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Title: Effect of adsorbed polyelectrolytes on the interactions and elasticity of charged surfactant bilayers
Authors: Gupta, Santosh Prasad
Thomas, Meera
Chowdhury, Anindya
Raghunathan, V.A.
Keywords: surfactant—polyelectrolyte complex
small angle x-ray scattering
swelling transition
Issue Date: May-2020
Publisher: The IOP Publishing Ltd.
Citation: Journal of Physics Condensed Matter, 2020, Vol.32, Article No.194004
Abstract: We present studies on the structure of complexes of the cationic, bilayer-forming surfactant, didodecyldimethylammonium bromide (DDAB), and the anionic polyelectrolyte sodium polyacrylate (PAANa). In the presence of uncomplexed polyelectrolyte in the coexisting aqueous solution, these complexes are found to exhibit a swelling transition followed by a deswelling transition on increasing the salt concentration. Lamellar structures with low periodicities occur at both low and high salt concentrations, which are stabilized by polymer bridging and van der Waals attraction, respectively. The swollen complex found at intermediate salt concentrations forms the sponge phase. Our results reveal that polyelectrolyte adsorption on bilayers has a profound effect on inter-bilayer interactions. The polymer-induced interaction changes from being attractive to repulsive as the surface coverage increases on increasing the salt concentration. Our results also confirm that polymer adsorption alters the elastic moduli of the bilayer, in agreement with earlier theoretical predictions.
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ISSN: 0953-8984 (Print)
1361-648X (Online)
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Copyright: 2020, IOP Publishing Ltd
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