Interactions between Solid Surfaces Mediated by Polyethylene Oxide Polymers: Effect of Polymer Concentration
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AbstractUsing total internal reflection microscopy (TIRM), we have systematically measured the interactions between a microsphere and a flat hydrophilic surface in the presence of polyethylene oxide (PEO) polymer solution. Our results reveal that PEO significantly mediates the interaction forces between the two surfaces. At low polymer. concentration, the interactions between two surfaces in the presence of PEO are mainly dominated by repulsive forces, originating from diffuse layer overlap. At intermediate polymer concentration, a long-range and weak attraction sets in This force is likely attributed to the depletion attraction due to the presence of free PEO chains in bulk solution; however, a simple hard sphere AO model fails to precisely describe the attraction. At high polymer concentration where PEO chains overlap, the attraction disappears, and levitation of the microsphere probe is detected. We argue that at this overlapping region, the correlation length of PEO chains is much smaller than the size of single PEO molecule, leading to weakening and disappearing of the depletion attraction. Finally, at very high concentration, oscillatory structural force is obviously found, indicating the significant structural ordering of the PEO chains under confinement.
All Author(s) ListWei XL, Gong XJ, Ngai T
Journal nameLangmuir
Volume Number29
Issue Number35
Pages11038 - 11045
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Web of Science Subject CategoriesChemistry; Chemistry, Multidisciplinary; CHEMISTRY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY; Chemistry, Physical; CHEMISTRY, PHYSICAL; Materials Science; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary; MATERIALS SCIENCE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY

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