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2021年物理科学与技术学院“格致•创新”论坛第11期- Prof. Rudolf Podgornik

发布日期:2021-06-01 作者:    编辑:夏雪宁    来源:太阳成网址2138a

报告人:Prof. Rudolf PodgornikUniversity of Chinese Academy of Sciences

题目:Charge Symmetry Broken Complex Coacervation

时间:202163日(周四)上午9:00

地点:理工楼1226

邀请人:苗兵

报告摘要:

Liquid-­liquid phase separation has emerged as one of the important paradigms in the chemical physics as well as biophysics of charged macromolecular systems. We elucidate an equilibrium phase separation mechanism based on charge regulation, i.e., protonation­-deprotonation equilibria controlled by pH, in an idealized macroion system which can serve as a proxy for simple coacervation. First, a low-­density density functional calculation reveals the dominance of two­-particle configurations coupled by ion adsorption on neighboring macroions. Then a binary cell model, solved on the Debye-­Hückel as well as the full nonlinear Poisson-­Boltzmann level, unveils the charge symmetry breaking as inducing the phase separation between low­ and high-­density phases as a function of pH. These results can be identified as a charge symmetry broken complex coacervation between chemically identical macroions.

个人简介:

Rudolf Podgornik is a Chair Professor at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Ljubljana in 1986. He has published about 300 papers in refereed journals including 2 papers in Rev. Mod. Phys. and 1 paper in Phys. Rep. His main research interests include physics of DNA, RNA, and membranes; physical virology; Casimir and van der Waals interactions; Electrostatic correlation interactions.