Hydrophobic hydration and interactions: Effects of lengthscales, attractions, and interfaces

PHYS 154

Shekhar Garde, gardes@rpi.edu, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ricketts Building, 110 8th St, Troy, NY 12180
Hydrophobic and hydrophilic hydration and interactions play important roles in biological and colloidal self assembly processes. More recently, lengthscale dependences and manybody effects in these interactions have received renewed attention. We will present results from theory and molecular dynamics simulations on hydration of and interactions between solutes and interfaces of varying chemistries (from hydrophobic to hydrophilic) and lengthscales. These simulations combined with those of folding-unfolding of hydrophobic polymers in water and mixed aqueous solutions provide insights relevant to biological assembly.