We present a Ginzburg-Landau theory of inhomogeneous polyelectrolytes with a polar solvent. First, we take into account the molecular (solvation) interaction among the ions, the charged monomers, the uncharged monomers, and the solvent molecules, together with the electrostatic interaction with a composition-dependent dielectric constant. Second, we treat the degree of ionization as a fluctuating variable dependent on the local electric potential. With these two ingredients included, our results are as follows. (i) We derive a mass reaction law and a general expression for the surface tension. (ii) We calculate the structure factor of the composition fluctuations as a function of various parameters of the molecular interactions, which provides a general criterion of the formation of mesophases. (iii) We numerically examine some typical examples of interfaces and mesophase structures, which strongly depend on the molecular interaction parameters.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry