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Self-organization in ion-containing polymer systems

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Physics, Leninskie Gory 1 build. 2, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation

A review is presented of theoretical and experimental studies on self-organization processes in ion-containing polymers (polyelectrolytes and ionomers). The high probability of various types of regular nanostructures in such systems is due to the effective competition between different interaction types, particularly the long-range Coulomb forces and hydrophobic interactions. The following self-organization phenomena in charged molecular systems are considered at some length: microphase separation in weakly charged polyelectrolyte solutions and gels in poor solvents; ordering in complexes of polyelectrolyte gels with oppositely charged surfactants; and formation of multiplet structures in ionomer systems.

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Fulltext is also available at DOI: 10.1070/PU1997v040n02ABEH000191
PACS: 36.20.−r, 61.25.Hq, 82.35.+t, 82.70.Gg (all)
DOI: 10.1070/PU1997v040n02ABEH000191
Citation: Khokhlov A R, Dormidontova E E "Self-organization in ion-containing polymer systems" Phys. Usp. 40 109–124 (1997)
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Оригинал: Хохлов А Р, Дормидонтова Е Е «Самоорганизация в ион-содержащих полимерных системах» УФН 167 113–128 (1997); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.0167.199702a.0113

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