The hydrophobic effect as a driving force for charge inversion in colloids

TitleThe hydrophobic effect as a driving force for charge inversion in colloids
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMartin-Molina A, Calero C, Faraudo J, Quesada-Perez M, Travesset A, Alvarez RH
Journal TitleSoft Matter
Volume5
Pages1350-1353
Date PublishedFeb
ISBN Number1744-683X
Accession NumberISI:000264524300006
Keywordsdouble-layer, electrolytes, macroions, model, multivalent ions, particle, reversal, simulations, solvents, water
Abstract

A new mechanism for charge inversion of colloids in electrolyte solutions based on the hydrophobic effect is presented. We show that this mechanism is able to induce charge inversion at low concentrations (similar to mM) of monovalent ions containing hydrophobic functional groups and present for the first time experimental evidence of this prediction. We provide a simple mean field theoretical model that successfully describes the experimental data up to charge inversion. Saturation effects appearing at higher concentrations are also discussed.

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DOI10.1039/B820489f