Comb polymers: are they the answer to monolayer stability?

Prime, Emma L., Henry, David J., Yarovsky, Irene, Qiao, Greg G. and Solomon, David H. 2011, Comb polymers: are they the answer to monolayer stability?, Colloids and surfaces A: physicochemical and engineering aspects, vol. 384, no. 1-3, pp. 482-489, doi: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2011.05.028.

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Title Comb polymers: are they the answer to monolayer stability?
Author(s) Prime, Emma L.ORCID iD for Prime, Emma L.
Henry, David J.
Yarovsky, Irene
Qiao, Greg G.
Solomon, David H.
Journal name Colloids and surfaces A: physicochemical and engineering aspects
Volume number 384
Issue number 1-3
Start page 482
End page 489
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2011-07-05
ISSN 0927-7757
Keyword(s) monolayer
water evaporation
molecular dynamics simulation
Summary Molecular monolayers reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation due to their ability to form closely packed films at the air-water interface. However, they are susceptible to loss from the water surface and poor performance on exposure to wind. This study combines experimental and theoretical techniques to investigate the properties of a small molecule monolayer mixed with comb polymers. The study reveals that at high concentrations of polymer the monolayer exhibits increased mechanical stability which improves the resistance to disruption by wind. Inclusion of hydrophilic functional groups along the backbone of the polymer leads to further improvements in wind stability. However, the improved wind stability observed in the composites comes at the expense of poorer water evaporation resistance.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2011.05.028
Field of Research 030304 Physical Chemistry of Materials
030603 Colloid and Surface Chemistry
Socio Economic Objective 970103 Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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