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Surfactant modulated interaction of hydrophobically modified ethoxylated urethane (HEUR) polymers with impenetrable surfaces

Surfactant modulated interaction of hydrophobically modified ethoxylated urethane (HEUR) polymers with impenetrable surfaces

Shafik Ibrahim, Mervat, Rogers, Sarah, Mahmoudy, Najat, Murray, Martin, Szczygiel, Agnieszka, Green, Beth, Alexander, Bruce D. and Griffiths, Peter C. ORCID: 0000-0002-6686-1271 (2018) Surfactant modulated interaction of hydrophobically modified ethoxylated urethane (HEUR) polymers with impenetrable surfaces. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 539. pp. 126-134. ISSN 0021-9797 (Print), 1095-7103 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2018.12.059)

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Abstract

Hypothesis:
The presence of surfactant modulates the surface-chemistry-specific interaction of hard colloidal particles (latex) with HEUR polymers, principally through introducing a preferential solution interaction rather than a competitive surface interaction; addition of surfactant leads to a preponderance of polymer/surfactant solution complexes rather than surface-bound complexes.

Experiments:
A range of model formulations comprising a hexyl end-capped urethane polymer (C6-L-(EO100-L)9-C6), sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) and a series of polystyrene-butylacrylate latices (PS-BA-L) have been characterised in terms of rheology, particle surface area (solvent relaxation NMR), polymer conformation (small-angle neutron scattering) and solution composition to build up a detailed picture of the distribution of the HEUR in the presence of both surfactant and latex.

Findings:
There is very weak adsorption of C6-L-(EO100-L)9-C6 to only the most hydrophobic latex surface studied, an adsorption that is further weakened by the addition of low levels of surfactant. Macroscopic changes in the hydrophobic latex system may be interpreted in terms of bridging flocculation at low polymer concentrations. No adsorption of C6-L-(EO100-L)9-C6 is observed in the case of hydrophilic surfaces. In most cases, the observed behaviour of the ternary system (polymer/surfactant/particle) is highly reminiscent of the binary (polymer/surfactant) system at the appropriate composition, suggesting that the polymer/surfactant solution interaction is the dominant one.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: latex, adsorption, HEUR, neutron scattering, solvent relaxation
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Sciences
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2019 10:27
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/22431

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