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Counter-ion binding and mobility in the presence of hydrophobic polyions – combining molecular dynamics simulations and NMR

Abstract : Counter-ion binding and mobility in aqueous solutions of partially hydrophobic ionene oligoions is studied here by a combination of all-atomic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and NMR (19F and 81Br nuclei) measurements. We present results for 12, 12–ionenes in the presence of different halide ions (F−, Cl−, Br− and I−), as well as their mixtures; the latter allowing us to probe counter-ion selectivity of these oligoions. We consolidate both structural and dynamic information, in particular simulated radial distribution functions and average residence times of counter-ions in the vicinity of ionenes and NMR data in the form of counter-ion chemical shift and self-diffusion coefficients. On one hand, previously reported enthalpy of dilution and mixing measurements show a reverse counter-ion sequence for 12, 12–ionenes with respect to their less hydrophobic 3, 3– and 6, 6– analogues. On the other hand, the current MD and NMR data, reflecting the counter-ion binding tendencies to the ionene chain, give evidence for the same ordering as that observed by MD for 3, 3–ionenes. This is not seen as a contradiction and can be rationalized on the basis of increasing chain hydrophobicity, which has different consequences for enthalpy and ion-binding. The latter is reflecting free energy changes and as such includes both enthalpic and entropic contributions.
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Maksym Druchok, Natalie Malikova, Anne-Laure Rollet, Vojko Vlachy. Counter-ion binding and mobility in the presence of hydrophobic polyions – combining molecular dynamics simulations and NMR. AIP Advances, American Institute of Physics- AIP Publishing LLC, 2016, 6 (6), pp.065214. ⟨10.1063/1.4954292⟩. ⟨hal-01347021⟩

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