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

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  • Langmuir. - 2005, vol. 21(23), p. 10835
English 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.
Faculté des sciences et de médecine
Département de Physique
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