An examination of the fundamental nature of polyelectrolytes, static and dynamic properties of salt-free and salt-added solutions, and interactions with other charged and neutral species at interfaces with applications to industry and medicine. It applies the Metropolis Monte Carlo simulation to calculate counterion distributions, electric potentials, and fluctuation of counterion polarization for model DNA fragments.
". . .will be a valuable source for academics working in the physical chemistry of colloids and charged macromolecules, biochemistry, and molecular biology. . ..highly recommended for the bookshelves of groups dealing with polyelectrolytes."
Part 1 Structure and properties of polyelectrolyte solutions: structure and dynamics of polyelectrolyte solutions by light scattering; molecular dynamics simulations on the cylindrical cell model; inverted forces in counterion condensation theory; polyelectrolyte solutions with multivalent added salts -stability, structure and dynamics; physical questions posed by DNA condensation; conformational transitions in polyelectrolyte molecules - influence of osmotic pressure of counterions; conductance of polyelectrolyte solutions, anisotrophy and other anomalies; electric polarizability of polyelectrolytes by Metropolis Monte Carlo simulation; polyelectrolytes in nonaqueous solutions. Part 2 Polyelectrolytes at interfaces: kinetics of polyelectrolyte adsorption; electric light scattering of colloid particles in polyelectrolyte solutions; monolayer assemblies of poly(L-glutamic acid)s at two-dimensional interfaces; emulsions stabilized by polyelectrolytes; polyelectrolyte-surfactant interactions at solid-liquid interfaces studied with surface force techniques; fragmentation of colloidal aggregates by polyelectrolyte adsorption; interactions between polyelectrolytes and kaolin; phase transitions in polyelectrolyte gels; anomalous migration of DNA in gels, and the polyelectrolyte nature of DNA; complexation between amphiphilic polyelectrolytes and proteins -from necklaces to gels; polyelectrolyte complex formation in highly aggregating systems - methodical aspects and general tendencies; surfactant binding to polyelectrolytes; metal complexation in polyelectrolyte solutions.