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Salt-Induced Counterion-Mobility Anomaly in Polyelectrolyte Electrophoresis

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DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.176103
arXiv ID: 0905.3853
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We study the electrokinetics of a single polyelectrolyte chain in salt solution using hydrodynamic simulations. The salt-dependent chain mobility compares well with experimental DNA data. The mobility of condensed counterions exhibits a salt-dependent change of sign, an anomaly that is also reflected in the counterion excess conductivity. Using Green's function techniques this anomaly is explained by electrostatic screening of the hydrodynamic interactions between chain and counterions.

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