Wettability changes in the formation of polymeric multilayers on cellulose fibres and their influence on wet adhesion
2007 (English)In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, ISSN 0021-9797, E-ISSN 1095-7103, Vol. 314, no 1, 1-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Individual wood fibres were partly treated with polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEMs) consisting of two different polymer combinations, poly allylamine (PAH)/poly acrylic acid (PAA) and polyethylene oxide (PEO)/PAA in order to study the influence of these polymers on fibre wettability. Single fibres were partly treated and analysed using a so-called dynamic contact analyser (DCA) where the fibres are wet under controlled conditions. When PAH/PAA was used, a stronger influence on fibre wettability was detected when PAH was adsorbed in the outermost layer of the multilayer than when PAA was adsorbed in the outermost layer. The wettability of fibres treated with PAH/PAA PEMs was also influenced by the pH of the adsorption. With the PEO/PAA system, however, the type of polymer adsorbed in the outermost layer caused no detectable difference. Tests of sheets prepared from fibres treated with PEO/PAA showed an increase of about 90% in the tensile index when 9 layers were adsorbed. These and other recently published results from similar experiments using PAH/PAA [S.M. Notley, M. Eriksson, L. Wagberg, J. Colloid Interface Sci. 292 (2005) 29] are compared to the results for the PEM-treated individual fibres. The results indicate that fibres with low wettability contribute to greater paper strength. AFM-force measurements, with the aid of a colloidal probe technique, have also been performed using PAH/PAA, showing that there is also a close correlation between lower wettability of the surfaces and a higher pull-off force between the PEM, treated surfaces, i.e. the flat surface and the colloidal probe. This is valid for the two pH strategies that are used for the formation for the PAH/PAA PEMs, which are studied using AFM-force measurements.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 314, no 1, 1-9 p.
polyelectrolyte; multilayer; adsorption; reflectance; contact angle; dynamics; paper; mechanical properties; individual; wood fibre
Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8744DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2007.04.046ISI: 000248795100001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-34547514213OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-8744DiVA: diva2:14150
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