PH-induced release of polyanions from multilayer films

Journal Article (Academic article)

We discovered pH-induced selective desorption and readsorption of weakly acidic polymers from polyacid or polybase layer-by-layer films. In situ attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy confirms the selectivity of polyacid release and shows that film response is caused by pH-induced charge imbalance. Experimentally the characteristic time of chain release tau scales with molar mass M as M(1.1+/-0.1). A new theoretical model of "sticky gel electrophoresis" of entangled polyacids agrees with experiments and predicts tau approximately MH, where H is film thickness. Neutron reflectivity shows that polyacid release results in disordering of the film structure.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kharlampieva, E; Ankner, JF; Rubinstein, M; Sukhishvili, SA

Published Date

  • 2008

Published In

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-9007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.128303