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New insights into the structure of polyelectrolyte complexes
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences. (FSCN – Fibre Science and Communication Network)
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3407-7973
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2007 (English)In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, ISSN 0021-9797, E-ISSN 1095-7103, Vol. 312, no 2, 237-246 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The formation of polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) prepared from oppositely charged linear polyelectrolytes (PELs) was studied by static light scattering at various salt concentrations. The PELs used were poly(allylamine hydro chlorid) (PAH) and the two polyanions poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and poly(methacrylic acid) (PMAA). Physical characteristics such as radii of gyration and molecular weights as well as water content of the PECs were determined at various molar mixing ratios. In spite of the relatively small difference in chemical structure between PAA and PMAA, fairly large differences in the mentioned parameters were detected. Generally, PECs consisting of PMAA were larger and contained more water. Moreover, by using cryogenic transmission electron microscopy, transmission microscopy and atomic force microscopy, shape and structure of the prepared PECs were investigated both in solution and after drying. The PECs were found to be spherical in solution and the shape was retained after freeze-drying. PECs adsorbed on silica surfaces and dried in air at room-temperature still showed a three-dimensional structure. However, from the relatively low aspect ratios determined, the PECs were found to be significantly collapsed due to interactions with the silica surface during the adsorption and drying processes.

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2007. Vol. 312, no 2, 237-246 p.
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AFM, Cryo-TEM, Light scattering, Poly(acrylic acid), Poly(allylamine hydro chloride), Poly(methacrylic acid), Polyelectrolyte complex, Structure, Water content
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Chemical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-3926DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2007.03.075ISI: 000247838300008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34250687914Local ID: 4304OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-3926DiVA: diva2:28958
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2009-06-08 Last updated: 2016-10-05Bibliographically approved

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