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Electrolyte solutions at heterogeneously charged substrates

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Abstract

The influence of a chemically or electrically heterogeneous distribution of interaction sites at a planar substrate on the number density of an adjacent fluid is studied by means of classical density functional theory (DFT). In the case of electrolyte solutions the effect of this heterogeneity is particularly long ranged, because the corresponding relevant length scale is set by the Debye length which is large compared to molecular sizes. The DFT used here takes the solvent particles explicitly into account and thus captures phenomena, inter alia, due to ion–solvent coupling. The present approach provides closed analytic expressions describing the influence of chemically and electrically nonuniform walls. The analysis of isolated δ-like interactions, isolated interaction patches, and hexagonal periodic distributions of interaction sites reveals a sensitive dependence of the fluid density profiles on the type of the interaction, as well as on the size and the lateral distribution of the interaction sites.

Graphical abstract: Electrolyte solutions at heterogeneously charged substrates

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Submitted
09 Mar 2018
Accepted
29 Mar 2018
First published
25 Apr 2018

This article is Open Access

Soft Matter, 2018,14, 4126-4140
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Electrolyte solutions at heterogeneously charged substrates

M. Mußotter, M. Bier and S. Dietrich, Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 4126
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00497H

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