environmental temperature on the humidity sensing characteristics of the composite sensor have been examined at room temperature. The composite sensor exhibited low impedance under dry atmosphere due to the introduction of Ag nanoparticles, and could detect very low relative humidity (RH) (down to 1% RH) with good sensitivity (impedance change of 2000% from 1% to 30% RH). In addition, the composite sensor demonstrated very wide measuring range (1–98% RH), and revealed faster response and smaller hysteresis than the sensor based on QC-P4VP alone. The complex impedance spectra of the composite sensor in the environments with different RH levels were investigated to explore its humidity sensing mechanism. - Highlights: • Bilayer-structured nanocomposite of Ag and polyelectrolyte are facilely prepared. • Nanocomposite could measure humidity as low as 1% RH and show small hysteresis. • Nanocomposite is capable of detecting full-range humidity with high sensitivity.

  3. Layer-by-layer self-assembly of polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheets

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    Shen, Jianfeng; Pei, Yu; Dong, Pei; Ji, Jin; Cui, Zheng; Yuan, Junhua; Baines, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Ye, Mingxin

    2016-05-01

    Few-layered polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheets were obtained for the first time through in situ polymerization of MoS2 nanosheets with poly(acrylic acid) and poly(acrylamide), both of which demonstrated excellent dispersibility and stability in water. After designing and optimizing the components of this series of polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheets, by exploiting the electrostatic interactions present in the modified MoS2 nanosheets, we further created a series of layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembling MoS2-based films. To this end, uniform MoS2 nanosheet-based LBL films were precisely deposited on substrates such as quartz, silicon, and ITO. The polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheet assembled LBL film-modified electrodes demonstrated enhanced electrocatalytic activity for H2O2. As such, they are conducive to efficient sensors and advanced biosensing systems.Few-layered polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheets were obtained for the first time through in situ polymerization of MoS2 nanosheets with poly(acrylic acid) and poly(acrylamide), both of which demonstrated excellent dispersibility and stability in water. After designing and optimizing the components of this series of polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheets, by exploiting the electrostatic interactions present in the modified MoS2 nanosheets, we further created a series of layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembling MoS2-based films. To this end, uniform MoS2 nanosheet-based LBL films were precisely deposited on substrates such as quartz, silicon, and ITO. The polyelectrolyte functionalized MoS2 nanosheet assembled LBL film-modified electrodes demonstrated enhanced electrocatalytic activity for H2O2. As such, they are conducive to efficient sensors and advanced biosensing systems. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: SEM, AFM and TEM characterization of PAA-MoS2 and PAM-MoS2 nanocomposites. More characterization and electrochemical properties of LBL films

  4. Interpretation with a Donnan-based concept of the influence of simple salt concentration on the apparent binding of divalent ions to the polyelectrolytes polystyrenesulfonate and dextran sulfate

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    Marinsky, J.A.; Baldwin, Robert F.; Reddy, M.M.

    1985-01-01

    It has been shown that the apparent enhancement of divalent metal ion binding to polyions such as polystyrenesulfonate (PSS) and dextran sulfate (DS) by decreasing the ionic strength of these mixed counterion systems (M2+, M+, X-, polyion) can be anticipated with the Donnan-based model developed by one of us (J.A.M.). Ion-exchange distribution methods have been employed to measure the removal by the polyion of trace divalent metal ion from simple salt (NaClO4)-polyion (NaPSS) mixtures. These data and polyion interaction data published earlier by Mattai and Kwak for the mixed counterion systems MgCl2-LiCl-DS and MgCl2-CsCl-DS have been shown to be amenable to rather precise analysis by this model. ?? 1985 American Chemical Society.

  5. Characterization of polyelectrolyte behavior of the polysaccharides chitosan, heparin, and hyaluronan, by light scattering and viscometry.

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    Boddohi, Soheil; Yonemura, Susan; Kipper, Matt

    2008-03-01

    This study on the polyelectrolyte behavior of polysaccharides in solution is motivated by our recent work in development of nanostructured polysaccharide-based surface coatings. Chitosan behaves as a weak polycation, and hyaluronan behaves as a weak polyanion, while heparin behaves as a strong polyanion. The ability to control the conformation of these polysaccharides in solution, by changing the solution ionic strength and pH may offer the opportunity to further tune the nanoscale features of polysaccharide-based surface coatings assembled from solution. In the work reported here, the solution conformation of these polymers is determined from gel permeation chromatography coupled to differential refractive index, light scattering, and viscometry detection. These results are related to the nanostructure of chitosan-heparin and chitosan-hyaluronan surface coatings based on polyelectrolyte multilayers.

  6. Coronene-based charge-transfer complexes.

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    Yoshida, Yukihiro; Isomura, Kazuhide; Kumagai, Yoshihide; Maesato, Mitsuhiko; Kishida, Hideo; Mizuno, Motohiro; Saito, Gunzi

    2016-08-01

    Recent developments in the arena of charge-transfer complexes composed of the D 6h-symmetric polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, coronene, are highlighted with emphasis on the structural and physical properties of these complexes. Because of the dual electron-donating and -accepting abilities of coronene, this group involves structurally-defined four cation salts and three anion salts. The Jahn-Teller distortions and in-plane motion of coronene molecules in the solids, both of which are closely associated with the high symmetry of coronene molecules, and syntheses of clathrate-type complexes are also presented. PMID:27294380

  7. Interactions between hairy rod anionic conjugated polyelectrolytes and nonionic alkyloxyethylene surfactants in aqueous solution: Observations from cloud point behaviour

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    Fonseca, Sofia M.; Eusébio, M. Ermelinda; Castro, Ricardo; Burrows, Hugh D.; Tapia, Maria José; Olsson, Ulf

    2007-01-01

    The effect of three anionic, hairy-rod fluorene based conjugated polyelectrolytes on the cloud points of the alkyloxyethylene surfactants C10E3, C12E4, C12E5, and C12E6 has been studied in aqueous solution. Although the association behaviour of these rigid polymers with surfactants is different from that of more flexible polyelectrolytes, both types of polymers are seen to increase the cloud points, probably as a consequence of associative interactions. The possible importance of Coulombic in...

  8. Study of Physical and Colloid-Chemical Properties of Acrylic Polyelectrolytes of “M-PAA” Series and Their Modification

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to search for the best basic technology to replace the base in the metallization of dielectrics. We studied conducting polymers – acrylic polyelectrolytes. Polyelectrolytes include high molecular weight compounds containing macromolecules and ionogenic groups. Experimental studies have shown that the rational use of HSP for the regulation of colloid-chemical processes in the production should take into account the functional structure of the polymer, its conformational state of macromolecules in solution, the degree of association, dissociation of functional groups, and other factors, which necessitates studying the physical and colloidal chemical characteristics of HSP solutions depending on the concentration.

  9. Investigating forces between charged particles in the presence of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes with the multi-particle colloidal probe technique.

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    Borkovec, Michal; Szilagyi, Istvan; Popa, Ionel; Finessi, Marco; Sinha, Prashant; Maroni, Plinio; Papastavrou, Georg

    2012-11-01

    Direct force measurements are used to obtain a comprehensive picture of interaction forces acting between charged colloidal particles in the presence of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. These measurements are achieved by the multi-particle colloidal probe technique based on the atomic force microscope (AFM). This novel extension of the classical colloidal probe technique offers three main advantages. First, the technique works in a colloidal suspension with a huge internal surface area of several square meters, which simplifies the precise dosing of the small amounts of the polyelectrolytes needed and makes this approach less sensitive to impurities. Second, the particles are attached in-situ within the fluid cell, which avoids the formation of nanobubbles on the latex particles used. Third, forces between two similar particles from the same batch are being measured, which allows an unambiguous determination of the surface potential due to the symmetry of the system. Based on such direct force measurements involving positively and negatively charged latex particles and different polyelectrolytes, we find the following forces to be relevant. Repulsive electrostatic double-layer forces and attractive van der Waals forces as described by the theory of Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey, and Overbeek (DLVO) are both important in these systems, whereby the electrostatic forces dominate away from the isoelectric point (IEP), while at this point they vanish. Additional non-DLVO attractive forces are operational, and they have been identified to originate from the electrostatic interactions between the patch-charge heterogeneities of the adsorbed polyelectrolyte films. Highly charged polyelectrolytes induce strong patch-charge attractions, which become especially important at low ionic strengths and high molecular mass. More weakly charged polyelectrolytes seem to form more homogeneous films, whereby patch-charge attractions may become negligible. Individual bridging events

  10. Manipulating Assembly, Disassembly and Exchange in Responsive Polyelectrolyte Multilayers

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    Hammond, Paula

    2008-03-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayer assembly is based on the alternating adsorption of multilvalent positively and negatively charged species to create ionically crosslinked thin films with nanoscale control of film composition and function. We have utilized this method of assembly to manipulate ion transport, molecular transport, and electrochemical transport in these films, enabling the generation of a range of organic and organic-inorganic devices. Biological materials applications are also derived from such films, enabling their use as drug delivery devices. In each of these applications, it is desired to control interdiffusion and exchange within the multilayer systems to maintain desired function and generate isolated regions of composition and function within the z-direction of the film. Here we address these applications and means of controlling this phenomenon. Furthermore, it is desirable to induce controlled means of disassembly of these multilayer thin films. We will address a number of approaches for achieving this, including hydrolytic degradation, hydrogen bond dissociation, and controlled deconstruction on electrochemical impulse.

  11. Evaluation of shape complexity based on STL data

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    B. Valentan; T. Brajlih; I. Drstvensek; J. Balic

    2006-01-01

    Purpose: Purpose of this paper is to present a part complexity, based on basic information of the STL data.Design/methodology/approach: This paper presents a few methods of evaluating the complexity of the shape, based on the parts STL data. Methods vary from very simple based on the number of triangles in STL file and the parts volume, to the more complex mathematical determination based on the relations of the basic STL data.Findings: We discovered that evaluation of shape complexity based ...

  12. Nanoscale coatings on wood: polyelectrolyte adsorption and layer-by-layer assembled film formation.

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    Renneckar, Scott; Zhou, Yu

    2009-03-01

    Surface chemistry of wood is based on the exposed surface that is the combination of the intact and cut cellular wall material. It is inherently complex and changes with processing history. Modification of wood surfaces through noncovalent attachment of amine containing water soluble polyelectrolytes provides a path to create functional surfaces in a controlled manner. Adsorption of polyethylenimine (PEI) and polydiallydimethylammonium chloride (PDDA) to wood was quantified as a function of solution conditions (pH and ionic strength). Polycation adsorption was maximized under basic pH without the addition of electrolyte. Added salt either had marginal influence or decreased adsorption of polycation, indicating interactions are strongly influenced by Coulombic forces. PEI adsorption could be modeled by both a Langmuir and Freundlich equations, although the wood surface is known to be heterogeneous. After adsorption of polycations, layer-by-layer assembled films were created on the wood surface. Layered films masked ultrastructural features of the cell wall, while leaving the microscale features of wood (cut lumen walls and openings) evident. These findings revealed for the first time that nanoscale films on wood can be deposited without changing the microscopic and macroscopic texture. Functionalized wood surfaces created by nanoscale films may have a future role in adhesives systems for wood composites, wood protection, and creating new functional features on wood. PMID:20355976

  13. Polyelectrolytes-promoted Forward Osmosis Processes

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    Ge, Q.C.

    2012-11-07

    The development of the forward osmosis (FO) process has been constrained by the slow development of appropriate draw solutions. Two significant concerns related to draw solutions are the draw solute leakage and intensive-energy requirement in recycling draw solutes after the FO process. FO would be much attractive if there is no draw solute leakage and the recycle of draw solutes is easy and economic.In this study, polyelectrolytes of a series of polyacrylic acid sodium salts (PAA-Na), were explored as draw solutes in the FO process. The characteristics of high solubility in water and flexibility in structural configuration ensure the suitability of PAA-Na as draw solutes and their relative ease in recycle through pressure-driven ultrafiltration (UF) membrane processes. The high water flux with insignificant salt leakage in the FO process and the high salt rejection in UF recycle processes reveal the superiority of PAA-Na to conventional ionic salts, such as NaCl, when comparing their FO performance via the same membranes. The repeatable performance of PAA-Na after recycle indicates the absence of any aggregation problems. The overall performance demonstrates that polyelectrolytes of PAA-Na series are promising as draw solutes, and the new concept of using polyelectrolytes as draw solutes in FO processes is applicable. The magnetic nanoparticle draw solutes can generate reasonably high osmotic pressure in FO system due to the functional groups on the nanoparticles surface and they can be regenerated through magnetic field and reused as draw solutes. Thermo-responsive magnetic nanoparticles are able to be regenerated with high efficiency as the thermo-responsive property can assist the regeneration in a low-strength magnetic field.

  14. Ratiometric fluorescent ion detection in water with high sensitivity via aggregation-mediated fluorescence resonance energy transfer using a conjugated polyelectrolyte as an optical platform.

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    Le, Van Sang; Kim, Boram; Lee, Wonho; Jeong, Ji-Eun; Yang, Renqiang; Woo, Han Young

    2013-05-14

    A cationic conjugated polyelectrolyte was designed and synthesized based on poly(fluorene-co-phenylene) containing 5 mol% benzothiadiazole (BT) as a low energy trap and 15-crown-5 as a recognizing group for potassium ions. A potassium ion can form a sandwich-type 2:1 Lewis acid-based complex with 15-crown-5, to cause the intermolecular aggregation of polymers. This facilitates inter-chain fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) to a low-energy BT segment, resulting in fluorescent signal amplification, even at dilute analyte concentrations. Highly sensitive and selective detection of K(+) ions was demonstrated in water. The linear response of ratiometric fluorescent signal as a function of [K(+) ] allows K(+) quantification in a range of nanomolar concentrations with a detection limit of ≈0.7 × 10(-9) M. PMID:23417971

  15. Investigation of multilayered polyelectrolyte thin films by means of refractive index measurements, FT-IR spectroscopy and SEM

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    Bodurov, I.; Vlaeva, I.; Exner, G.; Uzunova, Y.; Russev, S.; Pilicheva, B.; Viraneva, A.; Yovcheva, T.; Grancharova, Ts; Sotirov, S.; Marudova, M.

    2016-02-01

    Multilayered polyelectrolyte films are promising structures in the biomedical field. In order to meet the demands for biomedical applications, the structures have to be built from biocompatible and/or biodegradable, nontoxic starting materials, possessing some specific functional properties, depending on the particular application. In the present study, the multilayered polyelectrolyte films with potential use as buccal bioadhesive drug delivery systems were investigated. They were prepared via layer-by-layer deposition of successive nanolayers onto substrate. Three different biopolymers were used. The substrate, from poly(lactic acid), was solvent casted. After that, it was subjected to corona treatment, which ensures surface charge excess for the multilayer deposition. The nanolayers were prepared either from 0.01 g/L solutions of chitosan or 0.05 g/L xanthan. Acetate buffer (pH 4.5 and ionic strength 1 M) was used as a solvent. The substrate was dipped successively into one of the solutions, allowing formation of polyelectrolyte complexes of chitosan (polycation) and xanthan (polyanion). The substrates was treated in negative corona. The multilayered structures consisted of 8, 9, 14, 15 or 20 nanolayers. Number of techniques, such refractive index measurements, FT- IR spectroscopy and SEM morphology were employed in order to monitor the properties of the so prepared multilayered polyelectrolyte films.

  16. Interest of Polyelectrolyte Multilayer thin Films in Tissue Engineering:Application to Vascular Allograft

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    Halima KERDJOUDJ; Cedric BOURA; Vanessa MOBY; Dominique DUMAS; Luc MARCHAL; Jean-Claude VOEGEL; Jean-Fran(c)ois STOLTZ; Patrick MENU

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1 Introduction Obstructive atherosclerosis vascular disease remains one of the greatest public health threats in the world. Surgical treatment to replace diseased blood vessels is usually done using major human allografts (veins or arteries) or synthetic prosthesis ( PTFE, Dacron). However, these substitutes have not a good pateney, because of the lack of endothelial cells (ECs) layer, which prevents thrombus formation. The challenge of tissue engineering vessels is to build-up blood/substitute interface near native vessels.In order to improve ECs adhesion, it is necessary to precoat the intra-luminal vessel. Recently, a new surface modification technique arose, based on the alternate adsorption of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes. Our objective was to favour the endothelialization of the cryo-preserved allografts, treated with a thin polyelectrolyte multilayered film, made of PSS (poly (sodium-4-styrenesulfonate) ) or PAH (poly (allylamine hydrochloride) ).

  17. Chain Collapse and Counterion Condensation in Dilute Polyelectrolyte Solutions

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    Brilliantov, N. V.; Kuznetsov, D. V.; Klein, R.

    1998-01-01

    A new quantitative theory for polyelectrolytes in salt free dilute solutions is developed. Depending on the electrostatic interaction strength, polyelectrolytes in solutions can undergo strong stretching (with polyelectrolyte dimension R_g\\sim l_B^{1/3}N, where l_B is the Bjerrum length and N is the number of the chain segments) or strong compression (with R_g\\sim l_B^{-1/2}N^{1/3}). A strong polymer collapse occurs as a first-order phase transition due to accompanying counterion condensation.

  18. Capturing Complex Multidimensional Data in Location-Based Data Warehouses

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    Timko, Igor; Pedersen, Torben Bach

    2004-01-01

    Motivated by the increasing need to handle complex multidimensional data inlocation-based data warehouses, this paper proposes apowerful data model that is able to capture the complexities of such data. The model provides a foundation for handling complex transportationinfrastructures...... and the attached static and dynamic content,and performing queries on this data. The model is motivated with a comprehensive real-world case study, basedon our collaboration with a leading Danish vendor of location-based services....

