Polymer Science Faculty Research
Direct Measurement of Acid-Base Interaction Energy at Solid Interfaces
We have studied acid-base interactions at solid-liquid and solid-solid interfaces using interface-sensitive sum frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy. The shift of the sapphire hydroxyl peak in contact with several polar and nonpolar liquids and polymers was used to determine the interaction energy. The trend in the interaction energies cannot be explained by measuring only water contact angles. Molecular rearrangements at the sapphire interface, to maximize the interaction of the acid-base groups, play a dominant role, and these effects are not accounted for in the current theoretical models. These results provide important insights into understanding adhesion, friction, and wetting on solid interfaces.
Kurian, Anish; Prasad, Shishir; and Dhinojwala, Ali, "Direct Measurement of Acid-Base Interaction Energy at Solid Interfaces" (2010). Polymer Science Faculty Research. 31.