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Preparation, characterisation and wetting of fluorinated cellulose surfaces

by Aulin, Christian

Abstract (Summary)
This thesis deals with the wetting by oil mixtures of two different model cellulose surfaces. The surfaces studied were a regenerated cellulose (RG) surface prepared by spin-coating, and a film consisting of polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEM) of Poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) and a carboxymethylated Microfibrillated Cellulose (MFC). After coating or covalently modifying the cellulose surfaces with various amounts of fluorosurfactants, the fluorinated cellulose films were used to follow the spreading mechanisms of the different oil mixtures. The viscosity and surface tension of the oil, as well as the dispersive surface energy of the cellulose surface, are essential parameters governing the spreading kinetics. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and dispersive surface energy measurements were made on the cellulose films treated with fluorosurfactants. A strong correlation between the surface coverage of fluorine, the dispersive surface energy and the measured contact angle of the oil mixtures was found. For example, a dispersive surface energy less than 18 mN/m was required in order for the cellulose surface to be non-wetting (?e > 90ยบ) by castor oil.Significant parts of this work were devoted to the development of cellulose surfaces for the wetting studies. The formation of a PEM consisting of PEI and MFC was studied and the total layer thickness and adsorbed amount were optimized by combining Dual Polarization Interferometry (DPI) with a Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation (QCM-D). The adsorption behaviour as well as the influence of the charge density, pH and electrolyte concentration of PEI, and electrolyte concentration of the MFC dispersion on the adsorbed amount of MFC were investigated. Results indicate that a combination of a high pH, a fairly high electrolyte concentration for PEI solution together with low or zero electrolyte concentration for the MFC resulted in the largest possible adsorbed amounts of the individual PEI and MFC layers.The structures of the two cellulose surfaces were characterised with atomic force microscopy measurements and a difference in terms of surface structure and roughness were observed. Both surfaces were however very smooth with calculated RMS roughness values in the range of a few nanometers.The adsorption behaviour of water-dispersible fluorosurfactants physically adsorbed at various concentrations onto the two model cellulose surfaces was investigated using DPI. The aggregate structure of an anionic fluorosurfactant, perfluorooctadecanoic acid, dispersed in water was studied by Cryo Transmission Electron Microscopy (Cryo-TEM). The fluorosurfactants had an adsorption and desorption behaviour in water which was dependent on the fluorinated chain length and the aggregation form of the fluorosurfactant. Perfluorooctanoic acid and a commercial cationic fluorosurfactant with a formal composition of CF3 (CF2)nSO2NH(CH2)3-4N(CH3)3+I- was found to desorb from the MFC and RG surfaces upon rinsing with water, whereas perfluorooctadecanoic acid was strongly adsorbed to the surfaces. It is essential for a fluorosurfacatant to be strongly adsorbed to the cellulose surface even after rinsing to yield hydrophobic and lipophobic (oleophobic) properties with a large contact angle for oils and water.
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School:Kungliga Tekniska högskolan

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:TECHNOLOGY; Chemical engineering; Chemical process and manufacturing engineering; Cellulose and paper engineering

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Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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