  19. Flotation with polyelectrolytes as a first step of a more sustainable wastewater treatment system.

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    Mels, A R; Rulkens, W H; van der Meer, A K; van Nieuwenhuijzen, A F; Klapwijk, A

    2001-01-01

    Within the framework of a research programme into more sustainable wastewater treatment systems based on physical-chemical pretreatment the application of dissolved air flotation (DAF) with polyelectrolytes as a primary treatment was investigated. Experiments with municipal wastewater were carried out in 2.5 I flotation batches and in a 100 I DAF pilot reactor. Two cationic polyelectrolytes (PEs) with molecular weights of 4 x 10(6) g/mol and 8 x 10(6) g/mol, were tested. The higher weight PE was more effective in removing turbidity and was used in the pilot experiments for coagulation/flocculation. Within the pilot system experiments the dry solids concentration of the float layer as well as the removal efficiencies of turbidity, CODparticulate, CODdissolved and nutrients, were studied. Typical results were that the obtained dry solids concentration of the floated sludge was 10%, when the float layer was removed after several hours. By using polyelectrolytes it was possible to remove more than 80% of CODparticulate and turbidity at dosages of 7-8 mg/g influent COD (i.e. 5 mg PE/100 NTU). The removal efficiency of CODdissolved was low. There was a proportional relationship between CODparticulate and turbidity. This led to the conclusions that by introducing a dosing control strategy based on continuous turbidity measurements a constant CODparticulate removal efficiency can be obtained. PMID:11443990

  20. Preferential enhancement of reverse dermal Arthus reaction by polyelectrolytes: in vivo and in vitro evidence for mediation by oxygen-derived radicals and their metabolites

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    The ability of cationic and anionic polyelectrolytes (polyhistidine, histone, poly-arginine and polyanetholsulfonate) to modulate an acute immune complex (IgG-BSA) mediated inflammatory response was studied. Tissue injury elicited in rats by the reverse dermal Arthus reaction was increased 20-60% by complexing the antibody and polyelectrolye prior to intradermal injection. Intravenous administration of polyethylene glycol-coupled (PEG) superoxide dismutase (4125 U) produced a 30-70% suppression of this tissue injury. PEG-catalase (2000 U) had no suppressive effect. Concomitant in vitro functional studies (enzyme release, O2- and H2O2 generation and chemiluminescence) of rat neutrophils stimulated with preformed immune complexes modified with polyelectrolytes demonstrated 2-fold increase in O2- generation, modest increases in H2O2 generation and large increases in chemiluminescence. There was no change in enzyme (β-glucuronidase) secretion. The polyelectrolytes employed in this study did not alter the capacity of preformed IgG-BSA complexes to fix complement. These studies suggest that immune complexes modified with either cationic or anionic polyelectrolytes have increased phlogistic potential that is at least in part mediated by enhanced generation of oxygen-derived metabolites and not by increased enzyme secretion or by increased fixation of complement

  1. IONIC SELF-ASSEMBLY AND HUMIDITY SENSITIVITY OF POLYELECTROLYTE MULTILAYERS

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    Hai-hu Yu; De-sheng Jiang

    2002-01-01

    Multilayer thin films of alternately adsorbed layers of polyelectrolytes PDDA and PS-119 were formed on both planar silica substrates and optical fibers through the ionic self-assembly technique. Intrinsic Fabry-Perot cavities were fabricated by stepwise assembling the polyelectrolytes onto the ends of optical fibers for the purposes of fiber optical device and sensor development. Ionically assembled polyelectrolyte multilayer thin films, in whichthere are hydrophilic side groups with strong affinity towards water molecules, are a category of humidity-sensitive functional materials. The polyelectrolyte multilayer thin film Fabry-Perot cavity-type fiber optical humidity sensor can work over a wide range from about 0% RH to about 100% RH with a response time less than 1 s.

  2. QM/MM-MD simulations of conjugated polyelectrolytes

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    Sjöqvist, Jonas; Linares, Mathieu; Mikkelsen, Kurt Valentin;

    2014-01-01

    A methodological development is reported for the study of luminescence properties of conjugated polyelectrolytes, encompassing systems in which dihedral rotational barriers are easily overcome at room temperature. The components of the model include (i) a molecular mechanics (MM) force field...

  3. Boroxine ring compounds as dissociation enhancers in gel polyelectrolytes

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    In order to combine the advantages of both traditional gel electrolytes and polyelectrolytes, a novel polyelectrolyte which incorporates a boroxine ring-containing anion-trapping agent has been explored. Poly(lithium 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonate) (PAMPSLi), ethylene carbonate (EC) and tri(methoxyethoxyethoxyethoxy)boroxine (TME3Bx) were combined to prepare various gel systems. The thermal properties and conductivities of these gels have been investigated. A conductivity of 10-3.6 S cm-1 at 20 deg. C has been achieved in a gel polyelectrolyte system with a molar ratio of [EC]:[TME3Bx]:[Li+]=24:1.7:1. Temperature-dependent NMR measurements indicated that a significant interaction exists between the boroxine ring and the polyelectrolyte

  4. Layer-by-layer polyelectrolyte films for contact electric energy harvesting

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    We report how self-assembly of polyelectrolyte thin films alters the contact electrification of polyimide polymer films used in contact based triboelectric energy harvesting systems. Polyimide films of the same size do produce a very small current when brought into contact. However, by covering one of the polyimide films with a polyelectrolyte thin film terminated by positively charged poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH), the current is reversed and a much larger current and voltage are generated upon contact with the other polyimide film. A similar increase in contact current is not seen for polyelectrolyte thin films terminated by the negatively charged poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate). The PAH-terminated Kapton films are used to create an energy harvesting system providing a voltage of about 60 V and a current of 10 μA. At an average power of 11 μW for a load resistance of 100 MΩ, the energy harvester is able to power several light emitting diodes. Further studies on the contact electrification of the polyelectrolyte demonstrate that nanostructuring of the polymer surface using reactive ion etching does not give rise to polarity reversal. This is explained as hidden pockets of charge not accessible to PAH molecules, but which become accessible when the polymer is put under stress. Although the current originating for a PAH-terminated multilayer film does initially have the opposite sign to that of bare polyimide, it is found that the polarity will switch after subjecting it to a periodical mechanical force. Characteristic changes in current signatures associated with the switch are found, and are interpreted as mechanical interpenetration of the charged layers. (paper)

  5. Polyelectrolyte-versus membrane-coated electrodes for energy production by capmix salinity exchange methods

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    Fernández, M. M.; Wagterveld, R. M.; Ahualli, S.; Liu, F.; Delgado, A. V.; Hamelers, H. V. M.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we analyze the energy and power achievable by means of a recently proposed salinity gradient technique for energy production. The method, denominated soft electrode or SE, is based on the potential difference that can be generated between two porous electrodes coated with cationic and anionic polyelectrolytes. It is related to the Capacitive Donnan Potential (CDP) technique, where the electrical potential variations are mostly related to the Donnan potential, of ion-selective membranes in the case of CDP, and of the polyelectrolyte coating in SE. It is found that although SE is comparable to CDP in terms of energy production, it presents slower rates of voltage change, and lower achieved power. The separate analysis of the response of positively and negatively coated electrodes shows that the latter produces most of the voltage rise and also of the response delay. These results, together with electrokinetic techniques, give an idea on how the two types of polyelectrolytes adsorb on the carbon surface and affect differently the diffusion layer. It is possible to suggest that the SE technique is a promising one, and it may overcome the drawbacks associated to the use of membranes in CDP.

  6. Water-resistive humidity sensor prepared by printing process using polyelectrolyte ink derived from new monomer.

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    Kim, Min-Ji; Gong, Myoung-Seon

    2012-03-21

    A simple strategy was developed based on a new monomer containing both photocurable function and ammonium salt, N-(2-cinnamoyloxy)ethyl-N-(2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl)-N,N-dimethyl ammonium bromide (CMDAB) to obtain photocurable polyelectrolyte ink and stable humidity-sensitive membranes by printing process. Humidity-sensitive membranes are photocrosslinked polyelectrolytes obtained from copolymers of [2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl] dimethyl propyl ammonium bromide (MEPAB), CMDAB and MMA. A flexible gold electrode/polyimide was pretreated with 2-(mercaptoethyl) cinnamamide (MEC) containing a thiol-coupling agent for the purpose of anchoring the humidity-sensitive polyelectrolyte to the gold electrode. The sensors using screen printing methods reduced the deflection of sensor characteristics showing humidity precision ±1%RH. The photocured copolymer MEPAB/CMDAB/MMA = 63/7/30 show good sensitivity (0.0586 logΩ/%RH) changing resistance approximately four orders of magnitude with relative humidity varying from 20% to 95% and fast response and recovery time. The resultant sensors showed acceptable linearity (Y = -0.04X + 7.0, R(2) = -0.9900) and small hysteresis. The reliability including water resistance and a long-term stability were estimated for the application of the flexible humidity sensor prepared by screen printing process. PMID:22314679

  7. Electro-Osmotic Flow of Semidilute Polyelectrolyte Solutions

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    Uematsu, Yuki; Araki, Takeaki

    2013-01-01

    We investigate electro-osmosis in aqueous solutions of polyelectrolytes using mean-field equations. A solution of positively charged polyelectrolytes is confined between two negatively charged planar surfaces, and an electric field is applied parallel to the surfaces. When electrostatic attraction between the polymer and the surface is strong, the polymers adhere to the surface, forming a highly viscous adsorption layer that greatly suppresses the electro-osmosis. Conversely, electro-osmosis ...

  8. Interaction forces between surfaces coated with highly branched polyelectrolytes

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    Pericet-Cámara, Ramón; Borkovec, Michal

    2007-01-01

    In this thesis, interactions between surfaces with adsorbed highly branched polyelectrolytes were studied with the colloidal probe technique. By studying the adsorption behavior of highly branched polyelectrolytes, the lateral distribution of the surface charge could be tuned by the appropriate adsorption conditions. By choosing different polyelecrtrolytes, namely highly branched poly(ethylenimine) (PEI) and poly(amido amine) (PAMAM) dendrimers, it was possible to investigate the forces betwe...

  9. Adsorption of polyelectrolytes on silica and gold surfaces

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    Altamirano, M. A. Balderas; Camacho, R.; E. Pérez; Goicochea, A. Gama

    2016-01-01

    The results of a study that helps understand the mechanisms of adsorption of polyelectrolytes on particles, using numerical simulation methods, specifically the one known as dissipative particle dynamics are reported here. The adsorption of cationic polyelectrolytes of two different polymerization degrees interacting with two types of surfaces, one made of gold and the other of silica is predicted and compared. We find that a more negatively charged wall does not necessarily adsorb more catio...

  10. Effect of cationic polyelectrolytes addition in cement cohesion

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    Edison Albert Zuluaga-Hernández; Bibian A Hoyos

    2014-01-01

    Here is studied the variation in cohesion of cement main phase (C-S-H) as a result of cationic polyelectrolytes addition (quaternary amines spermine and norspermidine). Cohesion study was carried out by molecular simulation techniques (Monte Carlo) using a primitive model in a canonical ensemble (NVT). The proposed model takes into account the influence of ionic size of each particle and the addition of polyelectrolytes with different charge number and separation. The results obtained show th...

  11. Interaction forces between surfaces coated with highly branched polyelectrolytes

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    Pericet-Cámara, Ramón

    2006-01-01

    In this thesis, interactions between surfaces with adsorbed highly branched polyelectrolytes were studied with the colloidal probe technique. By studying the adsorption behavior of highly branched polyelectrolytes, the lateral distribution of the surface charge could be tuned by the appropriate adsorption conditions. By choosing different polyelecrtrolytes, namely highly branched poly(ethylenimine) (PEI) and poly(amido amine) (PAMAM) dendrimers, it was possible to investigate the forces betwe...

  12. Adsorption studies of polyelectrolytes and enzymes on lignocellulosic model surfaces

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    Saarinen, Terhi

    2008-01-01

    This thesis presents fundamental studies on the adsorption of polyelectrolytes and enzymes on solid surfaces. The overall objective of the research was to clarify the adsorption phenomena of polyelectrolytes and enzymes taking place in papermaking. The adsorption experiments were made with a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation, QCM-D, and the enzyme-modified surfaces were characterised by atomic force microscopy, AFM. In order to study the interactions taking place at a molecula...

  13. Tailoring fibre and paper properties using physical adsorption of polyelectrolytes

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    Marais, Andrew

    2012-01-01

    The adsorption of polyelectrolytes, both as monolayers and as multilayers, was investigated as an easy and non-expensive way of producing lignocellulosic fibrous materials with enhanced mechanical properties. In the first part of the work described in this thesis, the adsorption of a polyelectrolyte monolayer onto the surface of unbleached and unbeaten kraft pulp fibres with different kappa numbers was investigated. Adsorption isotherms were obtained in order to determine the amounts of polym...

  14. Polyelectrolytes polarization in non-uniform electric fields

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    Farahpour, Farnoush; Varnik, Fathollah; Ejtehadi, Mohammad Reza

    2014-01-01

    Stretching dynamics of polymers in microfluidics is of particular interest for polymer scientists. As a charged polymer, a polyelectrolyte can be deformed from its coiled equilibrium configuration to an extended chain by applying uniform or non-uniform electric fields. By means of hybrid lattice Boltzmann-molecular dynamics simulations, we investigate how the condensed counterions around the polyelectrolyte contribute to the polymer stretching in inhomogeneous fields. As an application, we di...

  15. Anisotropic Diffusion of Polyelectrolyte Chains within Multi-layer Films

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    Xu, Li [Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey; Kozlovskaya, Veronika [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Kharlampieva, Eugenia [University of Alabama, Birmingham; Ankner, John Francis [ORNL; Sukhishvili, Prof. Svetlana A. [Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey

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    We found diffusion of polyelectrolyte chains within multilayer films to be highly anisotropic, with the preferential chain motion parallel to the substrate. The degree of anisotropy was quantified by a combination of fluorescence recovery after photobleaching and neutron reflectometry, probing chain diffusion in directions parallel and perpendicular to the substrate, respectively. Chain mobility was controlled by ionic strength of annealing solutions and steric hindrance to ionic pairing of interacting polyelectrolytes.

  16. Giant permittivity and dynamic mobility observed for spherical polyelectrolyte brushes

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    Jiménez, Maria Luisa; Delgado, Angel; Ahualli, Silvia; Hoffmann, Marius; Wittemann, Alexander; Ballauff, Matthias

    2011-01-01

    We prcsent a study of the electrodynamic behavior of concentrated suspensions of spherical polyelectrolyte brushcs (SPBs). The dynamic mobility of the SPBs exhibits giant values. Concomitantly, . the dielectric spectra of suspensions of these particlcs display enormous loss peaks in the kHz frequency range. The strong dielectric relaxation is a direct consequence of the inhomogeneity of the counterion distribution inside the polyelectrolyte layer. As can be concluded from the experimentally d...

  17. The influence of electrical charge on the growth of bone marrow stromal cells in macroporous polymer hydrogels based on 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate and in polyelectrolyte complexes

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    Lesný, Petr; Přádný, Martin; Fiala, Jindřich; Michálek, Jiří; Syková, Eva

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 535, č. 9 (2003), s. 87-94. ISSN 0391-3988. [World Congress on regenerative Medicine /1./. Lipsko, 22.10.2003-24.10.2003] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA304/03/1189; GA MŠk LN00A065; GA ČR GA203/01/0737 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z5039906; CEZ:MSM 11130004 Keywords : Macroporous polymer hydrogel * 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate Subject RIV: FH - Neurology Impact factor: 0.964, year: 2003

  18. Macroporous hydrogels based on 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate. Part 6: 3D hydrogels with positive and negative surface charges and polyelectrolyte complexes in spinal cord injury repair

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    Hejčl, Aleš; Lesný, Petr; Přádný, Martin; Šedý, Jiří; Zámečník, J.; Jendelová, Pavla; Michálek, Jiří; Syková, Eva

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 20, č. 7 (2009), s. 1571-1577. ISSN 0957-4530 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA500390902 Grant ostatní: GA MŠk(CZ) 1M0538; GA MZd(CZ) 1A8697; EC FP6 project RESCUE(XE) LSHB-CT-2005-518233 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50390703; CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : transplantation * biomaterials * macroporous hydrogels Subject RIV: FH - Neurology Impact factor: 1.955, year: 2009

  19. The influence of electrical charge on the growth of bone marrow stromal cells in macroporous polymer hydrogels based on 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate and in polyelectrolyte complexes

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    Lesný, P.; Přádný, Martin; Fiala, J.; Michálek, Jiří; Syková, E.

    Leipzig : University of Leipzig, Biomedical Biotechnological Center, 2003. s. 865. [World Congress on Regenerative Medicine /1./. 09.05.2003-12.05.2003, Leipzig] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA304/03/1189; GA MŠk LN00A065; GA ČR GA203/01/0737 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4050913 Keywords : macroporous polymer hydrogels * 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate * bone marrow stromal cells Subject RIV: FJ - Surgery incl. Transplants

  20. Evaluation of shape complexity based on STL data

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    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Purpose of this paper is to present a part complexity, based on basic information of the STL data.Design/methodology/approach: This paper presents a few methods of evaluating the complexity of the shape, based on the parts STL data. Methods vary from very simple based on the number of triangles in STL file and the parts volume, to the more complex mathematical determination based on the relations of the basic STL data.Findings: We discovered that evaluation of shape complexity based only on basic data of STL data gives us some basic view on part complexity.Research limitations/implications: For parts with large block volume/part volume ratio and thinner parts with free form surfaces only the first method is suitable and gives suitable results.Practical implications: The complexity of the shape of a part is an important factor for all manufacturing procedures. When using conventional machining, the parts complexity presents a key factor in determining the optimal way of manufacturing. Also, when using rapid tooling (for example silicon rubber moulding the complexity of the part determines the parting plane layout and eventual tool construction (inserts, cores, etc.. Even when using certain rapid prototyping procedures, the support material consumption depends highly on the complexity of the part and together with the problem of optimal orientation and position of the part, significantly influences the manufacturing costs. At the end of the article a few test method are presented that try to determine the complexity regarding to the procedure by which the part will be manufactured.Originality/value: Choosing maximum efficient manufacturing processes on base of part complexity is a new perspective in manufacturing, which, properly evolved and complied can cause revolution in manufacturing optimization, especially in hybrid manufacturing processes.

  1. A Memristor-Based Hyperchaotic Complex Lü System and Its Adaptive Complex Generalized Synchronization

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    Shibing Wang

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces a new memristor-based hyperchaotic complex Lü system (MHCLS and investigates its adaptive complex generalized synchronization (ACGS. Firstly, the complex system is constructed based on a memristor-based hyperchaotic real Lü system, and its properties are analyzed theoretically. Secondly, its dynamical behaviors, including hyperchaos, chaos, transient phenomena, as well as periodic behaviors, are explored numerically by means of bifurcation diagrams, Lyapunov exponents, phase portraits, and time history diagrams. Thirdly, an adaptive controller and a parameter estimator are proposed to realize complex generalized synchronization and parameter identification of two identical MHCLSs with unknown parameters based on Lyapunov stability theory. Finally, the numerical simulation results of ACGS and its applications to secure communication are presented to verify the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed method.

