pH-induced release of polyanions from multilayer films. Academic Article uri icon


  • We discovered pH-induced selective desorption and readsorption of weakly acidic polymers from polyacid or polybase layer-by-layer films. In situ attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy confirms the selectivity of polyacid release and shows that film response is caused by pH-induced charge imbalance. Experimentally the characteristic time of chain release tau scales with molar mass M as M(1.1+/-0.1). A new theoretical model of "sticky gel electrophoresis" of entangled polyacids agrees with experiments and predicts tau approximately MH, where H is film thickness. Neutron reflectivity shows that polyacid release results in disordering of the film structure.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev Lett

author list (cited authors)

  • Kharlampieva, E., Ankner, J. F., Rubinstein, M., & Sukhishvili, S. A

citation count

  • 50

complete list of authors

  • Kharlampieva, Eugenia||Ankner, John F||Rubinstein, Michael||Sukhishvili, Svetlana A

publication date

  • March 2008