Theory of polyelectrolytes in solutions and at surfaces

TitleTheory of polyelectrolytes in solutions and at surfaces
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsAV Dobrynin, and M Rubinstein
JournalProgress in Polymer Science
Pagination1049 - 1118
Date Published01/2005

Polyelectrolytes are polymers carrying either positively or negatively charged ionizable groups. The properties of these polymers in solutions and at charged surfaces depend on the fraction of dissociated ionic groups, solvent quality for polymer backbone, solution dielectric constant, salt concentration, and polymer-substrate interactions. In this review, we summarize the current development of theoretical models describing properties of polyelectrolyte solutions and adsorption of charged polymers at surfaces and interfaces. We discuss in detail the conformational properties of polyelectrolyte chains in dilute and semidilute solutions, the phenomenon of counterion condensation, the necklace structure of polyelectrolytes in poor solvent conditions for polymer backbone, the dynamics of polyelectrolyte solutions, the surface overcharging by adsorbed polyelectrolytes and its implication for assembled polyelectrolyte multilayers. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Short TitleProgress in Polymer Science