On the Adhesion Between Substrates Covered with Polyelectrolyte Multilayers
Sammanfattning: This thesis examines the formation of Polyelectrolyte Multilayers (PEM) on cellulose fibres as a new way of influencing the fibre surface and the adhesion between wood fibres. The aim of the study was to enhance the fundamental understanding of the adsorption mechanisms behind the formation of Polyelectrolyte Multilayers on cellulose fibres; to study how the properties of the layers can be influenced and to show how the properties of the layers influence the adhesion between the fibres and the strength of paper sheets made from the PEM treated fibres.Different polyelectrolyte systems are known to form PEMs with different properties, and in this work two different polymer systems were extensively studied: poly(dimethyldiallylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) / poly(styrene sulphonate) (PSS), which are both strong polylectrolytes (i.e. are highly charged over a wide range of pH) and poly allylaminehydrochloride (PAH) /poly acrylic acid (PAA), which are both weak polyelectorlytes (i.e. sensitive to pH changes). PEMs were also formed from PAH/ poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):PSS (PEDOT:PSS), in order to form electrically conducting PEMs on fibres and PEM-like structures were formed from polyethylene oxide (PEO) and polyacrylic acid (PAA).In order to study the influence of the PEM on adhesion and paper strength, fibres were treated and used to form sheets which were physically tested according to determine the tensile index and strain at break. Both these systems were studied using different molecular mass fractions. High molecular mass PDADMAC/PSS (>500k/1000k) had a significantly greater influence as a function of the number of layers than low molecular mass PDADMAC/PSS (30k/80k). In contrast, sheets made from high molecular mass PAH/PAA (70k/240k) showed a significantly lower increase in strength than sheets made from low molecular PAH/PAA investigated earlier. Both these systems had a greater influence on paper strength when the cationic polyelectrolyte was adsorbed in the outermost layer. The amount of polyelectrolytes adsorbed on the fibres was determined using polylectrolyte titration (PET) and destructive analytical methods. Adsorption to model surfaces of silicon oxide was studied before the adsorption on fibres, in order to understand the influence on PEM properties of parameters such as salt concentration and adsorption time.Adhesion studies of surfaces coated with PAH/PAA using AFM, showed an increase in adhesion as a function of the number of adsorbed layers. The adhesion was higher when PAH was adsorbed in the outermost layers. Individual fibres were also partly treated using a Dynamic Contact Angle analyser (DCA) and were studied with regard to their wettability. In general, the wettability was lower when the cationic polymer was outermost. The level of adhesion and paper strength are discussed in terms of rigidity and wettability and the PEMs demonstrating a large number of free chain ends, a large chain mobility and a low wettability was found to have the greatest influence to adhesion and paper strength.
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