Length-dependent translocation of polymers through nanochannels

R. Ledesma-Aguilar, T. Sakaue, J. M. Yeomans

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Abstract

We consider the flow-driven translocation of single polymer chains through nanochannels. Using analytical calculations based on the de Gennes blob model and mesoscopic numerical simulations, we estimate the threshold flux for the translocation of chains of different number of monomers. The translocation of the chains is controlled by the competition between entropic and hydrodynamic effects, which set a critical penetration length for the chain before it can translocate through the channel. We demonstrate that the polymers show two different translocation regimes depending on how their length under confinement compares to the critical penetration length. For polymer chains longer than the threshold, the translocation process is insensitive to the number of monomers in the chain as predicted in Sakaue et al., Euro. Phys. Lett., 2005, 72, 83. However, for chains shorter than the critical length we show that the translocation process is strongly dependent on the length of the chain. We discuss the possible relevance of our results to biological transport.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1884-1892
Number of pages9
JournalSoft Matter
Volume8
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 14 2012

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Polymers
polymers
Monomers
penetration
Hydrodynamics
monomers
Fluxes
thresholds
Computer simulation
hydrodynamics
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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Ledesma-Aguilar, R., Sakaue, T., & Yeomans, J. M. (2012). Length-dependent translocation of polymers through nanochannels. Soft Matter, 8(6), 1884-1892. https://doi.org/10.1039/c1sm06188g

Length-dependent translocation of polymers through nanochannels. / Ledesma-Aguilar, R.; Sakaue, T.; Yeomans, J. M.

In: Soft Matter, Vol. 8, No. 6, 14.02.2012, p. 1884-1892.

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Ledesma-Aguilar, R, Sakaue, T & Yeomans, JM 2012, 'Length-dependent translocation of polymers through nanochannels', Soft Matter, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 1884-1892. https://doi.org/10.1039/c1sm06188g
Ledesma-Aguilar R, Sakaue T, Yeomans JM. Length-dependent translocation of polymers through nanochannels. Soft Matter. 2012 Feb 14;8(6):1884-1892. https://doi.org/10.1039/c1sm06188g
Ledesma-Aguilar, R. ; Sakaue, T. ; Yeomans, J. M. / Length-dependent translocation of polymers through nanochannels. In: Soft Matter. 2012 ; Vol. 8, No. 6. pp. 1884-1892.
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