Cationic comb polymer superdispersants for colloidal silica suspensions

Summer K. Rhodes, Robert H. Lambeth, Jaime Gonzales, Jeffrey S. Moore, Jennifer A. Lewis

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We investigate the ability of a cationic comb polymer composed of a poly(trimethylammonium iodide ethyl methacrylate) (PTMAM) backbone and uncharged poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) teeth to stabilize aqueous silica suspensions of varying ionic strength and pH. Both PTMAM-g-PEG and its homopolymer backbone, PTMAM, are synthesized via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer followed by quaternization of the pendant amine groups with methyl iodide. Through a combination of polymer adsorption, zeta potential, and sedimentation measurements as well as confocal imaging of sediment structures, we find that PTMAM-g-PEG imparts stability over a broad range of solution conditions, where pure PTMAM fails.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6787-6792
Number of pages6
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 16 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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