The Collapse of Poly(Ethylene Oxide) Monolayers

Daniel J. Kuzmenka, Steve Granick

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Surface pressure pi has been measured as a function of surface concentration for poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) surface films, spread onto dieonized water at temperatures T from 8 to 28 degree C. At fixed surface coverage, the temperature coefficient of surface pressure d pi /dT was negative at submonolayer coverages and positive at higher surface coverages. This suggests, respectively, a peculiar increase and decrease of surface entropy with increasing surface coverage. A degree of ordering of water molecules with the PEO repeat unit in the surface layer is suggested as a reason for the negative value. These findings illustrate that a polymer monolayer should not in all respects be considered as two-dimensional.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)779-782
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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