Measurements are presented of how polymer surface diffusion at the solid-liquid interface is controlled by surface coverage. The method of measurement was fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS), and the system was poly(ethylene oxide) (PEG) adsorbed onto methyl-terminated self-assembled monolayers in buffered aqueous solution. The translational diffusion coefficient at first increased with increasing surface concentration, presumably because the number of adsorption sites per molecule decreased. Ultimately it slowed by 1 order of magnitude, presumably reflecting jamming by neighboring chains.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry