Effect of solvent flow on a polymer brush: A neutron reflectivity study of the brush height and chain density profile

R. Ivkov, P. D. Butler, S. K. Satija, L. J. Fetters

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Abstract

We present here the results of neutron and X-ray reflectivity studies on the effects of solvent flow on the height and density profile of polymer chains chemically end-tethered to a surface. Our system consists of perdeuterated polystyrene chains, molar mass 80 000, that were chemically tethered to a silicon oxide surface via trichlorosilane (SiCl3) terminal groups. The brush was exposed to a range of flow rates in both toluene and cyclohexane to a maximum shear rate of 130 000 s-1. We observe that both the polymer brush profile and height remain unchanged even at the highest flow rates and that no loss of polymer occurred. These results are discussed in the context of the various theoretical, simulation, and experimental results presented in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2999-3005
Number of pages7
JournalLangmuir
Volume17
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 15 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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