A concise introduction to the physics of charged macromolecules, from the basics of electrostatics to cutting-edge modern research developments. This accessible book provides a clear and intuitive view of concepts and theory, and features appendices detailing mathematical methodology. Supported by results from real-world experiments and simulations, this book equips the reader with a vital foundation for performing experimental research. Topics include living matter and synthetic materials including polyelectrolytes, polyzwitterions, polyampholytes, proteins, intrinsically disordered proteins, and DNA/RNA. Serving as a gateway to the growing field of charged macromolecules and their applications, this concept-driven book is a perfect guide for students beginning their studies in charged macromolecules, providing new opportunities for research and discovery.
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction to charged macromolecules; 2. Models of uncharged macromolecules; 3. Water, oil, and salt; 4. Charged interfaces and geometrical objects; 5. Dilute solutions of charged macromolecules; 6. Structure and thermodynamics in homogeneous polyelectrolyte solutions; 7. Dynamics; 8. Self-assembly and phase behaviors; 9. Adsorption, complexation, and coacervation; 10. Gels; 11. Epilogue; Appendices.