Interactions between poly(ethylene oxide) and sodium dodecyl sulfate in elongational flows

L. M. Smitter, J. F. Guédez, A. J. Müller, Avelino E Saez

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This work investigates the elongational flow of aqueous solutions of mixtures of a high-molecular-weight poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The formation of micellar aggregates of SDS along the PEO chain results in an increase in the strength of the extension thickening of the PEO solutions. This is especially pronounced under conditions in which the PEO molecules form transient entanglements in the flow field. The minimum PEO concentration required to form intermolecular entanglements is substantially reduced in the presence of micellar aggregates. This effect becomes quantitatively less important in solutions with NaCl, which suggests PEO coil contraction due to electrostatic screening of micellar aggregates. However, once extension thickening starts in the presence of NaCl, the growth of pressure drop is more abrupt than without salt, which suggests stronger interactions between PEO coils with attached aggregates. The critical aggregation concentrations of PEO/SDS and PEO/SDS/NaCl solutions agree with those reported in the literature, which were obtained by means of different experimental techniques. However, the saturation of the surfactant effect is attained at lower surfactant concentrations than the polymer saturation point previously reported. This might reflect a low sensitivity of the extension thickening effect to the amount of surfactant bound to the polymer chain as the saturation point is approached.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-353
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Volume236
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 15 2001

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Sodium dodecyl sulfate
ethylene oxide
Polyethylene oxides
sodium sulfates
Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate
surfactants
saturation
coils
interactions
Surface-Active Agents
polymers
pressure drop
Surface active agents
contraction
molecular weight
flow distribution
screening
electrostatics
aqueous solutions
salts

Keywords

  • Elongational flows
  • Micellar aggregates
  • Poly(ethylene oxide)
  • Sodium dodecyl sulfate

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  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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Interactions between poly(ethylene oxide) and sodium dodecyl sulfate in elongational flows. / Smitter, L. M.; Guédez, J. F.; Müller, A. J.; Saez, Avelino E.

In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol. 236, No. 2, 15.04.2001, p. 343-353.

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