Authors Mahltig, B. ; Gohy, J.F. ; Jérome, R. ; Buchhammer, H.-M. ; Stamm, M.
Title Analogy in Adsorption Behaviour of Homopolyelectrolyte Mixtures As Compared to Analogous Diblock Polyampholytes
Date 09.04.2002
Number 9913
Abstract The adsorption behavior of aqueous mixtures of the homopolyelectrolytes poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA) and poly[(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] (PDMAEMA) was investigated in comparison with the adsorption of the ampholytic diblock copolymer PMAA-<I>b</I>-PDMAEMA on silicon substrates. Ellipsometry was used to determine the amount of adsorbed homopolyelectrolyte and diblock polyampholyte. Furthermore, the topography of the adsorbed polymers was investigated with atomic force microscopy (AFM) and compared with the structures observed in aqueous solutions by dynamic light scattering (DLS). For all types of investigated polyelectrolytic mixtures or the single polyampholyte, the adsorption was strongly influenced by the pH of the polymer solution. Although single homopolyelectrolytes showed only one maximum in adsorption according to their charge, the mixtures made from these homopolyelectrolytes showed two or three maxima. The third maximum near the <br />isoelectric point of the mixture was assigned to a new species formed by aggregation of the two homopolyelectrolytes. Altogether, the adsorption behavior of the polyelectrolytic mixtures was in between the behavior of the pure homopolyelectrolytes and the analogous polyampholytes and therefore understandable from both of these polymer species. &copy; 2002 John Wiley &amp; Sons, Inc. J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys 40: 338-345, 2002; DOI 10.1002/polb.10091
Publisher Journal of Polymer Science: Part B: Polymer Physics
Citation Journal of Polymer Science: Part B: Polymer Physics 40 (2002) 338-345
Tags polyelectrolytes; polyampholyte; adsorption; ellipsometry; atomic force microscopy (afm); diblock copolymers

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