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Adsorption kinetics and mechanical properties of ultrathin polyelectrolyte multilayers: liquid-supported versus solid-supported films.

Authors
  • Guzmán, Eduardo
  • Ritacco, Hernán
  • Ortega, Francisco
  • Svitova, Tatiana
  • Radke, C J
  • Rubio, Ramón G
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Publisher
American Chemical Society
Publication Date
May 21, 2009
Volume
113
Issue
20
Pages
7128–7137
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1021/jp811178a
PMID: 19438276
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Multilayers of sodium salt of poly(4-styrene sulfonate) (PSS) and poly(diallyl dimethyl ammonium) chloride (PDADMAC) have been built layer by layer (LbL) both at the solid/aqueous interface (solid supported) and the air/aqueous interface (liquid supported). For the solid-supported multilayers, the adsorption kinetics and the complex shear modulus were measured using a dissipative quartz crystal microbalance and a null ellipsometer. A bubble tensiometer was used to measure the adsorption kinetics and the elasticity modulus of the liquid-supported multilayers. At the solid/aqueous interface, adsorption kinetics changes with the number of adsorbed layers. However, at the air/aqueous interface, PSS dynamics were the same for all adsorbed layers except the first. Conversely, the adsorption kinetics of PDADMAC at the air/water surface differed between those layers close to the interface and those far from it. Multilayers grow at the air/water interface by an intrinsic-charge-compensation process, whereas, for the same ionic strengths, solid-supported layers deposit by the extrinsic-charge-compensation process. No significant differences were found between the recoverable dilational storage modulus of the liquid-supported multilayers and the real part of the shear modulus of the solid-supported ones built at the same ionic strength. The values of the modulus are in the MPa range, which corresponds to gel-like films. This result is in agreement with the strong hydration degree of the LbL films calculated from ellipsometry measurements.

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