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Polyelectrolyte-surfactant layers: Adsorption of preformed aggregates versus adsorption of surfactant to preadsorbed polyelectrolyte
KTH, Superseded Departments, Chemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2288-819X
KTH, Superseded Departments, Chemistry.
KTH, Superseded Departments, Chemistry.
2000 (English)In: Langmuir, ISSN 0743-7463, E-ISSN 1520-5827, Vol. 16, no 12, 5257-5266 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The character of adsorbed layers containing both polyelectrolyte and surfactant depends on the type of polyelectrolyte used and the surfactant concentrations, as demonstrated by several recent studies. However, the layer properties also depend on the experimental pathway. This shows that the adsorbed layers can be trapped in quasi-equilibrium states and that the true equilibrium is reached only after experimentally inaccessible time scales. This has to be kept in mind when comparing different results reported in the literature. The present article highlights these effects using a system consisting of a highly charged cationic polyelectrolyte, poly{(propionyloxy)ethyl}trimethylammonium chloride (PCMA), and an anionic surfactant, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The adsorbed layer properties were determined using mainly surface force measurements and atomic force microscope (AFM) imaging. We also present some small-angle neutron scattering data for bulk PCMA-SDS complexes formed between the polyelectrolyte and the surfactant. They demonstrate the presence of a characteristic correlation length of about 37-39 Angstrom. A similar characteristic length scale is also observed in some of the adsorbed layers, both employing the AFM and the surface force apparatus. It may be interpreted as the distance between surfactant loaded polyelectrolyte chains.

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2000. Vol. 16, no 12, 5257-5266 p.
Keyword [en]
monte-carlo simulations, silica-water interface, cationic polyelectrolyte, electrolyte-solutions, charged surfactants, anionic surfactant, structural forces, adsorbed layers, mica surfaces, micelles
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-19816ISI: 000087510500009OAI: diva2:338508
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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