The temperature dependence of the local intra-particle structure of colloidal microgel particles, composed of interpenetrated polymer networks, has been investigated by small-angle neutron scattering at different pH and concentrations, in the range (299 ÷ 315) K, where a volume phase transition from a swollen to a shrunken state takes place. Data are well described by a theoretical model that takes into account the presence of both interpenetrated polymer networks and cross-linkers. Two different behaviors are found across the volume phase transition. At neutral pH and T ≈ 307 K, a sharp change of the local structure from a water rich open inhomogeneous interpenetrated polymer network to a homogeneous porous solid-like structure after expelling water is observed. Differently, at acidic pH, the local structure changes almost continuously. These findings demonstrate that a fine control of the pH of the system allows to tune the sharpness of the volume-phase transition. C 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

Valentina Nigro, 1., Angelini, a.R., Bertoldo, 2.M., Bruni, F., Castelvetro, 1.V., Ricci, M.A., et al. (2015). Local structure of temperature and pH-sensitive colloidal microgels. THE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 143, 114904 [10.1063/1.4930885].

Local structure of temperature and pH-sensitive colloidal microgels

BRUNI, Fabio;RICCI, Maria Antonietta;
2015-01-01

Abstract

The temperature dependence of the local intra-particle structure of colloidal microgel particles, composed of interpenetrated polymer networks, has been investigated by small-angle neutron scattering at different pH and concentrations, in the range (299 ÷ 315) K, where a volume phase transition from a swollen to a shrunken state takes place. Data are well described by a theoretical model that takes into account the presence of both interpenetrated polymer networks and cross-linkers. Two different behaviors are found across the volume phase transition. At neutral pH and T ≈ 307 K, a sharp change of the local structure from a water rich open inhomogeneous interpenetrated polymer network to a homogeneous porous solid-like structure after expelling water is observed. Differently, at acidic pH, the local structure changes almost continuously. These findings demonstrate that a fine control of the pH of the system allows to tune the sharpness of the volume-phase transition. C 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.
2015
Valentina Nigro, 1., Angelini, a.R., Bertoldo, 2.M., Bruni, F., Castelvetro, 1.V., Ricci, M.A., et al. (2015). Local structure of temperature and pH-sensitive colloidal microgels. THE JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 143, 114904 [10.1063/1.4930885].
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