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Interactions between gemini surfactants and polymers: thermodynamic studies

AuthorsMuzzalupo, Rita; Infante, María Rosa CSIC; Pérez, Lourdes CSIC ORCID ; Pinazo Gassol, Aurora; Marqués, Eduardo F.; Antonelli, Marta Letizia; Strinati, Chiara; La Mesa, Camillo
Gemini surfactants
Issue Date19-Apr-2007
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
CitationLangmuir 23(11): 5963-5970 (2007)
AbstractAqueous mixtures containing a homopolymer, poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP), or a hydrophobically modified graft copolymer, HM-pullulan,(PULAU(9), where 9 stands for the nominal substitution degree), and different Gemini surfactants have been investigated at 25.0°C. A wide variety of experimental conditions were addressed by changing the amount of polymer and of surfactant. The Gemini surfactants were synthesized, purified, and characterized by routine methods. They differ from each other in polar head groups (two sulfonate-, two quaternary ammonium-, or two arginine-based groups), in alkyl chain length (11 or 12 carbon atoms), and in the distance between the polar head groups. The spacers consist of 2, 3, and 6 methylene units or 3 oxyethylene units. Surface activity and solution calorimetry measurements yield some physicochemical features inherent to micelle formation and polymer-surfactant interactions. The data are supported by ionic conductivity, detecting the critical thresholds and quantifying the modifications in binding associated with critical association (CAC) and micelle formation (CMC*). The Gibbs energy of transfer from the micelles to a polymer-binding site, ΔGtrans, was evaluated from the CAC/CMC* ratios versus the amount of added polymer. A similar procedure determined the enthalpy of transfer, ΔHtrans. ΔGtrans decreases with added polymer, whereas ΔHtrans becomes more negative on increasing the amount of polymer in the medium. According to the selected data presented here, cationic Geminis do not interact with PVP, while significant interactions have been observed in other surfactants. In mixtures with PULAU(9), the interaction is significant for all Geminis. This effect is due to interactions between the surfactants and the hydrophobic alkyl groups on the main polymer chain. The pendent groups facing away from the polysaccharide chain act as binding sites for aggregates onto such polymers.
Description8 pages, 9 figures.-- PMID: 17441737 [PubMed].-- Printed version published on May 22, 2007.
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