Dynamics of semidilute polyelectrolyte solutions

Michael Rubinstein, Ralph H. Colby, Andrey V. Dobrynin

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We apply dynamic scaling to both unentangled and entangled semidilute polyelectrolyte solutions. The unentangled semidilute regime can span three to four decades of polymer concentration in low-salt solutions. In this range we predict such phenomena as a concentration independent self-diffusion coefficient, relaxation time that is a decreasing function of concentration c, and explain the empirical Fuoss law for the viscosity η∼c12. In the low-salt entangled regime we predict the concentration independent relaxation time and the viscosity η∼c32 that are observed experimentally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2776-2779
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number20
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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