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Polyethylene Glycol Adsorption on Silica: From Bulk Phase Behavior to Surface Phase Diagram

Abstract : A characterization of the bulk-phase diagram from literature data and new NMR and DSC measurements provided us with valuable elements that are helpful for gaining, from aqueous solution, better insight into the surface behavior of polyethylene glycol on Aerosil 200. Adsorption isotherms built further to measurements by a depletion method showed a strong and temperature-dependent variation of the isotherm shape in agreement with the variations of interactions already evidenced in the bulk. In temperature−concentration areas, where water is behaving as a helix-promoting solvent, the finding of positive PEG adsorptions and stairlike isotherms agrees with observations reported in the literature. We identified some of the vertical parts as corresponding to the formation of monolayers of helix-shaped PEG molecules. In poor-solvent zones, adsorptions were null or negative, and the isotherms exhibited oscillations suggesting very different surface behavior. Our data analysis evidenced the presence of a much greater amount of water than in the previous surface states; however, the similar analysis of PEG behavior remains relevant. Indeed, the occurrence of first-order transitions in the surface layer implies some water reorganization, permitting the PEG molecules to move closer to the surface and become helix-shaped to rearrange in a monolayer. The surface phase diagram confirmed this analysis in a very satisfying way.
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Nawal Derkaoui, Sylvère Said, Yves Grohens, René Olier, Mireille Privat. Polyethylene Glycol Adsorption on Silica: From Bulk Phase Behavior to Surface Phase Diagram. Langmuir, American Chemical Society, 2007, 23 (12), pp.6631 - 6637. ⟨10.1021/la070199u⟩. ⟨hal-01581452⟩



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