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Title: Driving an electrolyte through a corrugated nanopore
Author: Malgaretti, Paolo
Mathijs, Janssen
Pagonabarraga Mora, Ignacio
Rubí Capaceti, José Miguel
Keywords: Electròlits
Sistemes biològics
Termodinàmica del desequilibri
Biological systems
Nonequilibrium thermodynamics
Issue Date: 8-Aug-2019
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Abstract: We characterize the dynamics of a z − z electrolyte embedded in a varying-section channel. In the linear response regime, by means of suitable approximations, we derive the Onsager matrix associated with externally enforced gradients in electrostatic potential, chemical potential, and pressure, for both dielectric and conducting channel walls. We show here that the linear transport coefficients are particularly sensitive to the geometry and the conductive properties of the channel walls when the Debye length is comparable to the channel width. In this regime, we found that one pair of off-diagonal Onsager matrix elements increases with the corrugation of the channel transport, in contrast to all other elements which are either unaffected by or decrease with increasing corrugation. Our results have a possible impact on the design of blue-energy devices as well as on the understanding of biological ion channels through membranes.
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It is part of: Journal of Chemical Physics, 2019, vol. 151, p. 084902
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ISSN: 0021-9606
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