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Hydration and Dehydration Kinetics: Comparison between Poly(N‑isopropyl methacrylamide) and Poly(methoxy diethylene glycol acrylate) Films

 
: Nieuwenhuis, Sophie; Zhong, Qi; Metwalli, Ezzeldin; Bießmann, Lorenz; Philipp, Martine; Miasnikova, Anna; Laschewsky, Andre; Papadakis, Christine M.; Cubitt, Robert; Wang, Jiping; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter

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Langmuir. The ACS journal of surfaces and colloids 35 (2019), No.24, pp.7691-7702
ISSN: 0743-7463
ISSN: 1520-5827
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG
La611/7
Struktur und Kinetik stimuli-responsiver, dünner Hydrogelfilme aus amphiphilen Blockcopolymeren
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG
Mu1487/8
Struktur und Kinetik stimuli-responsiver, dünner Hydrogelfilme aus amphiphilen Blockcopolymeren
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG
Pa771/4
Struktur und Kinetik stimuli-responsiver, dünner Hydrogelfilme aus amphiphilen Blockcopolymeren
English
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IAP ()
water-soluble polymer; nonionic; thermoresponsive; smart thin film

Abstract
Thermoresponsive films of poly(N-isopropyl methacrylamide) (PNIPMAM) and poly(methoxy diethylene glycol acrylate) (PMDEGA) are compared with respect to their hydration and dehydration kinetics using in situ neutron reflectivity. Both as-prepared films present a homogeneous single-layer structure and have similar transition temperatures of the lower critical solution temperature type (TT, PNIPMAM 38 °C and PMDEGA 41 °C). After hydration in unsaturated D2O vapor at 23 °C, a D2O enrichment layer is observed in PNIPMAM films adjacent to the Si substrate. In contrast, two enrichment layers are present in PMDEGA films (close to the vapor interface and the Si substrate). PNIPMAM films exhibit a higher hydration capability, ascribed to having both donor (N−H) and acceptor (C=O) units for hydrogen bonds. While the swelling of the PMDEGA films is mainly caused by the increase of the enrichment layers, the thickness of the entire PNIPMAM films increases with time. The observed longer relaxation time for swelling of PNIPMAM films is attributed to the much higher glass transition temperature of PNIPMAM. When dehydrating both films by increasing the temperature above the TT, they react with a complex response consisting of three stages (shrinkage, rearrangement, and reswelling). PNIPMAM films respond faster than PMDEGA films. After dehydration, both films still contain a large amount of D2O, and no completely dry film state is reached for a temperature above their TTs.

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