Exact evaluation of the depletion force between nanospheres in a polydisperse polymer fluid under Θ conditions.

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We analyze a system consisting of two spherical particles immersed in a polydispersed polymer solution under theta conditions. An exact theory is developed to describe the potential of mean force between the spheres for the case where the polymer molecular weight dispersity is described by the Schulz-Flory distribution. Exact results can be derived for the protein regime, where the sphere radius (Rs) is small compared to the average radius of gyration of the polymer (Rg). Numerical results are relatively easily obtained in the cases where the sphere radius is increased. We find that even when q = Rg/Rs⪆ 10, then the use of a monopole expansion for the polymer end-point distribution about the spheres is sufficient. For even larger spheres q ≈ 1, accuracy is maintained by including a dipolar correction. The implications of these findings on generating a full many-body effective interaction for a collection of N spheres imbedded in the polymer solution are discussed.


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  • University of New South Wales

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TidskriftJournal of Chemical Physics
StatusPublished - 2014
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