The LCST is not restricted to macromolecular systems only, but can be found even in binary mixtures, although rarely. In this work our colleagues found and ionic-liquid, which has LCST (~45°C) , when mixed with acetone. It was found, that LCST is not present in any of other 10 organic solvents tested, and also not when anion of ionic liquid is modified. Moreover the LCST is very sensitive to the addition of supramolecular hosts, such as pillararene or crown ether, which decrease/or/increase the LCST by ~10°C, when present already below 100mM concentration.
The article is open-access thanks to the donation of the library FU Berlin. link
The Czech Science Foundation granted our project with the title ‘Microscopic insight into collapse thermodynamics of thermoresponsive polymers’ for the period 2016-2018. Me and Vlada Palivec will provide an simulation and theoretical insight, supported by hard experimental data from Jakub Polak and Daniel Ondo.
We are looking for enthusiastic Bc./ MSc./PhD. students who to join us when revealing the complex thermodynamic and kinetic properties of these polymers, their interactions with salts, or their behavior at various environments and interfaces. Experimental, theoretical and computation works are possible.
More details about our project are available here.
Rough work plan and available topics for students are here.
Seminar Experiments of Physical Chemistry in Light of Computer Simulations (N403049)
will take place on Thursdays 13.00-13.50 in the computer room A125.
Feel free to stop by and chat with us anytime!
For those, who are interested in or just thinking about the seminar:
Experiments of Physical Chemistry in Light of Computer Simulations (N403049) – flyer
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When: Wednesday 16.9. 15.00
Note that the seminar will be help (most likely) in English
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We published in Journal of Physical Chemistry two papers on attractive interactions between like-charged biomolecules in the presence of explicit salt. Cemil Yigit introduced charged patchy protein models (CPPM), which allows to mimic basic electrostatic properties of proteins. The model allows for computationally feasible study of protein aggregation, or protein adsorption to polyelectrolyte. Although the protein is overall negatively (-)charged, the presence of highly charged(+) domains allows him to strongly bind the negatively charged(-) polyelectrolyte. The simulations were supplemented by mean-field theories such as Debye-Hückel, DLVO, or the orientationally averaged pair potential (OAPP).
For more, please, visit us at http://ufch.vscht.cz/
I was very pleased being selected by the scientific committee to receive the Rector’s Award for Junior Academics at University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague.
Four academics, from UCT, received the award in Betlehem Chapel in the Old Town in Prague, at that place, where Jan Hus hold his sermons in 15th century. Link to UCT news (in Czech). Link to Jan Hus on wiki.
Overall, this competition for young researchers at UCT was a big success for a whole Department of Physical Chemistry, since Marcela Dendisova (left), and Daniel Ondo, received a supporting price.