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Polymer ordering at surfaces

Israelachvili, Fig. 13.13

PEO has an “inverse” water solubility – it becomes less soluble at higher temperatures.

A general principle:

The less soluble the adsorbed polymer – the less stable the dispersion.

PEO has a nonpolar part but also an oxygen atom that allows for hydrogen bonding. Thus, at lower temperatures, these molecules can interact with water, but as temperature increases, hydrogen bonding weakens, and the nonpolar part of the polymer chain begins to dominate. The molecules become more hydrophobic. And when molecules are hydrophobic and not soluble, they want to form clumps and come closer together. That is why the equilibrium energy decreases with temperature.

MW and temperature effects

Israelachvili, Fig. 14.5

Polystyrene polymers on mica.

(a) End-grafted in toluene, (b) Adsorbed from cyclohexane.

Both solubility and bridging effects are possible in (b)

Polymers at surfaces

Israelacvili, Fig. 14.5
  • (a) In solution
  • (b) End-grafted
  • (c) Adsorbed
  • (d) Adsorbed at low &thetha;
  • (e) Adsorbed at high &thetha;
  • (f) Bridging


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