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Journal Articles Physical Review E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics Year : 2009

Symmetry breaking and electrostatic attraction between two identical surfaces

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By allowing the surface charge of one surface to affect the adsorption equilibrium of the other, we establish the existence of a long-range attractive interaction between two identical surfaces in an electrolyte containing polyvalent counterions with a mean-field Poisson-Boltzmann approach. A Stern electrostatic condition from linearization of the mass-action adsorption isotherm is used to capture how polyvalent ion condensation affects and reverses the surface charge. We furthermore establish a direct mapping between this Stern-layer condition and previously derived modified mean-field formulations associated with correlated fluctuations theory. For a sufficiently potential-sensitive isotherm, antisymmetric charge inversion can occur to produce an attractive force that increases with decreasing ionic strengths. Analyses of a mass-action isotherm produce force-separation relations, including an exponential far-field force decay distinct but consistent with previously proposed correlated fluctuation theories and in quantitative agreement with experimental data.
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hal-03563433 , version 1 (09-02-2022)

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Franck Plouraboué, Hsueh-Chia Chang. Symmetry breaking and electrostatic attraction between two identical surfaces. Physical Review E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, 2009, 79 (4), pp.041404(1)-041404(9). ⟨10.1103/PhysRevE.79.041404⟩. ⟨hal-03563433⟩
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