Authors Mahltig, B. ; Gohy, J.F. ; Antoun, S. ; Jérome, R. ; Stamm, M.
Title Adsorption and structure formation of the weak polyelectrolytic diblock copolymer, PVP-b-PDMAEMA
Date 15.07.2002
Number 10756
Abstract This paper reports on the pH-dependent adsorption of weak the polyelectrolytic diblock copolymer poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate), (PVP-b-PDMAEMA). Aqueous PVP-b-PDMAEMA solutions have been adsorbed on alkaline pretreated silicon substrates. Altogether two copolymers differing in block ratio and molecular weight were used for the investigations. While the electrical charge of both samples in solution was investigated by electrophoretic measurements, the adsorbed polymer layers were studied with ellipsometry and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Depending on pH the electrical charge of both blocks of the diblock copolymer varied. Three different regimes have been identified. Under acidic conditions at pH<5, both blocks are mainly positively charged. At medium pH between 5 and 8, only the PDMAEMA block is positively charged. At pH>8, both blocks are nearly uncharged and a polymer precipitation occurred in solution. Each of these pH regimes was characterized by a specific adsorption behaviour leading to two adsorption maxima at acidic and alkaline pH values, while at medium pH a plateau in the adsorbed amount was observed. Moreover, the structures of the polyelectrolytes formed on the substrate after adsorption were specific to each of the three pH regimes.
Publisher Colloid and Polymer Science
Citation Colloid and Polymer Science 280 (2002) 495-502
Tags polyelectrolytes adsorption ellipsometry afm diblock copolymers hydrophilic block-copolymers silicon-water interface solid/liquid interface chain architecture aqueous-solution surfaces polyampholytes behavior micelles ph

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