Single microgel particle studies demonstrate the influence of hydrophobic interactions between charged micelles and oppositely charged polyions.
2005 (English)In: Langmuir, ISSN 0743-7463, E-ISSN 1520-5827, Vol. 21, no 9, 3773-3781 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The binding of two cationic surfactants, dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DoTAB) and N-(1,1,2,2-tetrahydroperfluorodecanyl)pyridinium bromide (HFDePB), to covalently cross-linked sodium poly(styrenesulfonate) (PSS) microgels has been investigated by means of micromanipulator-assisted time-resolved light microscopy on single gels. It is demonstrated that repeated measurements on the same microgel under conditions of controlled liquid flow give highly reproducible results. The two surfactants are found to behave very differently with respect to degree of swelling, surfactant distribution in the gels, both during shrinking and at equilibrium, and kinetics of volume changes induced by them. The main difference is attributed to the presence of a hydrophobic interaction between PSS and the DoTAB micelles, absent in the case of HFDePB. Kinetic shrinking curves are recorded and analyzed using a model for steady-state transport of surfactant between the solution and the gels. Aggregation numbers for DoTAB in PSS solutions obtained from fluorescence quenching measurements are presented. A strong dependence on the surfactant-to-polyion concentration ratio is observed. Relations between surfactant binding isotherms, phase diagrams for linear polyelectrolyte/surfactant/water systems, and the binding to gels are discussed.
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2005. Vol. 21, no 9, 3773-3781 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-92344DOI: 10.1021/la047316vPubMedID: 15835936OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-92344DiVA: diva2:165384