Abstract

The results of light scattering experiments on aqueous solutions of sodium hyaluronate are reported. Hyaluronate is an important component of the eye lens vitreous and many other connective tissues. The dependence of the light scattering on sodium hyaluronate molecular weight is studied and compared with a renormalization group model of polymer solution free energies. The results for the molecular weight and concentration ranges investigated fall on or near a universal scaling relationship provided by the model. This work extends previous comparisons of polyelectrolyte solutions to the same scaling relation.

Publication Date

8-2022

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Graduate

Degree Name

Physics (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Physics and Astronomy (COS)

Advisor

David Ross

Advisor/Committee Member

Michael Kotlarchyk

Advisor/Committee Member

Lishibanya Mohapatra

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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