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Specific Ion Effects: The Role of Co-ions in Biology

Bostrom, Mathias Anders; Williams, David; Ninham, Barry

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Co-ions are as essential in biological systems as they are ignored. The purpose of this letter is to demonstrate the importance of including ionic dispersion potentials acting between ions and interfaces in any realistic theoretical modeling of biological systems. We demonstrate through a well-known biological example that co-ion effects can be understood once these previously ignored forces are included. Experiments have in the past revealed that addition of salt solutions with different...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/87175
Source: Europhysics Letters
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2003-00559-8

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