  2. Polyelectrolyte brushes at the air/water interface

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    The nanostructure of amphiphilic diblock copolymer monolayer on water surface was investigated by in situ X-ray and neutron reflectivity. The diblock copolymers used have a long hydrophobic chain and a polyelectrolyte chain as a hydrophilic block. The monolayer was found not to have a simple double layer structure (hydrophobic layer / hydrophilic (carpet) layer) but to have a three layer structure consisting of hydrophobic layer, hydrophilic dense carpet layer, and polyelectrolyte brush layer when the polyelectrolyte block is long enough and the surface pressure (i.e. brush density) is high enough. The transition from carpet only to carpet/brush double layer structure in hydrophilic layer was observed as a function of polyelectrolyte chain length, the surface pressure. When the hydrophilic chain is a weak polyelectrolyte, the monolayer first expanded and then shrunk with increasing salt concentration in the subphase. For the strongly ionic polyelectrolyte, the monolayer structure was not affected by salt addition up to ∼0.2 M. These observations can be explained by a balance of the charged state of the brush chain, an electrostatic repulsion between brush chains and salt concentration in the brush layer

  3. New software engineering paradigm based on complexity science

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    Xiong, Jay

    2011-01-01

    This book describes a complete revolution in software engineering based on complexity science through the establishment of NSE -- Nonlinear Software Engineering paradigm which complies with the essential principles of complexity science, including the Nonlinearity principle, the Holism principle, the Complexity Arises From Simple Rules principle, the Initial Condition Sensitivity principle, the Sensitivity to Change principle, the Dynamics principle, the Openness principle, the Self-organization principle, and the Self-adaptation principle. The aims of this book are to offer revolutionary solu

  4. A complexity lower bound based on software engineering concepts

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    Rojas Paredes, Andrés

    2013-01-01

    We consider the problem of polynomial equation solving also known as quantifier elimination in Effective Algebraic Geometry. The complexity of the first elimination algorithms were double exponential, but a considerable progress was carried out when the polynomials were represented by arithmetic circuits evaluating them. This representation improves the complexity to pseudo–polynomial time. The question is whether the actual asymptotic complexity of circuit– based elimination algorithms ma...

  5. Comprehensive Complexity-Based Failure Modeling for Maintainability and Serviceability

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    Meselhy, K. T.; ElMaraghy, H. A.; ElMaraghy, W. H.

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    Failures are the primary triggers for repair and maintenance actions. A clear definition of failure events is important in order to improve maintainability and serviceability. A comprehensive complexity-based mathematical definition of failure is introduced. The applicability of the developed failure model to different complexity definitions is discussed. A new metric is introduced to capture the change in complexity associated with function degradation. A case study is present...

  6. The influence of charged-induced variations in the local permittivity on the static and dynamic properties of polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Fahrenberger, Florian; Hickey, Owen A.; Smiatek, Jens; Holm, Christian

    2015-12-01

    There is a large body of literature investigating the static and dynamic properties of polyelectrolytes due both to their widespread application in industrial processes and their ubiquitous presence in biology. Because of their highly charged nature, polyelectrolytes tend to alter the local dielectric permittivity of the solution within a few nanometers of their backbone. This effect has, however, been almost entirely ignored in both simulations and theoretical work. In this article, we apply our recently developed electrostatic solver based on Maxwell's equations to examine the effects of the permittivity reduction in the vicinity of the polyelectrolyte. We first verify our new approach by calculating and comparing ion distributions around a linear fixed polyelectrolyte and find both quantitative and qualitative changes in the ion distribution. Further simulations with an applied electric field show that the reduction in the local dielectric constant increases the mobility of the chains by approximately ten percent. More importantly, variations in the local dielectric constant lead to qualitatively different behavior of the conductivity.

  7. The influence of charged-induced variations in the local permittivity on the static and dynamic properties of polyelectrolyte solutions.

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    Fahrenberger, Florian; Hickey, Owen A; Smiatek, Jens; Holm, Christian

    2015-12-28

    There is a large body of literature investigating the static and dynamic properties of polyelectrolytes due both to their widespread application in industrial processes and their ubiquitous presence in biology. Because of their highly charged nature, polyelectrolytes tend to alter the local dielectric permittivity of the solution within a few nanometers of their backbone. This effect has, however, been almost entirely ignored in both simulations and theoretical work. In this article, we apply our recently developed electrostatic solver based on Maxwell's equations to examine the effects of the permittivity reduction in the vicinity of the polyelectrolyte. We first verify our new approach by calculating and comparing ion distributions around a linear fixed polyelectrolyte and find both quantitative and qualitative changes in the ion distribution. Further simulations with an applied electric field show that the reduction in the local dielectric constant increases the mobility of the chains by approximately ten percent. More importantly, variations in the local dielectric constant lead to qualitatively different behavior of the conductivity. PMID:26723625

  8. Adsorption of polyelectrolytes and its influence on the rheology, zeta potential, and microstructure of various cement and hydrate phases.

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    Zingg, Anatol; Winnefeld, Frank; Holzer, Lorenz; Pakusch, Joachim; Becker, Stefan; Gauckler, Ludwig

    2008-07-15

    In this study the influence of polycarboxylate-based polyelectrolytes on the particle interaction among tricalcium silicate (C(3)S, main clinker phase), calcium silicate hydrates (CSH), and calcium aluminate sulfate hydrates (ettringite) (main hydration phases) has been examined. These phases are the constituents of major concern during early hydration of cement suspensions. The results of zeta potential measurements on single mineral phase experiments show that the phases C(3)S and CSH are positively charged in synthetic pore solution (liquid phase of hydrating cement suspension), whereas the ettringite is negatively charged. Due to these opposite charges, ettringite crystals should coagulate with CSH phases and/or deposit on surfaces of the much larger C(3)S clinker particles. This behavior was proven by cryo-microscopic analysis of high-pressure frozen cement suspensions, which illustrates the consequences of colloidal mechanisms on the microstructure of early cement suspensions. Furthermore, it is shown that the polyelectrolytes have a much higher adsorption affinity to ettringite surfaces (hydrate phase) compared to silicate surfaces. However, the results from rheology experiments reveal that the presence of polyelectrolytes has a strong impact on the suspension properties of all investigated mineral phases by decreasing yield stress and plastic viscosity. From the results it can be concluded that the ettringite is the dominant mineral phase in terms of the state of dispersion which includes particle-particle and particle-polyelectrolyte interaction in the bulk cement system. PMID:18502439

  9. Electrophoresis of a polyelectrolyte through a nanopore

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    Ghosal, S

    2006-01-01

    A hydrodynamic model for determining the electrophoretic speed of a polyelectrolyte through a nanopore is presented. It is assumed that the speed is determined by a balance of electrical and viscous forces arising from within the pore and that classical continuum electrostatics and hydrodynamics may be considered applicable. An explicit formula for the translocation speed as a function of the pore geometry and other physical parameters is obtained and is shown to be consistent with experimental measurements on DNA translocation through nanopores in silicon membranes. Experiments also show a weak dependence of the translocation speed on polymer length that is not accounted for by the present model. It is hypothesized that this is due to secondary effects that are neglected here.

  10. Diffusiophoresis of a charged toroidal polyelectrolyte.

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    Tseng, Shiojenn; Hsu, Yen-Rei; Hsu, Jyh-Ping

    2016-06-01

    Considering recent application of concentration driven motion of charged nanoparticles in sensing technology, we model the diffusiophoresis of an isolated toroidal polyelectrolyte (PE) for the first time. Choosing an aqueous KCl solution for illustration, its behavior under various conditions is simulated by varying the double layer thickness, the size of toroid, and its softness and fixed charge density. We show that the behavior of the present PE can be different both quantitatively and qualitatively from that of the corresponding spherical PE. This arises from the competition of the hydrodynamic force and the electric force acting on a PE. The geometry and the nature of a PE can also influence appreciably its behavior, yielding complicated and interesting results. PMID:26970033

  11. The effect of polyelectrolyte chain length on layer-by-layer protein/polyelectrolyte assembly - an experimental study

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    Houska, Milan; Brynda, Eduard; Bohatá, Karolína

    2004-01-01

    Roč. 273, č. 1 (2004), s. 140-147. ISSN 0021-9797 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA4050006; GA ČR GA203/02/1326; GA ČR GA102/03/0633 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4050913 Keywords : layer-by-layer adsorption * protein/ polyelectrolyte assemblies * effect of polyelectrolyte chain length Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 1.784, year: 2004

  12. An entropy based measure for comparing distributions of complexity

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    Rajaram, R.; Castellani, B.

    2016-07-01

    This paper is part of a series addressing the empirical/statistical distribution of the diversity of complexity within and amongst complex systems. Here, we consider the problem of measuring the diversity of complexity in a system, given its ordered range of complexity types i and their probability of occurrence pi, with the understanding that larger values of i mean a higher degree of complexity. To address this problem, we introduce a new complexity measure called case-based entropyCc - a modification of the Shannon-Wiener entropy measure H. The utility of this measure is that, unlike current complexity measures-which focus on the macroscopic complexity of a single system-Cc can be used to empirically identify and measure the distribution of the diversity of complexity within and across multiple natural and human-made systems, as well as the diversity contribution of complexity of any part of a system, relative to the total range of ordered complexity types.

  13. Viscoelastic Nanomechanics of Ionically Cross-linked Polyelectrolyte Networks

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    Han, Biao; Lee, Daeyeon; Han, Lin

    2015-03-01

    Understanding the mechanics of ionic polyelectrolyte networks is critical for applications where nm-to-um mechanics is the key to success. This study aims to reveal the roles of ionic cross-links and fixed charges in the viscoelasticity of layer-by-layer poly(allylamine hydrochloride)/poly(acrylic acid) microfilms, PAH/PAA, a complex held by pH-sensitive amine-carboxyl links. AFM-nanoindentation and force relaxation (tip R =12.5um) was performed at ionic strength(IS) =0.01-1.0M, pH =5.5-2.0 (pKa of PAA =2.3). When pH changes from 5.5 to 2.0, the films swell for 4x from densely linked, net neutral state to loosely linked, positively charged one. A >100x reduction in indentation modulus was observed at all IS, suggesting the dominance of decrease in cross-link density. In most states, more than 90% force relaxation was observed, where cross-link breaking/reformation likely dominates viscoelasticity. However, at pH =2.5 and IS =0.01M, when electrical double layer repulsion is important (Debye length =3nm), relaxation was about 60%, highlighting the contribution of fixed charges. In summary, this study revealed unique viscoelastic behaviors of PAH/PAA due to the pH- and IS-dependent cross-link and charge densities.

  14. Community-based complex cloud data center

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    Filiposka, Sonja; Juiz, Carlos

    2015-02-01

    The communication infrastructure is a critical component of a large-scale cloud data center. It needs to provide the best performance available while keeping overprovisioning and, lately even more important, power consumption, to the minimum. Aiming to provide a unified solution that will have high performance together with economical benefits and power consumption reduction, in this paper, we propose a new community-based scale-free model for data center network architecture. By comparing the proposed model to other similar solutions we show that the performance of the network in terms of average path length, bandwidth and resilience is similar to the state-of-the-art models. In our presented detailed analysis of the model properties, our focus is set on exploring how heterogeneity in terms of different type of network equipment influences the basic network properties. We also present solutions and network metrics that can be used in conjunction to the introduced community structure in order to additionally increase the performance.

  15. Proton and metal ion binding to natural organic polyelectrolytes-II. Preliminary investigation with a peat and a humic acid

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    Marinsky, J.A.; Reddy, M.M.

    1984-01-01

    We summarize here experimental studies of proton and metal ion binding to a peat and a humic acid. Data analysis is based on a unified physico-chemical model for reaction of simple ions with polyelectrolytes employing a modified Henderson-Hasselbalch equation. Peat exhibited an apparent intrinsic acid dissociation constant of 10-4.05, and an apparent intrinsic metal ion binding constant of: 400 for cadmium ion; 600 for zinc ion; 4000 for copper ion; 20000 for lead ion. A humic acid was found to have an apparent intrinsic proton binding constant of 10-2.6. Copper ion binding to this humic acid sample occurred at two types of sites. The first site exhibited reaction characteristics which were independent of solution pH and required the interaction of two ligands on the humic acid matrix to simultaneously complex with each copper ion. The second complex species is assumed to be a simple monodentate copper ion-carboxylate species with a stability constant of 18. ?? 1984.

  16. Self-assembled carrageenan/protamine polyelectrolyte nanoplexes-Investigation of critical parameters governing their formation and characteristics.

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    Dul, Maria; Paluch, Krzysztof J; Kelly, Hazel; Healy, Anne Marie; Sasse, Astrid; Tajber, Lidia

    2015-06-01

    The aim of this work was to investigate the feasibility of cross-linker free polyelectrolyte complex formation at the nanoscale between carrageenan (CAR) and protamine (PROT). The properties of CAR/PROT nanoparticles (NPs) were dependent on the carrageenan type: kappa (KC), iota (IC) and lambda (LC), concentration of components, addition of divalent cations, weight mixing ratio (WMR) of constituents and mode of component addition. In the case of 0.1% w/v solutions, IC-based NPs had the smallest particle sizes (100-150nm) and low polydispersity indices (0.1-0.4). A decrease in the solution concentration from 0.1% to 0.05% w/v enabled the formation of KC/PROT NPs. All carrageenans exhibited the ability to form NPs with surface charge ranging from -190 to 40mV. The inclusion of divalent cations caused an increase in the particle size and zeta potential. Infrared analysis confirmed the presence of a complex between CAR and PROT and showed that IC chains undergo structural changes when forming NPs. Colloidal stability of NPs was related to the initial surface charge of particles and was time- and pH-dependent. IC was found to be the most suitable type of CAR when forming nanoplexes with PROT. PMID:25843867

  17. Key considerations in the determination of polyelectrolyte concentration by the colloidal titration method

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    Miguel A. Zanuttini; Paulina Mocchiutti

    2007-01-01

    Medium or high charge density cationic polyelectrolytes are frequently used for water treatment. In the papermaking wet-end they are used as retention agents or as flocculating aids. Negative polyelectrolytes that enter the papermaking system increase the demand for cationic poly-electrolytes. Polyelectrolyte concentration can be determined by the colloidal titration method, using either of two options for detecting the endpoint: i) visual observation or spectrophotometric determination of th...

  18. Cell type dependent morphological adaptation in polyelectrolyte hydrogels governs chondrogenic fate.

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    Raghothaman, Deepak; Leong, Meng Fatt; Lim, Tze Chiun; Wan, Andrew C A; Ser, Zheng; Lee, Eng Hin; Yang, Zheng

    2016-01-01

    Repair of critical-size articular cartilage defects typically involves delivery of cells in biodegradable, 3D matrices. Differences in the developmental status of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and terminally differentiated mature chondrocytes might be a critical factor in engineering appropriate 3D matrices for articular cartilage tissue engineering. This study examined the relationship between material-driven early cell morphological adaptations and chondrogenic outcomes, by studying the influence of aligned collagen type I (Col I) presentation on chondrocytes and MSC in interfacial polyelectrolyte complexation (IPC)-based hydrogels. In the absence of Col I, both chondrocytes and MSCs adopted rounded cell morphology and formed clusters, with chondrocyte clusters favoring the maintenance of hyaline phenotype, while MSC clusters differentiated to fibro-superficial zone-like chondrocytes. Encapsulated chondrocytes in IPC-Col I hydrogel adopted a fibroblastic morphology forming fibro-superficial zone-like phenotype, which could be reversed by inhibiting actin polymerization using cytochalasin D (CytD). In contrast, adoption of fibroblastic morphology by encapsulated MSCs in IPC-Col I facilitated superior chondrogenesis, generating a mature, hyaline neocartilage tissue. CytD treatment abrogated the elongation of MSCs and brought about a single cell-like state, resulting in insignificant chondrogenic differentiation, underscoring the essential requirement of providing matrix environments that are amenable to cell-cell interactions for robust MSC chondrogenic differentiation. Our study demonstrates that MSCs and culture-expanded chondrocytes favour differential microenvironmental niches and emphasizes the importance of designing biomaterials that meet cell type-specific requirements, in adopting chondrocyte or MSC-based approaches for regenerating hyaline, articular cartilage. PMID:27041648

  19. Salting-out and Salting-in in Polyelectrolyte Solutions

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    Zhang, Pengfei; Wu, Jianzhong; Wang, Zhen-Gang

    The phase behavior of polyelectrolyte (PE) solutions is governed by complicated interplay involving the mixing entropy, excluded volume, chain connectivity, and electrostatic interactions. Here we study the phase behavior of PE solutions in both salt-free condition and with added salt using a liquid-state (LS) theory based thermodynamic model. The LS model accounts or the hard-core repulsion by the Canahan-Starling equation of state, correlations due to chain connectivity by the first-order thermodynamic perturbation theory, and electrostatic correlations by the mean-spherical approximation. In comparison to the prediction from the well-known Voorn-Overbeek theory, the LS model predicts loop-type binodal curves in the salt-PE concentration diagram at temperatures slightly above the critical temperature of PE solution in salt-free case, consistent with the experimental study. The phase separated region shrinks with increasing temperature. Three scenarios of salting-out and salting-in phenomenon are predicted with addition of salts based, depending on the PE concentration.

  20. Iterative Soft Decision Based Complex K-best MIMO Decoder

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    Mehnaz Rahman

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an iterative soft decision based complex multiple input multiple output (MIMO decoding algorithm, which reduces the complexity of Maximum Likelihood (ML detector. We develop a novel iterative complex K-best decoder exploiting the techniques of lattice reduction for 8×8 MIMO. Besides list size, a new adjustable variable has been introduced in order to control the on-demand child expansion. Following this method, we obtain 6.9 to 8.0 dB improvement over real domain K-best decoder and 1.4 to 2.5 dB better performance compared to iterative conventional complex decoder for 4th iteration and 64-QAM modulation scheme. We also demonstrate the significance of new parameter on bit error rate. The proposed decoder not only increases the performance, but also reduces the computational complexity to a certain level.

