The Poisson-Helmholtz-Boltzmann model
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Zdravstvena 5, 1000, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2 Department of Physics, North Dakota State University, 58108-6050, Fargo, ND, USA
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Accepted: 16 August 2011
Published online: 10 October 2011
We present a mean-field model of a one-component electrolyte solution where the mobile ions interact not only via Coulomb interactions but also through a repulsive non-electrostatic Yukawa potential. Our choice of the Yukawa potential represents a simple model for solvent-mediated interactions between ions. We employ a local formulation of the mean-field free energy through the use of two auxiliary potentials, an electrostatic and a non-electrostatic potential. Functional minimization of the mean-field free energy leads to two coupled local differential equations, the Poisson-Boltzmann equation and the Helmholtz-Boltzmann equation. Their boundary conditions account for the sources of both the electrostatic and non-electrostatic interactions on the surface of all macroions that reside in the solution. We analyze a specific example, two like-charged planar surfaces with their mobile counterions forming the electrolyte solution. For this system we calculate the pressure between the two surfaces, and we analyze its dependence on the strength of the Yukawa potential and on the non-electrostatic interactions of the mobile ions with the planar macroion surfaces. In addition, we demonstrate that our mean-field model is consistent with the contact theorem, and we outline its generalization to arbitrary interaction potentials through the use of a Laplace transformation.
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