Polymer distribution in connected spherical domains

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The distribution of neutral and charged polymers with different flexibilities between two spheres of varying volume connected by a short and narrow cylinder has been investigated by Monte Carlo simulations. The uncharged chain displayed mostly a single-sphere occupancy due to the high conformational entropy penalty of crossing the cylindrical domain, whereas for the charged polymer a double-sphere occupancy was obtained, except for very different spherical volumes. The origin of this different occupancy behavior stems from the counterion entropy. At increasing stiffness, a stronger preference for double-sphere occupancy was predicted. (c) 2005 American Institute of Physics.


  • A F Sousa
  • A A C C Pais
  • Per Linse
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  • Physical Chemistry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214902-1-214902-8
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Publication categoryResearch