Characterization of swollen states of polyelectrolyte brushes in salt solution by neutron reflectivity

Motoyasu Kobayashi, Koji Mitamura, Masami Terada, Norifumi L. Yamada, Atsushi Takahara

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Cationic and zwitterionic polyelectrolyte brushes on quartz substrate were synthesized by surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization of 2-(methacryloyloxy)-ethyltrimethylammonium chloride (MTAC) and 2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC). The effects of ionic strength on brush structure are investigated by neutron reflectivity (NR) in NaCl deuterium oxide (D2O) solutions. We observed that poly(MTAC) chains were drastically shrunk at concentrations above 0.1 M NaCl/D2O, which may be the change in charge-screening effect against ions on poly(MTAC). On the other hand, effect of salt concentration on a swollen state of poly(MPC) brush was negligible, even at the high concentration (5.0 M) close to saturation. The behaviour of poly(MPC) in salt aqueous solution is completely different from that of poly(MTAC), which may arise from the unique interaction properties, neutral nature, and hydrated water structure of phosphorylcholine units.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012019
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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