  1. Nuclear magnetic relaxation studies on polyelectrolytes with water

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    Studies on the longitudinal and transverse relaxation times (T1 and T2) of 1H and 23Na in water-polyelectrolytes systems were carried out. The polyelectrolyte samples used were sodium polystyrene sulfonate, sodium lignosulfonate and sodium cellulose sulfate. The water content (Wc's) of the samples was varied from 0 to 2.0 (grams of water per gram of polyelectrolyte). A minimum value for 1HT1 values of water in the system was observed at a temperature ranging from -25 to -40 degree C. The temperature where the 1HT1 minimum value was observed depended on Wc, corresponding to the crystallization of water in each system. From 1HT1 two groups of water molecules (bound and free water) are considered to exist in water-polyelectrolyte systems. The calculated τc values of bound water increased with decreasing temperature from the order of 10-7 sec to 10-6 sec. The observed 23Na in the water-polyelectrolyte systems relaxed with a single T1. 23NaT2 values showed that the relaxation process was separated into two fractions

  2. Salt Effect on Osmotic Pressure of Polyelectrolyte Solutions: Simulation Study

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    Jan-Michael Y. Carrillo

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: We present results of the hybrid Monte Carlo/molecular dynamics simulations of the osmotic pressure of salt solutions of polyelectrolytes. In our simulations, we used a coarse-grained representation of polyelectrolyte chains, counterions and salt ions. During simulation runs, we alternate Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulation steps. Monte Carlo steps were used to perform small ion exchange between simulation box containing salt ions (salt reservoir and simulation box with polyelectrolyte chains, counterions and salt ions (polyelectrolyte solution. This allowed us to model Donnan equilibrium and partitioning of salt and counterions across membrane impermeable to polyelectrolyte chains. Our simulations have shown that the main contribution to the system osmotic pressure is due to salt ions and osmotically active counterions. The fraction of the condensed (osmotically inactive counterions first increases with decreases in the solution ionic strength then it saturates. The reduced value of the system osmotic coefficient is a universal function of the ratio of the concentration of osmotically active counterions and salt concentration in salt reservoir. Simulation results are in a very good agreement with osmotic pressure measurements in sodium polystyrene sulfonate, DNA, polyacrylic acid, sodium polyanetholesulfonic acid, polyvinylbenzoic acid, and polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride solutions.

  3. Ion transferring in polyelectrolyte networks in electric fields

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    Li, Honghao; Erbas, Aykut; Zwanikken, Jos; Olvera de La Cruz, Monica

    Ion-conducting polyelectrolyte gels have drawn the attention of many researchers in the last few decades as they have wide applications not only in lithium batteries but also as stretchable, transparent ionic conductor or ionic cables devices. However, ion dynamics in polyelectrolyte gels has been much less studied analytically or computationally due to the complicated interplay of long-range electrostatic and short-range interactions. Here we propose a coarse-grained non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulation to study the ion dynamics in polyelectrolyte gels under external electric fields. We found a nonlinear response region where the molar conductivity of polyelectrolyte gels increases with external fields. We propose counterion redistribution under electric fields as the driving mechanism. We also found the ionic conductivity to be modulated by changing polylelectrolyte network topology such as the chain length. Our discovery reveals the essential difference of ion dynamics between electrolytes and polyelectrolyte gels. These results will expand our understanding in charged polymeric systems and help in designing ion-conducting devices with higher conductivity.

  4. Optimization-based topology identification of complex networks

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    In many cases, the topological structures of a complex network are unknown or uncertain, and it is of significance to identify the exact topological structure. An optimization-based method of identifying the topological structure of a complex network is proposed in this paper. Identification of the exact network topological structure is converted into a minimal optimization problem by using the estimated network. Then, an improved quantum-behaved particle swarm optimization algorithm is used to solve the optimization problem. Compared with the previous adaptive synchronization-based method, the proposed method is simple and effective and is particularly valid to identify the topological structure of synchronization complex networks. In some cases where the states of a complex network are only partially observable, the exact topological structure of a network can also be identified by using the proposed method. Finally, numerical simulations are provided to show the effectiveness of the proposed method. (general)

  5. Safety control program for complex system based on behavior science

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    LIANG Mei-jian; YANG Guang; CHEN Da-wei

    2008-01-01

    To control complex system's safety effectively, safety control program was supported based on the principles of behavioral science that shapes organizational be-havior, and organizational behavior produced individual behavior. The program can be structured into a model that consists of three modules including individual behavior rectifi-cation, organization behavior diagnosis and model of safety culture. The research result not only reveals the deep cause of complex system accidents but also provides structural descriptions with the accidents cause.

  6. Safety control program for complex system based on behavior science

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    LIANG Mei-jian; YANG Guang; CHEN Da-wei

    2008-01-01

    To control complex system's safety effectively,safety control program was supported based on the principles of behavioral science that shapes organizational behavior,and organizational behavior produced individual behavior.The program can be structured into a model that consists of three modules including individual behavior rectification,organization behavior diagnosis and model of safety culture.The research result not only reveals the deep cause of complex system accidents but also provides structural descriptions with the accidents cause.

  7. Synthesis, characterization and antimicrobial studies of Schiff base complexes

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    Zafar, Hina; Ahmad, Anis; Khan, Asad U.; Khan, Tahir Ali

    2015-10-01

    The Schiff base complexes, MLCl2 [M = Fe(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II)] have been synthesized by the template reaction of respective metal ions with 2-acetylpyrrole and 1,3-diaminopropane in 1:2:1 M ratio. The complexes have been characterized by elemental analyses, ESI - mass, NMR (1H and 13C), IR, XRD, electronic and EPR spectral studies, magnetic susceptibility and molar conductance measurements. These studies show that all the complexes have octahedral arrangement around the metal ions. The molar conductance measurements of all the complexes in DMSO indicate their non-electrolytic nature. The complexes were screened for their antibacterial activity in vitro against Gram-positive (Streptococcus pyogenes) and Gram-negative (Klebsiella pneumoniae) bacteria. Among the metal complexes studied the copper complex [CuLCl2], showed highest antibacterial activity nearly equal to standard drug ciprofloxacin. Other complexes also showed considerable antibacterial activity. The relative order of activity against S. Pyogenes is as Cu(II) > Zn(II) > Co(II) = Fe(II) > Ni(II) and with K. Pneumonia is as Cu(II) > Co(II) > Zn(II) > Fe(II) > Ni(II).

  8. Towards a Complexity Theory of Randomized Search Heuristics: Ranking-Based Black-Box Complexity

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    Doerr, Benjamin

    2011-01-01

    Randomized search heuristics are a broadly used class of general-purpose algorithms. Analyzing them via classical methods of theoretical computer science is a growing field. A big step forward would be a useful complexity theory for such algorithms. We enrich the two existing black-box complexity notions due to Wegener and other authors by the restrictions that not actual objective values, but only the relative quality of the previously evaluated solutions may be taken into account by the algorithm. Many randomized search heuristics belong to this class of algorithms. We show that the new ranking-based model gives more realistic complexity estimates for some problems, while for others the low complexities of the previous models still hold.

  9. A novel, biodegradable and reversible polyelectrolyte platform for topical-colonic delivery of pentosan polysulphate.

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    Shah, Hardik K; Conkie, Jim A; Tait, Robert C; Johnson, James R; Wilson, Clive G

    2011-02-14

    The goal of the present work was to develop a swellable hydrogel colonic delivery system, which would maximise the availability of the therapeutic agent at a site of inflammation, especially where the water is scarce. A novel method was developed to manufacture a biodegradable and reversible polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) containing chitosan and poly acrylic-acid (PAA). The PEC was analysed using FTIR and DSC, which confirmed the formation of non-permanent swollen gel-network at an alkaline pH. Pentosan polysulphate (PPS) was incorporated in a PEC and an activated partial thromboplastin time assay was developed to measure the release of PPS from PEC. In vitro studies suggested that the release of PPS was dependent on the initial drug loading and the composition of the PEC. The gel strength of the swollen network, determined using a texture analyser, was dependent on polymer composition and the amount of PPS incorporated. Bacterial enzymes were collected from the rat caecum and colon for the digestion studies and characterised for glucosidase activity, glucuronidase activity and protein content. The digestion of the reversible polyelectrolyte complexes was measured using a dinitro salicylic acid assay and an increased release of drug was also confirmed in the presence of bacterial enzymes. PMID:21093555

  10. Influence of Corona Structure on Binding of an Ionic Surfactant in Oppositely Charged Amphiphilic Polyelectrolyte Micelles.

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    Delisavva, Foteini; Uchman, Mariusz; Škvarla, Juraj; Woźniak, Edyta; Pavlova, Ewa; Šlouf, Miroslav; Garamus, Vasil M; Procházka, Karel; Štěpánek, Miroslav

    2016-04-26

    Interaction of polystyrene-block-poly(methacrylic acid) micelles (PS-PMAA) with cationic surfactant N-dodecylpyridinium chloride (DPCl) in alkaline aqueous solutions was studied by static and dynamic light scattering, SAXS, cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM), isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. ITC and fluorescence measurements show that there are two distinct regimes of surfactant binding in the micellar corona (depending on the DPCl content) caused by different interactions of DPCl with PMAA in the inner and outer parts of the corona. The compensation of the negative charge of the micellar corona by DPCl leads to the aggregation of PS-PMAA micelles, and the micelles form colloidal aggregates at a certain critical surfactant concentration. SAXS shows that the aggregates are formed by individual PS-PMAA micelles with intact cores and collapsed coronas interconnected with surfactant micelles by electrostatic interactions. Unlike polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes formed by free polyelectrolyte chains, the PMAA/DPCl complex with collapsed corona does not contain surfactant micelles. PMID:27054848

  11. Towards a Modeling Framework for Thermodynamics and Transport Coefficients in Polyelectrolyte Assemblies

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    Larson, Ronald; Salehi, Ali

    A continuum description of polyelectrolyte (PE) equilibrium gelation, and the kinetics of assembly is developed, accounting for PE chain diffusion, complexation, network relaxation is reported here. Using a combination of Flory-Huggins and Flory-Rehner free energy model, an upper-convected Maxwell model to describe polyelectrolyte gel stress and relaxation, and a Poisson equation for the electrostatic potential profiles, we develop a model that can account for both equilibrium properties of PE gels and for transport of PE's and ions during layer-by-layer assembly. As PE chains diffuse, counterions readjust themselves to minimize the net local charge, but fail to do so completely as they would have to pay a significant entropic penalty. Diffusion of PE chains predominantly driven by the electrostatic field induced by the entropy of counterions is characterized by pulse-like PE composition profiles. Even without considering chain complexation, we demonstrate that it is possible to at least qualitatively explain the non-monotonic variation of PEM growth kinetics versus salt concentration, observed experimentally.

  12. Polyelectrolytes Ability in Reducing Atrazine Concentration in Water: Surface Effects

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    Mohamad Faiz Mohd Amin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports on the direct ability of two positively charged organic polyelectrolytes (natural-based and synthetic to reduce the atrazine concentration in water. The adsorption study was set up using multiple glass vessels with different polymer dosing levels followed by ultrafiltration with a 1 kDa membrane. The addition of polymers exhibited a capability in reducing the atrazine concentration up to a maximum of 60% in surface-to-volume ratio experiments. In the beginning, the theoretical L-type of the isotherm of Giles’ classification was expected with an increase in the dosage of the polymer. However, in this study, the conventional type of isotherm was not observed. It was found that the adsorption of the cationic polymer on the negatively charged glass surface was necessary and influential for the removal of atrazine. Surface-to-volume ratio adsorption experiments were performed to elucidate the mechanisms and the polymer configuration. The glass surface area was determined to be a limiting parameter in the adsorption mechanism.

  13. Polyelectrolyte/surfactant films spread from neutral aggregates.

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    Campbell, Richard A; Tummino, Andrea; Noskov, Boris A; Varga, Imre

    2016-06-28

    We describe a new methodology to prepare loaded polyelectrolyte/surfactant films at the air/water interface by exploiting Marangoni spreading resulting from the dynamic dissociation of hydrophobic neutral aggregates dispensed from an aqueous dispersion. The system studied is mixtures of poly(sodium styrene sulfonate) with dodecyl trimethylammonium bromide. Our approach results in the interfacial confinement of more than one third of the macromolecules in the system even though they are not even surface-active without the surfactant. The interfacial stoichiometry of the films was resolved during measurements of surface pressure isotherms in situ for the first time using a new implementation of neutron reflectometry. The interfacial coverage is determined by the minimum surface area reached when the films are compressed beyond a single complete surface layer. The films exhibit linear ripples on a length scale of hundreds of micrometers during the squeezing out of material, after which they behave as perfectly insoluble membranes with consistent stoichiometric charge binding. We discuss our findings in terms of scope for the preparation of loaded membranes for encapsulation applications and in deposition-based technologies. PMID:27221521

  14. On the mesoscopic origins of high viscosities in some polyelectrolyte-surfactant mixtures

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    the dynamics especially of the polyelectrolyte within the complexes.

  15. Electrokinetics in polyelectrolyte grafted nanofluidic channels modulated by the ion partitioning effect.

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    Poddar, Antarip; Maity, Debonil; Bandopadhyay, Aditya; Chakraborty, Suman

    2016-07-01

    The effects of ion partitioning on the electrokinetics in a polyelectrolyte grafted nanochannel, which is the representative of a soft nanochannel, are analyzed. Earlier studies in this regard have considered low polyelectrolyte layer (PEL) grafting density at the rigid nanochannel wall and, hence, an equal permittivity inside and outside the grafted layer. In order to overcome this shortcoming, the concept of Born energy is revisited. The coupled system of the modified Poisson-Boltzmann and Navier-Stokes equation is solved numerically, going beyond the widely employed Debye-Hückel linearization and low PEL densities. The complex interplay between the hydrodynamics and charge distribution, modulated by the ion partitioning effect, along with their consequent effects on the streaming potential and electrokinetic energy conversion efficiency (EKEC) have been systemically investigated. It has been observed that the ion partitioning effect reduces the EKEC in comparison to the case with equal permittivity up to a certain electrical double layer thickness after which it increases the EKEC. For a high concentration of mobile charges within the PEL, the net gain in the maximum EKEC due to the ion partitioning effect is about 10 fold that of the case when the ion partitioning effect is not considered. We delve into the various scaling regimes in the streaming potential and intriguingly point out the exact location of peaks in efficiency. The present study also reveals the possibility of improvement in streaming potential mediated energy conversion by the use of polyelectrolyte materials, which possess substantially lower dielectric permittivity than the bulk electrolyte. PMID:27306568

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  17. Recent advances in agent-based complex automated negotiation

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    Ito, Takayuki; Zhang, Minjie; Fujita, Katsuhide; Robu, Valentin

    2016-01-01

    This book covers recent advances in Complex Automated Negotiations as a widely studied emerging area in the field of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. The book includes selected revised and extended papers from the 7th International Workshop on Agent-Based Complex Automated Negotiation (ACAN2014), which was held in Paris, France, in May 2014. The book also includes brief introductions about Agent-based Complex Automated Negotiation which are based on tutorials provided in the workshop, and brief summaries and descriptions about the ANAC'14 (Automated Negotiating Agents Competition) competition, where authors of selected finalist agents explain the strategies and the ideas used by them. The book is targeted to academic and industrial researchers in various communities of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems, such as agreement technology, mechanism design, electronic commerce, related areas, as well as graduate, undergraduate, and PhD students working in those areas or having interest in them.

  18. Polyelectrolyte multilayer films: A sponge for insulin?

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    Ladhari, Nadia; Hemmerlé, Joseph; Haikel, Youssef; Voegel, Jean-Claude; Ball, Vincent

    2010-01-01

    Considering restrictive diabetes treatments, new insulin administration strategies constitute a huge medical challenge. This study aimed at developing a new support for insulin reservoirs, using polyelectrolyte multilayer films (PEM films), and thus studying this hormone release in a progressive manner. At first, insulin was loaded in (PDADMAC-PAA)n films, by immerging them for various periods of time (2, 14 and 24 h) in a solution containing this protein. Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) revealed that insulin-FITC could diffuse inside the film with a bigger concentration in the upper part of the film (after 2 and 14 h in contact with the polypeptide solution), and then in the whole film (after 24 h) from a solution at pH=4.3 (below insulin's isolelectric point). Environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) and CLSM showed that the film swells upon insulin loading. We finally investigated the insulin release by ATR-FTIR spectroscopy. It revealed that a loaded (PDADMAC-PAA)15 film, immerged in distilled water, showed no measurable insulin release. In contrast, a slow unloading was observed in the presence of a NaCl 0.15 M solution (salinity close to physiological serum). This study could open the route for a new way of insulin delivery. PMID:20930331

  19. Direct observation of polyelectrolyte brushes under wet and dry conditions by atmospheric scanning electron microscopy.

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    Higuchi, Takeshi; Konyuba, Yuji; Nishiyama, Hidetoshi; Suga, Mitsuo; Takahara, Atsushi; Jinnai, Hiroshi

    2016-04-01

    Polyelectrolyte brushes are polyelectrolyte polymers with one end fixed to a substrate. In this study, direct nano-scale visualization of polyelectrolyte brushes was carried out under 'aqueous conditions' by atmospheric scanning electron microscopy. The thickness of the polyelectrolyte brush layer was measured under both dry and aqueous conditions, experimentally confirming the swollen state of the brushes. These experimental findings qualitatively agreed with the results from previous neutron reflectivity experiments using similar polyelectrolyte brushes. Such direct visualization of polymer brushes in real space opens up a new route for better understanding their surface properties, such as friction, adhesion and wettability. PMID:26581481

  20. Local algorithm for computing complex travel time based on the complex eikonal equation

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    Huang, Xingguo; Sun, Jianguo; Sun, Zhangqing

    2016-04-01

    The traditional algorithm for computing the complex travel time, e.g., dynamic ray tracing method, is based on the paraxial ray approximation, which exploits the second-order Taylor expansion. Consequently, the computed results are strongly dependent on the width of the ray tube and, in regions with dramatic velocity variations, it is difficult for the method to account for the velocity variations. When solving the complex eikonal equation, the paraxial ray approximation can be avoided and no second-order Taylor expansion is required. However, this process is time consuming. In this case, we may replace the global computation of the whole model with local computation by taking both sides of the ray as curved boundaries of the evanescent wave. For a given ray, the imaginary part of the complex travel time should be zero on the central ray. To satisfy this condition, the central ray should be taken as a curved boundary. We propose a nonuniform grid-based finite difference scheme to solve the curved boundary problem. In addition, we apply the limited-memory Broyden-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno technology for obtaining the imaginary slowness used to compute the complex travel time. The numerical experiments show that the proposed method is accurate. We examine the effectiveness of the algorithm for the complex travel time by comparing the results with those from the dynamic ray tracing method and the Gauss-Newton Conjugate Gradient fast marching method.

  1. An MAS-Based ETL Approach for Complex Data

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    Boussaïd, Omar; Darmont, Jérôme

    2008-01-01

    In a data warehousing process, the phase of data integration is crucial. Many methods for data integration have been published in the literature. However, with the development of the Internet, the availability of various types of data (images, texts, sounds, videos, databases...) has increased, and structuring such data is a difficult task. We name these data, which may be structured or unstructured, "complex data". In this paper, we propose a new approach for complex data integration, based on a Multi-Agent System (MAS), in association to a data warehousing approach. Our objective is to take advantage of the MAS to perform the integration phase for complex data. We indeed consider the different tasks of the data integration process as services offered by agents. To validate this approach, we have actually developed an MAS for complex data integration.

