The interaction of lithium perfluorohexanoate (LiPFHex) with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) of different molecular weights (600 Da ≤ MW≤ 20000 Da) was investigated in aqueous solution at 25.00 °C by isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC). The interaction with one of the PEG polymers (MW = 8000 Da) was also followed at the same temperature by viscosity and conductivity measurements. The aggregation pattern of this surfactant on the PEG polymeric chain was very similar to that exhibited by the homologous salts of perfluoroheptanoate, perfluorooctanoate and perfluorononanoate ions. The interaction enthalpies with PEG of this class of surfactants are always endothermic and decrease steeply with the decreasing length of the fluorocarbon chain. Experimental data from calorimetry, viscosity and conductivity consistently indicate a very small tendency of PEG polymers to wrap around the small LiPFHex micellar aggregates. The PFHex ion appears to be the shortest member of the series able to interact with a polyoxyethylenic chain. The same CF2 contribution to the Gibbs energy of micellization or aggregation on the polymers was found within the series, indicating a common hydrophobic driving force for the two processes.

Calorimetric study of the aggregation of lithium perfluorohexanoate on poly(ethyleneglycol) oligomers in water

BERNAZZANI, LUCA;MOLLICA, VINCENZO
2010

Abstract

The interaction of lithium perfluorohexanoate (LiPFHex) with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) of different molecular weights (600 Da ≤ MW≤ 20000 Da) was investigated in aqueous solution at 25.00 °C by isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC). The interaction with one of the PEG polymers (MW = 8000 Da) was also followed at the same temperature by viscosity and conductivity measurements. The aggregation pattern of this surfactant on the PEG polymeric chain was very similar to that exhibited by the homologous salts of perfluoroheptanoate, perfluorooctanoate and perfluorononanoate ions. The interaction enthalpies with PEG of this class of surfactants are always endothermic and decrease steeply with the decreasing length of the fluorocarbon chain. Experimental data from calorimetry, viscosity and conductivity consistently indicate a very small tendency of PEG polymers to wrap around the small LiPFHex micellar aggregates. The PFHex ion appears to be the shortest member of the series able to interact with a polyoxyethylenic chain. The same CF2 contribution to the Gibbs energy of micellization or aggregation on the polymers was found within the series, indicating a common hydrophobic driving force for the two processes.
Bernazzani, Luca; Gianni, P; Mollica, Vincenzo
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