Swelling of cross-linked polyelectrolyte gels

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A model of a cross-linked polyelectrolyte gel has been examined using Monte Carlo simulations. The simple model contained a charged defect-free network represented by linked charged beads and explicit counterions. Pressure-density relations for the polyelectrolyte gel, a corresponding non-ionic polymer gel, and several partly or fully degraded gels have-been determined. The polyelectrolyte gel displayed a very large swelling capacity, in agreement with experiments. The swelling mechanism and chain properties are discussed and foundations of current theories on gel swelling are examined.


  • Stefanie Schneider
  • Per Linse
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  • Physical Chemistry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-460
JournalEuropean Physical Journal E. Soft Matter
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Publication categoryResearch