  2. Synthesis and antibacterial activity of some Schiff base complexes

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    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Two Schiff bases were synthesized from raceacetophenone: 1 ADS1: 4-ethyl-6-{(E-1-[(3-nitrophenylimino]ethyl}benzene-1,3-diol and 2 ADS3: 4-ethyl-6-{(E-1-[(2-nitrophenylimino]ethyl}benzene-1,3-diol. Then their metal complexes were formed. The metals selected for the preparation of complexes were copper, nickel, iron and zinc. Hence, in total 8 metal complexes were synthesized and screened for antibacterial activity against some clinically important bacteria, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris, Proteus mirabilis, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus. The in vitro antibacterial activity was determined by the Agar Ditch technique using DMF (polar and 1,4-dioxane (non polar as solvents. The Schiff bases showed greater activity than theirmetal complexes; themetal complexes showed differential effects on the bacterial strains investigated and the solvent used, suggesting that the antibacterial activity is dependent on the molecular structure of the compound, the solvent used and the bacterial strain under consideration. The Schiff base ADS3 in the polar solvent DMF showed better antibacterial activity towards the investigated bacterial strains. Amongst the four metals, Zn showed the best antibacterial activity followed by Fe in 1,4-dioxane while Ni followed by Zn and Fe showed the best antibacterial activity in DMF. P. vulgaris was the most resistant bacteria.

  3. Adsorption of highly charged Gaussian polyelectrolytes onto oppositely charged surfaces

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    Dutta, Sandipan; Jho, Y. S.

    2016-03-01

    In many biological processes highly charged biopolymers are adsorbed onto oppositely charged surfaces of macroions and membranes. They form strongly correlated structures close to the surface which cannot be explained by the conventional Poisson-Boltzmann theory. In this work strong coupling theory is used to study the adsorption of highly charged Gaussian polyelectrolytes. Two cases of adsorptions are considered, when the Gaussian polyelectrolytes are confined (a) by one charged wall, and (b) between two charged walls. The effects of salt and the geometry of the polymers on their adsorption-depletion transitions in the strong coupling regime are discussed.

  4. Radius of gyration and intrinsic viscosity of polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Milas, M.; Borsali, R.; Rinaudo, M. [CNRS, Cedex (France)

    1993-12-31

    Relatively low molecular weights polyelectrolytes (10{sup 4}-10{sup 6}) behave as worm-like chain when electrostatic repulsions are assumed to govern the excluded volume parameter. Under such conditions, predictions of chain expansion and effect of polyelectrolyte concentrations are made assuming that unperturbed dimensions could be obtained at infinite salt content. Experimental studies of an ionic polysaccharide, namely the Na-hyaluronate, were done and the values obtained for the radius of gyration as well as the intrinsic viscosity at different charge densities are in good agreement with the predictions.

  5. Influence of network topology on the swelling of polyelectrolyte nanogels

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    Rizzi, L. G.; Levin, Y.

    2016-03-01

    It is well-known that the swelling behavior of ionic nanogels depends on their cross-link density; however, it is unclear how different topologies should affect the response of the polyelectrolyte network. Here we perform Monte Carlo simulations to obtain the equilibrium properties of ionic nanogels as a function of salt concentration Cs and the fraction f of ionizable groups in a polyelectrolyte network formed by cross-links of functionality z. Our results indicate that the network with cross-links of low connectivity result in nanogel particles with higher swelling ratios. We also confirm a de-swelling effect of salt on nanogel particles.

  6. High-Permittivity Conjugated Polyelectrolyte Interlayers for High-Performance Bulk Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells.

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    Kesters, Jurgen; Govaerts, Sanne; Pirotte, Geert; Drijkoningen, Jeroen; Chevrier, Michèle; Van den Brande, Niko; Liu, Xianjie; Fahlman, Mats; Van Mele, Bruno; Lutsen, Laurence; Vanderzande, Dirk; Manca, Jean; Clément, Sébastien; Von Hauff, Elizabeth; Maes, Wouter

    2016-03-16

    Conjugated polyelectrolyte (CPE) interfacial layers present a powerful way to boost the I-V characteristics of organic photovoltaics. Nevertheless, clear guidelines with respect to the structure of high-performance interlayers are still lacking. In this work, impedance spectroscopy is applied to probe the dielectric permittivity of a series of polythiophene-based CPEs. The presence of ionic pendant groups grants the formation of a capacitive double layer, boosting the charge extraction and device efficiency. A counteracting effect is the diminishing affinity with the underlying photoactive layer. To balance these two effects, we found copolymer structures containing nonionic side chains to be beneficial. PMID:26927416

  7. Wigner crystal model of counterion induced bundle formation of rod-like polyelectrolytes

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    Shklovskii, B. I.

    1998-01-01

    A simple electrostatic theory of condensation of rod-like polyelectrolytes under influence of polyvalent ions is proposed. It is based on the idea that Manning condensation of ions results in formation of the Wigner crystal on a background of a bundle of rods. It is shown that, depending on a single dimensionless parameter, this can be the densely packed three-dimensional Wigner crystal or the two-dimensional crystal on the rod surfaces. For DNA the location of charge on the spiral results in...

  8. Disaster Rescue Simulation based on Complex Adaptive Theory

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    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Disaster rescue is one of the key measures of disaster reduction. The rescue process is a complex process with the characteristics of large scale, complicate structure, non-linear. It is hard to describe and analyze them with traditional methods. Based on complex adaptive theory, this paper analyzes the complex adaptation of the rescue process from seven features: aggregation, nonlinearity, mobility, diversity, tagging, internal model and building block. With the support of Repast platform, an agent-based model including rescue agents and victim agents was proposed. Moreover, two simulations with different parameters are employed to examine the feasibility of the model. As a result, the proposed model has been shown that it is efficient in dealing with the disaster rescue simulation and can provide the reference for making decisions.

  9. Novel insights in agent-based complex automated negotiation

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    Lopez-Carmona, Miguel; Ito, Takayuki; Zhang, Minjie; Bai, Quan; Fujita, Katsuhide

    2014-01-01

    This book focuses on all aspects of complex automated negotiations, which are studied in the field of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. This book consists of two parts. I: Agent-Based Complex Automated Negotiations, and II: Automated Negotiation Agents Competition. The chapters in Part I are extended versions of papers presented at the 2012 international workshop on Agent-Based Complex Automated Negotiation (ACAN), after peer reviews by three Program Committee members. Part II examines in detail ANAC 2012 (The Third Automated Negotiating Agents Competition), in which automated agents that have different negotiation strategies and are implemented by different developers are automatically negotiated in the several negotiation domains. ANAC is an international competition in which automated negotiation strategies, submitted by a number of universities and research institutes across the world, are evaluated in tournament style. The purpose of the competition is to steer the research in the area of bilate...

  10. Layer-by-layer coating of textile with two oppositely charged cyclodextrin polyelectrolytes for extended drug delivery.

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    Junthip, Jatupol; Tabary, Nicolas; Chai, Feng; Leclercq, Laurent; Maton, Mickael; Cazaux, Frederic; Neut, Christel; Paccou, Laurent; Guinet, Yannick; Staelens, Jean-Noel; Bria, Marc; Landy, David; Hédoux, Alain; Blanchemain, Nicolas; Martel, Bernard

    2016-06-01

    The coating of a nonwoven textile by polyelectrolyte multilayer film (PEM) issued from cationic and anionic β-cyclodextrin (βCD) polyelectrolytes according to the layer-by-layer (LbL) technique was successfully attempted. The tert-butyl benzoic acid (TBBA) was used as drug model to evaluate the loading capacity and sustained release properties of this PEM system. The build-up of the multilayer assembly was monitored in situ by optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy (OWLS) on the one hand, and was assessed by gravimetry on the other hand when applied onto the textile substrate. In parallel, the complexation study of TBBA with both CD polyelectrolytes was also investigated by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC). The influence of thermal crosslinking of the multilayered coating on its stability and on TBBA release kinetics in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) at 37°C was studied. Finally, biological and microbiological tests were performed to investigate the cytocompatibility and the intrisic antibacterial activity of multilayer assemblies. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A: 104A: 1408-1424, 2016. PMID:26833891

  11. Complex Protection System of Metadata-based Distributed Information Systems

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    Kourilov, Denis; Lyadova, Lyudmila

    2008-01-01

    A description of architecture and approaches to the implementation of a protection system of metadatabased adaptable information systems is suggested. Various protection means are examined. The system described is a multilevel complex based on a multiagent system combining IDS functional abilities with structure and logics protection means.

  12. A SHARC based ROB Complex : design and measurement results

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    Boterenbrood, H; Kieft, G; Scholte, R; Slopsema, R; Vermeulen, J C

    2000-01-01

    ROB hardware, based on and exploiting the properties of the SHARC DSP and of FPGAs, and the associated software are described. Results from performance measurements and an analysis of the results for a single ROBIn as well as for a ROB Complex with up to 4 ROBIns are presented.

  13. COL : a logic-based language for complex objects

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    Abiteboul, Serge; Grumbach, Stéphane

    1987-01-01

    A logic-based language for manipuling complex objects constructed using set and tuple conctructors is introduced. Under some stratification restrictions, the semantic of programs is given by a canonical minimal and casual model that can be computed using a finite sequence of fixpoints. Applications of the language to procedural data, semantic database models, heterogeneous databases integration, and Datalog queries evalutation are presented.

  14. Polyelectrolyte surfactant aggregates and their deposition on macroscopic surfaces

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    Oppositely charged surfactant and polyelectrolyte are present in hair shampoos and conditioners, together with particles (e.g. anti-dandruff agents for scalp) and droplets (e.g. silicone oil for the hair). These are normally formulated at high surfactant concentrations, beyond the flocculation region for the polyelectrolyte concentration used. However, on dilution with water, during application, flocs are formed which carry the particles and droplets to the scalp and hair. The addition of an anionic surfactant to an aqueous solution of cationic polyelectrolyte, at a given concentration, can lead to the formation of polyelectrolyte-surfactant 'particles', in which the surfactant 'binds' to the polyelectrolyte. This occurs from the critical association concentration (CAC), up to the surfactant concentration corresponding to maximum binding. Within this range of surfactant concentrations, the surfactant bound to the polyelectrolyte is thought to associate to form what might be termed 'internal micelles'. Each polyelectrolyte-surfactant particle in the region of the CAC, and just beyond, contains many polyelectrolyte chains, held together essentially by micelle bridges. These particles, however, remain net positively charged, and therefore stable. At the other end of the binding range of the surfactant, so many internal micelles are present that the polymer-surfactant particles are now net negatively charged. Indeed binding stops since no further micelles can be accommodated. Again, the particles are stable. However, there exists a range of surfactant concentrations, lying within the range referred to above, where the net charge is reduced sufficiently that the polymer-surfactant particles will flocculate to form much larger structures. The onset of this second range might be termed the 'critical flocculation concentration' (CFC), and the end, the 'critical stabilisation concentration' (CSC). In this work, the CFC and the CSC have been determined for mixtures of

  15. Build-up of an antimicrobial multilayer coating on a textile support based on a methylene blue–poly(cyclodextrin) complex

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    The aim of this work was to develop an antibacterial multilayer coating activated with methylene blue (MB) and based on chitosan (CHT) and cyclodextrin polyelectrolyte (polyCD) onto a non-woven polyethylene terephthalate (PET) textile support. The MB-free and MB-loaded systems were built-up by applying the dip-coating technique, alternating soak cycles of the PET textile preliminarily modified with carboxylate groups in CHT and in polyCD or polyCD/MB complex solutions. The layer-by-layer assembly build-up was followed by optical waveguide lightmode spectroscopy on the one hand and by gravimetry once it was applied on the textile substrate on the other hand. Two chitosan grades were used, low molecular weight (CHT-L) and medium molecular weight (CHT-M). The influence of the molar ratio CD/MB in the polyCD solutions was varied and finally the system underwent a post reticulation with genipin. Such parameters influences were investigated with regard to the loading capacity in MB of the systems, the release kinetics profiles of MB in pure water, phosphate buffer and MEM media, and the degradation of the self-assembled coating in the same media. Finally, biological and microbiological tests were performed to demonstrate the cytocompatibility of the systems and their ability to display a sustained antibacterial effect of the device through the MB prolonged release. (paper)

  16. Micropatterning neuronal cells on polyelectrolyte multilayers.

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    Reyes, Darwin R; Perruccio, Elizabeth M; Becerra, S Patricia; Locascio, Laurie E; Gaitan, Michael

    2004-09-28

    This paper describes an approach to adhere retinal cells on micropatterned polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) lines adsorbed on poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) surfaces using microfluidic networks. PEMs were patterned on flat, oxidized PDMS surfaces by sequentially flowing polyions through a microchannel network that was placed in contact with the PDMS surface. Polyethyleneimine (PEI) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) were the polyions used as the top layer cellular adhesion material. The microfluidic network was lifted off after the patterning was completed and retinal cells were seeded on the PEM/PDMS surfaces. The traditional practice of using blocking agents to prevent the adhesion of cells on unpatterned areas was avoided by allowing the PDMS surface to return to its uncharged state after the patterning was completed. The adhesion of rat retinal cells on the patterned PEMs was observed 5 h after seeding. Cell viability and morphology on the patterned PEMs were assayed. These materials proved to be nontoxic to the cells used in this study regardless of the number of stacked PEM layers. Phalloidin staining of the cytoskeleton revealed no apparent morphological differences in retinal cells compared with those plated on polystyrene or the larger regions of PEI and PAH; however, cells were relatively more elongated when cultured on the PEM lines. Cell-to-cell communication between cells on adjacent PEM lines was observed as interconnecting tubes containing actin that were a few hundred nanometers in diameter and up to 55 microm in length. This approach provides a simple, fast, and inexpensive method of patterning cells onto micrometer-scale features. PMID:15379510

  17. Multiscale Modeling of Dendrimers and Their Interactions with Bilayers and Polyelectrolytes

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Recent advances in molecular dynamics simulation methodologies and computational power have allowed accurate predictions of dendrimer size, shape, and interactions with bilayers and polyelectrolytes with modest computational effort. Atomistic and coarse-grained (CG models show strong interactions of cationic dendrimers with lipid bilayers. The CG simulations with explicit lipid and water capture bilayer penetration and pore formation, showing that pore formation is enhanced at high dendrimer concentration, but suppressed at low temperature and high salt concentration, in agreement with experiments. Cationic linear polymers have also been simulated, but do not perforate membranes, evidently because by deforming into a pancake, the charges on a linear polymer achieve intimate contact with a single bilayer leaflet. The relatively rigid dendrimers, on the other hand, penetrate the bilayer, because only by interacting with both leaflets can they achieve a similar degree of contact between charged groups. Also, a “dendrimer-filled vesicle” structure for the dendrimer-membrane interaction is predicted by mesoscale thermodynamic simulations, in agreement with a picture derived from experimental observations. In simulations of complexes of dendrimer and polyelectrolyte, anionic linear chains wrap around the cationic dendrimer and penetrate inside it. Overall, these new results indicate that simulations can now provide predictions in excellent agreement with experimental observations, and provide atomic-scale insights into dendrimer structure and dynamics.

  18. Microstructure and Phase Behavior of Cationic Gemini/Anionic Polyelectrolyte/Water Ternary System

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    皮瑛瑛; 尚亚卓; 彭昌军; 刘洪来

    2006-01-01

    The microstructure of cationic gemini surfactant 1,6-bis(dodecyldimethylammonium) hexane dibromide [C12H25(CH3)2N-(CH2)6-N(CH3)2C12H25·2Br] (12-6-12·2Br-) and oppositely charged polyelectrolyte poly(acrylic acid,sodium salt) (NaPA) in aqueous solution has been studied by using fluorescence, conductivity measurement, freeze-etching and TEM. The data obtained from fluorescence and conductivity measurement show that micelle-like or complex can form between the gemini surfactant (12-6-12.2Br-) and polyelectrolyte NaPA due to the static electric interaction and hydrophobic forces. Through freeze-etching and TEM, the microstructure of the mixture solution has been studied, which is consistent with the result from micropolarity. Comparing the fluorescence spectrum of system of dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB) and NaPA with that of system of gemini surfactant (12-6-12.2Br-) and NaPA, it can be found that the interaction of (12-6-12.2Br-) and NaPA in aqueous solution has also been detected. It can be shown that the precipitate will transform into gel in higher NaPA concentration.

  19. An improved method for analyzing isothermal titration calorimetry data from oppositely charged surfactant polyelectrolyte mixtures

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    Highlights: • An approach to describe ITC experiments on surfactant-polymer mixtures is presented. • The new formalism is compared to an approximated existing model. • The improvement is needed for a consistent description of ITC experiments. • The new formalism is tested on the binding of SDS to JR-400. -- Abstract: In this work an improved description of isothermal calorimetric titration data for surfactants binding to polyelectrolytes is derived and presented. Mixtures of polyelectrolytes and surfactants show a highly complex association behavior, and often a cooperative adsorption of surfactants, following the Satake–Yang binding isotherm is observed. The binding of surfactants is a multistep process, where a non-cooperative adsorption is followed, at higher coverages, by a cooperative process. Accordingly, three processes are considered in the derivation of the ITC formalism: the non-cooperative and cooperative binding and, as the newly introduced contribution, the transition of non-cooperatively bound surfactants to cooperatively bound state. This approach has been tested on sodium dodecyl sulfate binding to the cationic cellulose derivate JR-400 and the results compared with existing models. While similar binding constants are obtained, different values of the binding enthalpies are found, which should be closer to the real values, thereby yielding a more realistic thermodynamic description

  20. Confidence bounds of recurrence-based complexity measures

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    Schinkel, Stefan [Interdisciplinary Centre for Dynamics of Complex Systems, University of Potsdam (Germany)], E-mail: schinkel@agnld.uni-potsdam.de; Marwan, N. [Interdisciplinary Centre for Dynamics of Complex Systems, University of Potsdam (Germany); Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) (Germany); Dimigen, O. [Department of Psychology, University of Potsdam (Germany); Kurths, J. [Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) (Germany); Department of Physics, Humboldt University at Berlin (Germany)

    2009-06-15

    In the recent past, recurrence quantification analysis (RQA) has gained an increasing interest in various research areas. The complexity measures the RQA provides have been useful in describing and analysing a broad range of data. It is known to be rather robust to noise and nonstationarities. Yet, one key question in empirical research concerns the confidence bounds of measured data. In the present Letter we suggest a method for estimating the confidence bounds of recurrence-based complexity measures. We study the applicability of the suggested method with model and real-life data.

