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Title Influence of a Surfactant and Electrolytes on Adsorbed Polymer Layers.
Abstract Solvent relaxation NMR and small-angle neutron scattering have been used to characterize adsorbed poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) layers on silica at a range of surfactant and electrolyte concentrations. Below the critical aggregation concentration (cac), the results suggest that sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) interacts relatively weakly, perhaps analogously to a simple salt reducing the solvency of PEO. This is evidenced by a decrease in the adsorbed layer thickness combined with an increase in the bound fraction, although the total adsorbed amount is not greatly affected. The layer thickness goes through a minimum at the cac, after which further SDS addition results in the formation of PEO/SDS aggregates that repel each other and, hence, tend to desorb. The adsorbed amount therefore decreases, from 0.7 mg m(-2) initially to 0.2 mg m(-2) with 32 mM SDS. The aggregates that remain adsorbed also repel, and hence, there is an increase in the layer thickness and the persistence length, while the bound fraction is reduced. In comparison, the effects of electrolyte at the ionic strength studied are relatively minimal. There is, however, evidence that the repulsions between adsorbed PEO/SDS aggregates are partially screened, allowing them to approach each other more readily. This leads to a contraction of the adsorbed layer when the SDS concentration is sufficiently high.
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Journal Article Langmuir 23 (2007): 2408-2413. doi:10.1021/la062034b 2007