Anomalous temperature dependence of the differential capacitance in valence asymmetric electrolytes. Comparison of Monte Carlo simulation results and the field theoretical approach

Dung Di Caprio, Mónika Valiskó, Myroslav Holovko, Dezsó Boda

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In this paper, we consider the anomalous behaviour of the differential capacitance as a function of the reduced temperature for the case of valence asymmetric systems. Monte Carlo simulation results of these systems are discussed in view of the predictions of a field theoretical approach. We show that a simple field theory for point ions is sufficient to capture the main features of the phenomenon. In particular, the existence of scaling of the curves related to ionic strength is discussed as well as the increase of the differential capacitance peak as a function of the asymmetry between ions. This indicates that important features of the phenomenon are essentially related to the electrical properties of the system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3777-3786
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Physics
Issue number22-24
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2006



  • Anomalous temperature dependence
  • Differential capacitance
  • Valence asymmetric electrolytes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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