  1. Asynchronous Complex Pipeline Design Based on ARM Instruction Set

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    WANG Bing; WANG Qin; PENG Rui-hua; FU Yu-zhuo

    2008-01-01

    This paper proposes an asynchronous complex pipeline based on ARM-V3 instruction set. Muller pipeline structure is used as prototype, and the factors which may affect pipeline performance are analyzed. To balance the difficulty of asynchronous design and performance analysis, both complete asynchronous and partial asynchronous structures aere designed and compared. Results of comparison with the well-Rnown industrial product ARM922T verify that about 30% and 40% performance improvement of the partial and complete asynchronous complex pipelines can be obtained respectively. The design methodologies can also be used in the design of other asynchronous pipelines.

  2. Polyelectrolyte multilayer-assisted fabrication of non-periodic silicon nanocolumn substrates for cellular interface applications

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    Lee, Seyeong; Kim, Dongyoon; Kim, Seong-Min; Kim, Jeong-Ah; Kim, Taesoo; Kim, Dong-Yu; Yoon, Myung-Han

    2015-08-01

    Recent advances in nanostructure-based biotechnology have resulted in a growing demand for vertical nanostructure substrates with elaborate control over the nanoscale geometry and a high-throughput preparation. In this work, we report the fabrication of non-periodic vertical silicon nanocolumn substrates via polyelectrolyte multilayer-enabled randomized nanosphere lithography. Owing to layer-by-layer deposited polyelectrolyte adhesives, uniformly-separated polystyrene nanospheres were securely attached on large silicon substrates and utilized as masks for the subsequent metal-assisted silicon etching in solution. Consequently, non-periodic vertical silicon nanocolumn arrays were successfully fabricated on a wafer scale, while each nanocolumn geometric factor, such as the diameter, height, density, and spatial patterning, could be fully controlled in an independent manner. Finally, we demonstrate that our vertical silicon nanocolumn substrates support viable cell culture with minimal cell penetration and unhindered cell motility due to the blunt nanocolumn morphology. These results suggest that vertical silicon nanocolumn substrates may serve as a useful cellular interface platform for performing a statistically meaningful number of cellular experiments in the fields of biomolecular delivery, stem cell research, etc.Recent advances in nanostructure-based biotechnology have resulted in a growing demand for vertical nanostructure substrates with elaborate control over the nanoscale geometry and a high-throughput preparation. In this work, we report the fabrication of non-periodic vertical silicon nanocolumn substrates via polyelectrolyte multilayer-enabled randomized nanosphere lithography. Owing to layer-by-layer deposited polyelectrolyte adhesives, uniformly-separated polystyrene nanospheres were securely attached on large silicon substrates and utilized as masks for the subsequent metal-assisted silicon etching in solution. Consequently, non-periodic vertical

  3. Tc(V) complexes with Schiff base derivatives of glucosamine

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    A number of Schiff base complexes of Tc(V) and (III) have recently been reported indicating the pronounced stabilizing effect of this group toward different technetium centers. The structure of the Tc(V)-derivatives was always found to be dominated by the electronic requirements of the Tc=O oxo-moiety: in particular it has been observed that bidentate, monoanionic Schiff bases give rise to monosubstituted or bisubstituted, distorted octahedral complexes in which one base is arranged in order to place the charged atom (oxygen) in transposition to the Tc=O multiple bond. This result was also observed in rhenium(V)-oxo-compounds with bidentate Schiff bases and with salicylaldehyde and it is believed to hold for all monoanionic, bidentate ligands including N.O or O.O pairs as donor atoms. The authors report here the first example of an oxo-complex of Tc(V) in which this rule is not followed, obtained by reacting the oxotetrachlorotechnetium(V) anion with an excess of glucose-derived Schiff base

  4. Resistive humidity sensor based on vanadium complex films

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    A resistive-type relative humidity (RH) sensor based on vanadium complex (VO2(3-fl)) film is reported in this study. Gold electrodes were deposited on the glass substrates in a co-planar structure. A thin film of vanadium complex was coated as a humidity-sensing material on the top of the pre-patterned electrodes. The humidity-sensing principle of the sensor was based on the conductivity change of coated sensing element upon adsorption/desorption of water vapor. The resistance of the humidity sensor measured at 1 kHz decreased linearly with increasing the humidity in the range of 35%–70% RH. The overall resistance of the sensor decreases 11 times. An equivalent circuit for the VO2(3-fl) based resistive-type humidity sensor was developed. The properties of the sensor studied in this work make it beneficial for use in the instruments for environmental monitoring of humidity. (semiconductor devices)

  5. Complexity and agent-based modelling in urban research

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    Fertner, Christian

    influence on the bigger system. Traditional scientific methods or theories often tried to simplify, not accounting complex relations of actors and decision-making. The introduction of computers in simulation made new approaches in modelling, as for example agent-based modelling (ABM), possible, dealing...... with issues of complexity. Also in urban research, computer simulation is becoming popular for more and more issues, aiming at a new understanding of urban systems. The essay is based on some recent articles as well as some relevant websites. Due to the use of ABM in many scientific fields and the relevance......Urbanisation processes are results of a broad variety of actors or actor groups and their behaviour and decisions based on different experiences, knowledge, resources, values etc. The decisions done are often on a micro/individual level but resulting in macro/collective behaviour. In urban research...

  6. Metal-Organic-Framework-Templated Polyelectrolyte Nanocapsules for the Encapsulation and Delivery of Small-Molecule-Polymer Conjugates.

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    Liu, Shuo; Chen, Jianbin; Bao, Xiaojia; Li, Tao; Ling, Yunyang; Li, Chunxiang; Wu, Chuanliu; Zhao, Yibing

    2016-06-21

    Herein, we report a strategy for exploiting nanoscale metal-organic frameworks (nano-MOFs) as templates for the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of polyelectrolytes. Because small-molecule drugs or imaging agents cannot be efficiently encapsulated by polyelectrolyte nanocapsules, we investigated two promising and biocompatible polymers (comb-shaped polyethylene glycol (PEG) and hyperbranched polyglycerol-based PEG) for the conjugation of model drugs and imaging agents, which were then encapsulated inside the nano-MOF-templated nanocapsules. Furthermore, we also systemically explored the release kinetics of the encapsulated conjugates, and examined how the encapsulation and/or release processes could be controlled by varying the composition and architecture of the polymers. We envision that our nano-MOFs-templated nanocapsules, through combining with small-molecule-polymer conjugates, will represent a new type of delivery system that could open up new opportunities for biomedical applications. PMID:27123998

  7. Novel measures based on the Kolmogorov complexity for use in complex system behavior studies and time series analysis

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    Mihailovic, Dragutin T; Nikolic-Djoric, Emilija; Arsenic, Ilija

    2013-01-01

    We have proposed novel measures based on the Kolmogorov complexity for use in complex system behavior studies and time series analysis. We have considered background of the Kolmogorov complexity and also we have discussed meaning of the physical as well as other complexities. To get better insights into the complexity of complex systems and time series analysis we have introduced the three novel measures based on the Kolmogorov complexity: (i) the Kolmogorov complexity spectrum, (ii) the Kolmogorov complexity spectrum highest value and (iii) the overall Kolmogorov complexity. The characteristics of these measures have been tested using a generalized logistic equation. Finally, the proposed measures have been applied on different time series originating from: the model output (the biochemical substance exchange in a multi-cell system), four different geophysical phenomena (dynamics of: river flow, long term precipitation, indoor 222Rn concentration and UV radiation dose) and economy (stock prices dynamics). Re...

  8. Novel measures based on the Kolmogorov complexity for use in complex system behavior studies and time series analysis

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    Mihailović Dragutin T.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We propose novel metrics based on the Kolmogorov complexity for use in complex system behavior studies and time series analysis. We consider the origins of the Kolmogorov complexity and discuss its physical meaning. To get better insights into the nature of complex systems and time series analysis we introduce three novel measures based on the Kolmogorov complexity: (i the Kolmogorov complexity spectrum, (ii the Kolmogorov complexity spectrum highest value and (iii the overall Kolmogorov complexity. The characteristics of these measures have been tested using a generalized logistic equation. Finally, the proposed measures have been applied to different time series originating from: a model output (the biochemical substance exchange in a multi-cell system, four different geophysical phenomena (dynamics of: river flow, long term precipitation, indoor 222Rn concentration and UV radiation dose and the economy (stock price dynamics. The results obtained offer deeper insights into the complexity of system dynamics and time series analysis with the proposed complexity measures.

  9. A new entropy based method for computing software structural complexity

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    Roca, J L

    2002-01-01

    In this paper a new methodology for the evaluation of software structural complexity is described. It is based on the entropy evaluation of the random uniform response function associated with the so called software characteristic function SCF. The behavior of the SCF with the different software structures and their relationship with the number of inherent errors is investigated. It is also investigated how the entropy concept can be used to evaluate the complexity of a software structure considering the SCF as a canonical representation of the graph associated with the control flow diagram. The functions, parameters and algorithms that allow to carry out this evaluation are also introduced. After this analytic phase follows the experimental phase, verifying the consistency of the proposed metric and their boundary conditions. The conclusion is that the degree of software structural complexity can be measured as the entropy of the random uniform response function of the SCF. That entropy is in direct relation...

  10. Liquid chromatography of uranium complexes of tetradentate Schiff bases.

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    Khuhawar, M Y; Lanjwani, S N; Jehangir, T M

    2004-08-01

    Dioxouranium together with copper(II), nickel(II) and iron(II) were extracted in chloroform as complexes of bis(salicylaldehyde)-dl-stilbenediimine (dl-H2SA2S) or bis(salicylaldehyde)-meso-stilbenediimine (meso-H2SA2S), and separated by liquid chromatography with UV detection. The linear calibration range and detection limits were 40 - 200 ng and 10 ng/injection for each metal ion. The method was applied to the determination of uranium from mineral ore samples at concentrations of 30 - 700 microg/g with coefficients of variation from 3.6 to 5.5%. The relative elution of dioxouranium complexes of different Schiff bases was examined from reversed-phase HPLC; the substitution of methyl and phenyl groups at the bridge position enhanced the column retention of uranyl complexes. PMID:15352510

  11. Humidity Sensitive Properties of a Silicone-containing Polyelectrolyte Material

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    Mu Jie YANG; Zong Wu YAO; You Si CHEN; Yang LI

    2006-01-01

    Resistive-type film humidity sensors were prepared with a silicone-containing polyelectrolyte (Si-PE) and their humidity sensitive properties have been investigated. The sensors so obtained show high sensitivity to humidity variation over a wide range of RH (20-96%).In addition, they exhibit high reversibility, quick response and well long-term stability.

  12. Extreme electrochemical doping of a graphene-polyelectrolyte heterostructure

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    Komínková, Zuzana; Kalbáč, Martin

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 4, č. 22 (2014), s. 11311-11316. ISSN 2046-2069 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP208/12/1062; GA TA ČR(CZ) TA03010037 Institutional support: RVO:61388955 Keywords : electrochemistry * graphene * polyelectrolytes Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry Impact factor: 3.840, year: 2014

  13. Plasmonic composites of semiconductive polyelectrolytes with metal nanoparticles

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    Pfleger, Jiří; Kazim, Samrana; Bondarev, D.; Vohlídal, J.

    Pennington : The Electrochemical Society, 2011. A_1294. [ECS Meeting /219./. 01.05.2011-06.05.2011, Montreal] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP208/10/0941 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : plasmonic nanoparticles * polyelectrolytes * conductive polymers Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  14. Polyelectrolyte microcapsules for sustained delivery of water-soluble drugs

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    Polyelectrolyte capsules composed of weak polyelectrolytes are introduced as a simple and efficient system for spontaneous encapsulation of low molecular weight water-soluble drugs. Polyelectrolyte capsules were prepared by layer-by-layer (LbL) assembling of weak polyelectrolytes, poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and poly(methacrylic acid) (PMA) on polystyrene sulfonate (PSS) doped CaCO3 particles followed by core removal with ethylene-diaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). The loading process was observed by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) using tetramethylrhodamineisothiocyanate labeled dextran (TRITC-dextran) as a fluorescent probe. The intensity of fluorescent probe inside the capsule decreased with increase in cross-linking time. Ciprofloxacin hydrochloride (a model water-soluble drug) was spontaneously deposited into PAH/PMA capsules and their morphological changes were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The quantitative study of drug loading was also elucidated which showed that drug loading increased with initial drug concentration, but decreased with increase in pH. The loaded drug was released in a sustained manner for 6 h, which could be further extended by cross-linking the capsule wall. The released drug showed significant antibacterial activity against E. coli. These findings indicate that such capsules can be potential carriers for water-soluble drugs in sustained/controlled drug delivery applications.

  15. Behavior of polyelectrolyte solutions in a wide temperature range

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    Filippov, Sergey K.; Seery, T. A. P.; Černoch, Peter; Pánek, Jiří; Štěpánek, Petr

    Granada : European Polymer Federation, 2011. s. 1207. ISBN 978-84-694-3124-5. [European Polymer Congress 2011, Congress of the Specialized Group of Polymers /12./. 26.06.2011-01.07.2011, Granada] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : polyelectrolyte * NMF * slow mode Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  16. Optical processes in composites of conjugated polyelectrolyte with silver nanoparticles

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    Kazim, Samrana; Bondarev, M.; Hromádková, Jiřina; Vohlídal, J.; Pfleger, Jiří

    Praha : Ústav makromolekulární chemie AV ČR, 2009. L9. ISBN 978-80-85009-60-6. [Workshop: Career in Polymers. 10.07.2009-11.07.2009, Prague] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : conjugated polyelectrolyte * siílver nanoparticles Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  17. Promising Tools for Biological Applications: Nanoparticles and Polyelectrolyte Polymer Capsules

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    Munoz, Almudena

    2008-01-01

    In this work, we address two different structures whose sizes are in the nanoscopic and microscopic range, namely nanoparticles and polyelectrolyte polymer capsules respectively. Among a wide variety of their promising applications, some are discussed. Synthesis, characterization and surface modification of semiconductor CdSe/ZnS and metallic Au nanoparticles are presented. Au nanoparticles were synthesized directly in organic sol...

  18. Behavior of polyelectrolyte solutions in a wide temperature range

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    Filippov, Sergey K.; Seery, T. A. P.; Černoch, Peter; Pánek, Jiří; Štěpánek, Petr

    Bayreuth : Universität Bayreuth, 2011. PI12. [Biennial Bayreuth Polymer Symposium /12./ - BPS´11. 11.09.2011-13.09.2011, Bayreuth] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP208/10/1600 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : polyelectrolyte * NMF * slow mode Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  19. Polyelectrolyte microcapsules for sustained delivery of water-soluble drugs

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    Anandhakumar, S.; Debapriya, M. [Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 560012 (India); Nagaraja, V. [Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 560012 (India); Raichur, Ashok M., E-mail: amr@materials.iisc.ernet.in [Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 560012 (India)

    2011-03-12

    Polyelectrolyte capsules composed of weak polyelectrolytes are introduced as a simple and efficient system for spontaneous encapsulation of low molecular weight water-soluble drugs. Polyelectrolyte capsules were prepared by layer-by-layer (LbL) assembling of weak polyelectrolytes, poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and poly(methacrylic acid) (PMA) on polystyrene sulfonate (PSS) doped CaCO{sub 3} particles followed by core removal with ethylene-diaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). The loading process was observed by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) using tetramethylrhodamineisothiocyanate labeled dextran (TRITC-dextran) as a fluorescent probe. The intensity of fluorescent probe inside the capsule decreased with increase in cross-linking time. Ciprofloxacin hydrochloride (a model water-soluble drug) was spontaneously deposited into PAH/PMA capsules and their morphological changes were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The quantitative study of drug loading was also elucidated which showed that drug loading increased with initial drug concentration, but decreased with increase in pH. The loaded drug was released in a sustained manner for 6 h, which could be further extended by cross-linking the capsule wall. The released drug showed significant antibacterial activity against E. coli. These findings indicate that such capsules can be potential carriers for water-soluble drugs in sustained/controlled drug delivery applications.

  20. Complex-wave retrieval based on blind signal separation

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    Xiaodong Chai; Chengpeng Zhou; Zhaoyan Feng; Yinhua Wang; Yansheng Zuo

    2006-01-01

    In the process of the reconstruction of digital holography, the traditional methods of diffraction and filtration are commonly adopted to recover the original complex-wave signal. Influenced by twin-image and zero-order terms, the above-mentioned methods, however, either limit the field of vision or result in the loss of the amplitude and phase. A new method for complex-wave retrieval is presented, which is based on blind signal separation. Three frames of holograms are captured by a charge coupled device (CCD)camera to form an observation signal. The term containing only amplitude and phase of complex-wave is separated, by means of independent component analysis, from the observation signal, which effectively eliminates the zero-order term. Finally, the complex-wave retrieval of pure phase wavefront is achieved.Experimental results show that this method can better recover the amplitude and phase of the original complex-wave even when there is a frequency spectrum mixture in the hologram.

  1. Determination of fluoroquinolone antibiotics through the fluorescent response of Eu(III) based nanoparticles fabricated by layer-by-layer technique.

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    Davydov, Nikolay; Zairov, Rustem; Mustafina, Asiya; Syakayev, Viktor; Tatarinov, Dmitry; Mironov, Vladimir; Eremin, Sergei; Konovalov, Alexander; Mustafin, Marat

    2013-06-19

    The present work introduces the determination of fluoroquinolone antibiotics (FQs) in aqueous solutions through the fluorescent response of Eu(TTA)3 and [Eu(TTA)(3)1] (TTA(-) and 1 are thenoyltrifluoroacetonate and phosphine oxide derivative) complexes encapsulated into the polyelectrolyte capsules fabricated through layer-by-layer deposition of poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS) and polyethyleneimine (PEI). The variation of luminescent core, polyelectrolyte deposition and concentration conditions reveals two modes of fluorescent response on FQs of diverse structure namely the sensitization and quenching of Eu(III) centered luminescence. The obtained regularities reveal the ternary complex formation and the ligand exchange occurring at the interface of polyelectrolyte coated [Eu(TTA)(3)1] based colloids as the reasons of the diverse fluorescent response of Eu(III) centered luminescence on FQs. The factors affecting the fluorescent response have been revealed, which are: the content of luminescent core, the mode of polyelectrolyte deposition, concentration and structure of FQs. The discrimination of moxifloxacin and lomefloxacin from levofloxacin, ofloxacin, difloxacin, perfloxacin through the quenching of Eu(III) luminescence in PSS-[Eu(TTA)(3)1] colloids has been revealed. PMID:23746410

  2. Low-Complexity Geometry-Based MIMO Channel Simulation

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    Christoph W. Ueberhuber

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The simulation of electromagnetic wave propagation in time-variant wideband multiple-input multiple-output mobile radio channels using a geometry-based channel model (GCM is computationally expensive. Due to multipath propagation, a large number of complex exponentials must be evaluated and summed up. We present a low-complexity algorithm for the implementation of a GCM on a hardware channel simulator. Our algorithm takes advantage of the limited numerical precision of the channel simulator by using a truncated subspace representation of the channel transfer function based on multidimensional discrete prolate spheroidal (DPS sequences. The DPS subspace representation offers two advantages. Firstly, only a small subspace dimension is required to achieve the numerical accuracy of the hardware channel simulator. Secondly, the computational complexity of the subspace representation is independent of the number of multipath components (MPCs. Moreover, we present an algorithm for the projection of each MPC onto the DPS subspace in 𝒪(1 operations. Thus the computational complexity of the DPS subspace algorithm compared to a conventional implementation is reduced by more than one order of magnitude on a hardware channel simulator with 14-bit precision.

