Three component model of cylindrical electric double layers containing mixed electrolytes: A systematic study by Monte Carlo simulations and density functional theory

Theoretical Chemistry Section, Chemistry Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085, India.
The Journal of Chemical Physics (Impact Factor: 2.95). 05/2010; 132(19):194706. DOI: 10.1063/1.3428702
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The structure of electric double layer around a hard rigid impenetrable cylindrical polyion is studied using density functional theory as well as Monte Carlo simulations. The three component model, presented here, is an extension of solvent primitive model where the solvent molecules are treated as the neutral hard spheres, counterions and coions as the charged hard spheres, all of equal diameters, and in addition the mixture of mono- and multivalent counterions are also considered. The theory is partially perturbative where the hard sphere interactions are treated within the weighted density approach and the corresponding ionic interactions have been evaluated through second-order functional Taylor expansion with respect to the bulk electrolyte. The theoretical predictions in terms of the density profiles and the mean electrostatic potential profiles are found to be in good agreement with the simulation results. The presence of neutral hard spheres incorporate the effects of exclude volume interactions (ionic size correlations) while the mixture of mono- and multivalent counterions enhance the ionic charge correlation effects. Thus, this model study shows clear manipulations of ionic size and charge correlations in dictating the ionic density profiles as well as mean electrostatic potential profiles of the diffuse layer. The behavior of diffused double layer has been characterized at varying ionic concentrations, at different concentration ratios of mono- and multivalent counterions of mixed electrolytes, at different diameters of hard spheres, and at varying polyion surface charge density.

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