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Adsorption properties of polyelectrolyte-surfactant complexes on hydrophobic surfaces studied by QCM-D
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Surface Chemistry.
2006 (English)In: Langmuir, ISSN 0743-7463, E-ISSN 1520-5827, Vol. 22, no 18, 7639-7645 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Adsorption and deposition from turbid solutions are common in many industrial processes but notoriously difficult to investigate using standard optical techniques such as ellipsometry and reflectometry. In this report, we have addressed this problem by employing a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring ability, QCM-D. The system under investigation consisted of a cationic polyelectrolyte, poly(vinylamine), PVAm, and an anionic surfactant, sodium dodecyl sulfate, SDS, which were mixed together in 10 mM NaCl solution. The polyelectrolyte and the surfactant readily associate in bulk solution, resulting in increased solution turbidity once large aggregates are formed. The solutions were placed in contact with a polystyrene surface, and the adsorption process was monitored by following the changes in the resonance frequency and dissipation factor. The results obtained can in most cases be evaluated using the Sauerbrey relation, but in some cases a more elaborate analysis is necessary. It is found that PVAm adsorbs to polystyrene in the absence of SDS. In the turbid region, deposition is observed, and the sensed mass exceeds the sum of that obtained for each of the components alone. On the other hand, at high SDS concentrations, the surfactant dominates in the adsorbed layer. Adsorption equilibrium is in most cases established within 1-2 h, the exception being found around the solution composition that results in the formation of charge-neutralized aggregates. In this case, a slow deposition of aggregates persists over prolonged times.

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2006. Vol. 22, no 18, 7639-7645 p.
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sodium dodecyl-sulfate, monte-carlo simulations, charge-density polyelectrolytes, ray photoelectron-spectroscopy, quartz-crystal microbalance, angle neutron-scattering, solid-liquid interface, anionic surfactant, cationic polyelectrolyte, dodecyltrimethylammonium ions
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-15932DOI: 10.1021/la061118hISI: 000239921800027ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33748543578OAI: diva2:333974
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05Bibliographically approved

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