  3. Next frontier in agent-based complex automated negotiation

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    Ito, Takayuki; Zhang, Minjie; Robu, Valentin

    2015-01-01

    This book focuses on automated negotiations based on multi-agent systems. It is intended for researchers and students in various fields involving autonomous agents and multi-agent systems, such as e-commerce tools, decision-making and negotiation support systems, and collaboration tools. The contents will help them to understand the concept of automated negotiations, negotiation protocols, negotiating agents’ strategies, and the applications of those strategies. In this book, some negotiation protocols focusing on the multiple interdependent issues in negotiations are presented, making it possible to find high-quality solutions for the complex agents’ utility functions. This book is a compilation of the extended versions of the very best papers selected from the many that were presented at the International Workshop on Agent-Based Complex Automated Negotiations.

  4. A Knowledge Based Interactive System for Complex Product Design

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    Gayretli, Ahmet

    This research presents a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) based product development approach for integrating mechanical design with electronic design to improve design and manufacture of electromechanical products by avoiding design conflicts in the early stages of the design process. The proposed approach has been implemented in a Delphi based environment integrated with a CAD system. The system assists designers from different disciplines in evaluating complex systems as far as parts relation, potential effects on each other, conflict management, costs, weight and physical constraints are concerned in the early design stages. This helps the designers to avoid design iterations leading to longer lead-time, hence increased cost. The developed system enables to rapidly develop and evaluate new complex products and add new functions to the existing products within given constraints.

  5. Optical oxygen sensing based on ruthenium and porphyrin complexes

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    Dowling, Daragh

    2002-01-01

    The design and performance of a ruggedised dissolved oxygen probe, both in the laboratory and in the field, are reported. This probe is based on phase fluorometric detection of the quenched fluorescence of an oxygen-sensitive ruthenium complex. Dissolved oxygen probes have a number of different applications e.g. in bioreactors, in living systems, in industry and in waste-water treatment plants. The probe reported here has been developed specifically for waste-water monitoring. The oxygen-sens...

  6. Recognition of protein complexation based on hydrophobicity distribution

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    Banach, Mateusz; Roterman, Irena

    2009-01-01

    The identification of the surface area able to generate the protein-protein complexation ligand and ion ligation is critical for the recognition of the biological function of particular proteins. The technique based on the analysis of the irregularity of hydrophobicity distribution is used as the criterion for the recognition of the interaction regions. Particularly, the exposure of hydrophobic residues on the surface of protein as well as the localization of the hydrophilic residues in the h...

  7. Bioassay-based risk assessment of complex mixtures

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    Donnelly, K.C.; Huebner, H.J. [Texas A and M Univ., College Station, TX (United States). Dept. of Veterinary Anatomy and Public Health

    1996-12-31

    The baseline risk assessment often plays an integral role in various decision-making processes at Superfund sites. The present study reports on risk characterizations prepared for seven complex mixtures using biological and chemical analysis. Three of the samples (A, B, and C) were complex mixtures of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) extracted from coal tar; while four samples extracted from munitions-contaminated soil contained primarily nitroaromatic hydrocarbons. The chemical-based risk assessment ranked sample C as least toxic, while the risk associated with samples A and B was approximately equal. The microbial bioassay was in general agreement for the coal tar samples. The weighted activity of the coal tar extracts in Salmonella was 4,960 for sample C, and 162,000 and 206,000 for samples A and B, respectively. The bacterial mutagenicity of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene contaminated soils exhibited an indirect correlation with chemical-based risk assessment. The aqueous extract of sample 004 induced 1,292 net revertants in Salmonella, while the estimated risk to ingestion and dermal adsorption was 2E-9. The data indicate that the chemical-based risk assessment accurately predicted the genotoxicity of the PAHs, while the accuracy of the risk assessment for munitions contaminated soils was limited due to the presence of metabolites of TNT degradation. The biological tests used in this research provide a valuable compliment to chemical analysis for characterizing the genotoxic risk of complex mixtures.

  8. A BRB Based Fault Prediction Method of Complex Electromechanical Systems

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    Bangcheng Zhang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Fault prediction is an effective and important approach to improve the reliability and reduce the risk of accidents for complex electromechanical systems. In order to use the quantitative information and qualitative knowledge efficiently to predict the fault, a new model is proposed on the basis of belief rule base (BRB. Moreover, an evidential reasoning (ER based optimal algorithm is developed to train the fault prediction model. The screw failure in computer numerical control (CNC milling machine servo system is taken as an example and the fault prediction results show that the proposed method can predict the behavior of the system accurately with combining qualitative knowledge and some quantitative information.

  9. On the Complexity of Constraint-Based Theory Extraction

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    Boley, Mario; Gärtner, Thomas

    In this paper we rule out output polynomial listing algorithms for the general problem of discovering theories for a conjunction of monotone and anti-monotone constraints as well as for the particular subproblem in which all constraints are frequency-based. For the general problem we prove a concrete exponential lower time bound that holds for any correct algorithm and even in cases in which the size of the theory as well as the only previous bound are constant. For the case of frequency-based constraints our result holds unless P = NP. These findings motivate further research to identify tractable subproblems and justify approaches with exponential worst case complexity.

  10. Clustering based segmentation of text in complex color images

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    毛文革; 王洪滨; 张田文

    2004-01-01

    We propose a novel scheme based on clustering analysis in color space to solve text segmentation in complex color images. Text segmentation includes automatic clustering of color space and foreground image generation. Two methods are also proposed for automatic clustering: The first one is to determine the optimal number of clusters and the second one is the fuzzy competitively clustering method based on competitively learning techniques. Essential foreground images obtained from any of the color clusters are combined into foreground images. Further performance analysis reveals the advantages of the proposed methods.

  11. Audiovisual Quality Fusion based on Relative Multimodal Complexity

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    You, Junyong; Korhonen, Jari; Reiter, Ulrich

    2011-01-01

    for relative multimodal complexity analysis to derive the fusion parameter in objective audiovisual quality metrics. Audio and video qualities are first estimated separately using advanced quality models, and then they are combined into the overall audiovisual quality using a linear fusion. Based on......In multimodal presentations the perceived audiovisual quality assessment is significantly influenced by the content of both the audio and visual tracks. Based on our earlier subjective quality test for finding the optimal trade-off between audio and video quality, this paper proposes a novel method...... quality metrics, compared to the fusion parameters obtained from the subjective quality tests using other known optimization methods....

  12. Trajectory-Based Complexity (TBX): A Modified Aircraft Count to Predict Sector Complexity During Trajectory-Based Operations

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    Prevot, Thomas; Lee, Paul U.

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we introduce a new complexity metric to predict -in real-time- sector complexity for trajectory-based operations (TBO). TBO will be implemented in the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Trajectory-Based Complexity (TBX) is a modified aircraft count that can easily be computed and communicated in a TBO environment based upon predictions of aircraft and weather trajectories. TBX is scaled to aircraft count and represents an alternate and additional means to manage air traffic demand and capacity with more consideration of dynamic factors such as weather, aircraft equipage or predicted separation violations, as well as static factors such as sector size. We have developed and evaluated TBX in the Airspace Operations Laboratory (AOL) at the NASA Ames Research Center during human-in-the-loop studies of trajectory-based concepts since 2009. In this paper we will describe the TBX computation in detail and present the underlying algorithm. Next, we will describe the specific TBX used in an experiment at NASA's AOL. We will evaluate the performance of this metric using data collected during a controller-inthe- loop study on trajectory-based operations at different equipage levels. In this study controllers were prompted at regular intervals to rate their current workload on a numeric scale. When comparing this real-time workload rating to the TBX values predicted for these time periods we demonstrate that TBX is a better predictor of workload than aircraft count. Furthermore we demonstrate that TBX is well suited to be used for complexity management in TBO and can easily be adjusted to future operational concepts.

  13. Polyelectrolytes Multilayers to Modulate Cell Adhesion: A Study of the Influence of Film Composition and Polyelectrolyte Interdigitation on the Adhesion of the A549 Cell Line.

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    Muzzio, Nicolás E; Pasquale, Miguel A; Gregurec, Danijela; Diamanti, Eleftheria; Kosutic, Marija; Azzaroni, Omar; Moya, Sergio E

    2016-04-01

    Polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) with different polycation/polyanion pairs are fabricated by the layer-by-layer technique employing synthetic, natural, and both types of polyelectrolytes. The impact of the chemical composition of PEMs on cell adhesion is assessed by studying cell shape, spreading area, focal contacts, and cell proliferation for the A549 cell line. Cells exhibit good adhesion on PEMs containing natural polycations and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS) as polyanion, but limited adhesion is observed on PEMs fabricated from both natural polyelectrolytes. PEMs are then assembled, depositing a block of natural polyelectrolytes on top of a stiffer block with PSS as polyanion. Cell adhesion is enhanced on top of the diblock PEMs compared to purely natural PEMs. This fact could be explained by the interdigitation between polyelectrolytes from the two blocks. Diblock PEM assembly provides a simple means to tune cell adhesion on biocompatible PEMs. PMID:26663657

  14. Monte Carlo simulation and equation of state for flexible charged hard-sphere chain fluids: Polyampholyte and polyelectrolyte solutions

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    Jiang, Hao; Adidharma, Hertanto, E-mail: adidharm@uwyo.edu [Soft Materials Laboratory, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 82071-3295 (United States)

    2014-11-07

    The thermodynamic modeling of flexible charged hard-sphere chains representing polyampholyte or polyelectrolyte molecules in solution is considered. The excess Helmholtz energy and osmotic coefficients of solutions containing short polyampholyte and the osmotic coefficients of solutions containing short polyelectrolytes are determined by performing canonical and isobaric-isothermal Monte Carlo simulations. A new equation of state based on the thermodynamic perturbation theory is also proposed for flexible charged hard-sphere chains. For the modeling of such chains, the use of solely the structure information of monomer fluid for calculating the chain contribution is found to be insufficient and more detailed structure information must therefore be considered. Two approaches, i.e., the dimer and dimer-monomer approaches, are explored to obtain the contribution of the chain formation to the Helmholtz energy. By comparing with the simulation results, the equation of state with either the dimer or dimer-monomer approach accurately predicts the excess Helmholtz energy and osmotic coefficients of polyampholyte and polyelectrolyte solutions except at very low density. It also well captures the effect of temperature on the thermodynamic properties of these solutions.

  15. Structure formation of soil dispersions in the presence of polyelectrolytes on the basis of allyl alcohol and acryl acid derivatives

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    Amankait Asanov

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Some changes of structural composition and surface properties of soil dispersions in the presence of polyelectrolytes, based on allyl alcohol and acryl acid derivatives, have been studied. The results show, that the changes in the structure of soil dispersions composition are connected with the added concentration and pH value, that depend on mole ratio and nature of functional groups, as well as on the nature of counterions and concomitant electrolytes, changing with the conditions of polymer analogous conversion and neutralization reaction. Experimental data show, that the change in the conformational state and the length of the macromolecule has a significant impact on the structure-forming effect and the amount of polyelectrolyte, needed to achieve the same degree of structure-forming effect of soil dispersions. The causes for the revealed reasons are shown on the basis of the results of the experiment. Along with this, it was found that particular changes of structural composition and surface properties of the soil dispersions depend on the type and concentration of the added polyelectrolyte.

  16. Asymmetric collapse in biomimetic complex coacervates revealed by local polymer and water dynamics.

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    Ortony, Julia H; Hwang, Dong Soo; Franck, John M; Waite, J Herbert; Han, Songi

    2013-05-13

    Complex coacervation is a phenomenon characterized by the association of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes into micrometer-scale liquid condensates. This process is the purported first step in the formation of underwater adhesives by sessile marine organisms, as well as the process harnessed for the formation of new synthetic and protein-based contemporary materials. Efforts to understand the physical nature of complex coacervates are important for developing robust adhesives, injectable materials, or novel drug delivery vehicles for biomedical applications; however, their internal fluidity necessitates the use of in situ characterization strategies of their local dynamic properties, capabilities not offered by conventional techniques such as X-ray scattering, microscopy, or bulk rheological measurements. Herein, we employ the novel magnetic resonance technique Overhauser dynamic nuclear polarization enhanced nuclear magnetic resonance (DNP), together with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) line shape analysis, to concurrently quantify local molecular and hydration dynamics, with species- and site-specificity. We observe striking differences in the structure and dynamics of the protein-based biomimetic complex coacervates from their synthetic analogues, which is an asymmetric collapse of the polyelectrolyte constituents. From this study we suggest charge heterogeneity within a given polyelectrolyte chain to be an important parameter by which the internal structure of complex coacervates may be tuned. Acquiring molecular-level insight to the internal structure and dynamics of dynamic polymer complexes in water through the in situ characterization of site- and species-specific local polymer and hydration dynamics should be a promising general approach that has not been widely employed for materials characterization. PMID:23540713

  17. Self-assembled systems of water soluble metal 8-hydroxyquinolates with surfactants and conjugated polyelectrolytes.

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    Burrows, Hugh D; Costa, Telma; Ramos, M Luisa; Valente, Artur J M; Stewart, Beverly; Justino, Licinia L G; Almeida, Aline I A; Catarina, Nathanny Lessa; Mallavia, Ricardo; Knaapila, Matti

    2016-06-22

    We have studied the interaction of 8-hydroxyquinoline-5-sulfonate (8-HQS) with the metal ions Al(iii) and Zn(ii) in aqueous solution in the presence of tetraalkylammonium surfactants using UV/vis absorption, fluorescence, NMR spectroscopy and electrical conductivity measurements, complemented by DFT calculations and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Under appropriate conditions, complexes between 8-HQS and metal ions form rapidly, and have similar electronic, spectroscopic and photophysical properties to the corresponding metal quinolates, such as Alq3. These interact with the cationic surfactants, leading to marked increases in fluorescence intensity. However, significant differences are seen in the behavior of the two metal ions. With aluminium, a stable [Al(8-QS)3](3-) anion is formed, and interacts, predominantly through electrostatic interactions, with the surfactant, without disrupting the metal ion coordination sphere. In contrast, with Zn(ii), there is a competition between the metal ion and surfactants in the interaction with 8-HQS, although the [Zn(8-QS)2(H2O)2](2-) species is stable at appropriate pH and surfactant concentration. The studies are extended to systems with the conjugated polyelectrolyte (CPE) poly-(9,9-bis(6-N,N,N-trimethylammonium)hexyl)-fluorene-phenylene bromide (HTMA-PFP), which has a similar alkylammonium chain to the surfactants. Mixing metal salt, 8-HQS and HTMA-PFP in the presence of a nonionic surfactant leads to the formation of a metal complex/CPE supramolecular assembly between the conjugated polyelectrolyte and the metal/8-HQS complex, as demonstrated by electronic energy transfer. The potential of these systems in sensing, light harvesting, and electron injection/transport layers in organic semiconductor devices is discussed. PMID:26817700

  18. An electrochemical aptasensor for chiral peptide detection using layer-by-layer assembly of polyelectrolyte-methylene blue/polyelectrolyte-graphene multilayer

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    Qin Haixia; Liu Jiyang; Chen Chaogui [State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Wang Jiahi, E-mail: jhwang@ciac.jl.cn [State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Wang Erkang, E-mail: ekwang@ciac.jl.cn [State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China)

    2012-01-27

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer An electrochemical aptasensor for selective detection of peptide is constructed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This aptasensor is based on grapheme multilayer via layer-by-layer assembly. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Such multilayer facilitates electron transfer and provides more adsorption sites. - Abstract: Here we demonstrate for the first time that by physically adsorbing aptamer onto conductive film assembled via alternate adsorption of graphene/polyelectrolyte and methylene blue/polyelectrolyte, a label-free electrochemical aptasensor with high sensitivity and selectivity for peptide detection is constructed. Graphene multilayer derived from layer-by-layer assembly has played significant roles in this sensing strategy: allowing accumulation of methylene blue, facilitating electron transfer and providing much more adsorption site. As compared to previous electrochemical aptasensors, the current sensor based on graphene multilayer alternated with electroactive molecule layer offers extremely high capability for sensitive detection of target without interference of environmental surrounding. This electroactive probe-confined graphene multilayer confers great flexibility to combine with differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) together. In the presence of target D entiomer of arginine vasopressin (D-VP), the binding of peptide to aptamer block the electron transfer process of MB, leading to decreased current peak of DPV. By this way, this electrochemical aptasensor based on electroactive molecule-intercalated graphene multilayer provide highly sensitive and specific detection of D-VP with the lowest detectable concentration of 1 ng mL{sup -1} and a wide detection range from 1 to 265 ng mL{sup -1}.

  19. The solvation and ion condensation properties for sulfonated polyelectrolytes in different solvents : a computational study

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    Smiatek, Jens; Wohlfarth, Andreas; Holm, Christian

    2014-01-01

    In contrast to the broad knowledge about aqueous polyelectrolyte solutions, less is known about the properties in aprotic and apolar solvents. We therefore investigate the behavior of sulfonated polyelectrolytes in sodium form in the presence of different solvents via all-atom molecular dynamics simulations. The results clearly reveal strong variations in ion condensation constants and polyelectrolyte conformations for different solvents like water, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and chloroform. T...

  20. Fluctuations and interactions of semi-flexible polyelectrolytes in columnar assemblies

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    Lee, D.J.; Leikin, S; Wynveen, A.

    2010-01-01

    We have developed a statistical theory for columnar aggregates of semi-flexible polyelectrolytes. The applicability of previous, simplified theories was limited to polyelectrolytes with unrealistically high effective charge and, hence, with strongly suppressed thermal undulations. To avoid this problem, we utilized more consistent approximations for short-range image-charge forces and steric confinement, resulting in new predictions for polyelectrolytes with more practically important, lower ...

