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Interplay between hydrodynamic and thermodynamic behavior in macromolecular coils in dilute solution
Author(s): James C. Selser
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Paper Abstract

The dynamic light scattering technique of photon correlation spectroscopy (PCS) is a sensitive and noninvasive method of probing spontaneous fluctuations in macromolecular solutions. PCS was used to study the wavevector dependence (wavevector magnitude, q) for a wide range of q of intracoil relaxations for a very large, linear polystyrene in both good and theta solvents and a clear coupling between intracoil excluded volume behavior and hydrodynamic interactions was observed. Moreover, the marked concentration dependence of the overall intracoil relaxation for the same polystyrene in good solvent revealed the important role strong intercoil interactions, i.e. `collisions,' played in this system while the absence of this dependence and thus of collisions, in the corresponding theta system highlighted the important role played by thermodynamics in determining the magnitude of the effect of intercoil behavior on intracoil behavior. These results were also consistent with those of an earlier study of coil-coil interactions in dilute solution in which it was also found that thermodynamics played the dominant role.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 1993
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 1884, Static and Dynamic Light Scattering in Medicine and Biology, (21 July 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.148370
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James C. Selser, Univ. of Nevada/Las Vegas (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1884:
Static and Dynamic Light Scattering in Medicine and Biology
Ralph J. Nossal; Robert Pecora; Alexander V. Priezzhev, Editor(s)

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