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author = {Bodnarchuk, MS and Doncom, KEB and Wright, DB and Heyes, D and Dini, D and O'Reilly, RK},
doi = {10.1039/c6ra27785c},
journal = {RSC Advances},
pages = {20007--20014},
title = {Polyelectrolyte pKa from experiment and molecular dynamics simulation},
url = {},
volume = {7},
year = {2017}

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AB - The pKa of a polyelectrolyte has been determined experimentally by potentiometric titration and computed using Molecular Dynamics (MD) constant pH (CpH) methodology, which allows the pKa of each titratable site along the polymer backbone to be determined separately, a procedure which is not possible by current experimental techniques. By using experimental results within the CpHMD method, the simulations show that the protonation states of neighbouring residues are anti-correlated so that the charges are well-separated. As found with previous simulation studies on model polyelectrolytes, the end groups are predicted to be the most acidic. CpHMD is shown to result in distinct polymer conformations, brought about by the range of protonation states changes along the polymer; this can now be used in the design of pH-responsive polymers for, amongst other applications, additive formulation and drug delivery devices.
AU - Bodnarchuk,MS
AU - Doncom,KEB
AU - Wright,DB
AU - Heyes,D
AU - Dini,D
AU - O'Reilly,RK
DO - 10.1039/c6ra27785c
EP - 20014
PY - 2017///
SN - 2046-2069
SP - 20007
TI - Polyelectrolyte pKa from experiment and molecular dynamics simulation
T2 - RSC Advances
UR -
UR -
VL - 7
ER -