Specific Kerr Constants of Rigid, Ellipsoidal Macromolecules in Conducting Solution at Very Low Ionic Strength

  • Sonja Krause
  • Bina Zvilichovsky
  • Mary E. Galvin


The theoretical treatment of the Kerr Constant of rigid, conducting, dipolar macromolecules of O’Konski and Krause (1970), has been extended to very low ionic strength solutions. The O’Konski and Krause theoretical treatment postulated surface conductivity directly along the surface of each macromolecule; for charged macromolecules, this surface conductivity was generally assumed to be caused by movement of the counterions of the macromolecule. In the present work, it has been assumed that, at very low ionic strength, the average counterion is at the Debye characteristic distance from the surface of each charged macromolecule and contributes to surface conductivity at that distance, not directly at the surface of the macromolecule.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sonja Krause
    • 1
  • Bina Zvilichovsky
    • 1
  • Mary E. Galvin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

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