Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1959.13/39539
- Film-forming microgels for pH-triggered capture and release
Fitzgerald, Paul A.;
Amalvy, Javier I.;
Armes, Steven P.;
Wanless, Erica J.
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Science & Information Technology, School of Environmental and Life Sciences
- The pH-responsive behavior for a series of lightly cross-linked, sterically stabilized poly(tertiary amine methacrylate) - based latexes adsorbed onto mica and silica was investigated using in situ tapping mode AFM at room temperature. The adsorbed layer structure was primarily determined by the glass transition temperature, Tg of the latex: poly[2-(diethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] - based particles coalesced to form relatively featureless uniform thin films, whereas the higher Tg poly[2-(diisopropylamino)ethyl methacrylate] latexes retained their original particulate character. Adsorption was enhanced by using a cationic poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] steric stabilizer, rather than a nonionic poly(ethylene glycol)-based stabilizer, since the former led to stronger electrostatic binding to the oppositely charged substrate. Both types of adsorbed latexes acquired cationic microgel character and swelled appreciably at low pH, even those that had coalesced to form films. Fluorescence spectroscopy was used to study the capture of a model hydrophobic probe, pyrene, by these adsorbed latex layers followed by its subsequent release by lowering the solution pH. The repeated capture and release of pyrene through several pH cycles was also demonstrated. Since these poly(tertiary amine methacrylate) latexes are readily prepared by aqueous emulsion polymerization and adsorption occurs spontaneously from aqueous solution, this may constitute an attractive route for the surface modification of silica, mica and other oxides.
- Langmuir Vol. 24, Issue 18, p. 10228-10234
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- American Chemical Society
atomic force microscopy;
- Resource Type
- journal article