J. Phys. II France
Volume 5, Number 10, October 1995
Page(s) 1421 - 1426
DOI: 10.1051/jp2:1995191
J. Phys. II France 5 (1995) 1421-1426

Polymer-Surfactant Assembly at an Interface

Krishnan Chari

Imaging Research and Advanced Development, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York 14650-2109, U.S.A.

(Received 18 May 1995, received in final form and accepted 21 August 1995)

The structure of a polymer-surfactant assembly at the air-water interface is discussed in light of the scaling theory of de Gennes for adsorption of polymers at interfaces. We show that in cases where the polymer has an affinity for the interface and there is a favorable interaction between polymer and surfactant, the polymer may enhance adsorption of surfactant at the interface and also induce formation of "surface micelles". The analysis is used to support earlier experimental results on the poly (vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP)-sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) system.

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