Jun 13 – 19, 2015
University of Alberta
America/Edmonton timezone
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Deuterium NMR and Rheology of Microgel Colloids at Ambient and High Pressure

Jun 17, 2015, 7:16 PM
CCIS Ground Floor PCL lounge (University of Alberta)

CCIS Ground Floor PCL lounge

University of Alberta

Poster (Student, In Competition) / Affiche (Étudiant(e), inscrit à la compétition) Condensed Matter and Materials Physics / Physique de la matière condensée et matériaux (DCMMP-DPMCM) DCMMP Poster Session with beer / Session d'affiches, avec bière DPMCM


Suhad SBEIH (Memorial University of Newfoundland)


Because they can exhibit a collapse transition at high temperatures or pressures, microgel colloids are of interest because of their potential for applications in areas like drug delivery and chemical separation that involve the uptake, encapsulation and release of small or biological molecules. In this work, we have used deuterium NMR and dynamic light scattering (DLS) to relate the microscopic dynamics of cross-linked poly-N-isopropylacrylamide (p-NIPAM) chains, in microgel colloids, to the observed changes in particle size with temperature and pressure. Microgels have been synthesized with deuteron labels on the NIPAM side chains (d7-NIPAM) or on the NIPAM backbone (d3-NIPAM). DLS observations obtained while heating suspensions of these materials have shown that particles in suspensions of both undergo a collapse transition, around $35^\circ$C, at which the radius of gyration is roughly halved. ${}^2$H-NMR spectra of the d7-NIPAM microgel can be modeled as a superposition of doublets having a smooth distribution of small quadrupole splittings. This is interpreted as reflecting the combined effects of methyl rotation, sidechain reorientation, and polymer backbone motions. At the collapse transition, the distribution of splittings required to simulate the observed spectra extends to larger splittings, presumably reflecting the more constrained backbone motion in the collapsed phase. Comparison with spectra being obtained using the backbone-deuterated microgel material will be used to more directly characterize changes in the polymer backbone motion at the transition. Supported by NSERC.

Primary author

Suhad SBEIH (Memorial University of Newfoundland)


Anand Yethiraj (Memorial University) Michael Morrow (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

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