  1. The effect of polyelectrolytes and their mixtures on flocculation of kaolin suspensions

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    R. Taubayeva; Zh. Lakhbayeva; G. Balykbayeva

    2014-01-01

    The effect of the concentration and charge of the water-soluble polyelectrolytes on the kinetics of aggregation of kaolin particles was studied. It has been shown that the rate of stirring affects formation, size and strength of flocs. The rate of aggregation and the size of the mineral particle forming floccules increase with the increase of reagent concentration and the charge density of the polyelectrolyte. At low concentrations (2.75-3.8 mg/g) of individual polyelectrolytes (FO 4800 SSH, ...

  2. Adsorption Transition of a Polyelectrolyte on a High-dielectric Charged Substrate

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    Cheng, Chi-Ho; Lai, Pik-Yin

    2003-01-01

    The behavior of a polyelectrolyte adsorbed on a charged surface of high-dielectric constant is studied by both Monte-Carlo simulation and analytical methods. It is found that in a low ionic strength medium, the transition is first-order with the repulsive charged surface. The order parameter which characterize the polyelectrolyte adsorption, the surface monomer density, follows a linear relation with surface charge density. It indicates the polyelectrolyte is always compressed on the substrat...

  3. Aggregation of rod-like polyelectrolyte chains in the presence of monovalent counterions

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    Varghese, Anoop; Rajesh, R.; Vemparala, Satyavani

    2012-01-01

    Using molecular dynamics simulations, it is demonstrated that monovalent counterions can induce aggregation of similarly charged rod-like polyelectrolyte chains. The critical value of the linear charge density for aggregation is shown to be close to the critical value for the extended-collapsed transition of a single flexible polyelectrolyte chain, and decreases with increasing valency of the counterions. The effective interaction potential between two rod-like polyelectrolyte chains is measu...

  4. Encapsulation of a polyelectrolyte chain by an oppositely charged spherical surface

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    Wang, Jiafang; Muthukumar, M.

    2011-01-01

    Using the ground state dominance approximation and a variational theory, we study the encapsulation of a polyelectrolyte chain by an oppositely charged spherical surface. The electrostatic attraction between the polyelectrolyte and the surface and the entropy loss of the encapsulated polyelectrolyte chain dictate the optimum conditions for encapsulation. Two scenarios of encapsulation are identified: entropy-dominated and adsorption-dominated encapsulation. In the entropy-dominated encapsulat...

  5. Polyelectrolyte coated multilayered liposomes (nanocapsules) for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection.

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    Jain, Parul; Jain, Sanyog; Prasad, K N; Jain, S K; Vyas, Suresh P

    2009-01-01

    Helicobacter pylori infection is one of the major causes of gastric cancers. A number of systems have already been reported, but 100% eradication has never been achieved. The present invention designs a gastro-retentive drug delivery system incorporated with amoxicillin and metronidazole, specifically suited for the eradication of Helicobacter pylori infections due to its mucoadhesiveness in the presence of polyelectrolyte polymers. The system possesses the advantages of both vesicular and particulate carriers, and it was prepared by alternative coating of polyanion (poly(acrylic acid), PAA) and polycation (poly(allylamine hydrochloride), PAH) using liposomes as the core. Compared with the conventional liposomes, the polyelectrolyte based multilayered system (nanocapsules) gave prolonged drug release in simulated gastric fluid, which is well suited for drug delivery against H. pylori infection in the stomach. In vitro growth inhibition study, agglutination assay, and in situ adherence assay in cultured H. pylori suggested the successful in vitro activity and binding propensity of the system. In vivo bacterial clearance study carried out in a H. pylori infected mouse model finally confirmed the success of the developed novel nanocapsule system. Thus, the newly developed composite nanocapsules along with the use of combination therapy proved to have commendable potential in Helicobacter pylori eradication as compared to already existing conventional and novel drug delivery systems. PMID:19718807

  6. Self-Assembled Polyelectrolyte Nanoparticles as Fluorophore-Free Contrast Agents for Multicolor Optical Imaging

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    Da Hye Shin

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we describe the fabrication of self-assembled polyelectrolyte nanoparticles that provide a multicolor optical imaging modality. Poly(γ-glutamic acid(γ-PGA formed self-assembled nanoparticles through electrostatic interactions with two different cationic polymers: poly(L-lysine(PLL and chitosan. The self-assembled γ-PGA/PLL and γ-PGA/chitosan nanoparticles were crosslinked by glutaraldehyde. Crosslinking of the ionic self-assembled nanoparticles with glutaraldehyde not only stabilized the nanoparticles but also generated a strong autofluorescence signal. Fluorescent Schiff base bonds (C=N and double bonds (C=C were generated simultaneously by crosslinking of the amine moiety of the cationic polyelectrolytes with monomeric glutaraldehyde or with polymeric glutaraldehyde. The unique optical properties of the nanoparticles that resulted from the crosslinking by glutaraldehyde were analyzed using UV/Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy. We observed that the fluorescence intensity of the nanoparticles could be regulated by adjusting the crosslinker concentration and the reaction time. The nanoparticles also exhibited high performance in the labeling and monitoring of therapeutic immune cells (macrophages and dendritic cells. These self-assembled nanoparticles are expected to be a promising multicolor optical imaging contrast agent for the labeling, detection, and monitoring of cells.

  7. H.264 SVC Complexity Reduction Based on Likelihood Mode Decision.

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    Balaji, L; Thyagharajan, K K

    2015-01-01

    H.264 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) was prolonged to Scalable Video Coding (SVC). SVC executes in different electronics gadgets such as personal computer, HDTV, SDTV, IPTV, and full-HDTV in which user demands various scaling of the same content. The various scaling is resolution, frame rate, quality, heterogeneous networks, bandwidth, and so forth. Scaling consumes more encoding time and computational complexity during mode selection. In this paper, to reduce encoding time and computational complexity, a fast mode decision algorithm based on likelihood mode decision (LMD) is proposed. LMD is evaluated in both temporal and spatial scaling. From the results, we conclude that LMD performs well, when compared to the previous fast mode decision algorithms. The comparison parameters are time, PSNR, and bit rate. LMD achieve time saving of 66.65% with 0.05% detriment in PSNR and 0.17% increment in bit rate compared with the full search method. PMID:26221623

  8. Complexation study of cadmium with a schiff base vanillin trisbuffer

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    Polarographic study of complexation of cadmium with a Schiff base derived from vanillin and trisbuffer was carried out in DMF-water media of three different compositions (viz. 0%, 30% and 50% v/v of DMF). 1:1, 1:2 and 1:3 complex species are present in the solution. Overall stability constants were calculated using DeFord and Hume treatment at three different temperatures (viz. 300, 400 and 500). Free energy change ΔG, enthalpy change ΔH and entropy change ΔS were also calculated for all the three media. A new, methamatical model, recently developed by Mihailov, to calculate stability constants from nbar values was used to check the data obtained from DeFord and Hume method. (author)

  9. Design of ANSYS-based Cathode with Complex Groove

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    范植坚; 赵刚刚; 张丽娟

    2012-01-01

    The profile of cathode with complex groove needs to be modified time after time during design of electrochemical machining (ECM) cathode.A design scheme using finite element method (FEM) for cathode with complex profile is put forward to shorten the period of cathode design.Based on Laplace equation,the potential distribution on parameter-transformation model was calculated by using ANSYS,which is compared to the potential distribution calculated by substituting conductivity and current efficiency into Laplace equation.According to the difference between the results calculated and simulated by ANSYS,the cathode profile was modified by adjusting the cathode boundary.The experiments show that the dimensions and shape of workpiece machined by numerically simulated cathode conform well with the blueprint.

  10. H.264 SVC Complexity Reduction Based on Likelihood Mode Decision

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    Balaji, L.; Thyagharajan, K. K.

    2015-01-01

    H.264 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) was prolonged to Scalable Video Coding (SVC). SVC executes in different electronics gadgets such as personal computer, HDTV, SDTV, IPTV, and full-HDTV in which user demands various scaling of the same content. The various scaling is resolution, frame rate, quality, heterogeneous networks, bandwidth, and so forth. Scaling consumes more encoding time and computational complexity during mode selection. In this paper, to reduce encoding time and computational complexity, a fast mode decision algorithm based on likelihood mode decision (LMD) is proposed. LMD is evaluated in both temporal and spatial scaling. From the results, we conclude that LMD performs well, when compared to the previous fast mode decision algorithms. The comparison parameters are time, PSNR, and bit rate. LMD achieve time saving of 66.65% with 0.05% detriment in PSNR and 0.17% increment in bit rate compared with the full search method. PMID:26221623

  11. A Knowledge base model for complex forging die machining

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    Mawussi, Kwamiwi; 10.1016/j.cie.2011.02.016

    2011-01-01

    Recent evolutions on forging process induce more complex shape on forging die. These evolutions, combined with High Speed Machining (HSM) process of forging die lead to important increase in time for machining preparation. In this context, an original approach for generating machining process based on machining knowledge is proposed in this paper. The core of this approach is to decompose a CAD model of complex forging die in geometric features. Technological data and topological relations are aggregated to a geometric feature in order to create machining features. Technological data, such as material, surface roughness and form tolerance are defined during forging process and dies design. These data are used to choose cutting tools and machining strategies. Topological relations define relative positions between the surfaces of the die CAD model. After machining features identification cutting tools and machining strategies currently used in HSM of forging die, are associated to them in order to generate mac...

  12. Efficient target control of complex networks based on preferential matching

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    Zhang, Xizhe; Lv, Tianyang

    2016-01-01

    Controlling a complex network towards a desire state is of great importance in many applications. Existing works present an approximate algorithm to find the driver nodes used to control partial nodes of the network. However, the driver nodes obtained by this algorithm depend on the matching order of nodes and cannot get the optimum results. Here we present a novel algorithm to find the driver nodes for target control based on preferential matching. The algorithm elaborately arrange the matching order of nodes in order to minimize the size of the driver nodes set. The results on both synthetic and real networks indicate that the performance of proposed algorithm are better than the previous one. The algorithm may have various application in controlling complex networks.

  13. PEGylated Albumin-Based Polyion Complex Micelles for Protein Delivery.

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    Jiang, Yanyan; Lu, Hongxu; Chen, Fan; Callari, Manuela; Pourgholami, Mohammad; Morris, David L; Stenzel, Martina H

    2016-03-14

    An increasing amount of therapeutic agents are based on proteins. However, proteins as drug have intrinsic problems such as their low hydrolytic stability. Delivery of proteins using nanoparticles has increasingly been the focus of interest with polyion complex micelles, prepared from charged block copolymer and the oppositely charged protein, as an example of an attractive carrier for proteins. Inspired by this approach, a more biocompatible pathway has been developed here, which replaces the charged synthetic polymer with an abundant protein, such as albumin. Although bovine serum albumin (BSA) was observed to form complexes with positively charged proteins directly, the resulting protein nanoparticle were not stable and aggregated to large precipitates over the course of a day. Therefore, maleimide functionalized poly(oligo (ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (MI-POEGMEMA) (Mn = 26000 g/mol) was synthesized to generate a polymer-albumin conjugate, which was able to condense positively charged proteins, here lysozyme (Lyz) as a model. The PEGylated albumin polyion complex micelle with lysozyme led to nanoparticles between 15 and 25 nm in size depending on the BSA to Lyz ratio. The activity of the encapsulated protein was tested using Sprouty 1 (C-12; Spry1) proteins, which can act as an endogenous angiogenesis inhibitor. Condensation of Spry1 with the PEGylated albumin could improve the anticancer efficacy of Spry1 against the breast cancer cells lowering the IC50 value of the protein. Furthermore, the high anticancer efficacy of the POEGMEMA-BSA/Spry1 complex micelle was verified by effectively inhibiting the growth of three-dimensional MCF-7 multicellular tumor spheroids. The PEGylated albumin complex micelle has great potential as a drug delivery vehicle for a new generation of cancer pharmaceuticals. PMID:26809948

  14. Synthesis and Reactivity of Tripodal Complexes Containing Pendant Bases

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    Blacquiere, Johanna M.; Pegis, Michael L.; Raugei, Simone; Kaminsky, Werner; Forget, Amelie; Cook, Sarah; Taguchi, Taketo; Borovik, Andrew S.; Mayer, James M.

    2014-09-02

    The synthesis of a new tripodal ligand family is reported, with tertiary-amine groups in the second-coordination sphere. The ligands are tris(amido)amine derivatives, with the pendant amines attached via a peptide coupling strategy. They were designed to be used in new catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), in which the pendant acid/base group could improve catalyst performance. Two members of the new ligand family were each metallated with Co(II) and Zn(II) to afford trigonal monopyramidal complexes. Reaction of the cobalt complexes, [Co(L)]-, with dioxygen reversibly generates a small amount of a Co(III)-superoxo species, which was characterized by EPR. Protonation of the zinc complex Zn[N{CH2CH2NC(O)CH2N(CH2Ph)2}3)-– ([Zn(TNBn)]-) with one equivalent of acid occurs with displacement and dissociation of an amide ligand. Addition of excess acid to the any of the complexes [M(L)]- results in complete proteolysis and formation of the ligands H3L. This decomposition limits the use of these complexes as catalysts for the ORR. An alternative ligand with two pyridyl arms was also prepared but could not be metallated. These studies highlight the importance of stability of the primary-coordination sphere of ORR electrocatalysts to both oxidative and acidic conditions. This research was supported as part of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

  15. Adsorption of Weak Polyelectrolytes on Charged Nanoparticles. Impact of Salt Valency, pH, and Nanoparticle Charge Density. Monte Carlo Simulations

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    Carnal, Fabrice; Stoll, Serge

    2011-01-01

    Complex formation between a weak flexible polyelectrolyte chain and one positively charged nanoparticle in presence of explicit counterions and salt particles is investigated using Monte Carlo simulations. The influence of parameters such as the nanoparticle surface charge density, salt valency, and solution property such as the pH on the chain protonation/deprotonation process and monomer adsorption at the nanoparticle surface are systematically investigated. It is shown that the nanoparticl...

  16. Explicit-ion Effects in the Coil-Globule Transition of Weak Polyelectrolytes

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    Sikora, Benjamin J.; Whitmer, Jonathan K.

    The first-order coil-globule transition in weak (annealed) polyelectrolytes involves a subtle balance of pH, charge strength, and solvation forces. In this work, we utilize a coarse-grain hybrid grand-canonical Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics approach to explore the free energetic topography of a model hydrophobic polybase [representing poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP)] and explore the role of salt concentration/valency in influencing polyelectrolyte conformations using both an implicit Debye-Hückel and explicit salt approach. Our simulations reproduce the experimentally measured behavior for dilute annealed polyelectrolytes, and present a solid foundation for understanding pH responsive polyelectrolyte materials.

  17. Tribological behavior of in situ Ag nanoparticles/polyelectrolyte composite molecular deposition films

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    Multilayer polyelectrolyte films containing silver ions were obtained by molecular deposition method on a glass plate or a quartz substrate. The in situ Ag nanoparticles were synthesized in the multilayer polyelectrolyte films which were put into fresh NaBH4 aqueous solution. The structure and surface morphology of composite molecular deposition films were observed by UV-vis spectrophotometer, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Tribological characteristic was investigated by AFM and micro-tribometer. It was found that the in situ Ag nanoparticles/polyelectrolyte composite molecular deposition films have lower coefficient of friction and higher anti-wear life than pure polyelectrolyte molecular deposition films.

  18. Electrophoresis of a rod macroion under polyelectrolyte salt: is mobility reversed for DNA?

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    By molecular dynamics simulation, we study the charge inversion phenomenon of a rod macroion in the presence of polyelectrolyte counterions. We simulate electrophoresis of the macroion under an applied electric field. When both counterions and coions are polyelectrolytes, charge inversion occurs if the line charge density of the counterions is larger than that of the coions. For the macroion of surface charge density equal to that of the DNA, the reversed mobility is realized either with adsorption of the multivalent counterion polyelectrolyte or the combination of electrostatics and other mechanisms including the short-range attraction potential or the mechanical twinning of polyelectrolyte around the rod axis

  19. Complexation Between Cationic Diblock Copolymers and Plasmid DNA

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    Jung, Seyoung; Reineke, Theresa; Lodge, Timothy

    Deoxyribonucleic acids (DNA), as polyanions, can spontaneously bind with polycations to form polyelectrolyte complexes. When the polycation is a diblock copolymer with one cationic block and one uncharged hydrophilic block, the polyelectrolyte complexes formed with plasmid DNA (pDNA) are often colloidally stable, and show great promise in the field of polymeric gene therapy. While the resulting properties (size, stability, and toxicity to biological systems) of the complexes have been studied for numerous cationic diblocks, the fundamentals of the pDNA-diblock binding process have not been extensively investigated. Herein, we report how the cationic block content of a diblock influences the pDNA-diblock interactions. pDNA with 7164 base pairs and poly(2-deoxy-2-methacrylamido glucopyranose)-block-poly(N-(2-aminoethyl) methacrylamide) (PMAG-b-PAEMA) are used as the model pDNA and cationic diblock, respectively. To vary the cationic block content, two PMAG-b-PAEMA copolymers with similar PMAG block lengths but distinct PAEMA block lengths and a PAEMA homopolymer are utilized. We show that the enthalpy change from pDNA-diblock interactions is dependent on the cationic diblock composition, and is closely associated with both the binding strength and the pDNA tertiary structure.

  20. Increased complexity of gene structure and base composition in vertebrates

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    Ying Wu; Huizhong Yuan; Shengjun Tan; Jian-Qun Chen; Dacheng Tian; Haiwang Yang

    2011-01-01

    How the structure and base composition of genes changed with the evolution of vertebrates remains a puzzling question. Here we analyzed 895 orthologous protein-coding genes in six multicellular animals: human, chicken, zebrafish, sea squirt, fruit fly, and worm. Our analyses reveal that many gene regions, particularly intron and 3' UTR, gradually expanded throughout the evolution of vertebrates from their invertebrate ancestors, and that the number of exons per gene increased. Studies based on all protein-coding genes in each genome provide consistent results.We also find that GC-content increased in many gene regions (especially 5' UTR) in the evolution of endotherms, except in coding-exons.Analysis of individual genomes shows that 3′ UTR demonstrated stronger length and CC-content correlation with intron than 5' UTR, and gene with large intron in all six species demonstrated relatively similar GC-content. Our data indicates a great increase in complexity in vertebrate genes and we propose that the requirement for morphological and functional changes is probably the driving force behind the evolution of structure and base composition complexity in multicellular animal genes.