Shifts in polystyrene particle surface charge upon adsorption of the Pluronic F108 surfactant
2005 (Swedish)In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol. 288, no 1, 124-128 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Electrical field-flow fractionation (ElFFF) and sedimentation field-flow fractionation (SdFFF) were used in combination to study the adsorption of the triblock polymeric surfactant, Pluronic F108 [(EO)129-(PO)56-(EO)129] to 200 nm polystyrene (PS) latex spheres. The SdFFF technique allowed an accurate determination of the mass of surfactant adsorbed on each particle from a solution of given concentration. To complement this isotherm study, we show that ElFFF can be used to measure fractional coverages of the formed electrically neutral surfactant layers on the charged PS particles. Through a combination of the two techniques it is possible to gain information about the structure of the adsorbate layer. Thus, when Pluronic F108 is taken up by the PS surface from solutions of low concentration, all three blocks appear to adhere to the surface as long as there is free space available. As the solution concentration increases and the fractional coverage reaches approximately 20%, the surface turns crowded enough to let the strongly adsorbing PPO blocks competitively displace the weakly adherent PEO blocks, which gradually rise to extend into the aqueous phase until the surface is fully saturated.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 288, no 1, 124-128 p.
Sedimentation field-flow fractionation, Electric field-flow fractionation, Pluronic adsorption, Polystyrene lattices, Competitive adsorption
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-70668OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-70668DiVA: diva2:98579