Layer-by-layer assembly of polyelectrolyte chains and nanoparticles on nanoporous substrates: molecular dynamics simulations.

Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids

PubMedID: 22149466

Carrillo JM, Dobrynin AV. Layer-by-layer assembly of polyelectrolyte chains and nanoparticles on nanoporous substrates: molecular dynamics simulations. Langmuir. 2012;28(2):1531-8.
We performed molecular dynamics simulations of a multilayered assembly of oppositely charged polyelectrolyte chains and nanoparticles on porous substrates with cylindrical pores. The film was constructed by the sequential adsorption of oppositely charged species in a layer-by-layer fashion from dilute solutions. The multilayer assembly proceeds through surface overcharging after the completion of each deposition step. The substrate overcharging fraction fluctuates around 0.5 for nanoparticle-polyelectrolyte systems and around 0.4 for polyelectrolyte-polyelectrolyte systems. The surface coverage increases linearly with the number of deposition steps. The rate of surface coverage increases as a function of the number of deposition step changes when the pore is blocked. The closing of the pore occurs from the pore entrance for nanoparticle-polyelectrolyte systems. In the case of polyelectrolyte-polyelectrolyte systems, the pore plug is formed inside the pore and then spreads toward the pore ends.