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Surface adsorption of sulfonated poly(phenylene sulfone)/C(14)TAB mixtures and its correlation with foam film stability

Uhlig, Martin; Miller, Reinhard; Klitzing, Regine von

Polyelectrolyte/surfactant mixtures of rigid monosulfonated poly(phenylene sulfone) (sPSO(2)-220) and tetradecyl trimethylammonium bromide (C(14)TAB) were investigated by surface tension, surface elasticity and foam film stability measurements. The results were compared to former measurements of polyelectrolyte/surfactant mixtures containing more flexible polyelectrolytes (PAMPS or PSS and C(14)TAB). For all polyelectrolyte/surfactant mixtures an increased surface adsorption in comparison to the pure surfactant was detected. Moreover, sPSO(2)-220/C(14)TAB mixtures showed a much higher surface activity and foam film stability than mixtures with more flexible polyelectrolytes. The results presented give insight into the surface adsorption and foam film formation of rigid polyelectrolyte/surfactant mixtures. Therefore, this study helps to understand the role of polyelectrolyte backbone rigidity in the formation and stabilization of foam films made from polyelectrolyte/surfactant mixtures.
Published in: Physical chemistry, chemical physics, 10.1039/c6cp02256a, Royal Society of Chemistry
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