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Soluble complexes in aqueous mixtures of low charge density comb polyelectrolyte and oppositely charged surfactant probed by scattering and NMR
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Surface Chemistry.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Surface Chemistry.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Surface Chemistry.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Surface Chemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2288-819X
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2007 (English)In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, ISSN 0021-9797, E-ISSN 1095-7103, Vol. 312, no 1, 21-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A low charge density polyelectrolyte with a high graft density of 45 units long poly(ethylene oxide) side-chains has been synthesized. In this comb polymer, denoted PEO(45)MEMA:METAC-2, 2 mol% of the repeating methacrylate units in the polymer backbone carry a permanent positive charge and the remaining 98 mol% a 45 unit long PEO side-chain. Here we describe the solution conformation of this polymer and its association with an anionic surfactant, sodium dodecylsulfate, SDS. It will be shown that the polymer can be viewed as a stiff rod with a cross-section radius of gyration of 29 A. The cross section of the rod contracts with increasing temperature due to decreased solvency of the PEO side-chains. The anionic surfactant associates to a significant degree with PE045MEMA:METAC-2 to form soluble complexes at all stoichiometries. A cooperative association is observed as the free SDS concentration approaches 7 mM. At saturation the number of SDS molecules associated with the polymer amounts to 10 for each PEO side-chain. Two distinct populations of associated surfactants are observed, one is suggested to be molecularly distributed over the comb polymer and the other constitutes small micellar-like structures at the periphery of the aggregate. These conclusions are reached based on results from small-angle neutron scattering, static light scattering, NMR, and surface tension measurements.

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2007. Vol. 312, no 1, 21-33 p.
Keyword [en]
comb polymer; comb polyelectrolyte; polymer-surfactant association; polyelectrolyte-surfactant aggregate; small-angle neutron scattering; light scattering; NMR; surface tension; polyelectrolyte; surfactant; SDS
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Physical Chemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6677DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2006.09.004ISI: 000247286100004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34249817580OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6677DiVA: diva2:11453
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QC 20100813. Uppdaterad från submitted till published (20100813).Available from: 2005-09-22 Created: 2005-09-22 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Self assembly of surfactants and polyelectrolytes in solution and at interfaces
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2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
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This thesis focuses on the study of the interactions between polyelectrolytes and surfactants in aqueous solutions and at interfaces, as well as on the structural changes these molecules undergo due to that interaction. Small–angle neutron scattering, dynamic, and static light scattering were the main techniques used to investigate the interactions in bulk. The first type of polymer studied was a negatively charge glycoprotein (mucin); its interactions with ionic sodium alkyl sulfate surfactants and nonionic surfactants were determined. This system is of great relevance for several applications such as oral care and pharmaceutical products, since mucin is the main component of the mucus layer that protects the epithelial surfaces (e.g. oral tissues). Sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) on the other hand, has been used as foaming agent in tooth pastes for a very long time. In this work it is seen how SDS is very effective in dissolving the large aggregates mucin forms in solution, as well as in removing preadsorbed mucin layers from different surfaces. On the other hand, the nonionic surfactant n-dodecyl β-D-maltopyranoside (C12-mal), does not affect significantly the mucin aggregates in solution, neither does it remove mucin effectively from a negatively charge hydrophilic surface (silica). It can be suggested that nonionic surfactants (like the sugar–based C12-mal) could be used to obtain milder oral care products. The second type of systems consisted of positively charged polyelectrolytes and a negatively charged surfactant (SDS). These systems are relevant to a wide variety of applications ranging from mining and cleaning to gene delivery therapy. It was found that the interactions of these polyelectrolytes with SDS depend strongly on the polyelectrolyte structure, charge density and the solvent composition (pH, ionic strength, and so on). Large solvent isotopic effects were found in the interaction of polyethylene imine (PEI) and SDS, as well as on the interactions of this anionic surfactant and the sugar–based n-decyl β-D-glucopyranoside (C10G1). These surfactants mixtures formed similar structures in solutions to the ones formed by some of the polyelectrolytes studied, i.e. ellipsoidal micelles at low electrolyte concentration and stiff rods, at high electrolyte and SDS concentrations.

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Stockholm: KTH, 2005. 71 p.
Series
Trita-YTK, ISSN 1650-0490 ; 2005:02
Keyword
Surfactant, polyelectrolyte, small–angle neutron scattering, static light scattering, dynamic light scattering, polyelectrolyte–surfactant association, protein
National Category
Physical Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-425 (URN)91-7178-127-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2005-09-30, Sal D3, Lindstedtsvägen 5, 09:00
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QC 20100901Available from: 2005-09-22 Created: 2005-09-22 Last updated: 2010-09-01Bibliographically approved
2. Poly(Ethylene Oxide) Based Bottle-Brush Polymers and their Interaction with the Anionic Surfactant Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate: Solution and Interfacial Properties
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Poly(Ethylene Oxide) Based Bottle-Brush Polymers and their Interaction with the Anionic Surfactant Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate: Solution and Interfacial Properties
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis work is to study the physico-chemical properties of poly(ethylene oxide), PEO, based brush polymers both in solution and at solid/aqueous interfaces. The importance of studying the surface properties of brush polymers can be related to a broad spectrum of interfacial-related applications such as colloidal stability, lubrication, detergency, protein repellency to name a few. In many applications it is desirable to form brush-like structures through simple physisorption. In this context the surface properties of PEO based brush polymers differing in molecular architecture were studied, using ellipsometry and surface force apparatus (SFA), to gain some understanding regarding the effect of molecular architecture on the formation of brush structures. The molecular architecture was varied by varying the charge/PEO ratio along the backbone. This study demonstrates that the formation of a brush structure at solid/aqueous interface is due to interplay between the attraction of the backbone to the surface and the repulsions between the PEO side chains. An optimal balance between the two antagonistic factors is required if one aims to build a well-defined brush structure at the interface. In this study the brush-like structures are formed when 25-50% of the backbone segments carry poly(ethylene oxide) side chains. Scattering techniques such as light and neutron reveal that these brush polymers are stiff-rods up to a charge to PEO ratio of 75:25. These stiff PEO brush polymer easily replace the more flexible linear PEO at the silica/water interface, the reason being that the entropy loss on adsorption is smaller for the brush polymer due to its stiff nature.  Polymer-surfactant systems play a ubiquitous role in many technical formulations. It is well known that linear PEO, which adopts random coil conformation in aqueous solution, interact strongly with the anionic surfactant, Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS). It is of interest to study the interaction between SDS and brush PEO owing to the fact that the PEO side chains have limited flexibility as compared to the linear PEO.  The interaction between brush PEO and the anionic surfactant SDS in solution are studied using different techniques such as NMR, tensiometry, SANS and light scattering. The main finding of this study is that the interaction is weaker compared to the linear PEO-SDS interactions which poses an interesting question regarding the role of chain flexibility in polymer-surfactant interactions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2008. x, 68 p.
Series
Trita-CHE-Report, ISSN 1654-1081 ; 2008:17
Keyword
PEO brush polymers, brush polymers, PEO, poly(ethylene oxide), polymer-surfactant, sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS), Ellipsomtery, PEO-SDS interactions
National Category
Physical Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4680 (URN)978-91-7178-900-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2008-04-11, E2, KTH, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 09:00
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QC 20100813Available from: 2008-03-27 Created: 2008-03-27 Last updated: 2010-08-13Bibliographically approved

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