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Small-angle neutron scattering on a core-shell colloidal system: a contrast-variation study

Zackrisson, M. ; Stradner, Anna ; Schurtenberger, Peter ; Bergenholtz, Johan

In: Langmuir, 2005, vol. 21(23), p. 10835

Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements are reported on a sterically stabilized, core-shell colloidal system using contrast variation. Aqueous dispersions of polystyrene particles bearing grafted poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) have been studied over a large range of particle concentrations and two different solvent conditions for the PEG polymer. SANS data are analyzed quantitatively by... Plus

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    Summary
    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements are reported on a sterically stabilized, core-shell colloidal system using contrast variation. Aqueous dispersions of polystyrene particles bearing grafted poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) have been studied over a large range of particle concentrations and two different solvent conditions for the PEG polymer. SANS data are analyzed quantitatively by modeling the particles as core-shell colloids. In a good solvent and under particle contrast conditions, an effective hard-sphere interaction captures excluded-volume interactions up to high concentrations. Contrast variation, through isotopic substitution of both the core and solvent, expedite a detailed study of the PEG layer, both in the dilute limit and as a function of the particle concentration. Upon diminishing the solvent quality, subtle changes in the PEG layer translate into attractions among particles of moderate magnitude.