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Heterogeneity of polyelectrolyte diffusion in polyelectrolyte-protein coacervates

A H-1 pulsed field gradient NMR study
 
: Menjoge, A.R.; Kayitmazer, A.B.; Dubin, P.L.; Jäger, W.; Vasenkov, S.

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Journal of physical chemistry. B 112 (2008), Nr.16, S.4961-4966
ISSN: 1089-5647
ISSN: 1520-6106
ISSN: 1520-5207
Englisch
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Fraunhofer IAP ()

Abstract
Proton pulsed field gradient (PFG) NMR was used to study the diffusion of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) in coacervates formed from this polycation and the protein bovine serum albumin (BSA). Application of high (up to 30 T/m) magnetic field gradients in PFG NMR measurements allowed probing the diffusion of PDADMAC on a length scale of displacements as small as 100 nm in coacervates formed at different pH's and ionic strengths, i.e., conditions of varying protein-polycation interaction energy. Studies were carried out for a broad range of diffusion times and corresponding values of the mean square displacements. Several ensembles of PDADMAC polycations with different diffusivities were observed in the measured range of diffusion times. The existence of these ensembles and the pattern of their changes with increasing diffusion time support the hypothesis about the microscopic heterogeneity of PDADMAC-BSA coacervates and also provide evidence for the dynamic disintegration and reformation of dense domains.

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